FROM ALICE SPRINGS G4 05 – “THE OUTBACK WAY TO ULURU” – Premium, Gold, Platinum & Safari Class – 3 DAYS

A JOURNEY FROM ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU VIA THE MEREENIE TRACK

Spectacular MacDonnell Ranges - beautiful Ormiston Gorge – Glen Helen Gorge – amazing Goss’ Bluff, a comet crater – the Mereenie Track through homelands – Kings Canyon – spectacular canyon rim walk – onto Uluru for a wonderful day of sightseeing Tour Code G4 05 -   ()

A JOURNEY FROM ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU VIA THE MEREENIE TRACK

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCE BY 4WD – 3 Days

G4 = minimum/maximum 4 clients private charter travelling in a top of the range

4X4 vehicle with special Driver/Guide

Spectacular MacDonnell Ranges – beautiful Ormiston Gorge – Glen Helen Gorge – amazing Goss’ Bluff, a comet crater – the Mereenie Track through homelands – Kings Canyon – spectacular canyon rim walk – onto Uluru for a wonderful day of sightseeing 

Introduction

This three-day tour is packed with exciting scenery, wildlife and attractions. Your specialist guide will impart his knowledge and love of the Australian Outback as you sit back, relax and enjoy the experience. Not always on the tourist schedule.

Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen, Gosses Bluff then via the Mereenie Track to Kings Canyon Day 1

Depart Alice Springs at 7.00 am to commence your journey across the outback through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. The first highlight visited will be the Ochre Pits where the Aboriginals obtained the ochre for their Corroboree body painting. Next enjoy a paddle in the fresh water rock pool at Ormiston Gorge with its rugged backdrop and the Larapinta Trail passing nearby. Stop at Glen Helen Resort and walk to another spectacular gorge, then visit an amazing unnatural sight where a comet hit the earth and cracked the surface for 25 kilometres down, 20 kilometres across and raised a parameter of rock and rubble to 3,000 metres high; one of the world’s greatest impacts, equal to many thousands of Hiroshima bombs.

Our journey across the Mereenie Track through Aboriginal homelands presents many more fascinating landscapes. It was here that the inland sea from the south met the plateaus of the north. Our overnight stop is at the Kings Canyon Resort; an award winning venue. Maybe you can photograph the sunset on the George Gill Range from your own back door before gathering for a pre-dinner drink at the Resort Cafe.

  • The Ochre Pits: a popular tourist destination in Australia‘s Northern Territory, approximately 100 kilometres west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Trail. The pits consist of several layers of multi-coloured, layered rock that was traditionally used by Australian Aborigines in ceremonies and played an important role in the continents economy, being traded with neighbouring clans and “countries” in every direction on the continent. The mine belongs to the Western Arrernte Prior to European settlement of the area in 1880, only certain men were qualified to collect the ochre. It was considered some of the choicest ochre – soft to touch, vivid, with a slight sheen to it. The colours range from gold to crimson. After the ochre was mined by the Western Arrernte, it was ground and mixed with Emu fat for ceremonial body adornment.
  • West MacDonnell Ranges: rise dramatically from the Central Australian desert floor, stretching east to west for 400 kilometres on either side of Alice Springs. They provide a picturesque backdrop to the township of Alice Springs, lighting up each sunrise and sunset with a display of fiery reds, sunburnt oranges and deep purples. The Ranges are aged between 310 and 340 million years and emerged as a result of a massive earth movement that gave shape to much of Central Australia.
  • Ormiston Gorge: Massive geological forces created the towering red walls and landforms that showcase Ormiston Gorge and Pound, located within the West MacDonnell National Park, 135 kilometres west of Alice Springs. The Gorge has a near-permanent waterhole, estimated to be up to 14 metres deep at its southern end. The area contains an interesting variety of native fauna and flora including a number of relict plant species remaining from a tropical past.
  • Gosses Bluff: Known as Comet Crater, is thought to be the eroded remnant of an impact crater and is located near the centre of Australia, about 175 kilometres west of Alice Springs. With most other impact craters the whole formation is visible, but at Gosses Bluff the outer wall has been removed by erosion leaving only the former central area that forms a pound surrounded by a circular mountain range.       It is also a sacred site, known as Tnorala, to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people.
  • The Mereenie Track: provides for an alternative scenic route from Alice Springs to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) via the Western Macs. The loop is recommended for 4×4 as weather conditions make the road conditions difficult for standard vehicles.
Meals:
Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
Accommodation:
Kings Canyon Resort 4 star twin share

Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Kings Creek Station, Camel or Quad Bike Ride – Ayers Rock Resort Day 2

Up early to participate in an exciting self-guided 3 hour walk around the Canyon Rim, Australia’s largest canyon. At Kings Creek Station you have the option of a ride on a camel, a helicopter or quad bike, exploring the camel and cattle station property. Other stops today will include a desert oak forest, viewing Australia’s third largest salt lake, Lake Amadeus and sighting the unusual desert mountain formations of Attila (Mt Connor), Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).

Our exciting moment will be to view and photograph the evening sunset and colour changes of the magnificent and sacred monolith, Uluru. A lifetime remembered experience. Meet at the restaurant for a pre-dinner drink.

  • Rim Walk: The Rim Walk begins with a strenuous steep climb. The walk ascends to the top of the canyon and follows the rim around before descending to the car park. About half way along is the Garden of Eden, a beautiful area of cool waterholes and river vegetation.
  • Kings Creek Station: was established in 1982 by Ian and Lyn Conway. The station lies 36 kilometres from the magnificent Kings Canyon (Watarrka) and is set amongst majestic desert oaks. The Station is a working cattle/camel station with facilities for camping, accommodation and an opportunity to experience the outback either by quad (4 wheel motorbike), helicopter or camel. The station is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia and sells camels for live export, live domestic sales and meat.
  • Lake Amadeus: is a large salt lake in the southwest corner of Australia‘s Northern Territory, about 50 km north of Uluru. Lake Amadeus is 180 km long and 10 km wide, making it the largest salt lake in the Northern Territory. It contains up to 600 million tonnes of salt; however, harvesting it has not proved viable, owing to its remote location.
  • Attila: Mt Conner (Attila) is a huge mesa formation, commonly mistaken for Uluru at a distance. It is situated in picturesque salt pan, dune, and Spinifex country.
Meals:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner.
Accommodation:
Ayers Rock Resort 4 star twin share

Uluru National Park Sightseeing Day 3

Up early again to view the sunrise colour changes of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background. Your specialist driver/guide will now take you on a scenic drive and walk into the Dreamtime of the Aboriginal people – visit sacred sights and artwork that were put on the face of Uluru 10,000 years ago. This site is one of the most sacred in Australia for the Aboriginal people. William Gosse, the explorer, when he visited the site for the first time, said ‘this is the most wondrous sight I have ever seen’. From the time the Aboriginals arrived until today, there has been a continuity of living and learning. You will be told some of the stories, walk the tracks of ancient ancestors, visit the cultural centre with its interesting displays and take many photographs.

A visit to the nearby Kata Tjuta, another unusual mountain range, with over 30 high domes, a conglomerate formation, is equally as unique as Uluru. This afternoon you will have the option of a short walk through these valleys. Again this evening we will view Uluru and Kata Tjuta at sunset from a camel as we ride through the sand dunes a great way to conclude your day and tour with Austour.

Your three day tour concludes at your chosen accommodation at approximately 7pm. Note: you or your travel agent or Austour will have planned your ongoing accommodation and sightseeing.

  • Uluru: Uluru is Australia’s most recognizable natural icon and has become a focal point for Australia and the world’s acknowledgement of Australian Indigenous culture. The sandstone monolith stands 348 metres high with most of its bulk below the ground. To Anangu (Local Indigenous People), Uluru is a place name and this “Rock” has a number of different landmarks where many Ancestral beings have interacted with the landscape and/or each other, some even believed to still reside here. Walking reveals the natural beauty and rich culture of Uluru. You will be following the footsteps of the ancestral beings that shaped the landscape. By choosing to walk around Uluru instead of climbing you will be respecting Tjukurpa and Anangu wishes. 
  • Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park: The park covers 1,325 kilometres 2 of arid ecosystems and is located close to the centre of Australia in the traditional lands of Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal people (locally known as Anangu). The huge rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta are remarkable geological and landform features, set in a contrasting, relatively flat, sand-plain environment. They are a part of an important cultural landscape and have special significance to Anangu.
  • Aboriginal Rock Art: Australia has some of the oldest and largest open-air rock art sites in the world. Aboriginal rock art sites can be found almost everywhere in rural, remote and even urban environments. It offers an insight into extinct species, spirituality and relationships. Researchers assume that there are more than 100,000 significant rock art sites in Australia and 5,000 in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park.

 

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, and Afternoon Tea.

Inclusions:

  • Pick Up and Drop Off from your hotel.
  • The provision of a modern, top of the range four wheel drive vehicle.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited driver / guide.
  • The provision of 4 star accommodation–twin share basis.
  • Morning and afternoon tea.
  • The provision of two cooked breakfasts, three lunches and two 3 course evening meals.
  • Welcome drink prior to evening meal.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
  • Expert interpretation of the natural and cultural environment from a specialist guide
  • Tours departing daily excluding 23rd, 24th, 25th December

Exclusions:

  • Evening supper.
  • Single accommodation – on application.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Provision of alcohol with meals except where stated on itinerary.
  • Tours departing 23rd, 24th, 25th December

Special Note: Travel insurance is highly recommended – refer Bookings/Travel Insurance. Austour Tour special group rates are applicable. Please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel.

Note: accommodation and itinerary may change on a seasonal basis depending upon road access and client discussion before departure.

 

prices valid to 31st March 2017

 

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