FROM ALICE SPRINGS G4 06 “THE RED CENTRE WAY” – Premium, Gold, Platinum & Safari Class – 3 DAYS

MACDONNELL RANGES, MEREENIE TRACK, KINGS CANYON TO ULURU SIGHTSEEING BY 4WD

West Macdonnell Ranges – Ormiston Gorge – Glen Helen - A Comet Crater – Mereenie Track – Kings Canyon – Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Tour Code G4 06 -   ()

MACDONNELL RANGES, MEREENIE TRACK, KINGS CANYON TO ULURU SIGHTSEEING BY 4WD

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCES – 3 Days

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

4X4 vehicle with special Driver/Guide

West Macdonnell Ranges – Ormiston Gorge – Glen Helen Resort – A Comet Crater – Mereenie Track – Kings Canyon – Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park 

Introduction

This three day itinerary provides an interesting and different insight into outback Central Australia. A small family or friends group with their own specialist tour leader/guide. Sit back, relax, enjoy and learn while you travel through the remote outback of Australia, meeting Indigenous people, visiting sacred sites and exploring the outback.

West MacDonnell Ranges to Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon Day 1

Our first stop this morning will be at Simpsons Gap, situated in the West MacDonnell Ranges which has one of the most prominent rock pools in the area. The rock pool attracts Rock Wallabies and abundant bird life. Also visit spectacular Ormiston Gorge, a popular all year pool for safe swimming, an oasis in the heart of the desert, shaded by the MacDonnell Ranges. Glen Helen Wilderness Resort first developed in the 1960s is a popular budget stopover with pleasant walks at the doorstep to spectacular Glen Helen Gorge. Continue on to Gosses Bluff, which is one of the world’s greatest comet impact sites. We will detour to have a close up look at the crater, the impact of which cracked the surface of the earth 25 kilometres down and pushed the earth upwards 1000 metres with a kilometre radius and equivalent to a million atomic bombs exploding at once – WOW. The journey to Kings Canyon now passes through Aboriginal land it is permit only entry. A dirt track called the Mereenie Track, now services access to a local and profitable oil supply. Over at Kings Canyon Resort an award winning eco friendly resort nestles amidst low hills with great views of the George Gill Ranges.

  • 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.
  • Simpsons Gap: Is one of the most prominent gaps in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Located 18 kilometres from Alice Springs, it features the towering cliffs of Simpsons Range, a permanent waterhole, and opportunities to spot resident wildlife.
  • 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.
  • Glen Helen Wilderness Resort: This small homestead-style resort is an excellent base for exploring the superb scenery of Glen Helen Gorge and other attractions in West MacDonnell National Park.
  • 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.

 

Meals:
Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
Accommodation:
Kings Canyon Resort Standard Lodge Room, twin share, 4 star

Kings Canyon to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Day 2

Up early to photograph the sunrise over one of central Australia’s most spectacular landscapes, Kings Canyon. The three hour walk enables you to follow the Canyon Rim, which is a breathtaking, and an invigorating experience. You will depart late morning for the magnificent Uluru, stopping at Kings Creek Station an indigenous owned property farming cattle and camels this station has the biggest export of quality camels to the Middle East, may be try a camel burger for morning tea. Our next stop will be Atilla (Mt Connor) an unusual mountain formation often at first sight incorrectly identified as Uluru, nearby you can photograph Lake Amadeus the third largest salt lake in Australia, after Lake Eyre and Lake Disappointment.

You will be visiting Curtin Springs Cattle Station for a memorable hearty outback station lunch.

Drive around Uluru to take in the mammoth size of this largest piece of rock in the world, is it any wonder that is was so significant to the Aboriginal people for over 30,000 years. Photograph Uluru at sunset to capture the magical colour changes of Uluru.   Returning to your accommodation at the Outback Pioneer Lodge for a comfortable four star night’s accommodation. Participate in a self-cook barbeque and smorgasbord evening meal.

  • Kings Canyon: is part of Watarrka National Park. This scenic landscape of rugged ranges, rock holes and gorges acts as a refuge for many plants and animals, making the park an important conservation area and major attraction of central Australia. 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.
  • Curtin Springs Cattle Station: is a working cattle station owned and operated by the Severin family. The family took over the pastoral lease in1956 and still live on and run the station today. The family extend the unique hospitality that has made them a legend in the NT, Peter Severin opened his homestead as a key stop for passing travellers on their way to Ayers Rock.
Meals:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner.
Accommodation:
Voyagers Ayers Rock Resort 4 & 5 Star

Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Sightseeing Day 3

Up early and journey back to the National Park to view Uluru at sunrise and to participate in two base walks which visit sacred sites and rock art displays. Learn about the legends, mythology and culture of the Australian Aboriginal people that have called Uluru their home. Travel to the nearby Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) a uniquely different formation, a conglomerate of small rocks formed when this area was under the sea. Walk through Walpa Gorge for a magnificent panorama of the great outback. Your three day tour concludes on arrival back at the Outback Pioneer Lodge or your alternative (own arrangement) accommodation venue or before joining your flight to an onward destination.

  • Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park: This is Anangu land and you are welcome. Come share our story. See Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park through Anangu Watch as the sunsets over our Red Centre landscape; hear the echo of the beginning of time, Tjukurpa (law) whispering the story of creation to you. Come and learn from our land and from us, the oldest living culture on earth.
  • Ulura: A great sunrise spot – stay in the car park to view Uluru as a silhouette or take the short, sandy walk to the top of the dune to see Uluru, Kata Tjuta and all the way to the horizon. A new viewing platform is also an excellent option this is located at the southeast corner of Uluru, another magificent photograph opportunity.
  • Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre: The Cultural Centre offers information about activities and park info as well as an introduction into Anangu culture. Because of the deep spiritual nature of the area and what is contained within the Cultural Centre, visitors are asked not to photograph or video inside the building or precinct. This is to respect the wishes of the traditional owners, and protect Anangu’s cultural and intellectual property.
  • Kuniya Walk: From the Kuniya car park, visitors can walk the short track to Mutitjulu waterhole, home of a wanampi, an ancestral watersnake. In the special times of rain, experience the magical waterfalls, while in the warmer months watch for noisy finches and Australian Hobbies rocketing through the serene landscape to catch small birds. For the keen bird watcher, you may spot nesting Black-Breasted Buzzards or Tawny Frogmouths. Following the signs, learn more about the Tjukurpa of Kuniya in this area. The caves containing rock art were used in the past by Anangu who are still alive today.
  • Mala WalkMala Walk to Kantju Gorge: This is where the Mala people camped when they first arrived at Uluru back in the beginning. There are many fine examples of Anangu rock art along this walk and you can experience the sheer vertical walls and profound peacefulness of Kantju Gorge. Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) Kata Tjuta is Pitjantjatjara for ‘many heads’. This spectacular landform lies about 50 kilometres drive from Uluru and Yulara. This area is an Anangu men’s site and is sacred under Tjukurpa (traditional law).
  • Walpa Gorge Walk: Walpa (windy) Gorge is a desert refuge for plants and animals. The rocky track travels gently to an ephemeral stream, passing rare plants and reaching a grove of spear wood. Walk within the sheer walls to experience the vast landscape.
Meals:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea

Prices:                          Adult Twin Share:          Child:

Premium Class:         $3850                                  $3080

Gold Class:                   $4195                                 $3360

Platinum Class:         $4310                                 $3450

Safari Class:                $3445                                 $2755

 Notes: Child: up to and including 16 years of age and sharing with two adults.

Prices valid to 31st March 2017

Departs: Daily

you choose your departure date, year round (excluding 23rd December to 26th Dec and 28th Dec to 01 Jan)

Your tour cost includes:

  • 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.
  • Morning and afternoon tea.
  • The provision of breakfasts, lunches and two 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 an Aboriginal viewpoint.
  • Accommodation: Kings Canyon Resort – 4 star resort or safari tent; Voyages Ayers Rock Resort – 3, 3.5 or 4 star or safari tent

Not included:

  • Evening supper.
  • Single accommodation – on application.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Provision of alcohol with meals except where stated on itinerary.

Special Note: Travel insurance is highly recommended – please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel as listed on our website. Refer Bookings.

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

 

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

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Testimonials

This was a 3 day, 4WD private tour and being in my 60’s, I found this proved to be a great way to visit the Red Centre of Australia. Sheldon, our driver/guide, was extremely knowledgeable on every area we visited, whether it was natural history, cultural, bushtucker, flora or fauna. With several years experience as a guide in this area, he was able to get us to all our destinations well before all the big buses arrived, allowing us to enjoy the walks, scenery and views with very few others around. He was very considerate of our needs or ability to cope with certain walks and his sense of humour made the time between stops go very quickly. The sunrises, sunsets and all destinations were magnificent and I came home with a greater knowledge and better understanding of life in this part of the country. We were looked after very well on this tour and I would not hesitate in recommending it to others. Thanks again for all your help organizing our trip.

I feel this was a more relaxing and less crowded way of visiting this beautiful and very different part of our country.
Helen T -