FROM AYERS ROCK RESORT G4 09 “THE OUTBACK CONNECTION” TO ALICE SPRINGS – Premium & Safari Class 3 DAYS

A JOURNEY FROM AYERS ROCK RESORT, KINGS CANYON, GLEN HELEN STOPOVER, PALM VALLEY VISIT, CONTINUE TO ALICE Tour Code G4 09 -   ()

A JOURNEY FROM AYERS ROCK RESORT, KINGS CANYON, GLEN HELEN STOPOVER, PALM VALLEY VISIT, CONTINUE TO ALICE

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCE BY 4WD – 3 Days

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

4WD vehicle with special Driver/Guide

Outback Sand Dunes – Salt Lakes – Unusual Land Forms – Spectacular Kings Canyon Rim Walk – Aboriginal Homelands – Camels, Kangaroos & Birds of Prey – A Comet Crater – Rugged and Majestic MacDonnell Ranges

This three day tour makes an ideal connection between the icon of Uluru and Alice Springs, the heart of Australia, as it travels through Aboriginal Homelands, outback bush and sand dune country with its fascinating wildlife. Your two overnight stays en route are in resort 3 star cabins and resort deluxe 4 star.

Plan your sightseeing from Ayers Rock Resort and your Alice Springs stop over – use this itinerary as your connection!

Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park) Day 1

Depart Ayers Rock Resort at 8.00 am – the first stop will be at Curtin Springs Station for morning tea in the bough shed – a unique experience. A photographic stop provides the opportunity to capture Attila and a short walk to view Lake Amadeus. The scenery today includes mulga scrub, desert oak forests, sand dunes and rugged ranges. Stop at Kings Creek Station – a cattle and camel property. The opportunity arises for a camel ride or quad bike ride. In the afternoon a 3 hour self guided walk around Kings Canyon rim where you will be overwhelmed by the rugged grandeur. View sunset on the George Gill Range as you settle in to your luxury accommodation.

Highlights:

  • Curtin Springs: is a working Cattle Station owned and operated by the Severin family. The family took over the pastoral lease in 1956 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.
  • Desert Oaks: Allocasuarina decaisneana or desert oak is an attractive, medium-sized, slow-growing tree found in the dry desert regions of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Young trees have a narrow trunk and grey/green feathery foliage. They mature to an adult form with spreading limbs and bushy foliage. It is the only member of its family in Central Australia and its large cylindrical cones are the biggest in its family. Fire does not usually kill the tree.
  • Kings Canyon: or Watarrka National Park contains the western end of the George Gill Range. 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.
Meals:
Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Accommodation:
Kings Canyon Resort – 4 star deluxe room

The Mereenie Track, Gosses Bluff to Glen Helen Resort Day 2

A journey through Aboriginal Homelands to “The Jump Up” where the different plateaus meet and where once the inland sea met the coast. You may see kangaroos, emus, camels, donkeys, horses, cattle, eagles, kites etc. Detour into Gosse’s Bluff – one of the world’s great impact sites equivalent to many thousands of atomic bombs. Travel in to the West MacDonnell Ranges portrayed by the Aboriginal painter, Albert Namatjira. Settle into tour 3 star lodge accommodation at Glen Helen Resort.

Highlights:

  • 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 vehicles as weather conditions make the road conditions difficult for standard vehicles.
  • Gosses Bluff: 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 175km 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.
  • Glen Helen Resort: in West MacDonnell National Park offers camping, backpacker and motel accommodation and the Namatjira Gallery Restaurant – an a la carte dining experience in an outback homestead environment.
Meals:
Glen Helen Resort – 3 star cabin
Accommodation:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner

Ormiston Gorge, Palm Valley, Hermannsburg Community to The Alice Day 3

At nearby Ormiston Gorge the opportunity will occur to either have a brief walk along the Larapinta Trail or enjoy a swim in a rock pool. Continue travelling deeper in to the West MacDonnell Ranges to visit another iconic attraction – Palm Valley. An ancient oasis of vegetation – cycads, tall palm trees and rock pools. En route to Alice Springs visit the historic Hermannsburg Lutheran Mission Precinct where a guide will talk to you about life in the community and show you the Albert Namatjira Art Galley & Museum. Arrive Alice Springs at approximately 6.00 pm concluding your Outback Australian Connection.

Highlights:

  • 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 (or relic) plant species remaining from a tropical past.
  • Palm Valley: The valley is indicative of central Australia’s tropical past where Palm Valley and the close surrounding area is the only place known in Central Australia where the Red Cabbage Palms (Livistona mariae) survive. It is within the Finke Gorge National Park and is only accessible by 4WD.
  • Hermannsburg Mission: Established in 1877, the mission was the initial point of contact between Western Aranda and European cultures. The mission provided a sanctuary and source of medical assistance for Aranda people during the contact period. For many years it was the largest settlement in central Australia.
  • Hermannsburg Community: was established as an Aboriginal mission in 1877 by two Lutheran missionaries of the Hermannsburg Mission from Germany, who had travelled overland from Bethany in the Barossa Valley in South Australia. They named their new mission among the Aranda people after Hermannsburg in Germany where they had trained.
Meals:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea.
Accommodation:
Nil

Prices:                          Adult Twin Share:          Child:

Premium Class:         $3250                                $2600

Safari Class:                $2920                               $2335

G4 2 Premium:          $5400                                  N/A

 

Notes: Child: up to and including 16 years of age and sharing with two adults.  G4 2 Premium Class: 2 adults minimum / maximum private charter

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)

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 specialist guides who join the tour where necessary to provide guided town tours or additional information.
  • The provision of 3 and 4 star accommodation – twin share basis.
  • Morning and afternoon tea.
  • The provision of two cooked breakfasts, three picnic/café lunches and two 2 course evening meals. Welcome drink prior to evening meal.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.

Exclusions:

  • 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.

 

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