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4-Day Uluru Kings Canyon to West MacDonnell Ranges - Bush Swag [from Ayers Rock]

Itinerary

4-Day Uluru Kings Canyon to West MacDonnell Ranges - Bush Swag [from Ayers Rock]

Day 1

**Day 1: Ayers Rock Airport to Uluru ** Departing from Ayers Rock/Yulara (Uluru Airport) we join the group in Uluru (Ayers Rock) before we head to the Red Centre's indigenous interpretive cultural centre where we have a chance to learn about the cultural, ecological, historical and geological significance of this very special national park. With the anticipation and excitement growing we make a short drive towards the base of Uluru as we begin to comprehend the sheer size and magnificence of the giant monolith, getting up close and personal to explore further. Walking to Mutitjulu waterhole we discover sacred rock art sites in family caves and hear the creation stories of Kuniya and Liru as we continue our base walk towards Kuniya Piti. From here we drive around sacred sites towards Kantju Gorge where we envisage the highest waterfall in Central Australia, (truly a spectacle to behold, even more so when raining) an elders' cave, and the world's oldest pantry. After exploring the world's most impressive rock up close and personal, we retreat for panoramic views to witness one of the most incredible sunsets on the planet, all whilst having dinner cooked for you, to feed those hungry eyes. **Day 1 Highlights:** - Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Red Centres Aboriginal interpretive cultural centre - Sacred Rock Art Site - Mutitjulu Waterhole - Kuniya Piti - Kantju Gorge - Sunset at Uluru lookout **Meals:** Dinner. **Accom:** Uluru Coach Campground - Bush Swags (communal facilities). **Driving Distance:** 350km. **Hike Distance:** 2-3 km / 2-3 hours.

Day 2

**Day 2: Uluru to Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon** It's an early rise and light breakfast as we head off for a spectacular sunrise in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. You thought Uluru was special and just when you think it couldn't get any more majestic we approach the stunning silhouette of Kata Tjuta. Here we set off on a hike through the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge marveling at the mighty conglomerate rock formations. After exploring Kata Tjuta we make our way towards Kings Canyon region just in time to experience a glorious outback sunset followed by a hearty meal around the campfire. **Day 2 Highlights:** - Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - Hike the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge - The Olgas- Kata Tjuta - Spectacular Sunrise at Uluru **Meals:** Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. **Accom:** Kings Canyon Campground - Bush Swags (private outback facilities). **Driving Distance:** 406 km (4.5 Hours). **Hike Distance:** 2-6 km / 2-4 hours (*weather dependent).

Day 3

**Day 3: Kings Canyon to West MacDonnell Ranges** We head off early to explore the mighty Kings Canyon (Watarrka) venturing into the ancient landscape and sacred grounds of the Ulpanyali and Lilla people. Arriving at the jewel in the crown at the centre of Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) we find ourselves surrounded by towering 100-metre cliff faces, views of sandstone chasms and jaw-dropping backdrops that will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Grab your water, hat and sturdy shoes as we set off on foot to explore (the most seasonally applicable part of) the canyon in more detail. Rest up in the bus as we head back up north, traveling off the beaten track via the Mereenie Loop Tourist Drive and heading out towards the West MacDonnell Ranges for an evening of stargazing at our bush camp. **Day 3 Highlights:** - Outback Scenery - Travel through the remote central Australian countryside from Kings Canyon on route north through Alice Springs towards our campsite for the evening at our exclusive campsite in the West MacDonnell Ranges - Kings Canyon Watarrka National Park- Engage in a guided walk and learn about the flora, fauna and geology of this very special place - Travel the unforgettable back route to Alice Springs along Red Centre Way Mereenie Loop Drive (access permitting) - Enjoy a hearty dinner and unwind with your new mates - Spectacular Stargazing in remote outback Australia **Meals:** Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner **Camping:** West MacDonnell Ranges - Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (private portable facilities) **Driving Distance:** 370km (4 hours) **Hike Distance:** 4-6 km / 3-4 hours

Day 4

**Day 4: Standley Chasm and Tjoritja West MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs** Our West MacDonnell Ranges exploration unfolds amidst the towering red walls of Ormiston Gorge. Fuel up with some breakfast while nestled within this awe-inspiring natural wonder, taking a moment to appreciate the immense geological forces that sculpted this landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife emerging with the rising sun. Next, we cool off with a refreshing dip in the Ellery Creek Bighole (Udepata in Arrernte). Surrounded by dramatic cliffs and sandy Ellery Creek, this permanent waterhole offers a welcome respite in the arid outback. Continuing our journey, we arrive at Standley Chasm (Angkerle Atwatye). This dramatic 3-meter-wide, 80-meter-high gorge provides a stunning backdrop for our exploration. Our final stop is Simpsons Gap, another remarkable feature of the Tjoritja West MacDonnells. This significant site boasts a permanent waterhole attracting diverse wildlife and holds cultural significance as the intersection of several Aboriginal dreaming trails. With hearts full of wonder and unforgettable memories, we return to Alice Springs, dropping you off at your chosen accommodation. Relive your incredible four-day exploration and connect with the new friends you've made along the way. **Day 4 Highlights:** - Tjoritja West MacDonnell - Standley Chasm - Ellery Creek Bighole - Ormiston Gorge - Simpsons Gap **Meals:** Breakfast, Lunch. **Accom:** N/A. **Driving Distance:** 250km (3 hours). **Walking Distance:** ~3km / 4km.
Summary

What’s included?

Accommodation

Camping - Swag

Local transport

Mini-coach

Meals

Breakfast: 3
Lunch: 3
Dinner: 3

Additional info

WHAT TO BRING
  • 2-3L Refillable water bottle
  • A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Beach towel & toiletries
  • Bathers or swimwear
  • Comfortable sturdy hiking shoes (closed shoes)
  • All-weather clothing (extreme conditions day/night)
  • Camera
  • Flashlight, headlamp or torch
  • Tropical strength insect repellent
  • Mosquito or fly net (summer months)
  • 15kg overnight bag & small day pack
  • Bring your own sleeping bag & pillow (optional - if staying in a swag)
  • Recharge power bank (limited access to power to charge phone or cameras)
  • Money for snacks

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