Uluru Odyssey 7 Day
Day 1 - Arrive Alice Springs
What's Included 6 days touring, 4 Lunches, 5 Refreshments, 6 nights Accommodation, entry fees, Airport or rail meet and greet on arrival, Departure airport transfer at Ayers Rock Resort, Small Group (min 2), On Board Library, Naturalist Guide, Luxury Expedition Vehicle
Departs Sunday, Tuesday and Friday upon arrival (arrival transfer included)
Arrive Alice Springs • Day 1
Welcome to Alice Springs! On arrival, you will be met by an Alice Springs Holidays representative for a complimentary transfer to your hotel. Following check in Desert Park Transfers will take you to the Alice Springs Desert Park. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the 3 major desert habitats, complete with walk through aviaries. The Desert Park is home to the world’s largest nocturnal house and breeding programmes for many endangered species of the Australian bush. Be enthralled by the free flying raptor display at Nature’s Theatre.
West MacDonnell Ranges • Day 2
Venture west for a day of panoramic mountain scenery, visiting tranquil waterholes, rocky gorges, dramatic natural gaps and clefts carved from the ranges. Bird life abounds in the sheltered environment of the mountain valleys and the area is home to the local species of Black footed Rock Wallaby which is regularly sighted. Swim in the cool waterholes and explore the walking trails with your informative guide on hand to cater to your curiosity. The Ochre Pits offer a fascinating insight into the many traditional uses of this natural pigment. Visiting the grave of Flying Doctor pioneer Rev John Flynn provides a poignant reminder of the remoteness of Central Australia and the vastness of this land. Return to Alice Springs late afternoon.
Palm Valley • Day 3
Your Uluru Odyssey experience continues with a day of adventure exploring the Finke Gorge National Park. Making our way along the mostly dry bed of the Finke River you'll marvel at the dramatic evidence of it's awesome flood history. Further along the track the magnificent Amphitheatre provides a stunning opportunity for photography, before finally reaching Palm Valley itself. Experience a walk amongst the rare Red Cabbage Palms, relics of a previous climate many millions of years past. We travel back along the track to the sealed road to visit the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct founded by Lutheran missionaries in 1877, and birthplace of watercolour painting in the region. Return to Alice Springs late afternoon.
Alice Springs to Kings Canyon • Day 4
Leaving the Alice, the main highways, and the crowds behind, we travel through mountain valleys to Wallace Rockhole aboriginal community. Here experience a rock art and culture tour with a local guide. Visit the gallery which provides an opportunity to purchase a variety of local art. Further along the track, the adventure continues on the 4WD track into the Gosse Bluff comet impact crater. Not just an astrogeological wonder but also a fantastic setting for our picnic lunch. Stroll around and admire the towering crater walls. We return to the dirt road traversing the Mereenie Wilderness Area as the mountain valleys give way to open plains before arriving at the Kings Canyon Resort in the late afternoon. Optional Sounds of Firelight Dinner
Kings Canyon to Uluru • Day 5
We begin our day with an exploration of the majestic Kings Canyon, with a choice of activities. The energetic will find the hike around the Canyon rim a stimulating option, offering panoramic views and in parts steep climbs. Alternatively, experience a gentler stroll through the Canyon floor, amid abundant bird life and ancient cycad plants. Our next stop is Uluru, enroute we enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the expansive landscapes of changing eco systems, and vast salt lakes we view the mesa-like formation of Mt Connor. Arrive Ayers Rock Resort and check into your hotel. This afternoon we visit the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, followed by an exploratory tour with your guide, of the base of this unique monolith. The crowning touch to the day is a champagne sunset, featuring fine Australian foods and sparkling wine.
Kata Tjuta to Alice Springs • Day 6
An early morning departure, to enjoy the tranquillity away from the crowds, and witness the subtle changes of the sunrise colours as they wash over Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Your guide will show you around the massive domes on an informative walk. Hear of the geology, history and ecological significance. We return to the resort in time for lunch (own expense). This afternoon is free to explore the resort on foot or The Rock astride a Harley or just relax by the pool, maybe Sounds of Silence Dinner as a grand finale to your stay in The Red Centre.
Ayers Rock to Home Port • Day 7
Today is free for a lazy morning or perhaps a sunrise breakfast before joining your flight onward to your next adventure or homeward bound.