6 Day Experience the Red Centre – Self Drive

Bond Springs Station, Nocturnal Walk & Barbecue, Kuniya Walk, Cultural History of Uluru, Kata Tjuta / The Olgas, Sounds of Silence Dinner, Kings Canyon, Mereenie Loop, Alice Springs

Supplier: Territory Discoveries
Tour Code: TDC461S

Cost from: $952 per person
Validity: 1st April 2004 to 31st March 2005

Departs: Alice Springs – Daily

Day 1 – Alice Springs – Eyes in the Dark Barbecue & Walk
Upon arrival in Alice Springs, collect your rental vehicle and check into your hotel. You will be met at approximately 5pm for the evening ‘Eyes in the Dark’ tour. A short drive from Alice takes you to Bond Springs Station. See the historic buildings including a School of the Air classroom. Enjoy a pre dinner drink as the sun sets. Unwind, relax and enjoy a guided night walk searching for elusive nocturnal desert animals followed by a fabulous bush barbecue on the banks of the Todd River.
Overnight: Alice Springs
Inclusions: Accommodation, vehicle rental, tour, barbecue dinner and selected beverages, motel transfers.

Day 2 – Uluru / Ayers Rock
(Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Resort 441km, Ayers Rock Resort to Uluru 20 km)
Travel south along the sealed Stuart and Lasseter Highways through spectacular desert scenery. You might like to take a break at the camel farm at Stuart Well before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort in the early afternoon. Your first experience of Uluru will be a special one! An Aboriginal guide will take you to caves where his ancestors left ochre paintings. Visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, where generations of Aboriginal people have drank this life-giving water. Discover local bush foods and hear tales of desert survival. Return to the resort, stopping to enjoy the legendary colour changes of this icon rock at sunset.
Overnight: Ayers Rock Resort
Inclusions: Accommodation, vehicle rental, tour
Note: Park entry fee not included.

Day 3 – Kata Tjuta / The Olgas and Sounds of Silence Dinner
(Ayers Rock Resort to Kata Tjuta 48 km)
This morning experience the mystical feeling of dawn at Uluru and perhaps climb the mighty rock. Return to the resort and learn about the predators of the Red Centre and their significance to the Anangu people and their creation time stories. In the afternoon you can visit the magnificent Kata Tjuta. Take a walk into Olga Gorge or for the more adventurous walk the spectacular Valley of the Winds. Return to your accommodation and prepare for a very special dinner this evening. Dine in style under a million stars at the Sounds of Silence restaurant, watching the sun set over Kata Tjuta and Uluru. Enjoy a gourmet barbecue, accompanied by fine wines, as an astronomer takes you on a tour of the night skies.
Overnight: Ayers Rock Resort
Inclusions: Accommodation, vehicle rental, tour, dinner and selected beverages, motel transfers.

Day 4 – Uluru / Ayers Rock to Watarrka National Park / Kings Canyon
(Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon Resort 304 km)
This morning travel east on the Lasseter Highway, turning left onto the Luritja Road before arriving at Kings Canyon Resort. In the afternoon you might like to take the 4 hour rim walk which traverses the edge of the canyon and into the Garden of Eden offering breathtaking views. Alternatively, you can take the shaded base path which is less taxing but still a rewarding walk with spectacular scenery.

Option: In the evening again enjoy the outback atmosphere with the Sounds of Firelight Dinner. Dine in an intimate setting under the canopy Southern Night stars and enjoy a superb five-course set menu accompanied by some of Australia’s finest wines. An exclusive dining experience designed for intimacy and romance.

Overnight: King Canyon Resort
Inclusions: Accommodation, vehicle rental.
Note: Add $130 per person for Sounds of Firelight Dinner. Children not permitted at Sounds of Firelight Dinner.

Day 5 – Mereenie Loop to Alice Springs
(Kings Canyon Resort to Alice Springs via Glen Helen – 390 km; via Hermannsburg – 280 km)
Stunning outback scenery is a highlight as you return to Alice Springs along the unsealed Mereenie Loop and through the striking West MacDonnell Ranges. Alternatively return to Alice Springs via the sealed Luritja Road and Lasseter Highway (475 km).
Overnight: Alice Springs
Inclusions: Accommodation, vehicle rental.
Note: Mereenie Loop permit not included.

Day 6 – Alice Springs
Make the most of your last day in Central Australia by visiting the sites of Alice Springs. Alternatively explore some of the gaps and gorges of the MacDonnell Ranges before returning your vehicle and departing the Red Centre.
Inclusions: Vehicle rental.

Prices are valid from the 1st April 2004 until 31st March 2005  and are in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Note: Prices are per person. Child prices on application. Sounds of Silence Dinner not recommended for children under 10 years. Standard accommodation is based on Standard Room Alice Springs Resort (Alice Springs), Outback Pioneer Hotel or Lost Camel Hotel (Ayers Rock Resort), and Standard Room Kings Canyon Resort (Kings Canyon). Superior accommodation is based on Deluxe Room (Alice Springs Resort), Desert Gardens Hotel (Ayers Rock Resort) and Deluxe Spa Room Kings Canyon Resort (Kings Canyon). You can also choose to upgrade your accommodation in Alice Springs and Ayers Rock Resort. Self Drive packages include comprehensive vehicle insurance, however renters are responsible for minimum damage liability, the amount of which varies. Road access restrictions may also apply. This holiday is also available by coach.