5-Day Red Centre Small Group Adventure

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Overview

This small group adventure takes you to the heart of the Red Centre.

Australia's Outback is desolate and arid, yet flora and fauna, including humans, still survive in these trying conditions. With rock formations that are over millions of years old, the Aboriginal people and traditional owners of this land have lived here for over 50,000 years.

Over 5 days, you'll go on walks of varying difficulties to discover the deep gorges and rich hue of the Red Centre. Watching the landscape turn from green to yellow to orange to red is spectacular, particularly over sunset and sunrise, a dramatic performance that you will be sure to catch every day of your Outback tour.
Outdoors & Nature
Hiking & Trekking
Sightseeing

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Destination:

Australia

Start:

Alice Springs, Australia

Finish:

Yulara, Australia

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Alice Springs

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Arrive in Alice Springs

Once you have arrived in Alice Springs for the start of your Outback tour, you will be taken to you hotel to check in. You'll have the remainder of the day to relax and explore Alice Springs, the gateway to the Red Centre.

Day 2

Private Tour of Alice Springs

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Private Tour of Alice Springs

Spend a delightful morning in “A Town Like Alice” in the heart of Central Australia, starting with panoramic views from Anzac Hill overlooking the township and surrounding mountain ranges. You'll then learn more about the region and how it is to live here by visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the School of the Air, and the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, Heritage-listed by the National Trust and National Estate. In the evening, you'll have the option to head out for a sunset Bush dinner.

Day 3

Drive to King's Canyon

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Drive to King's Canyon

Departing Alice Springs at 2 pm, we travel directly to Kings Canyon in a four-wheel-drive on Ernst Giles Road, visiting varying sights along the way. On arrival at Kings Canyon Resort, you'll check in to the hotel room and, time permitting, we will enjoy a sparkling wine with a selection of canapés whilst watching the amazing sunset on Carmichael Crag at the western end of Kings Canyon. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the resort’s restaurant and witness the stars of this region.

Day 4

Kings Canyon and Uluru-Kata Tjuta

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Kings Canyon and Uluru-Kata Tjuta

Take a short drive to Kings Canyon for an early walk. The Rim Walk is botanically and spiritually rich, combined with astounding scenery like the buttressed domes that surround the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and Garden of Eden. Then, we make our way to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, stopping at Willonga Well for lunch in the shade with a glass or two of wine. On arrival, you can stretch the legs on the Walpa Gorge ‘Windy Gully’ walk. Return to the hotel after for a beautiful 3-course dinner.

Day 5

Uluru Sunrise

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Uluru Sunrise

We depart the resort under darkness to a remote location to witness the sunrise over the mighty monolith of Uluru and the domes of Kata Tjuta. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will show you the majesty of Uluru as the colours of the great monolith begin to change. This concludes your wonderful Outback tour. You will be departing from the Ayers Rock Airport, your guide will deliver you there by 12.30 pm.

Included in Price

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 activities
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Airport transfer
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transportation
  • Licensed English speaking guides

Not Included in Price

  • Alcohol beverages
  • Domestic flights
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking permits
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Local Designer Reviews

Overall Rating

4.6 out of 5

Eva S.

Jan 14, 2024

We had an amazing experience. We felt that we had someone in our corner at all times just in case something happened and Kate and Jo did exactly that.

Would definitely recommend and be in touch with again in the future.

Francesca L.

Aug 23, 2023

Client Feedback
Sudima Auckland – Wouldn’t stay there again. The staff and location were great but the rooms are very sparse, small and had a very tiny sink area. The first room they gave us was an accessible room which was substandard and seemed to have not been used in a while (there was noticeable dust in the bathroom and the phone was broken). The only other available room which was apparently offered at our rate was on the first floor. We ended paying to upgrade to a better non-accessible room which -- although it wasn’t much money and the front desk gave us a discount – we really should’ve have had to pay to get a decent room off the ground floor on a busy boulevard.
Wellington:
Xplor Tours/Wellington Highlights Half Tour – This was our least favorite of the tours. The guide was over 20 minutes late. The tour van was not ideal for sightseeing – windows were too small. More of a transport passenger van. Guide was just ok. Would give a “so so” recommendation.
Queenstown - Air Milford/Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly – The group was too big for the long bus ride to Milford – spent a long time waiting for a family to arrive and then had to make a diversion to get a baby seat they didn’t bring. A lot of chatter by a group making it hard to hear the tour guide. Must say the driver was very patient, informative and managed to keep us moving on time. Would have preferred a smaller group. However, we were ultimately glad we took a ride to Milford since we were able to stop at places we normally wouldn’t have seen close up by air (e.g., Mirror Lakes). The Milford Sound cruise was fine. The airplane ride back was fantastic! With a smaller group for the bus ride, would highly recommend.
Auckland:
Bush and Beach/Best of Both Worlds – It seems we were put on a different tour than originally on our proposed itinerary (which listed a Time Unlimited small group in a luxury Mercedes van). We were in a bigger group and vehicle rather than in a luxury Mercedes van, and lunch, snacks and refreshments were not provided as indicated on the proposed itinerary; rather we were brought to café/bakery to buy our own. And we had to transfer from one bus/group to another after the morning City tour during the lunch hour rather than getting lunch. (*Can you confirm that our cost was adjusted?) Nonetheless, the morning City tour was fine and the guide was informative (although his driving was a bit jerky). The afternoon beach and rainforest tour was great, and the guides were very informative and considerate. Would highly recommend the beach and rainforest tour, and would recommend the City tour with smoother driving.
Airport Transfers: All transfers were on time and very professional, helpful and friendly, with one slight exception. The Aug 3 pick up from Sudima Auckland for our Rotorua flight was more akin to an Uber ride. The car was a small blue Toyota and the driver wasn’t very friendly. Felt like he was a last minute hire by Hallmark.

Racv E.

Aug 9, 2023

Beyond Expectations: From a Seamless Journey to Stronger Bonds for my daughters

To all at travel design journeys.
Thank you, even that I could not go on the holiday my daughters had a wonderful time,
They even did not want to go back home.
They even said that they even got a lot closer with each other.
Everything went perfectly, you planed it to perfection.
Again thank you very much.
Ian Hughes

Hilary N.

Jan 21, 2023

Kate is very knowledgeable about New Zealand. I gave her some ideas for activities that we were interested in and she was able to craft the perfect itinerary for us. We did a ton of fun excursions, but also had time to relax and plenty of time to get from one town to the next. I appreciate that Kate was always quick to respond to my emails. I had tons of questions for her and she never seemed to mind. I highly recommend working with Kate! We are so glad we did.

Ruth M.

Mar 21, 2020

Fast, efficient, knowledgeable

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