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Outback Australia – The Colour of Red

Ayers Rock to Alice Springs & Alice Springs to Ayers Rock

5 Day Guided Holiday

(Tour Code FTAATTCR)

Explore the highlights and mind blowing hidden treasures of the Red Centre on a small group journey. Immerse yourself in local culture and ancient traditions and come away with a deeper understanding of what makes the Red Centre so unique and special. Get all of this and first class dining experiences along the way.

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Day 1: Welcome to Alice Springs

This afternoon you’ll meet your Travel Director who will share their take on what life is like in such an isolated Australian town. Take our town tour of Alice Springs. We’ll visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station and School of the Air, a crucial service providing education to children living in remote Australian communities. This afternoon travel to Simpson Gap, where you’ll be joined by a Local Guide. They’ll show you some bush tucker and also provide an insight into how the locals have lived on the land for thousands of years. Be my guest dining experienceTonight, an exceptional Be My Guest experience in a natural bush setting awaits you. Enjoy a drink, explore your surroundings and watch the sun set while your host, Bob, cooks a delicious three-course meal in a bush oven. He’ll share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of Aboriginal bush food while you dine under the Milky Way.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, 2 nights
Included Meals: Be My Guest dinner

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Day 2: West MacDonnell Ranges

The West MacDonnell Ranges is the ideal place to experience the geology, land forms and variety of native flora and fauna. You'll take a walk at dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the carpet of lush, green ferns and gum trees on the valley floor. Later, there'll be time to cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole. This afternoon you'll also visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this facility provides medical assistance to those living in remote outback Australia.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

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Day 3: Alice Springs — Kings Canyon

Travelling off-road along Ernest Giles Road, you’ll visit the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve, formed when a meteor hit the earth's surface 4,700 years ago. The meteorite pieces, which reached speeds of 40,000 km per hour, created twelve craters that are still visible today. Though most of the craters have eroded and become lined with plant life, their footprints create an interesting diversion from the surrounding flat Australian desert landscape. Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, this afternoon enjoy a relaxed walk along the creek bed of Kings Canyon.

This evening you’re treated to the unique dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the wilderness under a canopy of the Southern Night sky (weather permitting). The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire and the only sound is soft music intertwined with the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Enjoy sparkling wine and canapés followed by a four-course dinner, prepared from fresh produce and ingredients unique to the Australian Outback. 

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort 
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and highlight dinner

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Day 4: Kings Canyon — Uluru (Ayers Rock)

This morning you're off on a 6km Rim Walk exploration of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As you venture around the rim, highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’, a stop at Cotterill’s Lookout and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. Your next stop is Curtin Springs, which has been home to the Severin family since 1956 when Peter Severin arrived with his young wife Dawn, their toddler son Ashley and 1,500 head of cattle! Sit down to a BBQ lunch and meet one of the locals as you hear about the family and the logistics of running a million-acre cattle property.

This afternoon we enter Uluṟu – Kata Tjuta National Park and make our way to the domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Here you’ll join your Travel Director for a guided walk through Walpa Gorge. The large, steep dome-like formations of Kata Tjuta are amazing to walk through and have great cultural significance for the Anangu people. As the sun sets, you’ll see spectacular changing colours over Uluru from the prime sunset viewing area. This evening share a few laughs with your fellow travellers over a delicious meal at Ilkari Restaurant.

Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

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Day 5: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) — Farewell from Ayers Rock

You’ll start the day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area. From here it’s off to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for breakfast an insight into the history of the local Anangu People. Aboriginal cultureTake a walk around the base of Uluru and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, once an important water source for the Aboriginal people and animals in the area. In the late morning your Colour of Red Inspiring Journey comes to an end and you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Highlights

Discover

  • Iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) in the Red Centre
  • Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve
  • Wander into Simpsons Gap

Explore

  • The 36 mystical domes of Kata Tjuta
  • Fascinating Standley Chasm

Learn/Do

  • Hike through Walpa Gorge
  • Discover Aboriginal rock art at Uluru
  • Learn about Uluru’s sacred sightsAboriginal culture
  • Hike to the top of Kings Canyon for magnificent views
  • Visit School of the Air & the Royal Flying Doctor Service

Relax

  • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine
  • Take a dip in Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise

Taste

  • Dine ‘Under a Desert Moon’ at Kings Canyon Resort
  • Taste traditional bush foods in Alice Springs

Inclusions

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Airport transfers
  • 4 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 1 Be my Guest dinner
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 2 Dinners with wine

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Fitness Level

Moderate: You’ll travel in 4WD vehicles. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk may not be suitable for all guests due to its difficult nature coupled with weather conditions in the Red Centre. An easier creek bed is available as an alternative. 

Departures / Pricing 2019

Alice Springs to Uluru

From 01 April 2019 From 01 July 2019 
Price Twin Share$2530Price Twin Share$2660
Price Single$3150Price Single$3365
Dates12 Apr - 16 AprDates05 Jul - 09 Jul
10 May - 14 May19 Jul - 23 Jul
24 May - 28 May 02 Aug - 06 Aug
07 Jun - 11 Jun 16 Aug - 20 Aug
21 Jun - 25 Jun30 Aug - 03 Sep
13 Sep - 17 Sep
27 Sep - 01 Oct

Call 1300 197 351 for up to date availability.

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Accommodation

Sails In The Desert

In the heart of Australia's Red Centre, the hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a luxurious outback holiday experience.  Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort's Sails in the Desert Hotel, shading 228 luxury five star rooms and suites

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

The hotel is nestled beneath the famous MacDonnell Ranges. All rooms feature a private balcony with views of the nearby 18-hole Alice Springs Golf Course, the Todd River, swimming pool or the MacDonnell Ranges.

Kings Canyon Resort

Set in a prime location and nestled in amongst a rugged bush setting, these rooms offer deluxe accommodation with a spacious spa bath and feature a window providing scenic views. Each Deluxe Spa Room also features a private balcony offering a magnificent outlook onto a rocky escarpment that is tastefully lit at night.