SEIT Outback Australia is a vibrant small group tour company based in the Red Centre of Australia, offering visitors unique, educational and immersive experiences in and around Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Kathy and Brett Graham commenced the business in 2009, to realise their vision of sharing their passion for the environment, wildlife and culture of this spiritually and environmentally significant desert region, borne out of a combined 20 years' experience touring in the centre.
The acronym SEIT stands for Spirit, Emotion, Intellect and Task, which perfectly describes the company’s philosophy to touring. This is derived from a promise that visitors will leave with a better appreciation of life in the outback and a new found understanding of the inextricable connection between the wildlife, the land and the culture in Central Australia.
The Red Centre is unlike any other habitat on earth and this is reflected in its flora and fauna including many reptiles, marsupials and birds that are endemic to the area. Desert wildlife weaves through local Tjukurpa (Creation Stories) and is at the crux of the story of the survival of the oldest living culture in the world.
SEIT Outback Australia's guides hail from all parts of the globe but have one thing in common - they speak from experience and from the heart. Touring in small groups with a maximum of eleven is key to SEIT’s operation, allowing for a more personalized and interactive experience with minimal impact as we explore this unique environment away from the crowds, to ensure connection with one of the world’s most spiritual sites.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta & Red Centre
The Red Centre is considered the spiritual heart of Australia, with incredible desert landscapes and iconic landmarks such as Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and Mt Conner captivating countless visitors. The Anangu people of Uluru have been the traditional custodians of this ancient land for many generations, balancing the intricate relationship between people, plants, animals and the landscape. In fact, archaeological evidence shows Aboriginal people have lived in Central Australia for at least 30,000 years.
Small group tours across Uluru and the Red Centre provide access to several marsupial and bird species including Red Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos and numerous raptors and bushbirds including Black Kites, Black Breasted Buzzards, Brown Falcons, Nankeen Kestrels, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Pied Butcherbirds, Mistletoebirds, Zebra Finches and Yellow-throated Minors. Reptiles are also abundant in warmer months with Thorny Devils, Sand Goannas, Central Netted Dragons, Long-nose Water Dragons and Blue-tongued Lizards commonly seen.
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a sanctuary for 21 mammals, 73 reptiles and 178 birds with many of these animals being culturally significant, often being ancestral creatures.
Uluru is one of the world’s most iconic landscapes and is deeply sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu people. With a circumference of 9.4 kilometres (5.8 miles) and height of 348 metres, this amazing formation is higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Chrysler Building in New York, and boasts an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient rock paintings up to 5,000 years old. Uluru is composed of a type of rock called arkose (a type of sandstone characterized by an abundance of feldspar). You can walk around the entire base of Uluru on an Uluru walking tour.
Geologists believe the formation of Uluru began about 550 million years ago, when rainwater flowed down from surrounding mountains, eroding sand and dropping it in big fan shapes. Then 500 million years ago, this whole area became covered by the sea, with the weight of the seabed turning the ‘fans’ into rock. The sea subsided some 100 million years later and Uluru tilted 90 degrees due to tectonic activity. Since then erosion of softer rocks has occurred leaving the remarkable landscape we see today. Seeing the wildlife in addition to a sunset Uluru tour or sunrise Uluru tour is a truly unforgettable experience.
Just east of Uluru is a group of 36 large domed rock formations named Kata Tjuta. This remarkable landscape was formed in a similar manner to Uluru, except the fans were composed of conglomerate rocks of varying types including granite and basalt, rather than sand like Uluru. The highest dome of the group rises to an extraordinary 546 m (1,791 ft) above the surrounding plain, approximately the same height as new One World Trade Centre in New York.
A highlight on Kata Tjuta tours, is seeing the major canyons and valleys between the dome rocks is a result of major folding and faulting events and chemical weathering. The surrounding landscape is largely flat and undulating sandplains, dunes and mulga woodlands. Common Wallaroos, Dingos, Wedge-tailed Eagles and Nankeen Kestrels can be seen, whilst the mulgas provide habitat for Crested Pigeons, honeyeaters, Zebra Finches and Budgerigars. Similar to Uluru, you can also witness the beauty of this landscape with a a sunset Kata Tjuta tour or sunrise Kata Tjuta tour or Kata Tjuta walking tour.
Located on the privately owned Curtin Springs Station, Mt Conner is a horseshoe-shaped mesa reaching a height of 300 metres (984 feet). The sediments that formed this landmark were deposited in a shallow sea much earlier than those of Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the rock strata has not been subject to tilting as per the other two icons. The rocks have outcropping quartzite forming the top area, with two layers underneath consisting of different sandstones.
The rocky gorges support a population of Black-footed Rock Wallaby whilst surrounding mulga and spinifex plains provide habitat Red Kangaroos, Brown Falcons, Brown Goshawks, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Mulga Parrots and numerous reptiles including the iconic Thorny Devil. SEIT Outback Australia have special access to tour Mt Conner so you can experience the remarkable outback station lifestyle firsthand.
Meet our guides
Meet our guides
Mark WallaceMark, or Wally as he is affectionately known, has been a guide in Central Australia on and off since 2001, starting his guiding career on 3 to 5 day immersive 'safari' style tours from Alice Springs. He has also been based at Uluru for a few years in that time, leading half day tours into Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park with SEIT and also longer 5 to 9 day cultural awareness programs for school groups. Wally is knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of Central Australia and is passionate about sharing his insights with his guests on tour. He is keen to show people how life out here differs from their own in terms of wildlife, environment and culture. He hopes that by seeing the beauty of Central Australia people's eyes, hearts and minds will be opened and they will leave with a new found knowledge and respect for life in outback Australia. Wally is quite excited to have recently spotted his first Tawny Frogmouth in the wild and is a keen birdwatcher, always on the lookout for the impressive wedge-tail eagles, red-back kingfishers and rainbow bee eaters. His favourite animal would have to be the big red kangaroos, they are the kings of Central Australia! Outside of guiding Wally and his wife are keen cyclists and have crossed Europe on bikes. They are keen explorers and just love the outdoors and all it has to offer.
Meet our guides
Meet our guides
Lachlan KeelyLachlan, or Lachy, started guiding with SEIT Outback Australia and wasn't actually expecting to use his degree in Environmental Science (Ecology/management) to pursue a career in guiding, but is so glad he took the opportunity to move to Uluru and guide in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Lachy loves that every day is different; from the wildlife to the spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Plus he loves meeting people from all over the globe! Lachlan is an unapologetic 'greenie' who is very conscious of his reliance on the biosphere and is passionate about preserving the environment and indigenous culture associated with the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. He has taken part in many conservations activities locally, from re-vegetation to studies of species density in an area. It's always a thrill when Lachy's tour group get to see a thorny devil (moloch horridus) as they are usually a crowd pleaser. However, his absolute favourite local reptile would have to be the Red Centre's largest lizard, the Perentie (varanus giganteus). Though hard to spot, a sighting of a perentie can make anyone's day! In the birding kingdom his favourite little tweeter would have to be the Crimson Chat epthianura tricolor) with its brilliant red plumage. Outside of guiding Lachlan is a keen musician, having been a drummer since he was young, and has played in several bands in Adelaide.
Meet our guides
Meet our guides
Emilie LangohrFrench-speaking guide Emilie, hailing originally from Belgium, joined SEIT Outback Australia in 2016 following two years of tour guiding and conservation work in South Africa. She came to Central Australia to continue both her passion for conserving the environment but also to further her global understanding ecosystems. Emilie is passionate about wildlife, birds in particular, with the large Central Australian wedge-tail eagle being her favourite. Whilst the ecosystems of the Northern Territory and South Africa may be similar, the wildlife is certainly vastly different. Emilie monitored lions and rhinos during her conservation work in Africa, but is happier spotting the beautiful local reptiles at Uluru such as the Sand Goanna, Perentie and Blue-tongued Skink. When not guiding, Emilie loves to swim given her recent and current locations, has a definite passion for travel.
Meet our guides
Meet our guides
Nadia WallaceNadia started her guiding career with a year at Port Arthur in Tasmania upon completing her degree in Environmental Tourism and Outdoor Education back in 2006. Her love affair with Central Australia began in 2007 when she began guiding in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and leading school groups on cultural awareness programs through local Aboriginal lands. Nadia has guided here on and off ever since with brief stints in various Victorian National Parks and wineries, but admits the Red Centre keeps calling her back. She loves teaching her guests on tour about the local flora and fauna, in particular about the birds of the region and their characteristic calls. It's very rewarding for Nadia when her visitors leave with a connection to the environment here, being able to identify birds and hear the difference in their calls from knowing very little at the start of the tour. There are approximately 178 species of birds living in the region so there are always different birds to spot, if you are quick enough! In her spare time, Nadia loves being active and her and her husband Wally love to hike and cycle extended trails together. They hiked the 223km Larapinta Trail in Alice Springs in 2012 and have been on several cycling trips over the years.
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