Duration: 3 days/3 nights
Type: Private Charter, Shared.
Departs: Alice Springs to Uluru (Saturday & Monday), Uluru to Alice Springs (Tuesdays & Fridays)
Interests: Birds, Land Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Reptiles & Amphibians.
Traversing through ancient rocky and rugged ranges, vivid red sandstone canyons that are 350 million years old, rich ochre coloured sand dunes, vast expanses of Mulga and Spinifex and the awe-inspiring rock formations of Uluru, Kata Tjuta & Kings Canyon, this is the ultimate small group exploration of the Red Centre.
This three day/three night immersive adventure escapes the crowds, showcasing this beautiful desert region and the amazing flora and fauna that have evolved to thrive in this arid environment including numerous skinks, the iconic Thorny Devil, bushbirds, raptor birds, Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos and fascinating insects. This small group adventure departs from Alice Springs to Uluru, or vice versa, inclusive of a sunset at Uluru, sunrise at Kata Tjuta, Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience and an early morning inspirational Rim Walk or stroll along the creek at Kings Canyon.
About SEIT Outback Australia: This award winning small group tour company is 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.
This tour traverses through desert landscapes to the entrance of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. From this point it is only a matter of minutes before the vista of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity and presence across a wonderous continent. The first stop is a photographic opportunity of this amazing icon before setting off for the journey to see this remarkable landmark up close.
At this point, guests will join their guide along the Mala Walk at the base of Uluru to the impressive Kantju Gorge, where a riveting insight will be given into life of the Mala People and the importance of ceremonies. A keen eye may spot reptiles such as the Thorny Devil, Sand Goanna and numerous skinks including the Blue-tongue Lizard. Further around the base of Uluru on the Kuniya Walk, the Mutitjulu Waterhole will be reached, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru.
Here you will learn of the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (woma python). The waterhole is the perfect backdrop to spot local birdlife including Zebra Finches, Singing Honeyeaters, Yellow-throated Miners, Masked-woodswallows, Australian Ringneck Parrots, Splendid Fairy-wrens and occasionally Budgerigars, Crimson Chats and Painted Finches or burrowing frogs after rain.
The group will then adjourn to the new Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you will observe an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sunset from a different perspective away from the crowds. Your guide will then return to your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort.
Overnight Accommodation: Ayers Rock Resort (accommodation not included in tour package). Please enquire with us directly to find out options and booking requests).
After an early morning pickup, guests will travel 40 kilometres towards the mighty rock formation of Kata Tjuta, to experience the best vantage point for the 36 domes that comprise this most spiritual place. Once the magical sight of the sun’s morning glow upon the desert is taken in, the group will make their way to the western side of Kata Tjuta, for the opportunity to relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast.
Upon approaching the entrance to Walpa Gorge, named for the wind (Walpa) that whistles between the massive domes that shape Kata Tjuta, the result of eons of weathering and continual upheaval, the expert guide will share the significance of the men’s sacred ceremonial site. Insights will also be given into the formation of the mighty conglomerate rock walls and how they have evolved over millions of years. This rocky terrain is home to many desert reptiles, insects and birds including Nankeen Kestrels and Whistling Kites that may be nesting in the rock crevices high above.
The group will then depart for Kings Canyon including a picnic lunch at Curtin Springs Station , a charming historic outback homestead. This vast outback property is home to a wide range of local wildlife including birds of prey such as Whistling Kites, Nankeen Kestrels, Black-breasted Buzzards and Brown Falcons and numerous reptiles.
Upon reaching Kings Canyon, guests will have the privelege of joining the Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience. Karrke is the name for the Western Bowerbird in the Arrente language. This experience will provide fascinating insights into various aspects of the ancient culture including bush medicine, dot painting, wood artefacts and weapons, bush foods and the connectedness to the local flora and fauna.
Please note: Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience is not available from December to mid January, with this deducted from tour price.
Overnight Accommodation: Kings Canyon Resort (accommodation not included in tour package). Please enquire with us directly to find out options and booking requests).
Optional extras ‘Dining Under a Desert Moon’ if staying at Kings Canyon Resort (April-October) or scenic helicopter flight can be booked on location subject to availability (additional cost). Dinner at own expense.
This day commences with an exploration of the beautiful Kings Canyon. Guests will have the opportunity to climb the escarpment to take in the magnificent views of the Red Centre then embark on the Rim Walk through the beehive-like sandstone domes that are the haven of more than 600 species of plants. Kings Canyon is the most botanically rich region in central Australia and one can not help but marvel at the canyon walls rising more than 300 metres from the valley floor. A detour to the Garden of Eden, a permanent waterhole surrounded by lush plant life, is a prime spot to look for Zebra Finches, Spinifex Pigeons, Diamond Doves, Grey-headed Honeyeaters and Black-breasted Buzzards flying between the rocky outcrops.
After a hearty picnic breakfast, guests will travel from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs via Giles Road, 100km of off-road adventure through the heart of this beautiful desert region. Watch for Wedge-tailed Eagles that may be nesting in the trees along the track and even wild brumbies that roam these plains. To round out the incredible three-day adventure, the group will visit ANZAC Hill to photograph the desert landscapes surrounding Alice Springs. Upon arrival into town your guide will transfer you to your chosen hotel for your final night's accommodation.
Overnight Accommodation: Alice Springs (accommodation not included in tour package). Please enquire with us directly to find out options and booking requests). Dinner at own expense.
Shared Tour Pricing: from $1,200 per adult
Group Size: Minimum of 2 guests, maximum of 8 guests
Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Ayers Rock Resort or Alice Springs depending on preferred direction of travel.
Pick-up and Drop-off Time: Subject to time of year (pre-departure accommodation required if starting in Alice Springs)
Languages: Fully guided French, Spanish, Italian and German touring throughout the Red Centre is available on request as a private charter at additional cost. Please enquire with us directly to find out more.
Vehicles: Modern air conditioned 4WD Mercedes Benz Sprinters
Please note: this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 5 years old.
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"We did two tours (Uluru and Kata Tjuta) with SEIT Outback Australia and the guide, Rick, was exceptional. I have rarely met someone with such knowledge, conviction and passion for what they do; with a deep understanding and love of the outback." - Howard, UK
"A wonderful small group experience with informative, friendly and passionate guides. It was great to discover so many stories and legends connected to Uluru as well as the wildlife, gorges, caves and sacred places- its so much more than just a rock! The colours and textures are amazing...Highly recommended." - Barb, Australia
"The early morning start is well worth the effort. Getting up before sunrise and walking around the enormous ‘rock’ is so exhilarating. Bruce and Dylan, our guides, made the morning walk memorable with excellent stories and information. Their sense of humour made the walk hugely enjoyable. Don’t miss the best way to experience the magic of Uluru." - Val, UK
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