Duration: 4 days/3 nights - Uluru & Alice Springs
Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.
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 and Kata Tjuta, this is the ultimate exploration of the Red Centre.
This small group, three or four-day immersive adventure showcases 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.
Guests will see Mt Conner, the third iconic rock in Central Australia, take in a stunning sunrise over Kata Tjuta’s spiritual domes and spend an afternoon exploring Uluru, the most culturally significant monolith in Australia.
As a finale, guests will travel to impressive Kings Canyon to undertake the inspirational Rim Walk or stroll along Kings Creek and marvel at the sandstone rock walls, towering more than 300 metres above the valley floor before returning to Alice Springs.
Departing Alice Springs early afternoon, guests will venture out to Ayers Rock Resort via Mt Conner, the third icon in Central Australia. Guests will enjoy afternoon tea at the spectacular Finke River, believed to be one of the oldest rivers in the world. This tributary once drained the continent’s great inland sea and runs for about 600km to the western edge of the Simpson Desert in northern South Australia.
Visitors will then traverse through undulating sandplains, dunes and mulga woodlands towards Mt Conner. On arrival at Curtin Springs Station, guests will be charmed by the historic outback homestead, home to your hosts the Severin family for over fifty years.
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. Other animals that may be encountered include Camels, Red Kangaroos, Emus, Dingos, Thorny Devils, Sand Goanna, Bearded Dragon and numerous skinks.
After witnessing the last of the sun’s rays light up this impressive mesa, guests will be treated to a three-course dinner at the homestead prepared by the station cook, before journeying to Ayers Rock Resort and settling into their overnight accommodation.
Guests will depart early in the morning to the entrance of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. From there it is approximately 45-minutes to the mighty rock formation of Kata Tjuta, the second and mysterious rock formation in the National Park.
The first stop is the Kata Tjuta sunrise viewing area where guests will experience the best vantage point for the 36 domes that comprise this most spiritual place. A hearty picnic breakfast is served in a secluded location in mulga country, surrounded by birdlife. Then, 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 this 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.
After some free time back at Ayers Rock Resort, your second journey is to see the remarkable landmark that is Uluru up close. First stop is a photographic opportunity of this amazing icon. Then 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, Budgerigars, Crimson Chats and Painted Finches and even burrowing frogs after rainfall has occurred. The group will then adjourn to the new Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area to observe an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background. Relax with a glass of chilled sparkling wine as the sun sets.
Guests will then return to Ayers Rock Resort for their overnight accommodation.
This day commences with a journey out to the Watarrka National Park at the western end of the George Gill Range to behold impressive 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.
Dinner is served at Kings Canyon Resort, your overnight accommodation.
After a hearty 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. Upon arrival into Alice Springs your guide will transfer you to your chosen hotel, to the railway station for those on the Ghan, or even directly to the airport if you are departing on a flight.