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Highlights of the Red Centre Self Drive

from £877 4 nights | Year round Exc. flights See price details
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Overview

Explore the iconic highlights of the Red Centre on this self guided holiday through the central Australian outback.

Discover the history of Alice Springs, one of Australia’s most iconic outback towns, before exploring the dramatic landscape of the West MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon. Walk the renowned Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta and marvel at the panoramic views and native flora and fauna of the region before continuing on to see the pinnacle of Australia’s Outback, Uluru.

Highlights

  • Exploring the historical Old Telegraph Station and Royal Flying Doctor Service in Alice Springs
  • Admiring Ormiston Gorge one of the West MacDonnell Ranges’ most impressive chasms
  • Exploring the mighty Kings Canyon on a scenic walk along its vast and impressive rim
  • Admiring the southern night sky as you enjoy an outback buffet at the iconic Sounds of Silence dinner
  • Watching the sun rise over monolithic Uluru whilst you enjoy a desert breakfast
  • Driving one of the Northern Territory's most exhilarating roads - the 4WD only Mereenie Loop Road

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Alice Springs
After collecting your 4WD rental car, spend the day at leisure in Alice Springs, the gateway to exploring Central Australia. See the Old Telegraph Station which used to relay messages from Darwin to Adelaide up until 1932 before visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base to learn about medical care in the Central Australian outback. Visit the School of Air, the first school of its type in Australia which broadcasts lessons to children over an area of 1.3 million sq km or drive the short distance out of town to the Alice Springs Desert Park, which is home to a staggering array of native central Australian wildlife. For a tremendous sunset view walk up Anzac Hill and admire the 365-degree view over the town and MacDonnell Ranges in the distance.
Overnight: Desert Palms Alice Springs
Day 2: Alice Springs - Kings Canyon (360km)
Rise early and commence your drive towards Kings Canyon. Spend the day traversing this iconic route enjoying a plethora of natural attractions on the way. From Alice Springs, take the Namatjira drive that snakes alongside the West MacDonnell Ranges before taking a break to enjoy a short swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole, a natural waterhole nestled into a gorge before continuing to Ormiston Gorge, one of the most impressive chasms in the West MacDonnells. Take a short walk around the gorge, marvelling at the plethora of ghost gum trees, wildlife and of course spectacular views before continuing to Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park.
Overnight: Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Canyon
Day 3: Kings Canyon - Uluru (320km)
This morning perhaps enjoy a short hike around the base of Kings Canyon or the slightly longer Scenic Rim Walk, a 6km loop that skirts the canyons rim before descending down wooden stairs to the Garden of Eden, a lush pocket of ferns and wild flowers around a tranquil natural pool. Admire the giant sandstone domes and weathered cliff faces before continuing to the World Heritage-listed Kata Tjuta National Park and the burnished orange site of Uluru. Spend the evening admiring the ever changing colours of this monolithic rock at the award winning Sounds of Silence Dinner (or Field of Light until Dec 2020). Enjoy canapes and sparkling wine before dinner as the sun sets and darkness falls over the outback. Listen to the resident astronomer de-code the southern night sky before enjoying a glass of port, complimented by the mellow sounds of the didgeridoo.
Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel, Uluru
Day 4: Uluru
Today spend the day exploring the ancient landscape of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Rise early and witness the first rays of sunshine light up Uluru as you enjoy a guided excursion out into the desert. After enjoying a bush breakfast you will visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole and Cultural Centre to learn about the traditions and belief systems of the national parks careholders, the Anangu people. After lunch you could continue on to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), a series of 36 striking rock domes huddled together a short distance from Uluru. Enjoy a challenging but rewarding walk along the Valley of the Winds trail taking in the native wildlife, creek beds and of course multiple panoramic views.
Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel, Uluru
Day 5: Uluru - Alice Springs
This morning depart Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and return to Alice Springs for your onward journey.
Notes

Please note that this itinerary drives along the Mereenie Loop Road where a 4WD hire car is mandatory.

Accommodation Options

Desert Gardens Hotel, Uluru

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs are t…

Accommodation

A variety of accommodation options are available for this holiday, some of which are listed below. Please contact us for further details.

Excursions

Excursions

A number of excursions are included in this itinerary, some of which are listed in more detail below. Your Travel Specialist will be able to advise on additional or upgraded excursion options to suit your interests.

Desert Awakenings, Uluru

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Night at Field of Light by Helicopter, Uluru

Take to the skies and explore the Field of Light

Night at Field of Light, Uluru

Spend a magical evening under the stars admiring the remark…

Outback Ballooning, Alice Springs

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Sounds of Silence Dinner, Uluru

Experience the renowned Sounds of Silence Dinner in Uluru K…

Prices & Dates

Prices from £ per person

Twin Share Single Rate
 £877  £1,459

Price Includes
4 nights in mid range accommodation ● Rental of a Hertz 4WD vehicle (Toyota Landcruiser Prado or similar - specific models may vary) ● Sounds of Silence Dinner ● Desert Awakenings Excursion ● Full itinerary, vouchers and atlas.

Price Excludes
International and domestic flights and airport taxes ● Travel insurance ● Personal expenses ● Tips and gratuities.

International flight prices from London to Australia start from £652 per person

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