7 Day Red Centre Luxury Small Group Tour
- 7 days
- Luxury Group Tour Max 12 People
- Alice Springs
- What to Expect
- Additional Information
Witness the beauty of the Australia’s Red Centre with sacred sites, vast landscapes and 600 million years of history.
Join an experienced local leader and a small intimate group of like-minded travellers on a seven-day, six-night luxury adventure through the outback. Discovering the township of Alice Springs, see the wonders of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon both up close and by helicopter, learn about the connection between the land and Aboriginal peoples and take part in fantastic dining experiences utilising native bush ingredients.
This is a week of outback luxury you’ll remember forever.
- 2 Nights Crown Plaza Resort Alice Spring in a deluxe room
- 1 Night Kings Canyon Resort
- 3 Nights Sails in the Desert
- Alice Springs School of the Air
- Visit the Alice Springs Telegraph Station
- Anzac Hill Lookout
- Full Day visit of West MacDonnell Ranges and Simpsons Gap
- Kings Canyon Helicopter Tour
- Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience
- Kings Canyon Rim Walk
- Visit Kings Creek Station
- See Mt Conner
- Field of Light Star Pass
- Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge
- Sound of Silence Dinner
- Uluru Sunrise
- Uluru Base Walk
- Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Tour
- Sunset BBQ dinner at Uluru
- Ayers Rock Airport Transfer
- Full guided by local experienced expert
- 5 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and 2 Dinner
- National Park Entry Permit
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What to Expect
What to Expect
DAY 1 – ALICE SPRINGS
Your amazing outback adventure starts in Alice Springs.
For some, Alice Springs might seem like a tourist attraction but for others, it’s their home. Your guide will help you discover the town and tell you all about their culture that is unique to this region. Our tours will take you through the history of Alice Springs while taking in some amazing scenery.
Visit historical sites and some of the essential services delivered from Alice to the community of this vast region. The land’s traditional custodians are the Arrernte people, who refer to Alice Springs as ‘Mpwante’.
Call into the School of the Air, which provides education to primary school children living on remote properties in the Northern Territory.
Explore the Telegraph Station – The first European settlement in Alice Springs, and learn how it relayed messages between Darwin and Adelaide for 60 years.
Then take in the panoramic views of Alice Spings and the surrounding West MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.
DAY 2 – WEST MACDONNELL RANGES
After breakfast, your guide will collect you from the hotel lobby. As we travel out of Alice, you’ll see spectacular outback scenery and have ample photo opportunities as we travel along the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at historic sites.
Enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm (for morning tea), the Ochre Pits, and Ormiston Gorge.
Our next stop is at Glen Helen for a sit-down lunch. On our way back to Alice Springs, we stop to spend time at Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is one of Central Australia’s most pristine, so don’t forget your swimmers in the warmer months!
The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary for their immensity and the spectacular array of colours ranging from sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples on display.
In the winter months, these mighty ranges light up in brilliant oranges and reds at sunset on the return journey to Alice Springs.
DAY 3 – KARRKE ABORIGINAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCE & KINGS CANYON HELICOPTER TOUR
After a hearty breakfast, we begin the journey south towards one of the Northern Territory’s most spectacular sights, Kings Canyon. Soaring high above the canyon, your scenic helicopter flight is the ultimate way to experience the scale and grandeur of Kings Canyon and allows you to view sections of the canyon that are not reachable by ground. Take to the skies over Australia’s Red Centre and be captivated by sandstone cliffs, almost as deep as Uluru is high. Before tracking over Kings Creek and Carmichael Crag, continue on to the Domes of the Lost City and the Garden of Eden. Your tour includes fascinating commentary from your knowledgable pilot and will leave you with a plethora of frame-worthy photographs.
A visit to Kings Canyon is not complete until you have seen it from the air.
After lunch, we travel towards Kings Creek Station on an unsealed road from the Luritja Highway to the Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience. The cultural tour is a one-hour immersive experience on the traditional lands of the Wanmarra family group. Learn about bush tucker and medicine used for spirituality and healing, the making of spears, boomerangs, music sticks and native seed jewellery up close.
DAY 4 – KINGS CANYON RIM WALK & FLIGHT OF LIGHT
Rise bright and early for breakfast before joining your guide for a 7am Canyan Rim Walk taking approximately 3-4 hours.
You’ve seen it from the air, now it’s time to get up close. First, climb the stairs to the top of the canyon (there’s plenty of places to stop for photos or to catch your breath!) then things get a bit easier. Walk through Priscilla’s Crack, made famous after featuring in the classic Australian film “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”. Continue to the sandstone domes of the Lost City, resembling the remains of an ancient civilisation. From here you can continue to explore the top of the canyon, or descend into the Garden of Eden, where a waterhole gives life to abundant flora and fauna.
After your walk, it’s time to make our way to Ayres Rock Resort.
We stop at Kings Creek Sation for a lunch (own expense) and then carry on to Mt Conner with short stop at a viewpoint where you will admire the flat-top mountain’s unusual shape. Stop off at an ancient salt lake then carry on to Yulara, your gateway to the enormous sandstone monolith of Uluru.
On Arrival at Sails in the Desert, take some time to rest and freshen before making the most of your first night at Uluru with the Field of Light Star Pass. Sample canapes and sparkling wine, while watching the sun set over the majestic Field of Lights. Seeing the colours of the landscape change as day turns into night is really something else. The Field of Lights is an art installation of more than 50,000 artificial lights which illuminate the landscape as far as the eye can see.
DAY 5 – KATA TJUTA & SOUND OF SILENCE
Your guide will meet for an early start as we travel through the landscape to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park entrance. From there is it a 40 kilometres journey through the desert landscape to the mighty rock formation.
On arrival at the viewing area you walk to the best vantage point to see the 36 domes that comprise this spiritual place while watching the suns morning glow as the desert comes alive.
We make our way to the western side of Kata Tjuta where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast. As you approach 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, your guide will share the significance of this men’s sacred ceremonial site.
We take a stroll between these mighty conglomerate rock walls as your guide explains how the environment and the geology have evolved over millions of years.
We will return to the resort by lunchtime so you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing.
Tonight you will experience “Australian Tourism Hall of Fame” winning “Sounds of Silence”. Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky.
Your Sounds of Silence experience begins with canapes and chilled sparkling wine upon a dune top overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sounds of the didgeridoo and join your table of fellow travellers for an unforgettable dining experience.
Attentive staff will offer a selection of Australian wine and beer while the first course is served at your table. As the night sky twinkles to life, you will be welcomed to an interactive chef’s station where you will be served your choice from our freshly prepared, bush tucker inspired menu incorporating native bush ingredients.
Settle back and listen to our resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.
DAY 6 – ULURU SUNRISE, BASE WALK, HELICOPTER TOUR AND SUNSET BBQ
Rise before the sun and watch as day breaks over the majestic Uluru. The changing colours of the dawn create a scene never to be forgotten.
Enjoy a light breakfast before witnessing the first sunlight of the day creep over the horizon and touch the desert plains.
From here, you will visit Mutijulu Waterhole on the Kuniya Walk and learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python).
Take some time to walk around the base of Uluru before returning back to the resort by lunchtime.
What comes next is your once in a lifetime Uluru and Kata Tjuta unforgettable helicopter experience. This flight tour will showcase Uluru’s almighty presence and Kata Tjuta; an aboriginal word that means ‘many heads, a sacred place relating to knowledge that is considered very powerful. It is made up of a group of 36 conglomerate rock domes the highest of which stands 198 meters taller than Uluru and dates back 500 million years.
With the vast spread of domes and restrictions due to sacred sites, access from ground-based touring is restricted to over 75% of Kata Tjuta, so the only way to see this stunning scenery is by air.
Tonight we come together for a final dinner and what better way to celebrate this unforgettable trip than a sunset bbq with a backdrop of the stunning and sacred Uluru.
Your Uluru sunset experience starts when we pick you up from the resort 90 mins prior to the sun setting and take you to the Uluru sunset viewing area.
Dinner is a freshly cooked and tasty Outback BBQ, to be enjoyed while you watch the rock change colours as the light of the day begins to fade.
Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and take in one of the world’s most uniquely beautiful sunset experiences while your meal is prepared by your guide.
DAY 7 – GOODBYE TO THE RED CENTRE
This morning is free for you to enjoy. If your flight is later in the day, why not take part in some free optional activities before your transfer to the airport.
- Listen to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. Yidaki, the traditional Aboriginal term for the didgeridoo, was discovered in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia.
- Meet at the Circle of Sand at Town Square Lawn at 9am, or at the Circle of Sand at Desert Gardens at 4pm, where your Guide will show you around the Resort Gardens highlighting the seasonal local flora, highlighting bush foods, trees native to Australia and the medicines traditionally used.
- Learn about Australian and local bush tucker and how for many centuries local Indigenous groups would hunt, gather and prepare these bush foods.
- Listen to the stories of Aboriginal culture and tradition where you will be shown men’s weapons that were used for hunting or women’s tools and techniques to gather bush tucker in the central desert.
CROWN PLAZA ALICE SPRINGS
Nestled at the foot of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges in Alice Springs, the 4.5 star Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters offers rooms with a balcony or patio. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a heated pool, a spa bath and a 24-hour health and fitness centre.
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters is located next to Alice Springs Convention Centre and Alice Springs Golf Course. Alice Springs Desert Park is 15 minutes’ drive away.
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters offers rooms and suites featuring an LCD TV with in-room movies and cable TV.
There is an on-site casino, a sauna and a spa and wellness centre. Other facilities include a concierge service, a tour desk and laundry services.
Guests can enjoy 4 bars and 3 restaurants, including Juicy Rump bar and grill, Tempo, a wine and tapas bar, and Tali which offers modern Australian cuisine with outback influences.
KINGS CANYON RESORT
Nestled in the tranquility of a rugged bush setting, air-conditioned rooms provide an oasis of comfort after a day of adventure and exploration.
Reflecting the casual ambiance of Kings Canyon, the rooms are well designed inclusive of air-conditioning, television and refrigerator with guests in the Deluxe rooms also enjoying deep spas, private balconies, mini-bar and scenic outlooks onto rock escarpments.
Facilities have been designed to make life for travellers easier and include laundry, barbeque, swimming pool, tennis court, restaurants, bar, convenience store and petrol station, dedicated viewing deck for prime viewing of the sun setting over Kings Canyon and roaming WiFi.
Our food and beverage offering ranges from a simple bistro meal at Desert Oaks Bistro to a grand take on the Aussie BBQ and the remarkable beauty of dining under a Desert Moon.
SAILS IN THE DESERT
Indulgent escapes await at Sails in the Desert, where soaring white sails shade 228 lavishly appointed rooms and suites. Cool off in the sparkling swimming pool lined with lush gumtrees, or linger over unique Australian flavours paired perfectly with your favourite regional wines at one of the resort’s dining, lounge, and bar options. Relax in the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant, unwind after a day of exploring with cocktails and Indigenous-inspired cuisine in the Walpa Lobby Bar, or curl up on one of the daybeds and enjoy a casual lunch and beverage by the pool.
Immerse yourself in one-of-a-kind Indigenous art at the stunning Mulgara Gallery, or be lulled into complete relaxation with one of the Red Ochre Spa’s sumptuous treatments.
Flights not included in tour price.
Minimum number for this tour to operate is four guests. Please do NOT book your flights until your tour is confirmed. Maximum group size is 12.
Price base on per person twin share. Single supplement surcharge is $1200.
A deposit of $500 is due at time of booking. Full payment due 60 days before departure.
This tour is restricted to guests aged 18 years or older.
Travellers should acknowledge that they are required to have a good level of health and fitness to undertake the activities on this tour. You must be able to walk for up to 3 hours. You may opt out of any activities, however no refund will be issued for activities that you do not take part in.
Our itineraries may be updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements or to reschedule due to circumstance out of our control. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather, public holidays, common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes, and unforeseen circumstances. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.
THIS TOUR IS VALID FOR THE FOLLOWING DEPARTURE DATES:
- 12 April – 18 April 2022
- 9 May – 15 May 2022
- 13 June – 19 June 2022
- 11 July – 17 July 2022
- 15 August – 21 August 2022
- 12 September – 18 September 2022
PRIVATE GROUP PRICING GUIDE:
None of these dates suits your plans?
If these group departures do not work for you, we can organise a private tour for you and your travelling companions. Please contact us for for availability.
- 2-3 people: $9270 per person twin share
- 4-7 people: $6650 per person twin share
- 8-12 people: $5890 per person twin share
- 60 Days prior to departure : Lost of deposit $500
- 45 Days prior to departure: 20% cancellation fee
- 30 Days prior to departure: 50% cancellation fee
- 7 Days prior to departure: None Refundable
If you can not travel due to COVID border restriction, 100% credit will be offered for another tour.