Journey to the “Red Centre” of the aboriginal outback & iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Australia’s “Red Centre” is at the very heart and soul of the outback, and we’ve designed this MTS exclusive trip to leave ample time for soaking up its essence. Here, iron-rich soil yields otherworldly rock formations in deep crimsons and auburns, endless plains, and towering mountain domes. At Standley Chasm in the West MacDonnell Ranges, a narrow canyon glows red under the sun’s midday rays. Learn the history and wisdom of Central Australia’s aboriginal culture and hike the terrain inhabited by Anangu ancestors since time immemorial—from Kata Tjuta’s sacred rock formations to the lush Garden of Eden at the base of arid King’s Canyon. We’ll sleep in remote still-operating cattle stations—a throwback to the time of early settlers. We’ll save the most time to contemplate Uluru, Australia’s best known wonder—also its most hallowed. Encounter the massive monolith up close and watch, at sunset, as the shifting light fills its countless crevices and gullies.
6 days moderate hiking on uneven, rocky terrain
- Visit Australia's iconic Uluru, or Ayers Rock
- Explore stunning Standley Chasm
- Hike sections of the long distance Larapinta Trail – Mount Sonder and Ormiston
- Local MTS guides teach the history of aboriginal culture—from the first settlers to the "Stolen Generation," and modern times
- Sip champagne as the sun sets over Ayers Rock!
Duration: 7 days Start Location: Alice Springs End Location: Alice SpringsDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Alice Springs – Curtin Springs
Get close to some outback wildlife before traveling onto Curtin Springs
Day 2 : Olgas (Kata Tjuta) – Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Vist one of Australia's most famous icons, Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Day 3 : Hiking at Kings Canyon
Todays hike starts steeply upward, before skirting Kings Canyon rim then descending into the lush Garden of Eden.
Day 4 : West MacDonnell Ranges
Today we leave the tourists behind and travel to the more remote West MacDonnell Ranges.
Day 5 : Climb Mount Sonder
A major highlight today as we climb Mt. Sonder at the western end of the Larapinta Trail, accessible by 4 wheel drive only.
Day 6 : Larapinta Trail
Our morning walk today is the Ormiston Pound Loop on the Larapinta Trail. Our final walk will be at Standley Chasm, where sheer red walls dwarf walkers.
Day 7 : Return to Alice Springs and depart
The holiday finishes in the Alice Springs after breakfast.
DATES: Best time to go: June - July Departures: No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availablity. Call us for details.
$4,495 (10-12 members)
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