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
Starts in Alice Springs in the morning. A visit to the outback wildlife park provides and excellent introduction to the unique flora and fauna of the Red Centre. The raptor display will have you on the edge of your seat! Travel to Curtin Springs for the night. This outback cattle station of over a million acres is a real remote experience.
Day 2 : Olgas (Kata Tjuta) – Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Travel to the Olgas, known as Kata Tjuta to the local Anangu people. Our morning walk will be along the Valley of the Winds trail. The gigantic domes, towering rock walls and an array of fascinating plants just don’t seem real. After lunch at the Cultural Centre it’s on to Uluru. For most people the first glimpse of Uluru is a spiritually uplifting experience that never fades. The massive monolith gradually reveals numerous interesting rock formations, gullies, caves and revices, each of which plays an important role in Aboriginal stories. You will learn about the special Aboriginal connection with this place as you walk around the base of the rock. Uluru reveals its true self as the sun begins to goes down. Witness a display of colours from gentle, dusky blues and purples to fierce oranges and reds, glowing with the last remnants of the day - with champagne in hand of course!
Day 3 : Hiking at Kings Canyon
Travel to Kings Canyon, one of nature’s finest creations and surrounded by the bare George Gill Range. The track meanders through this inspirational landscape, skirting the rim of the canyon then descending into the lush Garden of Eden. During the afternoon travel to remote Erldunda, at the cross roads of two famous outback highways.
Day 4 : West MacDonnell Ranges
Today we leave the tourists behind and travel to the more remote West MacDonnell Ranges. Our first walk will be to Simpsons Gap where we often see rock wallabies. Your guide will provide an insight into the spectacular geology and landforms of the MacDonnell Ranges. We'll walk at Serpentine Gorge to a lookout high above the valley floor and we'll visit the Ochre Pits.
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. From the summit you can see for hundred of miles in all directions. This is truly remote and rugged walking through outback wilderness. Note that we will also offer an easier option.
Day 6 : Larapinta Trail
Our morning walk today is the Ormiston Pound Loop on the Larapinta Trail. This dramatic gorge country usually contains deep permanent waterholes. the ochre colored cliffs of the gorges contrast with the shimmering white of the ghost gums, made famous by Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira. 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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