This is a question we often get asked by travelers planning a trip to see Uluru (Ayers Rocks).

To answer this a range of factors need to be weighed up.

A tour is a small group adventure trip that travels to Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Wartarrka (Kings Canyon). We have a few trip options from Alice Springs or Ayers Rock Airport including:

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Let's get this out of the way up front. Hiring a car at Alice Springs for 3 days costs on average AU$208-$360 depending on the size of car you hire.

Unless you are wanting to stay in a dorm room, private rooms start from AU$100-$140 per night for a room - AU$200-$280 for two nights.

Petrol is approximately AU$1.80 per litre at Alice Springs, more as you get to Ayers Rock. It's 450km one way Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Resort. Depending on your Car size you would expect to spend AU$100-$140 on the return journey. This doesn't take in the drive to Kings Canyon and additional touring that you would do. So you could expect to spend AU$150-200 on petrol.

On a 3 day tour you get 3 x breakfasts, 2 x dinners, 3 x lunches. If you were buying your meals, you would expect to spend $10 per breakfast/lunch and $20 for dinner. That's a conservative total of $100 per person for food.

So on average you would expect to spend AU$379 per person hiring a car, paying for accommodation, petrol and meals. drinks and snacks would be extra.

The 3 day Cockatoo Dreaming tour is inclusive of all of the above and National Park fees and costs AU$355.


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On a once in a lifetime visit to the Red Centre, you will want to leave knowing you've had the best experience possible. Travelling with a partner or by yourself in car might be your idea of a good, independent time - stopping when and where you want. Others will appreciate the humour, knowledge and general guidance of a guide; travelling with a group of strangers who will become your friends by tour's end.


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If your idea of a holiday is staying in a hotel, with air-conditioning, eating in a restaurant for dinner and breakfast. Then you are probably going to hire a car. If you are interested in getting a little closer to the environment you've come to visit, for example sitting around a camp fire, sleeping around that camp fire in a 'swag' illuminated by the stars and the moon, then a tour might just be for you.


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If you are the type of person who is happiest when you are in control of the map, driving and organising everyone, then a tour might not be for you. But if you can put your natural tendencies in neutral for a few days, you might enjoy letting someone else show you the way and imparting their knowledge. If you enjoy learning from others whilst at the same time sharing your story for a few days only, then a tour just might work out for you.

Tours to get you there

Driving in the remote northwest Kimberley region

9 Day 4WD Darwin To Broome Tour

This small group 4WD tour takes in all the Top End sights you can think of. Adventure tours don't get much better than this, with Lake Argyle and The Bungle Bungles being the highlights.

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9 Day Perth To Adelaide Tour

Encounter the best of Australian wildlife on this expansive trip across the Nullabor. This country’s made for road trips, and crossing South Australia’s vast Nullarbor Plain is just about as iconic as they come.