Spend the day exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Hike the Ghost Gum Walk into the majestic Ormiston Gorge before spending time relaxing at the stunning Ormiston Waterhole.
All about the 5 Day 4WD Kangaroo Dreaming Red Centre Tour
Our Kangaroo Dreaming Safari is the ultimate 5 Day 4WD adventure safari. We'll tour Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Watarrka, the West MacDonnell Ranges and experience the outback in an authentic way camping at remote private bush camps and visit the Oak Valley Aboriginal community.
Our main piece of advice would be bring a fly net with you for the Uluru and Kings Canyon portion of the tour, as you will be more comfortable during the hikes if your face is covered. You can easily buy one of these at a roadhouse on one of our stops along the way. The first three nights will be spent in private campsites featuring permanent tents, swags and shared toilet and shower facilities. The fourth night will be spent completely 'in the bush' with no electricity, toilet and shower facilities or tents and customers will sleep in swags by the fire and under the stars - a beautiful experience.
Real Aussie Adventures is about adventure and getting involved. We don't define by age but our trips are quite active. This is a family friendly tour, we except those over 5 years old. We get travelers from all over the world, people traveling by themselves, couples and groups.
On this 5 day tour there is plenty of walking and hiking in Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon you will need a good level of fitness.
Uluru: Moderate level of fitness required. The base walk is on flat ground.
Kata Tjuta: Good level of fitness required. Walking on uneven surface required to complete the Valley of the Winds walk. Kings Canyon: Good level of fitness required for the four-hour walk around the canyon rim.Kings Canyon: Good level of fitness required for the four-hour walk around the canyon rim.
5 Day 4WD Kangaroo Dreaming Red Centre Tour Itinerary - 5 days
Alice Springs to Uluru
After picking you up from your accommodation in Alice Springs bright and early, we hit the road on our adventure of a lifetime (For those commencing the tour at Uluru, we will collect you from the Outback Pioneer Hotel or the airport). Our journey begins heading south through the Waterhouse and James Ranges with a stop at the Camel Farm for a Camel ride if you're keen (own expense). We stop at Mount Ebenezer Roadhouse where you can view or purchase Aboriginal artefacts. Stop to view Atila (Mount Connor), a mesa tableland and the first significant rock formation of our trip.
After a stop for lunch and our arrival at the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park, we head to the Cultural Centre for the opportunity to learn about the local Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa). We then head to the base of Uluru where we meet our local Aboriginal Guide who will provide a once in a lifetime authentic Indigenous cultural experience with an interpretive walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole where you will hear the stories of the unique landscapes, art and culture of the local custodians, the Anangu people. Experience the famous changing colours of Uluru at sunset, away from the crowds, complete with sparkling wine and nibbles. It's a great time to kick back and contemplate the day and the vastness of the desert.
Afterwards settle in at our remote private camp, complete with our signature Endless Star dining experience before retiring to your swag under the amazing night sky or your comfortable safari tent complete with beds (L*D)
Uluru & Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon
After watching the sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta from a lookout close to our campsite, it's breakfast and then off to Kata Tjuta for a 7km hike through the magnificent "Valley of the Winds". After a leisurely lunch we travel to Kings Creek Station for our second night’s remote outback campsite. Our private campsite at Kings Creek is miles from the crowds, which is where the feeling of ‘wayoutback’ really starts to take hold. After a campfire dinner it's time to kick back and be mesmerised by the millions of stars on display. (BLD)
Kings Canyon to Glen Helen
This morning take a guided walk to see the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka (Kings Canyon). Visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’. After Watarrka we 4WD along the famous Mereenie Loop Road where you will be shaken and not stirred! Look out for wildlife along the way before arriving at our permanent camp at Glen Helen, nearby the stunning waterhole that the Traditional owners of this land believe is home to an ancient and powerful Rainbow Serpent. (BLD)
Glen Helen to bush camp
Spend today exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Travelling to Ormiston Gorge, keep your eyes peeled for Perentie Lizards lazing along the banks and take a swim in the rock holes. Hike the “Ghost Gum Walk”, a 1.5 hour loop that takes in views down through the majestic Ormiston Gorge, before following the trail as it descends down close to the gorge and along the rocky floor and Ormiston Waterhole.
We journey on to the Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site offering a unique experience to view the Ochre deposit still used to this day by the Traditional owners. See the natural ochres that have provided materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years.
You will then travel on to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the most picturesque swimming and walking spots in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Surrounded by high red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek, the waterhole has been carved out by thousands of years of massive floods and is an internationally significant geological site. The permanent water here made it a special meeting place for the Arrernte people and is known to them as Udepata.
Late in the afternoon we 4WD into our remote campsite located at Hugh River. Tonight, it is just us and the wild, providing a great opportunity for star gazing without the interference of artificial light. Spend the night around the campfire, in this scenically stunning part of the outback. (BLD)
Bush camp to Alice Springs via Oak Valley
This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast giving us the opportunity to relax in the remote outback before four-wheel-driving through the Owen Springs Reserve, following the footsteps of the first European explorers. This 1,570 square kilometre reserve was formally owned by Sir Sidney Kidman and is rich in Australian pastoral history.
The 4WD route boasts amazing scenery as it follows the Hugh River, lined with shady River Red Gums. Boasting an array of bird life keep a look out for Red Tailed Black Cockatoos and Major Mitchell’s.
The highlight of today however is the stop at ^Oak Valley Aboriginal Community where you will spend time with the traditional owners of the land who will teach you about the ancient rock art paintings and carvings in the area, give you a go at throwing a boomerang and provide a deep insight into the Aboriginal peoples' strong ties and relationship to the land. A fantastic experience.
We then journey back to Alice Springs and your chosen accommodation approximately 5.30pm. After returning to civilisation, a hot shower awaits before we recommend joining your fellow travellers for a farewell meal, laugh and few cold drinks at one of Alice Springs local eateries. (BL)
^Due to cultural reasons, Oak Valley may be substituted with another community without prior warning.
|Tour code: W05|
Twin- share permanent tent (3nts) Bush swag camp (1nt)
Twin- share permanent tent (3 nights) Bush Swag camp (1 night) (Special when booked together with WT403, WTA04, WT05 or WTA05)
Twin- share permanent tent (3 nights) Bush swag camp (1night). For travel AFTER 1 April 2018.
National park fee local payment
Departs Alice Springs accommodation and Ayers Rock Resort and Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays except 1 January
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
- Please be dressed in comfortable walking clothing and footwear, have a water bottle, hat, and sunscreen in easy reach.
- Customers beginning their tour in Alice Springs are permitted to bring 10kg of luggage in a soft bag, with the remainder stored at their Alice Springs accommodation. Customers beginning at Ayers Rock have a luggage limit of 23kg per person + a small carry-on daypack. Please, no hard-shell or plastic suitcases. Please pack the items you will need for the trip in the daypack to avoid having to access your main bag frequently.
- The first three nights will be spent in private campsites featuring permanent tents, swags and shared toilet and shower facilities. The fourth night will be spent completely 'in the bush' with no electricity, toilet and shower facilities or tents and customers will sleep in swags by the fire and under the stars.
- Safari is not suitable for children under 5 years of age. We require medical clearance for those 60 and over. Please let us know your date of birth at the time of booking.
- Clients joining at Ayers Rock airport or resort will do so after lunch and therefore lunch is at own expense. The latest pick up from Ayers Rock (Uluru) airport is at 1:55 pm from April to October and at 12:55 pm from October to April.
- Single travelers choosing the standard adult fare will be paired in a tent with another customer of the same gender.
- This tour requires a certain level of participation from guests. This may include assisting and cleaning afterward with the preparation of meals, collecting firewood and sweeping out tents.
- Travel insurance is recommended. Get a quote here.
- Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics, and accessibility.
Family and Friends Fare: Save 5%. Book four or more family and/or friends on any 3, 4 or 5 Day Top End or Red Centre Safari and receive a 5% discount from the published rate. Not combinable with any other offer. Booking must be made in a single transaction on the same product. Discount may be lost if a passenger cancels.
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