Alice and The Rock

Alice and The Rock

Witness the majestic Dreamtime landscapes of Australia’s Red Centre as you discover Alice Springs and Ayers Rock on 4 night/5 day short break. Ideal for those disembarking the Ghan in Alice Springs or an add-on to any Australian itinerary.  Discover the town of Alice Springs and witness an unforgettable sunset and sunrise over Uluru and explore the mythical formations of Kata Tjuta.

Alice and The Rock

Australia > Northern Territory > Alice Springs > Ayers Rock/Uluru 

5 Days, 4 Nights

The Red Centre is a vibrant and colorful region in the heart of Australia. Gain a cultural understanding of not only Aboriginal Australia, but colonial influences as well. This four-night break is the perfect introduction to what Alice Springs and Ayers Rock has to offer travelers.

Arrive in Alice Springs by either rail or aircraft, and transfer by private vehicle to your hotel or a two-night stay. Relax at the resort or explore the city at your leisure. The traditional custodians of the land are the Arrernte people, who refer to Alice as ‘Mpwante’.

Join a guided the next day and learn how the town of Alice Springs has evolved into the central hub of Outback Australia. Visit Alice Springs Desert Park and witness free-flying boards at the Nature Theatre and see rare and endangered animals.  Return to Alice Springs for lunch (own expense) before joining the Town Like Alice Tour to learn about outback life. Visit to The School of the Air, the Telegraph Station, the Royal Fling Doctors Service and Alice Springs Reptile Park, home of the largest reptile display in Central Australia.

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru by coach and take in the rugged desert landscapes of the region, passing through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. Learn the natural and geological history of the region, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna, and hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginals. View flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. The evening is free to relax before your early start tomorrow.

Meet your guide and travel through the landscape to the entrance of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and into through the desert 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.

Make your 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. Stroll between these mighty conglomerate rock walls as your guide explains how the environment and the geology have evolved over millions of years before returning to Ayers Rock Resort. There is free time to participate in some of the activities offered at the resort.

This evening, sip a glass of wine of beer as you watch the sun sink over Uluru (Ayers Rock), followed by an Aussie-style barbecue dinner. Snap photos of the spectacular hues reflected on the iconic monolith, located in Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Red Centre. Feast on mouthwatering dishes as you watch myriad stars light up the night sky. After dinner, your central desert outback experience is enhanced with a star tour.

Wake up in the desert and experience the tranquility of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars. Watch the amazing transformation of colors and life as the desert awakens with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop. Watch the distant domes of Kata Tjuta come into view and enjoy a traditional Aussie breakfast before learning about the natural history of the region. The daylight reveals the myriad of animal tracks in the sand an insight into what activity took place during the night.

Once the sun is up, enjoy a guided tour at the base of Uluru. Stop at Kuniya where you’ll take a short walk to the Mutitjulu waterhole. Your guide will explain some of the rock paintings and stories from the creation period as told by the Anangu people, before stopping at the Cultural Centre, a vibrant and engaging place of learning where the local lore of the Anangu is explained in detail before returning to the resort.  Your Alice and The Rock experience concludes when you return to the resort and check-out.

Highlights

  • Alice Springs
  • Kata Tjuta
  • Uluru

Inclusions

  • Private arrival transfer from Alice Springs Airport or Rail Station to Hotel
  • Two-nights Alice Springs, Crowne Plaza Alice Springs
  • Alice Springs Desert Park tour
  • A Town Like Alice tour
  • One-way coach transfer from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock
  • Two-nights Voyages Desert Gardens
  • Kata Tjuta tour
  • Sounds of Silence Dinner
  • Desert Awakenings

 

ADD $70/person for travel May 27, 2022 - November 30, 2022

Group Size

Independent Vacation

Dates

May 1, 2022 - May 26, 2022

Price

From $1359 per person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Advertised price is valid for Saturday departure May 1, 2022 - May 26, 2022, seasonal surcharged apply. Prices are current at time of posting (2/19/2022) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed.  Packages must be booked by June 30, 2022. Visas are required for travel to Australia. CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531 | PC-1282498.

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