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Ayers Rock-->Kings Canyon-->Alice Springs

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Chicago, Illinois
posts: 24
reviews: 40
Ayers Rock-->Kings Canyon-->Alice Springs

My husband and I are spending 3 April - 8 April in the above places.

Our current itinerary is:

3-5 April Ayers Rock

5-6 April Kings Canyon

6-8 April Alice Spings

We are renting a 4WD in Ayers Rock and returning it in Alice Springs. How do you suggest we plan out our itinerary for these days?

Thanks!

~Shikha

Sydney, Australia
Destination Expert
for Sydney, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Business Travel, New South Wales
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reviews: 615
1. Re: Ayers Rock-->Kings Canyon-->Alice Springs

Excellent itinerary regarding time.

There are some wonderful walks which can be done depending on your level of fitness.

Uluru - Base Walk / The Lira Walk. / Kuniya Walk. / Walpa Gorge Walk & Valley of the Winds Walk at Kata Tjuta.

Sunset & Sunrise viewing is definitely worth getting up for !

If looking for something unique to do , then consider taking a camel ride to watch the sunset or sunrise.

The Sound of Silence dinner.

Night Sky Show at Ayers Rock Observatory.

For additional info regarding Uluru & what to do.

tripadvisor.com/GoListDetail-i17672-Uluru_Ng…

Driving from KC along the Mereenie Loop -

check out Redbank Gorge / Glen Helen Gorge / Ormiston Gorge / Orchre Pits / Ellery Creek Big Hole / Stanley Chasm & Simpson's Gap.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g255063-c85960/Alice-…

Tasmania
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for Hobart, Tasmania
posts: 18,715
reviews: 73
2. Re: Ayers Rock-->Kings Canyon-->Alice Springs

At Kings Canyon (Watarrka), you should see Kathleen Springs (easy), do the Rim Walk (half a day) and have dinner Under a Desert Moon (better than Sounds of Silence at Uluru, IMO).

From Kings Canyon, head north up the Mereenie Loop. You need to get a permit from the service station at King's Canyon. It's a few dollars.

As you have a 4WD, take a detour to Palm Valley (near Hermannsberg), then backtrack to go via Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) which is a giant meteor crater. Then continue on to Glen Helen and along the West MacDonnel gorges. Glen Helen is a good place to stay overnight after seeing Palm Valley and Tnorala.

Chicago, Illinois
posts: 24
reviews: 40
3. Re: Ayers Rock-->Kings Canyon-->Alice Springs

Thank you so much! This gives us a great idea how to best see all of the sites. One quick question, Luigi why do you think the Under a Desert Moon dinner is better than Sounds of Silence? We are still deciding between the two of them.

Tasmania
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for Hobart, Tasmania
posts: 18,715
reviews: 73
4. Re: Ayers Rock-->Kings Canyon-->Alice Springs

In a nutshell, Sounds of Silence is an over-priced, overpopulated, unimaginative baine marie buffet, while Under a Desert Moon is a small, intimate waiter service fine dining experience.

The one good thing about Sounds of Silence is the star talk; otherwise, Under a Desert Moon is better in all respects. But make a booking and get confirmation that Under a Desert Moon will happen. Kings Canyon resort is a small place and they need about 4 couples to go ahead.

Chicago, Illinois
posts: 24
reviews: 40
5. Re: Ayers Rock-->Kings Canyon-->Alice Springs

Thank you so much! Really appreciate the help. We will try ot get in to the Under A Desert Moon dinner for sure.

6. Re: Ayers Rock-->Kings Canyon-->Alice Springs

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