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5-Day Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta 4WD Camping Tour

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Experience the real Australian outback on this 5-day, small-group camping from Alice Springs. Travel by 4WD vehicle on- and off-road along bush tracks to Uluru (the Aboriginal name of Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges. On this once-in-a-lifetime tour, you'll sleep under the stars in private bush camps, swim in rock holes, and see ancient cave paintings and carvings come to life through storytelling by Aboriginal guides. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people, ensuring a personalized experience with your guide.
Highlights
  • Sleep under the stars during overnights in comfortable private bush camps
  • Dinners around the campfire accompanied by traditional storytelling
  • All details and logistics taken care of
  • Pickup and drop-off in Alice Springs
What to Expect
Meet up with your group of just 16 people and guide in Alice Springs. Then clamber into a rugged 4WD vehicle and take off for a 5-day adventure through the Outback. You can focus on the experience of the Red Centre, the views, and the history, as all details are taken care of. Exploring this barren landscape can be daunting for independent travelers, so booking a tour is a great option.
As you make your way through the West MacDonnell Ranges, Watarrka National Park, Uluru, and Kata Tjuta, learn about each location's rich history and the heritage of the Aboriginal people who originally settled the continent.
The tour includes three nights of camping in permanent tents with beds and one night in a waterproof camp bed at a private bush camp, as well as dinners cooked over the campfire.
Itinerary
Day 1 Alice Springs – Uluru (L,D)
Departing 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 wish (own expense). We visit 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 travel to the base of Uluru where your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk, hearing of the Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa). Continuing on, 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. We conclude at the Cultural Centre, where you may explore the displays and learn of the flora and fauna of this unique area.

Experience the famous changing colours of Uluru at sunset, away from the crowds, complete with sparkling wine and nibbles. It is 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.

Overnight: Campsite in Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park

Day 2 Uluru – Kata Tjuta – Kings Creek Station- Kings Canyon (B,L,D)
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 evening sky.

Overnight: Campsite in Kings Canyon

Day 3 Kings Canyon – Glen Helen (B,L,D)
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.

Overnight: Campsite in Glen Helen

Day 4 Glen Helen - West MacDonnell Ranges (B,L,D)
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.
Afterwards, we 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 was 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 known to them as Udepata.

Late in the afternoon we will 4WD into our remote bush camp. Tonight it is just the group and the wild, providing a great opportunity to star gaze away from the city lights from the comfort of your swag.

Overnight: Campsite in West MacDonnell Ranges

Day 5 West MacDonnell Ranges – Oak Valley Aboriginal Community – Alice Springs (B,L)
After a hearty breakfast we cross the famous Owen Springs Reserve, our destination the inspirational *Oak Valley Aboriginal Community. Spend time with the Traditional owners exploring the land, try your hand at Boomerang throwing, see ancient rock art paintings and carvings and gain a personal experience of the profound understanding the owners have of this pristine remote environment.
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Maybe as a kid you remember a holiday with a large family with a cranky overwrought dad complaining about having to put up with you lot, being overworked, wrung out and underappreciated - rolling his eyes at every genuine request. Maybe, also like our tour...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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StaceyH_Feedback, . at Wayoutback Australian Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for sharing your review, as outback camping adventures we are not striving for a glamping style experience however you have still highlighted some areas of concern that appear to fall below the quality we would expect. Certainly our guides should not fit the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour gave us a chance to really experience camping in the outback with no hassles. Our guide Phill was excellent and kept the whole group in order so we all pitched in to make the trip enjoyable. Our group had mostly international tourists from...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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StaceyH_Feedback, . at Wayoutback Australian Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

This review captures exactly the experience we aim to create for our guests! The Kangaroo Dreaming Safari is by far my favourite tour and is such a fantastic way to really experience Central Australia. It's great to hear that you were so well looked after...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed this tour, and I feel privileged to have seen the places I did. I never would have seen so much travelling solo. There were a few things that could be tweaked, but overall I would recommend this trip. I booked through a...More

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Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

This trip is so worth doing. Check the temperatures expected to make sure you bring the right clothes as it was pretty chilly. Food was good, showers were available most of the nights. The sights are amazing. Walks were fantastic. Great experience. In hindsight I...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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StaceyH_Feedback, Wayoutback Australian Safaris at Wayoutback Australian Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2019

Dear Pava1, Thank you for taking the time to share your fantastic feedback. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your 5 day tour, if I had to pick a favourite trip it would be this one! You're right, the weather is definitely cooling down...More

Reviewed September 16, 2018

Our guide Guy did a great job with 16 of us from 6 different countries. The meals were all enjoyed and the accommodation was fixed tents with the last night in swags. We were on the go everyday seeing sunrises and sunsets from different locations...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from Pava1 | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t have time to walk around Uluru when we were there on this tour, but we had a fantastic session with an indigenous guide at the base of Uluru. She did go over time so i am not sure if we were meant to have the time... More
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March 5, 2019|
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Everything is supplied, but we took our own sleeping bags and pillow cases. The first few nights are in permanent tents with beds, the last night is sleeping in a swag out in the open, although you can sleep in a swag... More
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January 26, 2019|
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They can provide blankets and swags we took our own sleeping bags but I think possibly they have them available. Departure everyday is planned as there are large distances to cover between night spots and sunrises to catch.
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