Alice Springs, Alice Springs, NT, 0870
Known traditionally as Angkerle Atwatye, meaning “Gap of Water”, Standley Chasm is a 3-meter-wide, 80-meter-high gorge located in the West MacDonnell Ranges (Tjoritja). We explore this beautifully rugged area before trekking west and are tempted to dip in Ellery Creek Bighole, known traditionally as Udepata, surrounded by tall red cliffs and sandy Ellery Creek. Be amazed by the massive geological forces which created the towering red walls of Ormiston Gorge. Spend time here admiring nature and its finest, as we begin our leisurely journey back towards Alice Springs, with a final stop at Tjoritja West MacDonnells National Park region, Simpsons Gap, where several dreaming trails and stories cross. Featuring a permanent waterhole this is also a great place to spot resident wildlife. Now we’ve had our fix of some of the best of central Australia’s natural icons, we deliver you back to Alice Springs to your chosen accommodation and evening plans as you reflect on your day of exploration.
ItineraryDay 1: Welcome to Alice SpringsPass By: Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Red Centre, Northern TerritoryFly to Alice Springs today. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Alice Springs with 3.5-Star HotelDay 2: A Town Like AlicePass By: Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Red Centre, Northern TerritoryYour Central Australian adventure starts off today by exploring the modern face of the historic pioneer town of Alice Springs, famous for Afghan cameleers, gold-diggers, flying doctor base, school of the air, The Ghan train, the usually dry Todd River, the Simpson Desert, 'A Town Like Alice', contemporary Aboriginal art (Todd Mall) and the Aboriginal Arrernte people who have lived here for 20,000 years.Enjoy our 4.5 hour luxury coach tour with great informative commentary from our experienced local guide. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service (headquarters of the globally respected medical service providing a critical link to remote communities throughout the Northern Territory), Historic Telegraph Station (site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs, established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide), School of the Air (provides education to primary school aged children living on remote properties throughout the Northern Territory since 1951), Anzac Hill (dedicated as a war memorial to honour those that fallen in Australian's wars) and Alice Springs Reptile Centre (amazing NT animals like, saltwater crocodiles, huge goannas, frill-neck lizards and Gecko Cave). You will also get a great orientation of thriving Alice Springs, touring through the town and seeing the other main attractions such as the Cultural Precinct, National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame, Road Transport Hall of Fame, Old Ghan Train Museum, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens and Todd Mall.Enjoy some free time. Perhaps explore some more of Alice Springs or just relax in your hotel, taking advantage of the great facilities.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Alice Springs with 3.5-Star HotelDay 3: West MacDonnell RangesPass By: Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Red Centre, Northern TerritoryThe panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary for their immensity and array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples. View spectacular outback scenery and take photos as we travel along through magnificent Outback Country, stopping at the many historic locations. As we depart town, we will stop at the historical Flynn’s Grave Memorial. Enjoy beautiful walks at both Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Alice Springs with 3.5-Star HotelDay 4: Tour from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock via Kata TjutaPass By: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Red Centre, Northern TerritoryThis morning, travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges. Stop to view Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy a leisurely drive to Kata Tjuta to take in a magnificent outback sunset, while enjoying sparkling wine.*At certain times of the year, some services may operate using smaller vehicle.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Ayers Rock with 3.5-Star HotelDay 5: Tour Ayers Rock and SurroundsPass By: Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, Lasseter Highway, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory AustraliaThe majestic rock formation Uluru is better known as Ayers Rock, this mighty and impressive monolith is one of Australia's best known natural landmarks and is sacred to the Aboriginal people, Uluru stands some 348 metres high and is 3.6 km long, its surface is made of of valleys, ridges and caves that were created over millions of years by erosion.Watch the sunrise at Uluru and then travel to Kata Tjuta and walk through Walpa Gorge. Later, visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Center and then tour the sacred sites around the base of Uluru. Continue to the sacred Mutitjulu Waterhole. Witness the striking color changes of Uluru at sunset before continuing to our exclusive barbecue venue, where you’ll dine from a delicious menu accompanied by a selection of beverages.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Ayers Rock with 3.5-Star HotelDay 6: Travel from Ayers Rock to Kings CanyonPass By: Kings Canyon, Kings Canyon, Red Centre, Northern TerritoryEarly this afternoon, travel through desert scenery on your way to Kings Canyon. On arrival, there may be time to view the sunset behind Carmichaels Crag.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Kings Canyon with 3.5-Star HotelDay 7: Explore Kings Canyon and Return to Alice SpringsPass By: Kings Canyon, Kings Canyon, Red Centre, Northern TerritoryMake the rocky climb to the rim of Kings Canyon or you may wish to explore the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed, a shady, easier walk. Your Short Break concludes back in Alice Springs.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Alice Springs with 3.5-Star HotelDay 8: Say Goodbye to Alice SpringsPass By: Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Red Centre, Northern TerritoryYou will be transferred to the airport or train station to meet your flight or The Ghan Train.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.
ItineraryDay 1: Alice Springs to UluruStop At: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Red Centre, Northern TerritoryKata Tjuta pops up as 36 different domes and you’ll get to know the site pretty well on an afternoon hikeDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Uluru Rd, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory 0872 AustraliaAs evening begins, enjoy some tasty snacks as the sun sets over Uluru casting incredible colours. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • • Accommodation included: Overnight Yulara - Permanent Twin share tent with proper beds, linen, light and fan (with shared facilities) Day 2: Uluru Sunrise and Kings CanyonStop At: Uluru Rd, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory 0872 AustraliaAn early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh, enjoy a walk around the base of the rock.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, Lasseter Highway, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory AustraliaOnce you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some art and craft of the First Peoples of Australia, at the Uluru Cultural Centre.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Maruku Arts, Yulara Cultural Centre, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory 0872 AustraliaInterpretive cultural walk with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GuideDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Watarrka National Park, Via Luritja Road Or Via Larapinta Drive, Northern Territory AustraliaTravel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • • • Accommodation included: Overnight Kings Canyon - Permanent Twin share tent with proper beds, linen, light and fan (with shared facilities) Day 3: KIngs Canyon Rim WalkStop At: Watarrka National Park, Via Luritja Road Or Via Larapinta Drive, Northern Territory AustraliaThe main attraction of Watarrka is undoubtedly Kings Canyon – a humungous gorge enclosed by sheer rock walls hundreds of metres high. Offering a welcome escape from the dry desert heat, this site’s deep gullies and hidden rockpools provide shelter to more than 600 species of native plants and animals. Your guide will point these out on a guided trek that takes in the canyon’s most famous sites – the Lost City, Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre and North and South Walls. Then it’s lunch, rest, and back to Alice for farewells.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • • No accommodation included on this day.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: West MacDonnell National Park, West MacDonnell National Park, Red Centre, Northern TerritoryStunning landscape – Simpsons Gap and Stanley Chasm in the West MacDonnell Ranges are part of the home lands of local Arrernte people. It holds a special energy. Wonder at the geological magnificence and the ancient lessons it holds. The native vegetation nurtures the mind, body and spirit. Connect with the souls of your feet in the sand. Your troubles will fall away. Purchase a coffee or tea at a cafe, 100% owned and operated by the local Arrernte community. When available, say 'werte' to proud Arrernte and those of neighbouring home lands who express living two ways, a contemporary life through water colour paintings. A legacy of Albert Namatjira and others. Short Town TourWest MacDonnell RangesSimpsons Gap - easy, WC accessibleStandley Chasm - easy, WC accessibleMany Hands Art Centre or Araluen Art GalleryDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Standley Chasm Angkerle, Larapinta Drive, West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory 0872 AustraliaStandley Chasm, known traditionally as Angkerle Atwatye, is an important cultural place of indigenous Australia. Sacred to women's dreaming of the Arrernte people, it is located in a private flora and fauna reserve surrounded by West MacDonnell National Park (Tjoritja). Standley Chasm is 100% owned and operated by the local Arrernte community.Duration: 1 hour
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: West MacDonnell National Park, West MacDonnell National Park, Red Centre, Northern TerritoryTjoritja West MacDonnell National Park stretches for 161 kilometres west of Alice Springs.The park encompasses an ancient landscape sculpted over time by climatic elements. It is also a refuge for rare and threatened plants as well as wildlife, including the uncommon bird species such as the Peregrine Falcon.Features of the landscape are significant to the Arrernte people, including the Ochre Pits that have long been a quarry for important ochre pigments.Stop At: Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, Hermannsburg Road, Hermannsburg, Northern Territory 0872 AustraliaThe Aboriginal settlement of Hermannsburg is famous as the home of artist Albert Namatjira. It’s also a National Trust-listed historic precinct.The Aboriginal settlement of Hermannsburg is famous as the home of Aboriginal landscape watercolour artist Albert Namatjira. The historic settlement is an easy 130km drive from Alice Springs. Explore the buildings of the restored historic town and see work by local artists.Meet with a proud Local (by arrangement)Explore Namatjira Monument & HouseNamatjira Monument & HouseHermannsburg Precinct Gallery ShopHermannsburg Potters (by arrangement)Duration: 2 hours
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Red Centre, Northern TerritoryThis is your chance to see the views of Alice Springs and the surrounding region from a completely different view.Alice Springs is a great part of Aboriginal Australia, and by visiting it you’ll have a great experience, and you’ll also find out quite a lot about the locals, their customs, the animals and fauna in the area.It’s a worthwhile place to visit, so don’t waste your time, contact us to book an adventure packed scenic flight and get ready to embark on a trip to one of the most beautiful locations in the world.For a limited time, you will be able to see the impressive jet planes lined up at the Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage facility, where they are being stored and maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic, and you’ll even sneak a peek at Australia’s Joint Defence Space Research Facility with the US at Pine Gap.