Visiting the Red Centre in Australia is a must! The ‘Red Centre’ is the heart of Australia, consisting of Alice Springs, World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Kings Canyon region. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, offering a unique insight into the vast Australian outback and its rich culture and history. Whether you’re a nature lover or adventurer the Red Centre has something to offer for everyone. Experience the ancient Aboriginal culture, witness the vibrant outback sunsets and stargaze under the clearest skies in the world. On the doorstep of Alice Springs are the West Macdonnell Ranges, a spectacular array of gorges, gaps and waterholes to the iconic red rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta to the breathtaking scenery of Kings Canyon, this region is home to some of the most stunning natural wonders in the world.
The best times to visit Red Centre for ideal weather areApril to June.
Depart on your early afternoon Qantas flight. On arrival transfer to the airport hotel.
After breakfast return to the airport for your onward morning flight to Alice Springs. On arrival there will be an orientation drive of Alice Springs before arriving at your hotel. This day finishes with an Outback Bush Dinner and Show at Earth Sanctuary.
Today starts with a half day tour to the West Macdonnell Ranges where you can enjoy walks at both Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm plus stops at historic locations. In the afternoon we continue to The School of the Air, the historic Telegraph Station, and the Royal Flying Doctors Service.
After breakfast, you will visit the Old Ghan Train Museum/National Road Museum, before travelling on to Kings Canyon arriving late afternoon. On the way lunch is included at the Eldunda Roadhouse.
The Old Ghan Heritage Railway Museum and The National Road Transport Hall of Fame operate on adjoining sites. This huge complex is one of the most comprehensive land transport museums in the southern hemisphere. Vehicles displayed are in their working day condition maintained by bush mechanics and engineers that worked with what was available to invent what was required.
The day begins with a morning (one hour) Kings Bed walk, followed by breakfast then a mid morning departure. Enroute you will have a stop at Atila (Mt. Conner) Lookout, often mistaken for Uluru. Lunch will be at Curtin Springs, a working cattle station operated by the same family since 1956. Look out for wild camels that inhabit the area. Arrival at Uluru mid to late afternoon. A one hour tour of the Curtin Springs paper hand making process is included, where paper is made from the native grasses on Curtin Springs Station.
Each piece is an individual, distinctive and beautiful souvenir of Central Australia, showcasing the diversity of the desert landscape. The different stages of the paper making process will be explained and demonstrated and on display and available for visitors to see and touch.
Early this morning, you will be picked up from your hotel for an iconic Uluru sunrise. The early rise is well worth it as you experience the two major landmarks in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Start with an amazing sunrise at Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Afterwards, on the 45 kilometer drive to Kata Tjuta your Driver Guide will provide you with an historical overview of the National Park. The walk through the sheer walls of Walpa Gorge won’t disappoint as you’re led into a world of rare plant species and lush evergreen scrubs. You will also make a stop at the Cultural Centre on your tour today. The day concludes with an evening farewell BBQ.
Transfer to the airport for return flight change planes and terminals in Sydney.
• Economy flights Qantas Auckland – Sydney //Sydney - Alice Springs // Sydney- Auckland
• Jetstar flight Aryes Rock - Sydney
• Coach transport with driver/guide
• Daily breakfast
• 3 lunches and 2 dinners
• Earth Sanctuary dinner and show
• National Park entry fees - Standley Chasm, Watarrka National Park and Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park
• Entrance Fees to School of the air, Telegraph Station and Royal Flying Doctors,
• Six nights accommodation
• Pukekohe Travel escort, subject to 20 people travelling
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Auckland - Auckland
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• A non-refundable deposit of $750 per person will secure a place on this tour
• Full payment by 08 March 2024
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• A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel
• No visas are required for NZ Passport holders to enter Australia
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• Comfortable clothing and good walking shoes.
• Australian Dollars
• A good standard of fitness is required for this tour. The ability to walk unaided on unevan ground for 500 metres is essential.
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