Summer in the Red Centre 7 day itinerary
The Red Centre is now in season!
Summer in the Red Centre means the waterholes are full and ready to be plunged into, nightime events light up the mountains, the skies are clear blue, the pace is slow and the warm summer nights are ready to be enjoyed.
The low season is now in season! Check out our 7 day itinerary for November to April.
Arrive into Uluru Airport, collect a hire car and check in at your accommodation.
Start your journey at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Start your day at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to support the local community and find out more about Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The Anangu people are Uluru’s traditional custodians and have lived in the area for at least 22,000 years. At the Cultural Centre you can support the Anangu community by purchasing Aboriginal art and shopping at several of the community owned shops. Other activities include art and craft demonstrations, bush tucker sessions and guided walks within the park.
Enjoy a bush tucker experience
Book yourself in for a free bush tucker experience at Voyages. Learn about local native bush foods from Indigenous staff, and enjoy tasting of seasonal seeds, spices and fruits. Watch a cooking demonstration using ancient native bush ingredients and learn about the history of Australia’s bush foods.
Hit the town
Hit the town, that is The Yulara Town Square, and take your pick from the variety of restaurants for dinner.
Sunrise on a camel
Watch the sun rise over an illuminating Uluru atop a camel for a unique perspective. Climb aboard for a one-hour leisurely walk and make the most of the impressive morning photo opportunities. Indulge in a true-blue breakfast of billy tea and freshly baked beer bread, prepared by your guides.
Circumnavigate Uluru by foot or bike
As Uluru is a sacred site to the Anangu people, the climbing of Uluru has been banned from 26th October 2019. Either join a walking tour led by an Aboriginal guide, or hire a bike near the Cultural Centre and travel around Uluru on the 10.6 kilometre base walk. Uluru’s base is dotted with informative displays which refer to the many springs, waterholes, rock art caves and ancient paintings.
Spend the afternoon on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle and take in the views with the wind in your hair.
Enjoy a unique dinner under the stars
The Sounds of Silence is a memorable unique dining experience with a 360-degree view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta at sunset. Start the night with canapés followed by a gourmet barbecue of native game, bush salads and fine Australian wines. Finish your evening with an Aboriginal dance performance and an explanation of the night sky, guided by the resident ‘star talker’.
Head to Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), which means many heads, is a series of enormous rock domes that date back 500 million years. Start your morning early with a drive to the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area. A short walk from the car park offers magnificent panoramic views of the domes and a relaxing place to sit and absorb the ever-changing colours of the landscape.
Explore Kata Tjuta by trail
Continue on the road to Kata Tjuta and find out just how ancient and imposing the domes are by tackling one of the two popular walking tracks. The Walpa Gorge Walk is an easy walk which takes an hour return and follows a stream to a grove of flourishing spearwood. The famed Valley of the Winds walk is a moderately difficult 7.4-kilometre circuit which weaves through the immerse domes and treats you to spectacular views over the desert plains from its two lookout points.
Say farewell to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and begin your drive to Kings Creek Station (collecting firewood along the way).
Camp or glamp, take your pick
Pitch your tent or stay in a safari cabin set among natural bush, try a famous Kings Creek camel burger, or stroll to the George Gill lookout for magnificent views of the range. Enjoy a campfire dinner at Kings Creek Station.
Beat the heat with a sunrise Kings Canyon rim walk
Rise and shine early to watch the sunrise and walk around the Kings Canyon rim to take in awe-inspiring views of the weathered, buttressed domes of The Lost City and the protected lush valley below in the Garden of Eden.
Hit the road by late morning, bound for Alice Springs. The drive from Kings Creek Station to Alice Springs will give you time to reflect on the incredible experiences and scenery you've just encountered. As you travel along the outback road, you'll gain a real sense of the vastness of Australia’s interior. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, spotting birds and wildlife along the way. Arriving into Alice Springs, check your bags in at the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters – the perfect place to freshen up after a few days in the desert.
No doubt you’ll be peckish after your day’s adventure, so take a short stroll to Hanuman for an award winning dinner.
Hit the trails on two wheels
Watch the sun rise over the horizon of the Alice Springs ranges on two wheels with Outback Cycling’s Sunrise Tour. Enjoy a 3.5 hour cycle through Alice’s epic mountain biking trails, customised to all fitness levels and with all gear included. Enjoy the fresh morning air, spot native wildlife and take in the impressive views of Alice Springs.
See the beauty of Ellery Creek Big Hole
From Alice Springs, continue along Larapinta Drive, turning right at Namatjira Drive towards Ellery Creek Big Hole where you can stop for a refreshing swim. This location is one of the most popular and picturesque swimming, camping and picnic spots in the region. You'll understand why when you set eyes on the spectacular waterhole surrounded by the high red cliffs and sandy creek.
Enjoy an Earth Sanctuary dinner under the stars
Experience the spirit of the outback at the award-winning Earth Sanctuary Dinner and Star Show. A shuttle bus will take you to Earth Sanctuary’s secluded location in time to watch a spectacular sunset over the Eastern Macdonnell Ranges. As night falls, a glittering canopy of stars shine bright. Enjoy a hearty home cooked gourmet BBQ dinner as your hosts share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy.
Float above the sunrise
Get up before dawn to experience a sunrise balloon ride with Outback Ballooning. Witness the remarkable colours of the early morning dawn over the MacDonnell Ranges – on most days, you'll also see Australian wildlife, particularly red kangaroos, in their natural environment. After your flight reflect on the morning’s voyage over a picnic breakfast of muffins, carrot cake, fresh fruit, banana bread, cheese and biscuits accompanied by sparkling wine and fruit juice.
Spot furry, feathered and thorny wildlife at the Alice Springs Desert Park
Spot rare and endangered animals in the low light of the nocturnal house and don’t miss the star attraction of the ‘free-flying birds of prey’ show.
Stroll through the changing desert environments of the park through the three diverse habitat areas. Make the most of the free informational talks throughout the day, including a presentation on Aboriginal Survival. Finish up your visit with some refreshments at the onsite café.
The cool spot
Dine and drink the night away at Epilogue Lounge. Described by Lonely Planet as “the coolest” place in Alice Springs, it brings together everything you need in an eating and entertainment venue: stylish but not pretentious retro décor, vibrant atmosphere, food served all day, a decent wine list and a great location (its located smack in the middle of town).
Indulge your senses at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden
Start your day with a cooked breakfast at the Bean Tree Café which you can find nestled in the Olive Pink Botanic Garden.
It is Australia’s only arid zone botanic garden and the perfect place to relax for breakfast or lunch amongst the native surrounds. Take the time to wander along the walking trails to see the hundreds of plant species that are native to the Red Centre, or spot some of the 80 bird species which have been recorded at the park.
Experience local Aboriginal art
You can’t leave Alice Springs without checking out some of the local Aboriginal art galleries. Smack bang in the middle of town, Todd Mall is lined with commercial galleries specialising in Aboriginal art. Stop at Papunya Tula Artists for popular dot paintings, then head to Mbantua Art Gallery and Cultural Museum, which specializes in art from the Utopia region and has one of the largest collections of Aboriginal art in Australia.
Take your pick from one of the many trendy café’s throughout Todd Mall for lunch.
Be inspired by the early pioneers
Get amongst the interactive displays and step inside a full-sized replica on a modern PC-12 airplane at the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Here, you will gain an insight into the iconic Australian outback service established by pioneers in 1928.
Taste some local brew
Mingle with the locals at the Alice Springs Brewing Co, the town’s only operating brewery. Local brewing means that customers are now drinking beer that hasn’t travelled across the desert. Tantalise your taste buds with a tasting paddle and sample their Centralian Ale, Post Office Pale Ale, Almost Summer Ale and ASP IPA (to name a few). Stay for dinner and take your pick from their extensive pizza menu.
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