This afternoon you’ll meet your Driver Guide and fellow travellers and then take a short drive to the entry of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Having lived on and looked after the Uluru and Kata Tjuta region for tens of thousands of years, the Anangu (or traditional owners), have a strong connection with this land. We’ll learn about Tjukurpa, the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the Aboriginal people and their ancestors. Travelling to the domes of Kata Tjuta, you’ll join your Driver Guide for an informative guided walk through Walpa Gorge. The large, steep dome-like formations of Kata Tjuta are amazing to walk through and have great cultural significance for the Anangu people. As the sun sets, you’ll see spectacular changing colours over Uluru from the prime sunset viewing area. Tonight, choose from a range of restaurants in Yulara.
You’ll start the day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the fantastic Kata Tjuta dune viewing area. From here it’s back to the resort for breakfast and then you’re off to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for an insight into the history of the local Anangu People. Then it’s time to get oriented with Uluru (Ayers Rock) on a drive around the ancient monolith, listening to your Driver Guide’s insights. Stopping, you’ll take a walk around the base of Uluru, where you’ll hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, an important water source for the Aboriginal people and animals in the area. As the heat of the day begins to approach, we’ll head up the Luritja Road towards Kings Canyon and view the ‘forgotten wonder’ of Central Australia – Atila (Mt. Conner). Stop at Kings Creek Station. Established in 1982 by Lyn and Ian Conway, it was originally vacant crown land and covers an area of 1,800 square kms. It runs cattle and is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. Travel a short distance to Kings Canyon Resort. This evening you’re treated to the unique dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the wilderness under a canopy of the Southern Night sky (weather permitting). The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire and the only sound is soft music intertwined with the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapés followed by a four course dinner, prepared from fresh produce.
Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, today we’re off on a sunrise 6km Rim Walk exploration of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As we venture around the rim, highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’, a stop at Cotterill’s Lookout, and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. If you’d prefer a more relaxed walk we also offer an optional Creek Walk. Afterwards we’re off the beaten track, travelling along the Mereenie Loop. We stop at Jump-up Lookout, overlooking the George Gill Range, before our picnic lunch at Gosse Bluff. Tnorala Conservation Reserve reveals a place of great cultural significance to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people and tonight’s stop is Glen Helen, situated on the western end of the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges, a wonderful chance to enjoy the beautiful outback in this rustic setting.
Ormiston Gorge, in the West MacDonnell Ranges, is the ideal place to experience the geology, landforms and variety of native flora and fauna. We’ll take a hike into areas accessible only by foot. There’s time to explore the Ochre Pits and learn about ochre’s importance, having been used for thousands of years by Aboriginal tribes for medicinal and magical purposes. Then it’s time to cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole or just lie in the shade of the River Red and Ghost Gums and enjoy a picnic lunch. We take a walk to dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Created over millions of years, the deep red sandstone formation contrasts with the carpet of lush, green ferns and gum trees on the valley floor. This afternoon, relax on the drive and enjoy the change of scenery as we follow the West MacDonnell Ranges into Alice Springs, stopping at Simpsons Gap en route, where there is time for a short walk along the length of the gap. On arrival in Alice Springs we’ll witness how children in remote areas of Australia are taught through the innovative School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a crucial service which provides a lifeline of essential medical support for people living in remote Australian communities.
Alice Springs has a really interesting heritage and our Driver Guide will share their take on what life is like in such an isolated Australian town. Join us on a town tour of Alice Springs, where we’ll visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station. This afternoon your Colour of Red inspiring journey comes to an end.
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