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Rock the Centre Uluru Budget Tour

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The Outback's biggest hits on a budget

  • B-Corp Certified (Intrepid Group)
  • Book Here & Save Rainforest
  • Trusted Reviews
  • Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon
  • 3 Days – 2 Nights
  • Mini-Bus (2wd)
  • 24 passengers
  • 2 Breakfast – 3 Lunch – 2 Dinner
Why we Love Rock the Centre

The Outback and its attractions may be big, but that doesn’t mean you need heaps of time to see them. Rock the Centre, which offers the choice of starting  in either Alice Springs or Yulara, makes it possible to see the region’s best-known attractions in a short amount of time. 

Get to know Uluru guided or on your own, navigate the boulder-strewn landscape of Kata Tjuta on a Valley of the Winds Walk and discover lost cities and a Garden of Eden on the Rim Walk through Kings Canyon

The Outback’s never been so accessible. Uluru, and Kings Canyon – in only three days.

Your tour will include the following highlights;

  • Explore Australia’s Outback
  • Uluru Base Walk 
  • Uluru sunset drinks 
  • Uluru Cultural Centre 
  • Valley of the Winds walk 
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • Sleep under the stars in a swag – the Aussie way!
Inclusions
  • 3 Days Fully Guided Tour
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru sunset drinks
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Valley of the Winds walk
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
  • 2 Breakfast – 3 Lunch – 2 Dinner
  • 2 nights basic Camp Site with Swag Tent

Itinerary and Sleeping

Accommodation on this trip consists of swags (Aussie bed roll) that can be used to sleep outdoors or placed underneath a shelter. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag (or pre-purchase one from us) and your own pillow if you wish.

Day 1:

Leaving Alice Springs behind, hit the road for Australia’s legendary Outback. First stop for the day is an outback roadhouse for a quick breakfast (at your own expense). Then it’s back on the road for the drive to Yulara, stopping off along the way for views of Mount Connor and the Salt lakes.

After lunch, jump back in the vehicle and travel into Uluru National Park. We’ll check out the Cultural Centre with coffee in hand, before we walk over to the main attraction, Uluru. 

Depending on how active you’re feeling, you may choose to do the full base walk of Uluru which is around 10km. No two angles of the Rock are the same, and it’s sheer size will leave you gobsmacked by the time you’ve lapped it. If you’d rather do a shorter walk follow the signs to the Mala Walk before strolling to the Mutitjulu Waterhole.

In the evening, watch a spectacular Uluru sunset while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine and some snacks. Once the sun has set we’ll drive on to our night’s campsite for hot showers and a hearty dinner. This evening sleep in a swag (Aussie bedroll) under the stars.

Notes: 

    • Total driving time today is about 5½ hours (approximately 450kms)
    • Total walking time will depend on which option you choose in the afternoon, approximately 2 to 3 hours

Day 2:

Rise early for an included breakfast and memorable Uluru sunrise. 

Next, head to Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) for a guided 5½km walk through the legendary Valley of the Winds, returning to camp for lunch.

In the afternoon, drive to our remote bush camp in Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) and freshen up with a hot shower.

Tonight’s dinner will be an authentic Outback BBQ.

Notes: 

    • Total driving time today is about 4 hours (approximately 300kms)
    • Total walking time approximately 2½ hours

Day 3:

After breakfast, drive to Kings Canyon for a guided hike along the Canyon Rim Walk (6km). This varied landscape of chasms, canyons and cliffs is one of the most spectacular and surprising in the Outback. Enter a natural amphitheatre, discover the Lost City, cool off under the shade of the Garden of Eden’s leafy palm trees and admire panoramic views from the North and South Walls.

After lunch we’ll make tracks back to Alice Springs with a few leg-stretches on the way, before pulling into Alice early evening. 

Notes: 

    • Total driving time today is about 6 hours (approximately 500kms)
    • Total walking time approximately 3 hours

Departs/Returns:
  • Departs: Alice Springs Daily from 5:45am
  • Returns: Alice Springs at 6:00pm (Day 3)

Optional Starting Point in Yulara:

  • Pick-up Ayers Rock Resort or Airport at approximately 1:00pm*
  • Tour fishes in Alice Springs

*Pick-up times are seasonal and depend on flight schedules

Is Rock the Centre right for you?
  • This trip requires a sleeping bag
  • To participate in this trip you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, collecting firewood, setting up and packing up camp every day, in all conditions.
  • This trip tends to appeal for a budget backpacker market, so perhaps not the most suitable for families or older clients
  • Food is basic but plentiful, and all meals are participatory meaning everyone pitches in to help prepare, cook, and clean up after meals

 

Important Tour Information
  • Minimum age: 8 years
  • Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk requires you to carry 3 litres of water – please consider bringing a large reusable water container.
  • Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to one day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack weighing no more than 15kg.
  • Most additional Dietary Requirements can be catered for – Please ask upon booking.

 

Passengers Joining Tour in Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort)
  • We recommend guests arrive on the Jetstar or Virgin Australia flights into Yulara if joining the tour on the same day.
  • Clients joining at Ayers Rock airport or resort will do so after lunch and therefore is not included. Please ensure you have had lunch prior to your collection as we will be travelling straight to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park to start the afternoon’s sightseeing.
  • If commencing at Ayers Rock please ensure you have one day pack and a soft overnight bag/backpack with the items you require for the 3 days packed inside as your large luggage will be stored in the vehicle/trailer and will not be accessible during this time.

 

What to Bring
  • Wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Sustainable Water bottle/container (at least 1.5 litres)
  • Walking shoes/boots,
  • Sleeping bag (Hire/Purchase – please enquire)
  • Toiletries, swim wear, towel
  • Comfortable and casual clothing
  • Head Torch and Camera

 

Cancellation/Refund Policy
  • If you cancel at least 30 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 25% cancellation fee or deposit will be lost.
  • If you cancel between 15-29 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50% cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 14 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 10% administration fee

We recommend you purchase Travel Insurance which would cover for such things as road closures, flight,  bus or other travel cancellations that would contribute to you missing the departure of your tour.


 

Travel Insurance Requirements

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Adventure Tours Australia trips. It is required that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.

When travelling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.


Eco-Certification Awards

The following Eco-Accreditation from Eco Tourism Australia had been achieved.

  • Climate Action Business

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The Respecting Our Culture (ROC) program encourages the tourism industry to operate in ways that respect and reinforce Indigenous cultural heritage and the living cultures of Indigenous communities.

ROC certified tourism operators are committed to protecting cultural authenticity and integrity, developing sound business practices, environmental protection and acknowledging Indigenous peoples spiritual connection to the land and water.


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The Intrepid Group (Adventure Tours) has achieved B-Corp accreditation. 

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Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment.

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  • Adult: $445
  • *Hot Deal* $425
  • Child Prices on Request (Age: 8-12 yrs)
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