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Central Australia is a rugged land of Dreamtime legends, endless vistas and immense beauty. Our exploration of this primeval territory takes in Indigenous history and culture topped with a large dose of wonder. Discover the legends of the multihued monolith Uluru and marvel at the pristine beauty of Kings Canyon. Along the way, experience camping in the Australian Outback in spacious, permanent safari tents. The heritage and splendour of this ancient land will live on in your reveries long after the trip has ended.

Itinerary

Day 1 Alice Springs/Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Surrounded by hills and craggy ridges, Alice Springs is the gateway to Central Australia. Astounding Uluru awaits with its ever-changing hues. Explore its vast base and discover ancient rock art and waterholes that bring life to the surrounding desert. Take some time to learn about one of the oldest cultures in the world and its relationship to Uluru, with a visit to a local cultural centre. In the evening, enjoy unforgettable sunset views of the magnificent monolithic rock.

Day 2 Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)/Kings Creek Station

View a spectacular sunrise to remember at Kata Tjuta. Hike through winding gorges and past sandstone domes in the Valley of the Winds. Enjoy a traditional camp oven dinner cooked in the hot coals of the fire at Kings Creek Station. Swap stories and be mesmerised by thousands of stars sparkling from the clear desert night sky.

Day 3 Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)/Wallace Rockhole

Hike between sheer cliffs and diverse plant species at Watarrka, then walk down to explore the Garden of Eden rockpool. After a picnic lunch, head to Hermannsburg - an aboriginal mission famous for its arts and crafts. Learn about the life of renowned Indigenous artist Albert Namatjira and view his unique artwork at the gallery. After a drive through the red sands of the country, arrive at the Wallace Rockhole Aboriginal community for an unforgettable evening of tasty bush tucker cooked on the barbecue. Take this opportunity to indulge in some of Australia’s more unusual culinary delights - kangaroo, emu and camel.

Day 4 Western MacDonnell Ranges/Alice Springs

Visit Wallace Rockhole's ancient rock paintings and carvings with a knowledgeable local guide. There's also a chance to learn the special techniques behind traditional dot painting during a class. After getting creative, continue on to the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Explore the rich earthy beauty of Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap. Enjoy a peaceful picnic in the beautiful surroundings and perhaps take a hike to spot local rock wallabies that inhabit the area. Say goodbye to new friends back in the outback town of Alice Springs, perhaps over a cold Aussie beer or delicious kangaroo steak.

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