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7 Day Red Centre Road Trip Adventure

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Discover the Northern Territory's Red Centre, an extraordinary landscape of desert plains, weathered mountain ranges, and some of Aboriginal Australia's most sacred sites, with this exclusive road trip designed by Krystle Wright, a pioneering director and adventure photographer.

Regarded as one of the world's leading female extreme adventure photographers, Krystle Wright has put together her favourite Red Centre experiences in this self-drive package. Drive around in comfort and experience the best of the red desert heart of Australia, including a thrilling helicopter experience, dining under a desert moon, authentic Aboriginal experience, a guide with Krystle's favourite photography locations, and more.

Package Inclusions

• 7 days SUV car hire
• Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (2 nights)
• Kings Canyon Resort (2 nights)
• Sails In The Desert (2 nights)
• Dining Under a Desert Moon
• Uluru Astro Tour
• Karrake Aboriginal Cultural Experience
• Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Experience
• Maruku Arts - Cultural Walk
• Uluru Bike Ride
• 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner


PLUS:

• An exclusive travel guide from Krystle Wright with photography tips, hikes and essential pit stops

From: $3,765 AUD
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Krystle Wright

Krystle Wright is an adventure photographer, cinematographer, and director from Australia, although she now lives a semi-nomadic lifestyle in her quest to capture and present unique moments from extreme sports, expeditions, and adventures across the globe. National Geographic lists Krystle as one of the leading female adventure photographers who is pushing the limits in the industry.
What's included

Included

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

• 7 days SUV car hire
• Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (2 nights)
• Kings Canyon Resort (2 nights)
• Sails In The Desert (2 nights)
• Dining Under a Desert Moon
• Uluru Astro Tour • Karrake Aboriginal Cultural Experience
• Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Experience
• Maruku Arts - Cultural Walk
• Uluru Bike Ride
• 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Excluded

Package Excludes:

• Flights (unless otherwise included)
• Travel insurance
• Alcohol (unless otherwise mentioned)
• Visas

itinerary

DAY 1

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Day 1: Alice Springs

Welcome to the Red Centre! Arrive in Alice Springs and spend the day exploring the town. Visit the many Aboriginal Art galleries along Todd Mall, drive out to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Alice Springs Telegraph Station or the Alice Springs Desert Park.

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Pick up your SUV

Pick up your rental car in Alice Springs and feel immediately at home in the Mitsubishi ASX, a perfect mix of a spacious SUV wagon and a zippy town car. You’ll find plenty of room in the boot for luggage, as well as an array of tech inside the vehicle such as ABS, Bluetooth, traction control, parking sensors and more. The ASX offers a quiet and smooth ride whether you’re in town or on the open road, and the fuel economy ensures you’re not spending all your road trip money on gas.

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Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters - Deluxe Room

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters is a 4,5 star property at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges and backing onto the Alice Springs Golf Course. Your suite has either a private balcony or courtyard showcasing magnificent views, with free WiFi, in-house entertainment, concierge services, resort pool, spa and Sauna, 24-hour health and fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment. Breakfast included.

DAY 2

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Day 2: Alice Springs to MacDonnell Ranges

Start the Red Centre Way by driving west through the West MacDonnell National Park to witness a spectacular stretch of natural formations including chasms, gorges and desert waterholes. Explore Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek and Ormiston Gorge just to name a few. Splash, hike or sit back in awe of the landscape – it’s truly spectacular!

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Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters - Deluxe Room

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters is a 4,5 star property at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges and backing onto the Alice Springs Golf Course. Your suite has either a private balcony or courtyard showcasing magnificent views, with free WiFi, in-house entertainment, concierge services, resort pool, spa and Sauna, 24-hour health and fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment. Breakfast included.

DAY 3

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Day 3: Alice Springs to Kings Canyon

Drive your 4WD on the Mereenie Loop, continue on from the West Macdonnell Ranges until you come across the ancient impact crater called Gosse Bluff. Hike to the top where you can get spectacular views of the ridges made from the meteorite. Continue driving along the Meerenie Loop until you reach Kings Canyon Resort. Finish the day enjoying a dinner experience Dining Under a Desert Moon.

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Dining Under a Desert Moon

Relax by the campfire on the scenic grounds of Kings Canyon Resort, situated in the beautiful Watarrka National Park, as you enjoy the Under A Desert Moon dining experience. The night starts off with canapés and a glass of sparkling wine on the green lawn in front of Carmichaels’ Restaurant. Then you will be taken to a hidden location where your table is set up under a canopy of stars in the great Southern sky. A fire flickers as you are served a five course dinner created from seasonal, locally sourced produce with paired wines. Some produce and native herbs you may be familiar with and others may surprise and delight.

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Kings Canyon Resort - Resort Room

Nestled in the tranquility of a rugged bush setting, your air-conditioned Resort Room will provide an oasis of comfort after a day of adventure and exploration. Reflecting the casual ambiance of Kings Canyon, your comfortable, spacious room features a queen bed with a separate en suite bathroom that includes a shower and bath, air-conditioning, direct-dial telephone, en suite bathroom, insect screens, hair dryer, tea/coffee facilities, extra blankets, refrigerator, iron/ironing board, writing desk, buffet breakfast for two and mini bar on request. Wi-Fi is also available, however coverage is limited.

DAY 4

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Day 4: Kings Canyon

Wake up early to explore the grand beauty of Watarrka National Park. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is a three hour hike across 100m-high sandstone walls and ancient palm-filled crevices with stunning views of the arid surrounds. In the afternoon you’ll join a one-of-a-kind authentic aboriginal cultural experience.

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Kar­rke Aboriginal Cultural Experience

Kar­rke is a one-of-a-kind authen­tic abo­rig­i­nal cul­tur­al expe­ri­ence. This 1‑hour tour is a short walk and talk on areas of impor­tance in the cul­tur­al knowl­edge on bush tuck­er and bush med­i­cines used for spir­i­tu­al and heal­ing and a lot more, as used by the Lurit­ja and Per­tame (South­ern Aran­da) people. Learn about sea­son­al bush tuck­er food, includ­ing the Witch­et­ty Grub, Mai (mean­ing food in the Lurit­ja lan­guage) edi­ble tree seeds and grass seeds and the impor­tant grind­ing stones, Bush med­i­cine plants and their uses by the Abo­rig­i­nal people, and more!

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Kings Canyon Resort - Resort Room

Nestled in the tranquility of a rugged bush setting, your air-conditioned Resort Room will provide an oasis of comfort after a day of adventure and exploration. Reflecting the casual ambiance of Kings Canyon, your comfortable, spacious room features a queen bed with a separate en suite bathroom that includes a shower and bath, air-conditioning, direct-dial telephone, en suite bathroom, insect screens, hair dryer, tea/coffee facilities, extra blankets, refrigerator, iron/ironing board, writing desk, buffet breakfast for two and mini bar on request. Wi-Fi is also available, however coverage is limited.

Day 5

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Day 5: Kings Canyon to Uluru

Leave the canyon and follow Luritja Road and Lasseter Highway to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Along the way you will pass Mt Conner, commonly known as ‘Fooluru’, as it’s often mistaken for Uluru. Once you arrive at Uluru, your Anangu guide and translator will walk you through the stories held in stone within the Uluru. Settle into your accommodation and then head out to one of the viewing Platforms to witness the rock change colour at Sunset. After dinner, you’ll experience an incredible Uluru Astro Tour.

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Cave Art Tour – Cultural Walk

Make your way to Kuniya Walk at Uluru and submerge yourself into this culturally rich experience that offers much more than just a walk. Your Anangu guide and translator will walk you through the stories held in stone within the Uluru. During this one-hour guided tour, you and your local Aboriginal Anangu will learn about beautiful works of art depicting the Creation time (Tjukurpa) stories in the family cave, here and see the stories set in stone in Uluru (Tjukuritja). During this intimate experience, you will learn about the Kuniya Tjukurpa and gain insight into local bush tucker foods.

Uluru Astro Tour

The Uluru Astro Tour has a special permit to conduct stargazing tours at the UNESCO world heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at night. You will look up into the infinite and enjoy a new appreciation for stars, planets and deep sky wonders. In the depth of darkness, your astronomy guide will take you on an unforgettable journey of stars, sound and surprises.

DAY 6

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Day 6: Uluru and Kata Tjuta

See the icons at sunrise on a bicycle. Listen to the local Anangu people as they tell their stories of the Dreamtime. Explore Kata Tjuta on the Valley of the Winds Walk and take in Uluru up-close on the Base Walk. Take your time exploring these icons of Australia’s Outback before getting a birds-eye view of the spiritual heart of Australia. You’ll experience a scenic flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park.

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Outback Cycling - Uluru Bike Ride

Take a morning ride around the base of Uluru by bicycle. The 15-kilometre self-guided journey is easily made within 3 hours and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Stop and explore the pure beauty of this spiritual and unique wonder of the world at your own pace. Once you have finished your ride, you are free to explore the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Experience

Make sure you see it all while you are here on this once in a lifetime trip by combining the beauty of Uluru and Kata Tjuta in one unforgettable flight. This tour will showcase Uluru & Kata Tjuta, Kata which means ‘many heads, a sacred place relating to knowledge that is considered very powerful. It is made up of a group of 36 conglomerate rock domes the highest of which stands 198 meters taller than Uluru and dates back 500 million years.

DAY 6

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Day 6: Uluru and Kata Tjuta

See the icons at sunrise on a bicycle. Listen to the local Anangu people as they tell their stories of the Dreamtime. Explore Kata Tjuta on the Valley of the Winds Walk and take in Uluru up-close on the Base Walk. Take your time exploring these icons of Australia’s Outback before getting a birds-eye view of the spiritual heart of Australia. You’ll experience a scenic flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park.

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Outback Cycling - Uluru Bike Ride

Take a morning ride around the base of Uluru by bicycle. The 15-kilometre self-guided journey is easily made within 3 hours and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Stop and explore the pure beauty of this spiritual and unique wonder of the world at your own pace. Once you have finished your ride, you are free to explore the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Experience

Make sure you see it all while you are here on this once in a lifetime trip by combining the beauty of Uluru and Kata Tjuta in one unforgettable flight. This tour will showcase Uluru & Kata Tjuta, Kata which means ‘many heads, a sacred place relating to knowledge that is considered very powerful. It is made up of a group of 36 conglomerate rock domes the highest of which stands 198 meters taller than Uluru and dates back 500 million years.

DAY 7

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Day 7 - Uluru to Alice Springs

Make the journey back to Alice Springs. If you have time visit the many Aboriginal Art galleries along Todd Mall, drive out to the Royal Flying Doctor Service or the Alice Springs Telegraph Station before dropping off your hire car and heading home.

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