The Red Centre

Northern Territory

The Red Centre - Uluru and Alice Springs-Including Field of Light

Day 1 (L,D) HOME, AYERS ROCK RESORT
Our Red Centre adventure begins as we fly into Ayers Rock Airport and transfer to our home for three nights, the 5 Star Sails in the Desert Hotel. Some time to unpack and explore prior to a chance to get to know our fellow travellers over afternoon tea. Those who wish have the opportunity to view the sunset over Uluru prior to dinner.
Day 2 (B,L,D) ULURU, FIELD OF LIGHT
Our morning is spent at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where we learn of the Anangu people, the traditional owners of the region. Lunch here at the Ininti Café before we circumnavigate Uluru in our coach, making stops to admire the imposing monolith. Those who wish are also able to take an easy stroll right up to the base of the “Rock”. Some time at leisure this afternoon. Following dinner, a real highlight as we visit the Field of Light a breath-taking installation of over 50,000 frosted glass spheres that are illuminated each evening. An amazing sight.
Day 3 (B,L,D) KATA TJUTA (THE OLGAS), SOUNDS OF SILENCE
Kata Tjuta, also known as The Olgas, consists of 36 dome shaped rock formations spread over an area of over 20 kilometres. The second major landmark of the park, these domes reach up to 500 metres in height and have such a strong cultural significance for the local people that many of the legends surrounding the site have been kept secret. We view the area from two designated viewing sites (some easy paced walking required). Following a later lunch feel free to spend the afternoon at your leisure. Tonight we dine under the stars at the award winning Sounds of Silence Dinner. A memorable evening.
Day 4 (B,L,D) AYERS ROCK RESORT, ALICE SPRINGS
Departing Ayers Rock we take the short flight to Alice Springs, arriving in time for lunch. During the afternoon visit the new Royal Flying Doctor Service tourist facility. Later we arrive at our home for three nights, the Chifley Alice Springs Hotel, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums. Some time for a stroll through Todd Mall this afternoon.
Day 5 (B,L,D) ALICE SPRINGS, TELEGRAPH STATION, DESERT PARK, SOUNDS of STARLIGHT SHOW
This morning take in the panoramic view from Anzac Hill prior to visiting the Old Telegraph Station and gain a sense of the tyranny of distance facing those who established the telegraph line in the late 1800’s. We arrive at the Alice Springs Desert Park for lunch and then time to view the many wildlife exhibits. A special event tonight as we enjoy the Sounds of Starlight Theatre performance, a musical and visual journey of the outback.
Day 6 (B,L,D) WEST MACDONNELL RANGES
We spend today exploring the spectacular ancient landscape of the (Tjoritja) West MacDonnell Ranges. We pause at the John Flynn Memorial in memory of the missionary who founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service. View the picturesque Standley Chasm, an 80 metre chasm formed by flood waters over millions of years, the Ochre Pits, source of the coloured clays used by aboriginal people on ceremonial occasions, Ellery Creek Big Hole, a spectacular waterhole in the mighty Ellery Creek and Simpsons Gap, a prominent and significant waterhole in the Ranges.