Journey to the heart of Australia and experience its wondrous highlights with this activity-packed two-day tour. The extended length of this trip gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the remote Australian outdoors. Take in stunning views of heritage-listed sites and witness ancient cultural practices. Dine al fresco as the sun goes down and…
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Day 1 – Operated by Emu Run Experience
Join our professional tour guides and see the real outback.
Starting your tour in Alice Springs? We will collect you from outside your Alice Springs accommodation and head to the first stop of our day tour at Erldunda (home of the Emu) for a buffet breakfast.
If you’re starting your tour from Ayers Rock Resort, we collect you from your Ayers Rock Resort accommodation.
We travel to Kata Tjuta (previously known at the Olgas) for the first walk of the day into Walpa Gorge.
Marvel at the domes of Kata Tjuta on your first walk of the day, while taking in sweeping views of the open plains on the return walk.
Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Our group then visits the Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where you will have time to learn about the local Pitjantjatjara people and buy some souvenirs.
The Cultural Centre was built with 90,000 mud bricks with the help of the local Anangu people. It is built on a sacred site and has very special meaning to the local Anangu people.
Uluru – Mala Walk
We then head to the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock), which is next to the entrance to the Uluru climb. From here, your tour guide will take you on a guided Mala Walk.
The Mala Walk follows the north-west side of Uluru, where there are many fine examples of Anangu rock art, and you can experience the wonder of the sheer vertical walls. Along the way, your guide will tell stories of the Anangu People.
Uluru – Mutitjulu Waterhole
Your coach will transport you to the back section of Uluru, where we start a second guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole.
Your guide will take you along a short track to the waterhole – home of an ancestral water snake called Wanampi, sharing stories of local traditions and explain how the Anangu people traditionally used the waterhole for hunting. The caves containing rock art were used in the past by the Anangu people, whose ancestors are still alive today.
This is an unmissable Australian experience and will be one you never forget.
Take in a breathtaking Uluru sunset with a glass of bubbly (or BYO beer) and a delicious Aussie BBQ dinner.
Unpack your bag for a comfortable night at the luxury resort, Sails in the Desert. Past guests refer to the friendly service and spacious, comfortable rooms when leaving a five-star rating.
Day 2 – Operated by AAT Kings
AAT Kings pick you up from Sails in the Desert at approximately 4 am (Oct-Mar) or 5 am (Apr-Sep) so you can experience the majesty of a red centre sunrise for yourself.
Welcome to Kings Canyon
You’ll get a true sense of the remoteness of outback Australia as you travel to Kings Creek Station. Watch as the local wildlife wakes for the day and keep an eye out for dromedary camels, kangaroos, brumbies and dingoes.
Kings Creek Station
This cattle and camel station covers 1,800 square kilometres. Relax in the café where you’ll be treated to a cooked breakfast. Their coffee is said to be the best in the Territory!
Located in the heart of Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon lies in an ancient Australian landscape that is sacred ground for the Ulpanyali and Lilla people.
The six-kilometre Rim Walk is a once in a lifetime experience. Climb up a 100-metre cliff face and walk around the rim of the canyon. Marvel at impressive views of sandstone walls, grottos, chasms and cliffs.
The Garden of Eden
This spot is a tropical oasis with a natural spring waterhole that is surrounded by lush exotic plant life.
You’ll come across a natural spring waterhole surrounded by local and exotic plants and trees such as gums, bonsai looking trees and enormous prehistoric ferns, creating a truly unique landscape.
Creek Bed Walk
The Creek Bed Walk is ideal if you’re interested in something more relaxing. After leisurely taking in the sights, you’ll set off on a two-kilometre stroll along the creek bed that leads to views of the impressive canyon rim.
Kings Canyon Resort
Now we’re off to Kings Canyon Resort – an oasis in the outback!
Treat yourself to lunch (own expense). To see Kings Canyon from above, take an optional scenic helicopter flight (creek bed walkers only), or bring your swimmers if you’d like to take a dip in the resort’s pool.
Scenic Return Journey
Enjoy amazing outback scenery as we head back to Ayers Rock Resort. Guests are returned to their accommodation at approximately 5:30 pm.
Professional, accredited tour guide
Comfortable air-conditioned transport
BBQ at sunset with sparkling wine
Buffet breakfast (Alice Springs start only)
Freshly made packed lunch (Alice Springs start only)
Pick-up from your Alice Springs accommodation
Uluru Park entrance fee ($38pp)
Fruit & snacks throughout the day
Superior overnight room at Sails in the Desert (5 star – Ayers Rock Resort)
Cooked breakfast at Kings Creek Station
Experienced driver and guide
Comfortable air-conditioned coach
Pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort
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What are the departure and return times?
Day 1 – We depart Alice Springs at approx 6 am from March to October, or at approx 7 am November to February. We depart from Ayers Rock Resort at approx 11:35 am from March to October, or at approx 12:35 pm from November to February.
Drop off at the Sails in the Desert is after the sunset BBQ.
Day 2 – Pick up from Sails in the Desert is at approximately 4 am (Oct-Mar) or 5 am (Apr-Sep).
Drop off at your Ayers Rock Resort accommodation is at approximately 5:30 pm.
What accommodation is included?
Included in the cost of the package is 1 night in a Superior Room at Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort.
Are all meals included?
Emu Run Experience will provide snacks and a BBQ dinner with sparkling wine on the first day. Those starting in Alice Springs will also receive buffet breakfast and a packed lunch.
AAT Kings will provide a cooked breakfast at Kings Creek Station on the second day of the tour, but all other meals this day are at your own expense. AAT Kings will stop at Kings Canyon Resort, where you can purchase lunch.
Can my dietary requirements be accommodated?
We are able to cater for one of the following special dietary requests upon request: vegetarian, gluten-free or dairy-free.
If you have a food allergy (e.g. peanuts), please advise at the time of booking and carry any necessary medication with you on tour.
What about BYO?
If you wish to bring any beer or other drinks for the Uluru sunset BBQ, we recommend a limit of 2-3 drinks per person. You can give them to your guide to keep in the cooler so you can enjoy them with the Uluru sunset BBQ on day 1.
What should I bring on the tour?
Proof of booking (can include the e-version delivered to your email)
Water bottle (capacity 1 litre)
Strong, non-slip walking shoes
Hat (wide-brimmed is best)
Casual and comfortable clothing (cool, light clothing is best in summer and warm clothing for winter)
Cash for purchasing dot paintings directly from local artists at sunset when available
How many people are on each tour?
We have a maximum of 54 people on the tour bus. You will travel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle.
Can I bring my family?
This package is designed for adults. If you would like to bring children along, please get in touch with our reservations team who can create a custom package upon request. Please note the minimum age is 10.