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Solos Only

Solo Travel Alice Springs

This is an in depth experience of Alice Springs with Parrtjima Light Festival and touring with overnight stays at Kings Canyon and Ayers Rock Resort. All the mega highlights; West MacDonnell ranges, Palm Valley, Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta, Uluru and more. There's a lot more to Alice Springs than meets the eye.

Alice Springs Parrtjima Light Festival

Parrtjima Light Festival, the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of it’s kind, showcasing the oldest continuous culture on earth through the newest technology – all on the 300-million-year-old natural canvas of the MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. Each year this free event celebrates the ways in which artists evolve and experiment with different styles and materials, while staying true to Country and culture.

This is a small group experience, exclusively for solo travellers.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    40 - 59
  • Duration:
    7 Days
  • Status:
    Early preview
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Essentials
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$TBA with own room
  • Transport:
    Minivan, 4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    maximum 18
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 6 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 morning teas
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners including sunset BBQ at Uluru

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • English-speaking locally based driver-guide
  • Local indigenous cultural guide at Karrke Experience

TRAVEL

  • All travel arrangements for tour inclusions
  • Travel by road, Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Resort
  • 4WD vehicle for day out to Palm Valley 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Small group, not more than 18 travellers

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Departure Dates for this tour

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10 - 16 APR 22
Early preview
AUD$TBA with own room
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Prices per person (in AUD)

Own Room

STANDARD Package per person*.  

AUD $TBA

ALICE SPRINGS Pre tour stay:  including full breakfast

AUD $TBA

AYERS ROCK RESORT Post tour stay: Lost Camel resort including full breakfast

AUD $TBA

 HOT AIR BALLOON 60 MINUTE SUNRISE RIDE 10 APRIL 2022 (requires arrival 1 day prior)

 AUD $395

 *Airfares are additional


Trip Code: alice22-4

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alice visit during the annual Alice Springs 'Parrtjima Light Festival'
  • Enjoy the grandeur of the West MacDonnell ranges
  • Visit Standley Chasm
  • Visit Ellery Creek Big Hole, and Simpsons Gap
  • Visit Ormiston Gorge
  • Experience Palm Valley by 4WD
  • Visit Hermannsburg, renowned for its indigenous art collection
  • Enjoy a Kings Canyon walk
  • Witness the sunset view of Uluru, while enjoying a glass of wine
  • Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Sunrise tour, Field of Light 

PRE TOUR – SUNRISE OUTBACK 60 MINUTE HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT
Requires arrival at least day prior to tour commencement
Floating gently in the air, appreciate the vast remoteness of the Australian outback. Keep an eye out for kangaroos as the balloon crosses above spinifex grasses, mulga scrub & cattle stations. Enjoy light refreshments & bubbles once landed.

 

DAY 1

Alice Springs. Parrtjima Light Festival

Welcome to The Red Centre!  Today, arrive to Alice Springs Airport and make your way from the airport to our group hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.  

This week is the annual Parrtijima Light Festival.  An early dinner together then we head out to the site, not from town to wander around the installations. 

Meals: Dinner

2019 Parrtjima 'Grounded'

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Meet & Greet with your driver-guide
  • Group dinner
  • Evening return transfer to Parrtjima Light Festival 

SPECIAL NOTES

  • Evenings are a lot cooler than the day; bring a warm jacket with you.
  • Parrtjima Light Festival is a week of festivities; other evenings may have scheduled events and entertainment and you can come back other nights by your own arrangements.

DAY 2

Alice Springs. West MacDonnell Ranges

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before heading out for the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges. Our discoveries today include the major sights surrounding Alice Springs including Ormiston Gorge, Ellery Creek, Standly Chasm and Simpsons Gap.

  • A part of the West MacDonnell ranges is Ormiston Gorge offering spectacular geology and landforms. The rugged scenery of the gorge is complemented by a near-permanent waterhole, which attracts an interesting variety of native fauna and flora.  
  • At Standley Chasm (Angkerle) take a walk along the stony watercourse, where spring-fed pools attract a great variety of wildlife and birds.
  • Ellery Creek Big Hole is a spectacular waterhole in the mighty Ellery Creek, which cuts through a gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Thousands of years of massive floods have carved out this beautiful waterhole and unlocked some amazing geology. At this location you can see the natural ochres in the cliff face that have provided a source of materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years.
  • The finale to the day is Simpsons Gap. Surrounded by towering cliffs, incredible Simpsons Gap is one of the best known destinations in the ranges and features a number of walking tracks. Walk through Simpsons Gap to the waterhole, keeping an eye out for the elusive black-footed rock wallabies hiding among the rocks. 

Enjoy the late afternoon sun reflecting on the MacDonnell Ranges as you return to Alice Springs. The evening is at your leisure to either dine in your hotel or find a local spot for dinner. 

Meals: Bushman's Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

West MacDonnell Ranges discoveries including;

  • Stop at Fynn’s Grave Memorial
  • Simpsons Gap
  • Standley Chasm
  • Ormiston Gorge with time for lunch
  • Ellery Creek Big Hole 

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
Take the option to return to Parrtjima Light Festival. Events and entertainment scheduled on various nights.

Parrtjima 2018 music

DAY 3

Alice Springs. Palm Valley 4wd Day Out

An adventure today as we travel in our custom-designed 4WD vehicle, reaching off-road destinations that are otherwise difficult to access. Through the Central Australian landscape we take you down the very edge of Finke River and into the amazing Palm Valley. 

Aptly named, as it is the only area in Central Australia where red cabbage palms survive, Palm Valley is an incredible outback oasis. Despite the harsh conditions, the gorge is supported by small pockets of spring-fed pools that ensure the survival of a diverse range of plant species. From the 4WD on foot, you’ll be amazed by the enormous rock formations, pinnacles, gorges and endless palm trees in the area.

Sit back and relax as you enjoy a picnic lunch in the Finke Gorge National Park. Covering a staggering area of 46,000 hectares, it’s noted for its ancient palms. The park holds great cultural significance for the Arrarnta people and there is also evidence of early European settlement.

Visit Hermannsburg, known to the Arrarnta people as ‘Ntaria’. Established as an Aboriginal mission in 1877, the land was returned to the Traditional Owners in 1982. It is the birthplace of celebrated Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira in 1902 and is renowned for its indigenous art collection. Here you can wander through the amazing artworks at the gallery and explore the historic buildings, many of which are now protected by the National Trust. 

Afterwards, sit back and enjoy the view as we take you back to Alice Springs. The evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Bushman's Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Palm Valley 4WD Day Out including;

  • The Historic Precinct of Hermannsburg
  • Stop at the Amphitheatre as we enter Palm Valley
  • Experience the 4WD drive into Palm Valley and Cycad Gorge

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
Take the option to return to Parrtjima Light Festival  

DAY 4

Alice Springs. Town Tour & Kangaroo Sanctuary

MORNING TOWN TOUR
​On this half day tour, learn about the town of Alice Springs and how it has evolved into the central hub of the Australian outback. Australia’s most famous outback town is now the central headquarters to a range of services and a thriving tourism industry.

KANGAROO SANCTUARY GUIDED SUNSET TOUR
The Kangaroo Sanctuary is a place to celebrate the beauty of the Red Kangaroo – an Australian icon. Experience a leisurely walk through the Sanctuary’s 188 acre wildlife reserve where you might meet the kangaroo characters from Kangaroo Dundee (BBC/Nat Geo Series) and many others. The Sanctuary is located just outside Alice Springs (the centre of Australia) and is home to Brolga and Tahnee’s kangaroo family. As kangaroos sleep during the day the guided tours are in the late afternoon…just when the kangaroos are starting to wake from their day-time sleep.

Meals: none

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Alice Springs Town Tour including;  

  • Royal Flying Doctors
  • School of the Air
  • Springs Old Telegraph Station 

Kangaroo Sanctuary Guided Sunset Tour

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
From lunch until late afternoon departure for the Kangaroo Sanctuary there are some hours at leisure. A good chance to wander around the town centre and visit a local café.

SPECIAL NOTES:
Kangaroo Sanctuary visit includes the tour & return transfers from the group hotel by the sanctuary. Our group driver-guide does not join the group.

 

DAY  5

Alice Springs to Kings Canyon

We set off early for our drive to Kings Canyon for early access to the Canyon. By mid morning we arrive and get set out for the highlight canyon rim walk.  Or, if you want to seek out a more leisurely walk, opt for the creek bed walk.

KARRKE ABORIGINAL CULTURAL TOUR
After lunch enjoy this one-of-a-kind authen­tic abo­rig­i­nal cul­tur­al expe­ri­ence. This 1‑hour tour is a short walk and talk including insights 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.
  • Expla­na­tion of an Abo­rig­i­nal dot paint­ing in great detail. 
  • Local wood made Abo­rig­i­nal artefacts
  • An impres­sive large scale dis­play of var­i­ous oth­er seeds of trees gath­ered from our region
  • Bush med­i­cine plants and their uses by our Abo­rig­i­nal people.

Notes:
Not rec­om­mend to eat the bushfoods.
Pho­tographs are very wel­come. We respect­ful­ly ask that there be NO film­ing and or voice record­ing on the tour.

Meals: none

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED: 

Alice Springs Town Tour including;  

  • Royal Flying Doctors
  • School of the Air
  • Springs Old Telegraph Station 

Kangaroo Sanctuary Experience - pick up at 4.15pm


FREE TIME EXTRAS:
From lunch until late afternoon departure for the Kangaroo Sanctuary there are some hours at leisure. A good chance to wander around the town centre and visit a local café.

SPECIAL NOTES:
Kangaroo Sanctuary visit includes the tour & return transfers from the group hotel by the sanctuary. Our group driver-guide does not join the group.


DAY 6

Kings Canyon to Uluru 

This afternoon, watch the sunset at Uluru while enjoying complimentary wine and canapes. After sunset, an outback barbeque dinner under the stars.  

This afternoon the iconic visits to Kata Tjuta National park and setting your eyes on Uluru including a sunset view with a BBQ dinner and sparkling wine.

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel Kings Canyon to Uluru
  • Afternoon visits of Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Sunset view of Uluru with an Aussie BBQ with sparkling wine

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
Tonight at leisure, take a walk around Ayers Rock Resort with dining options in the village or at one of the hotel restaurants.

SPECIAL NOTES:

Fly Nets highly recommended (pack them before you leave home)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 7 

Depart Ayers Rock Resort

Up before sunrise to visit The Field of Lights.

Today you will depart Ayers Rock. Depending on your flight time, you may want to do a free activity offered at the Ayers Rock Resort. Contact Ayers Rock Resort to ask about the list of activities or click here to visit their website. Your hotel provides a free shuttle service to the airport. There is the option to extend your stay at the time of booking your place on the tour.

Meals: Breakfast     

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Field of Lights excursions 

 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour. 

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ACCOMMODATION

NORTHERN TERRITORY HOTELS

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

 

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights

Alice Springs

Aurora Alice Springs (deluxe rooms)

4

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon Resort

1

Ayers Rock

Lost Camel @ Ayers Rock Resort

1

 

Aurora, Alice Springs

Kings Canyon Resort

Lost Camel, Standard room

Lost Camel, Ayers Rock Resort

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

AURORA ALICE SPRINGS
Aurora Alice Springs, a three star hotel conveniently located in the heart of town. Located on Todd Mall, the main shopping, dining and tourist precinct are right by the hotel. 

The deluxe room offers extra space over the standard room, including a shared outdoor balcony area and either a King bed, or a Queen & Single bed. Rooms feature an ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning, table & chairs, TV and room service.

Conveniences include complimentary WiFi, tea & coffee, bathroom amenities, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, air conditioned, clock radio, shower separate, television, daily housekeeping.

WiFi: free

KINGS CANYON RESORT, KINGS CANYON

Luritja Rd, Petermann NT 0872
Tel: 08 8956 7442

Kings Canyon Hotel is the Oasis in the outback. Their signature restaurant, Desert Oasis Bistro, services a selection of light meals, beverages and snacks in a relaxed outback setting. Naturally the Thirsty Dingo Bar is always popular for a cool beverage after your day out at the canyon.

LOST CAMEL, AYERS ROCK

 

The Lost Camel Hotel is a contemporary and fun, boutique-style hotel conveniently located in the heart of Ayers Rock Resort, only 20 minutes from Uluru. Furnished in a stylish mix of Aboriginal and urban themes, The Lost Camel adds a unique and surprisingly edgy accommodation option to the collection of hotels at the Resort.

The hotel's compact rooms are decorated in bright colours and crisp, clean whites. Each room features a deliciously comfortable king bed (can be separated into two single beds) and private bathroom facilities with separate shower and toilet cubicles and an open-plan vanity. Soak up the sun by the hotel’s central swimming pool, browse the shops or enjoy a casual meal at one of the cafés located in the Resort Town Square. Your stay also includes complimentary return Ayers Rock Airport transfers and free use of the Resort shuttle bus service. 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


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GETTING THERE

Starts In: Alice Springs
Ends In: Ayers Rock

Start and end destinations are the travel points to arrive to and depart from to join your holiday.

First Day Information
We have group pre dinner drinks meet up followed by dinner. Expect commencement time around 6:30PM (advised at time documents issued)

Final Day Information
Tour ends after hotel check out. Ayers Rock Resort provides airport transfers. 

Hotel Check In/Out Times
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey.  Hotel checkout time is 10am. If you have a flight later that day the hotel will be happy to store your luggage. Ayers Rock Resort (various hotels including Desert Gardens Hotel) offers airport transfers for guests. Liaise with reception at your hotel prior to departure.

By your own arrangement. See MORE INFORMATION details on our website.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
By your own arrangement. See MORE INFORMATION details on our website.  

FLIGHT INFORMATION

FLIGHT ASSISTANCE
We are able to provide flight advice and booking services. A small service fee applies, due in advance. 

COVID-19 BORDER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Government regulations for the destination may require pre travel registration for entry. This can be for state or international borders. Travellers must check these requirements prior to their departure from home. As a general guide, we recommend doing this at least 7 days prior to travel and again at 3 days prior to travel. It is also prudent to check on the day of travel. Regulations can change without notice. 

VISA/ENTRY INFORMATION
Travellers arriving from outside Australia must check Australian government regulations for entering Australia. It is the responsibility of travellers to make sure they have the correct travel documentation to visit Australia.

PASSPORTS
If travelling/joining from outside your home country, most countries require visitors to hold a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport.

Always check your destination country for their Customs policies for prohibited or restricted items. Products or legal medications in your country may not always be permitted in other countries.

 

 

 

 

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 18 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
We’ve included breakfast except for the early morning travel day from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon where there is a breakfast stop along the way. There are a few other main meals include but as this is an ‘Essentials’ travel style many of the main meals are not included and by your own arrangement. As a small group tour it’s regular that the group members make arrangements to meet up for dinners and head out together.

GROUP DRIVER-GUIDE
This is a private group tour with one driver-guide, leading the group. The trip suits an independent style traveller, content with travelling without the additional services of a tour escort. Your driver-guide will give direction on daily meeting times.

TRANSPORT
A 21 seater luxury Rosa coaster is sued for touring around Alice Springs and travel by road to Kings Canyon and from Kings Canyon to Ayers Rock Resort. On day 2 a 4WD vehicle is used for the Palm Valley day tour. Vehicles are equipped with emergency satellite phone and first aid kit.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS 
Vehicle Luggage Allowance

This is restricted to one medium size suitcase per person not exceeding 23kg (50lbs) in weight and 76x46x25 cm (28 .5x19.5x10”) in dimension. 

Please note: these allowances are for coach travel only and may differ from your airline luggage allowances. Please check with the airlines for weight and size restrictions on your luggage.

Hand Luggage Allowance
Hand luggage should be one piece per person and small and light enough to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment. If luggage does not fit comfortably in the overhead luggage racks, it will be stored in the coach luggage compartment whilst in transit. Please note that luggage with adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. 

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET  
Free wifi is available on the coach, please keep in mind that you will be travelling in remote areas and may not be accessible at all times.

The hotels offer free wifi except for Kings Canyon Resort, this will be at an additional cost.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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