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Solo Travel Alice Springs

This is an in depth experience of Alice Springs and her surrounds, featuring the Parrtjima Light Festival touring with overnight stays at Kings Canyon and Ayers Rock Resort. All the mega highlights; West MacDonnell ranges, Palm Valley, and onto Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and Uluru. 

The West MacDonnell ranges is a magnificent setting for the town of Alice Springs and with your stay you have time to enjoy her major highlights including Simpons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge and Ellery Creek Big Hole.  Also, a 4WD day trip to Palm Valley gives a peek into the history of Hermannsburg Aboriginal Mission, followed by a 4WD drive through the river bed of Finke River. Marvel at ancient Palm Trees from a long-ago tropical rain-forest era in Central Australia, and take in the majestic desert views. 

From Alice Springs, travel to your final destination, Ayers Rock Resort via Kings Canyon. Your overnight stay in Kings Canyon will lend the time to discover this breathtaking ancient canyon with the rim walk and take part in a local indigenous cultural tour. Finally, arrive to wonders of Kata Tjuta & Uluru, the perfect note to the end of your red centre adventure, highlighted with a sunset visit and the Field of Lights sunrise experience.

There's a lot more to Alice Springs than meets the eye! This is a small group experience, exclusively for solo travellers.

Alice Springs 'Parrtjima' 

Parrtjima. A Festival in Light, 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.

  • Ages:
    30 - 49
  • Duration:
    7 Days
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'Great holiday and a fantastic group. We all had a great time and got along well. Glad I went on this holiday.'

Renae, 47 years, Sydney, NSW, Australia
'A fantastic trip to the Red Centre of Australia! So many wonderful sights to see and such a pleasure to travel with an amazing group of people that are now my friends. Add on an extra night at Uluru to really enjoy all the area has to offer.'
Teresa, 55 years, Gunnedah, Australia


Alice Springs – the destination for an outback flying adventure
Float over the stunning landscape that surrounds Alice Springs with a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Create a highlight memory with your visit to ‘Alice’ and enjoy the majestic view across the vast landscape and across the West MacDonnell Ranges.

Make the Plan
Arrive the day prior to the tour start and book the extra night of stay. The next morning, day 1 of the tour set out before dawn for your sunrise outback balloon ride. 



  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night permanent tent with a/c
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 3 morning teas
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners including sunset BBQ at Uluru


  • English-speaking locally based driver-guide days 1 to 6
  • Local indigenous cultural guide at Karrke Experience
  • Field of Lights excursion
  • All other sightseeing as detailed by the itinerary


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


  • Small group, not more than 14 travellers

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

Not included: 

  • Airfares (unless requested)
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications


Departure Dates for this tour

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10 - 16 APR 23
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STANDARD Package per person



Hot Air Sunrise Balloon Ride 60 minutes @ 5:15AM
SUN 9 April 2023 + $30 payable direct (pick up time indicative)


PRE TOUR: Mercure Alice Springs Hotel with breakfast
rate applies: 08 & 09 APR 2023



POST TOUR: Outback Pioneer room only (no breakfast)
rate applies: 16 & 17 APR 2023



Trip Code: alice23-4


The annual Alice Springs 'Parrtjima Light Festival' 

  • The annual Alice Springs ‘ParrtjimaLight 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
  • Take a Kings Canyon walk
  • Take the Karkke Experience, a local indigenous cultural tour
  • Witness the sunset view of Uluru with a BBQ dinner
  • Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Sunrise tour, Field of Light


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.



Alice Springs. 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.   An early dinner together at our hotel, and time after visiting Parrtjima, a festival in light.


Meals: Dinner

2019 Parrtjima 'Grounded'

Light Festival Image


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

As per the calendar of events provided by the event/festival 


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


Alice Springs. West MacDonnell Ranges


A day out to 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. We start out early to make the most of our day of exploring.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.   

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: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Bushman’s lunch


West MacDonnell Ranges discoveries including;

  • Simpsons Gap
  • Standley Chasm
  • Ormiston Gorge with time for lunch
  • Ellery Creek Big Hole

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


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. 

We make a stop to 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.

The day’s highlight is a 4WD experience – with lots of bumps and skillful driving to reach 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. 

It’s a picnic lunch today 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. 

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

Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Bushman’s Lunch


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 

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


Alice Springs Town Tour. Onto Kings Canyon 

A morning around town, before setting off for the drive to Kings Canyon for our overnight stay.  

​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.  Visits include Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tourist Facility where you can learn the incredible history of the service first established in 1939. Then, visit the School of the Air and the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the birthplace of the Alice Springs township. 

In the afternoon, we travel from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon with a lunch stop along the way at Erldunda Roadhouse. By the end of the day we reach Kings Canyon and onsite there is a café/bistro for dinner at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea


  • School of the Air
  • Old Telegraph Station with morning tea
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tourist Facility
  • Road transfer to Kings Canyon


DAY  5

Kings Canyon

A highlight walk of Kings Canyon is the rim walk. You should have good walking/hiking fitness for this walk. There’s also the option to walk the more leisurely Creek Bed trail.

Rim Walk
Duration: 2 – 2.5 HRS
Distance: 4.8 KM

Grade: moderate to difficult
Read more about the Rim Walk

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 purposes 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.

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.

Later in the afternoon we transfer by road to arrive to Ayers Rock Resort by the early evening.

Meals: Breakfast


  • Enjoy the Kings Canyon rim walk or Creek Bed walk (for those who opt to not go on the rim).
  • Transfer to Ayers Rock Resort
  • Cultural tour with Karkke Experience


  • Fly Nets & closed in shoes for touring today
  • For Kings Canyon Rim walk; long pants (not jeans), hat with a brim, 2-3 litres of drinking water, walking shoes with a good tread (not sneakers) if taking part in the Kings Canyon rim walk.
  • Options to purchase local art, crafts and paintings at the Karkke Experience.


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


Explore Uluru & Kata Tjuta 

Sunrise at Uluru!  After, return to our hotel to refresh/take some breakfast (on your own account) before setting off to visit Kata Tjuta Walpa Gorge and Cultural Centre. There’s time for lunch at leisure at Ayers Rock Resort before our afternoon return to Uluru for walks and a sunset BBQ with Uluru as our back drop. 


  • Sunrise at Uluru
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Sunset view of Uluru with an Aussie BBQ with sparkling wine

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

Meals:  Dinner

DAY 7 

Depart Ayers Rock Resort

Up before sunrise for the sunrise Field of Lights experience; the critically acclaimed installation by the internationally celebrated artist Bruce Munro is on display and arriving before sunrise brings not only the chance to see this illumination in full display but enjoy the early rise of light in the desert.

Today you will depart Ayers Rock Resort. 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:  n/a


  • Field of Lights excursion 
  • Airport transfers provided by Ayers Rock Resort

This is operated by Voyages, and your driver-guide does not join. You will join other tourists on a shared departure operated by AAT Kings on behalf of Voyages, Ayers Rock Resort group of hotels.


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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Hotel Name


Alice Springs

Mercure Alice Springs Resort


Kings Canyon

Kings Creek Station


Ayers Rock Resort

Outback Pioneer Hotel 


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

If we arrive before the hotel check in time, the hotel will store our luggage until check in time. If luck is on our side, it’s possible hotels may have our rooms (or some of the rooms for our group) ready before the official check in time. If that happens, you’ll be head straight to your room if we arrive before the hotel check in time.  As a guide, hotel check in times for most parts of the world range between 2pm to 3pm.

Mercure Alice Springs, Encounter Travel

Standard room, Mercure Alice Springs Hotel

Outback Pioneer Hotel Encounter Travel

Standard room at Outback Pioneer Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

Mercure Alice Springs, Encounter

Pool at Mercure Alice Springs Hotel

Bush Tents Kings Creek Station, Encounter Travel

Airconditioned bush tents at Kings Creek Station, Kings Canyon


Located on the Todd River and only a few minutes' walk from the town centre, galleries and cultural precinct. Guest rooms feature double or twin bedding, ensuites with walk in showers, work desk, flat screen TV, free WiFi, in-room safe, tea and coffee making facilities, room service and natural light.  Barra on Todd Restaurant and Bar offers distinctive cuisine and delectable dishes seasoned with local flavours. 

WiFi: free


Located against the spectacular backdrop of the George Gill Ranges the permanent bush tents provide an authentic, but no-nonsense stay at Kings Creek Station. These tents, although basic in design, feature air conditioning units, light and power, and are twin share with all linen provided. There are near-by shared toilet and shower facilities, a camp kitchen with fire pit, with nearby grassed picnic area and swimming pool.


The kitchen provides tea & coffee making facilities, microwave, fridge and gas BBQ; perfect if you want to prepare your own meal! Otherwise, order from the station’s menu. BBQ packs are available at the shop along with bottled wine and beer. The Bushman’s style buffet breakfast consists of bacon, eggs, hash brown, sausages, baked beans, toast, tea & coffee (subject to change).


Offering a 3 star property with comfortable, affordable hotel rooms with private baths are perfect for the demands of travellers looking for quality service in relaxed surroundings. Rooms feature air-conditioning and heating and have tea/coffee making facilities. As a guest at the Hotel you have access to all the facilities the resort has to offer, including shopping, visitor centre, tour desk, and more. Your stay includes a FREE Indigenous Activities Program, return Ayers Rock Airport transfers and free use of Ayers Rock Resort shuttle bus service.


Note: Some twin share rooms may have single beds. 
Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

If we have confirmation of hotel Wi-Fi inclusion we state it above. However if Wi-Fi is not stated it does not mean that a hotel is without Wi-Fi. Most hotels have Wi-Free;  free or otherwise for a service fee. Our inclusion of free Wi-Fi above is not a guarantee as this can change without notice due to telco service interruptions or changes to hotel policy.

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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 an end of day start to your tour; meeting up with your group leader.

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 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.


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

If joining the tour from outside Australia it is usually most economical if you make your own flight arrangements or use the service of a travel agent located within your country of residence

Government regulations for the destination may require pre travel registration for entry, and other pre travel entry arrangements. This can be for state or international borders,and can change without notice. Travellers must check these requirements prior to their departure from home. As a general guide, we recommend checking this prior to booking, and at least 14 days prior to travel, then reviewing prior to departure as deemed necessary. It is also prudent to check on the day of travel. 

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. 

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.


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

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.

A maximum of 14 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]

Early starts on our red centre adventure with some sunrises included. You should have average fitness (or above) to get the most out of this tour. There is the option to take the Kings Canyon Rim Walk which requires a good fitness level.

More Information > Visit Travel Fitness 

As part of our ‘essentials’ travel style, many of the meals are not included and by your own arrangement, offering flexibility and the option to suit your personal preferences and budget.

A welcome and farewell dinner are included. Breakfast in Alice Springs and at Kings Canyon is included. Some morning teas and lunches are included while touring. As a small group tour it is regular that the group members make arrangements to meet up for dinners and head out together.

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.

The role of your driver-guide is to lead the group, take charge of all the trip logistics on tour, drive and of course, make sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible so ultimately you have the best possible experience. From time to time, as is the nature of travel, ‘hiccups’ can occur, such as unexpected delays to due to traffic changes, unexpected weather conditions that make a change of plans necessary, and many other things that go hand in hand with travel. In these circumstances your group leader will do their utmost to make the best possible alternative plans – please be ready to accept that these situations are out of the control of anyone and trust in your group leader to assist as best as possible.

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.

For airline luggage restrictions refer to your ticket details. Please note that the maximum luggage weight for touring may be less than the airline maximum limit. 

Checked Luggage Maximum Weight:
Maximum weight is 20 kilograms. We recommend a bag on wheels as porter service is not included. Your main luggage is restricted to one medium size suitcase per person not exceeding 20kg (44lbs) in weight and 76x46x25 cm (28 .5x19.5x10”) in dimension. 

Hand Luggage Maximum Weight/Information:
One piece of carry-on luggage is permitted. A day pack is most suitable and you should bring a refillable water bottle. Larger bags are not suitable. It should be small and light enough to fit under your seat or in the small overhead compartment. Please note that luggage with adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage.  

While travelling in remote areas WiFi may not be accessible at all times.


'Great holiday and a fantastic group. We all had a great time and got along well. Glad I went on this holiday.'

Renae, 47 years, Sydney, NSW, Australia
'A fantastic trip to the Red Centre of Australia! So many wonderful sights to see and such a pleasure to travel with an amazing group of people that are now my friends. Add on an extra night at Uluru to really enjoy all the area has to offer.'
Teresa, 55 years, Gunnedah, Australia

'I had a great holiday with Encounter, Alice to Uluru. the activities were interesting, fun & adventurous. our guide catered to our needs & I will definitely follow Encounter for more holiday options. this was my first solo travel experience & will definitely not be my last.'

Annette , 56 years, NSW
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