Solos Only

Solo Travel Alice Springs

This is an in depth experience of Alice Springs and her surrounds, featuring the Parrtjima Light Festival and 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 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.

  • Ages:
    40 - 59
  • Duration:
    7 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
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  • Accommodation:
  • Prices from:
    AUD$3535 own room
  • Transport:
    Minivan, 4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
  • Max Group Size:
    maximum 18

'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



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


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


  • 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 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 bird offer
AUD$3535 with own room




STANDARD Package per person

AUD $3535



PRE TOUR STAY: Aurora Alice Springs deluxe room
(breakfast not included)

AUD $155

POST TOUR STAY:  The Lost Camel Hotel standard room
(breakfast not included)

AUD $350

OPTIONAL: Outback Balloon 60minute sunrise flight 10APR22
Note: requires arrival 09APR22

AUD $369
(+$30 paid directly on day)

Arrival & Departure Transfers


If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same sex, save $560 on the price of taking a room to yourself (subject to roommate availability).

Trip Code: alice22-4




  • 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
  • Kangaroo Sanctuary Guided Experience
  • Experience Palm Valley by 4WD
  • Visit Hermannsburg, renowned for its indigenous art collection
  • Enjoy a Kings Canyon walk
  • Take the Karkke Experience, a local indigenous cultural tour
  • Witness the sunset view of Uluru, while enjoying a glass of wine
  • 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. 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'


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


  • 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.


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.

  • 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


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 

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

Parrtjima 2018 music


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


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  


Alice Springs. Town Tour & Kangaroo Sanctuary

A day around town and some free time before later in the evening visiting the renowned Kangaroo Sanctuary.

​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.

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


Alice Springs Town Tour including;  

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tourist Facility
  • School of the Air
  • Alice Springs Old Telegraph Station
  • Kangaroo Sanctuary Guided Sunset Tour

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.

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.

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.

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: Dinner



  • Transfer to Kings Canyon by road
  • Breakfast stop (on your own account at Erldunda)
  • Enjoy the Kings Canyon rim walk or Creek Bed walk (for those who opt to not go on the rim).
  • Cultural tour with Karkke Experience


Fly Nets & closed in shoes for touring today
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.


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.


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

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


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

Meals: Breakfast, 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: Breakfast     


  • 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

Aurora Alice Springs [deluxe room]


Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon Resort


Ayers Rock Resort

The Lost Camel Hotel


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.

Aurora, Alice Springs

Kings Canyon Resort

Lost Camel, Standard room

Lost Camel, Ayers Rock Resort


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


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.


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. 

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.

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

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As this tour is an ‘essentials’ travel style, many of the meals are not included and by your own arrangement providing the option to suit your personal preferences and budget.

For your stay in Alice Springs, breakfast is not included; however due to the central location of your Alice Springs hotel a few cafes are easily accessible, and breakfast is at your leisure. From Alice Springs to Kings Canyon there is a breakfast stop along the way. Breakfast at Kings Canyon & Ayers Rock resort is included. 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.


'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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