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Under 39's

Love the great outdoors and getting off the beaten track? Join this adventure created exclusively for travellers 21 to 39.

Soak up the spirit of the land on this six day discovery into the Red Centre. You set out from the outback town of Alice Springs, a travel hub for visitors heading off to explore the sensational range of natural wonders the Red Centre has to offer.

Visit the world famous Simpson’s Gap and Ormiston Gorge on your stay in ‘Alice’ before travelling onto Kings Canyon for a guided Rim Walk to the most famous sites. From the canyon, to admiring the incredible formations of Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Watch the sun set over Uluru, including a highlight dinner under the stars and see the Field of Lights.

Enjoy the comfort of hotel stays and permanent tented camp sites. This is a journey boasting magical landscapes, incredible natural beauty, ancient culture and unforgettable experiences.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    21 - 39
  • Duration:
    6 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Get Going, Essentials
  • Accommodation:
    Camping,Hotel
  • Prices from:
    AUD$2535 @ early bird price, tour with own room
  • Transport:
    4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    16 travellers
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

  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Alice Springs
  • Three nights in tents at permanent campsites
  • Private group guide
  • Private group camp host
  • Private charter vehicle
  • National Park fees
  • Breakfast
  • 4 lunches
  • 3 dinners including 1 highlight dinner 'Dinner Under the Stars'
  • Field of Lights entry
  • Kuniya Cultural Tour

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

Not included: 

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • 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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26 - 31 JULY 2020
Early bird offer
AUD$2535 @ early bird price, tour with own room
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SAVING: Book & pay the tour deposit by Thursday 31 October 2019
SAVE $100 for the tour package with your own room | $60 if you share

* ‘share’ refers to ‘twinshare’; share a room with a friend or a roommate match that we arrange.

Prices per person (in AUD)

For your own room

EARLY BIRD Package per person

$2535

STANDARD Package per person

$2635


Trip Code: redadv20-7

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Simpson’s Gap
  • Ormiston Gorge
  • Kings Canyon walk
  • Western MacDonnell Ranges
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Entrance
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Field of Lights
  • Three course dinner under the stars

DAY 1 
Arrive Alice Springs

 Upon arrival at the Alice Springs airport please make your arrangements to transfer to our group hotel.  The afternoon is for you to do as you please.

** 6PM Group Meeting **
Our guide will meet you at 6pm in the hotel foyer for your pre tour meeting and the group heads out for an optional dinner (at your own expense).  

DAY 2 
West MacDonnell Ranges

After meeting your guide at 8am in front of your hotel, we visit the world-famous Simpsons Gap, an important site to the local Aboriginal communities. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and other wildlife. Move on to Ellery Creek to enjoy panoramic views of the area, perhaps taking a dip in its still waters.

This afternoon we journey through Ormiston Gorge, witnessing contrasting colours as the light reflects off the cliffs. Watch the colour of the peaks transform under the setting sun as we return to Alice Springs hotel.  Dinner is at your own expense tonight.   

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch 

Driving time: 3 hours

DAY 3
Alice Springs to Kings Canyon 

This morning enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel before meeting your guide at 8am in front of your hotel.  We'll depart Alice Springs heading south along the Stuart Highway, before taking an adventurous short-cut along the unsealed Ernst Giles Road through bush land to Watarrka National Park where we'll settle into our permanent tent safari camp. Tonight, we'll enjoy a tasty dinner and sit around a camp-fire.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Driving time: approximately 5 hours  

DAY 4 
Kings Canyon to Uluru 

The centrepiece attraction of Watarrka is undoubtedly Kings Canyon; a humungous gorge enclosed by sheer rock walls hundreds of metres high. Offering a welcome escape from the dry desert heat, this site’s deep gullies and hidden rockpools provide shelter to more than 600 species of native plants and animals. Your guide will point these out on a guided Rim Walk that takes in the canyon’s most famous sites – the Lost City, Garden of Eden, Amphitheatre and North and South Walls.  Then we have some lunch before making our way to Yulara where we experience the awe-inspiring Domes of Kata Tjuta.  As the sun begins to set below the horizon, take a glass of sparkling wine and watch the rock's rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a famous 1,000 star dinner. With the red earth at your feet and an infinite sprawl of stars overhead, sit down to a candlelit spread of locally sourced food and wines.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Driving time: 3 ½ hours 

DAY 5
Uluru 

An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru, gaining insights into the land and the local Aboriginal people. After your stroll, we walk to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru. You will be in the hands of an Anangu guide who will share the stories of this unique landscape and explain the Art, the Culture and connection to Land. This exclusive experience will give you an exclusive insight to the meaning behind Anangu art and traditional culture. The on-site Cultural Centre also houses an extensive collection of indigenous arts and crafts for you to browse.  Tonight you will meet your transfer bus for your dinner under the stars on your Field of Light encounter. Enjoy a three course dinner.  Pickup and drop off at the Campground is provided.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Highlight Dinner

Driving time: 1 hour  

DAY 6 
Depart Ayers Rock 

Today your Red Centre trip comes to an end. Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and make your way to the airport for your onward flight home.

 

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

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Alice Springs

Aurora Alice Springs

2

Kings Canyon

Permanent Campsite

1

Uluru

Permanent Campsite

2

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.

Rooms at Aurora Alice Springs

Campsite

Inside Tent

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

AURORA ALICE SPRINGS, ALICE SPRINGS
The amazing, central location is almost unbeatable. Located in walking distance from the main street, Todd Mall, you are in close proximity to some of the major tour operators and local attractions. Stroll the streets and discover a range of shops, boutiques and art galleries, perfect for that special souvenir. Relax and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants and cafes that surround the hotel.

CAMPSITES
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities). The campsites consist of permanent tents equipped with proper beds, linen, pillows and towels. At the campsites there will be shared bathroom facilities they will be shared only with other people staying in our campsites.  The facilities are large and won’t be an issue. 

 

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


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Alice Springs, Northern Territory                           
Depart from: Ayers Rock, Northern Territory

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. 

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
On request, if you have requested a flight quote, the itinerary will be issued with a quote.

 

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 16 travellers.

SOLOS ONLY
This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers aged 30 to 49 years. If you are up to 2 years outside the range group at the time of travel, you may also join.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
To get the most out of this trip you need to be prepared for walks of between 3-9 km on some days. This may be on rough ground and perhaps getting feet wet in rivers and creeks. From Oct to March in the Red Centre, you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius (and sometimes well into the 40’s) so be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks.

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements 

Touring Physical Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.

In many destinations while touring could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pick ups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes.

Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice. 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your leader will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour, however our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:
Passengers with special dietary requirements or food allergies MUST ensure to inform us at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to the start of the trip and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing Alice Springs. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:

No Pork (Ham alternative provided)
No Dairy (soy milk provided)
Vegetarian (additional veg and veg burgers provided)
Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)

*Unfortunately religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce are generally unable to be catered for on these remote trips.

GROUP LEADER

All group trips are accompanied by a group leader. Your group leader is also your driver, taking you from start to finish in a specialised vehicle. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, organise the camp and cooking for camp or kitchen cooked meals (though passengers are required to help out) as well as recommend great local eating venues. They will also introduce you to our local friends along the way. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the areas visited on the trip, including historical, environmental, cultural and social aspects.

CAMP HOST:
In addition to your driver/guide, a camp host is provided on this trip. The camp host is responsible for the provision of healthy and appetising evening meals and will oversee camp chores and set up.

TRANSPORT

All Terrain vehicle
From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced both in the outback and along the coast, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Please keep your luggage to a minimum. Due to limited space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, travellers can carry a maximum of 15 kg. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack is essential. We recommend against bringing hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
Access to wifi will be very limited while travelling through areas in the Northern Territory.

Free wifi will be available at the Aurora Alice Spings. Wireless internet access is available in guest rooms and all public areas of the hotel.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.

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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