Solos Only

If you’re looking for a more vivid, ‘upclose and personal’ Northern Territory experience, this small group tour operated exclusively for us by AAT Kings is a great way to discover our impressive Red Centre. Marvel at the magnificence of Uluru (Ayers Rock) as part of your journey of Australia’s Red Centre. Tour highlights also include a visit to the breathtaking Kings Canyon, and The Olgas. And, for the day out to Palm Valley, it’s a 4WD, perfect for exploring less accessible locations. Enjoy the comfort of staying in superior accommodation with daily full breakfast, plus two lunches, and four dinners included with this itinerary

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

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  • Ages:
  • Duration:
    7 Days
  • Status:
    Last places
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  • Travel Style:
    Small deluxe group tour
  • Accomodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    see PRICES section for full details
  • Transport:
    Minivan,4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
  • Group Size:
    maximum 20
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'My holiday to the Red Centre was a very humbling experience.  This holiday exceeded all my expectations.  Being my first holiday as a solo traveller I was apprehensive, now I have had the experience I recommend it.'

Sue, 51, Kyogle, NSW

'This trip was such a great adventure. The tour guide was absolutely brilliant and informative. The whole group got along famously even though there was a large age range! It was certainly one of the best experiences I've ever had!'

Lisa, 45, Coolum Beach, QLD


  • 6 nights superior accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • A private driver – guide
  • Private airconditioned vehicle
  • A 4WD vehicle for the day out to Palm Valley
  • Local guides
  • Small group experience for solo travellers, maximum 20



  • Experience the grandeur of the West MacDonnell ranges
  • Visit Standley Chasm
  • Visit Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • Visit Ormiston Gorge
  • Enjoy a Kings Canyon Walk
  • Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Take in the magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta
  • Field of Lights attraction
  • Take in Uluru at Sunrise
  • Witness the sunset view of Uluru, while enjoying a glass of wine

Trip Grading
An easy to moderately paced tour. You will see a lot on this tour and cover a lot of ground. Touring is always most enjoyed with a good level of fitness. A minimum of an average level of fitness is recommended for this tour.

DAY 1 - SUNDAY 17 JUNE 2018
Arrive Alice Springs

Arrive to Alice Springs Airport. Transferring between the airport and the hotel, is by your own arrangement.  The remainder of the day is at your leisure, before meeting for a group welcome dinner.  
Fellow travellers join together for dinner tonight at the hotel, and is either a 3 course meal or buffet (varies depending on hotel capacity on the night).

The evening group meal is arranged by Encounter Travel for the group at the hotel’s restaurant, however please note that it is a casual arrangement and the evening is not hosted. 

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 - MONDAY 18 JUNE 2018
West MacDonnell Ranges

This morning you're headed for the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges. First stop is Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Take a walk along the stony watercourse, where spring-fed pools attract a great variety of wildlife and birds. Next you’ll arrive at Ellery Creek Big Hole, 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. Ochre has been used all over the world for decoration and painting since pre-historic times. 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. Ormiston Gorge offers all the spectacular geology and landforms of the Tjoritja/MacDonnell Ranges. The rugged scenery of the gorge is complemented by a near-permanent waterhole, which attracts an interesting variety of native fauna and flora.

Enjoy a ploughman’s lunch with your fellow travellers at Standley Chasm. 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: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3 - TUESDAY 19 JUNE 2018
Palm Valley

Travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal community and historic precinct renowned for its art collection. Travel down the bed of the Finke River into Palm Valley. See an oasis of rock pools and palm trees and the rock formation known as the Amphitheatre. Your day out to Palm Valley is operated by Alice Wanderer. They are based in Alice Springs and are locally owned and operated. You will travel in a 4WD and enjoy a Ploughman’s Lunch (or similar) in Hermannsburg. You will be returned to your hotel and the evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch  

Alice Springs – Kings Canyon

Today travel through beautiful desert landscapes from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon. On arrival set off on a two kilometre stroll along the creek bed with views of the impressive canyon rim, while taking in the sights. The Creek Bed Walk is ideal if you enjoy an easy going pace. Dinner tonight is at our hotel and is either a 3 course meal of buffet (varies depending on hotel capacity on the night).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Kings Canyon - Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Enjoy the morning at your own leisure before travelling to Uluru (Ayer Rock) via Curtin Springs. This afternoon travel to Kata Tjuta (the Olga’s) where your Driver Guide will explain the geological history of these giant domes. Your Guide will then escort you on a 2-3 hour walk to the Valley of the Winds Lookout. About Fitness Level for the Valley of the Winds Lookout A medium level of fitness is required and walking is on uneven ground. Later take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine. We return to our hotel for a 3 course dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 6 - FRIDAY 22 JUNE 2018
Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight. After sunrise, you will join your driver guide for a tour around the base of Uluru. Travel by coach to the Mutitjulu Walk where you will be escorted to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area as your driver guide indicates some native flora and explains the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Later visit the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. This afternoon watch the sunset at Uluru while enjoying complimentary wine and canapes. After sunset, join us under the stars at our exclusive venue. Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then enjoy an award-winning Australian barbecue dinner including steak, sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and tasty dessert.

Note: Uluru is closed most of the time for climbing due to weather conditions and cultural significance in the community. Your guide will brief you with the information on the day.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Ayers Rock

Early this morning, travel to a desert location overlooking Uluru to view the ‘Field of Light’. Your Driver Guide will provide insights and background to the art installation. Under the darkness you’re invited to wander through the pathways that encompass the 50,000 spheres of light in the desert, before making your way up the hill to the Dune Top viewing area. Watch this amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert.

You will be transferred back to your hotel.

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.

There is the option to extend your stay at the time of booking your place on the tour.

Meals: Breakfast  


Itineraries are 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

Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon Resort

Ayers Rock

Desert Gardens Ayers Rock

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



82 Barrett Drive
Alice Springs NT 0870

Tel: +61 8 89508000 

Experience eco-friendly luxury and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges when you stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs. Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the hotel is only 15 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. All of the rooms are spacious and offer mountain views, luxurious bedding and high speed internet access. 

Check In:  from 3pm   
Check Out: by 12:00pm


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. 

Check in: from 3pm                            
Check out: by 10am


1 Yularra Drive
Yulara NT 0872

Tel: 02 8296 8010

Check in: from 3pm                            
Check out: by 10am

Accommodation options are diverse from deluxe rock view rooms to shady poolside rooms all located under a canopy of towering gum trees and garden beds dotted with native flowers.Learning about Australia's native fauna and traditional Indigenous bush foods will awaken an appetite to uncover Desert Gardens Hotel's restaurants and bars. White Gums Restaurant helps prepare you for the day with an interactive buffet breakfast, while lunch served on Bunya Bar's terrace comes with a side of total relaxation. Argnuli Grill's Red Centre inspired a la carte grill menu provides a perfect ending to the day.


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

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Prices Per Person


Tour Only Standard package (airfares not included)



If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $739 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

The airfare is not included with the price. Quotes are provided on request, and are indicative only. Prices are subject to variation until tickets are issued. Tickets are issued once the tour is a guaranteed departure, you have paid the airfare in full and accepted the airfare booking terms in writing. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay the deposit to secure your booking, and make any progress payment by the nominated date, as per the booking terms.

Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.  

Not included: 

  • Airfares
  • 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

Share and save with our roommate match option.   

On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $250 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option to decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing.

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Friday 16 March 2018.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded.


Arrive to:   Alice Springs, Australia
Depart from: Ayers Rock, Australia 

Check In:  from 3pm
Check Out:  by 12pm 

The final day is at your leisure. Hotel checkout time is 10am. Please check with the hotel and arrange that you have checked out by this time. If you have a flight later that day the hotel will be happy to store your luggage.              

Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

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

On arrival into Alice Springs travel between the airport and the group hotel is by your own arrangement. 

Options for transfers:
Shuttle bus transfers can be arranged for around $16.50 one way with Alice Wanderer Airport Transfers. Visit their website below to book a shuttle service.

Alternatively you can catch a taxi, taxi pricing is charged by meter, expect to pay around $30.00 to $42.00 for a trip between Alice Springs Airport and Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs.

Complimentary return coach transfers are provided for all Ayers Rock Resort hotel guests arriving into and departing from Ayers Rock Airport on scheduled Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar flights. Bookings are not required for this service. Return transfers to the airport depart from outside your hotel approximately 2 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure times, please check with reception for exact departure times.


Some information from this page has been sourced from other websites. Content is provided as a guide only.


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.

You will enjoy this small  group experience with a maximum group size of 20 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
An leisurely to moderately paced tour. You will see a lot on this tour and cover a lot of ground. 

Touring is always most enjoyed when you have a good level of fitness. A minimum average level of fitness is recommended for this tour.  If you are joining the tour we recommend that on the months leading up to the tour, that you exercise regularly, at least a few times a week, such as taking brisk walks for at least 40 minutes at a time.

A daily full breakfast is included at each hotel of stay.

Lunches and Dinners
It is regular for most of our trips that we include welcome 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.

The dinners included will be 3 course meals or buffets. The lunches included are Ploughman lunches (or the equivalent).

This is a private group tour with one driver-guide, leading the group.

Private, air-conditioned transport for our group on a coach. The coach size will be determined by the final group number. 

For the visit to Palm Valley, a purpose built 4WD vehicle is used.

How cold does it get at night?
In the summer months (October-April) it is quite warm at night, around 15-20°C. In our winter months (May-September) it is cooler, usually below 10°C. In June and July it can get very cold, often below zero.

How hot does it get during the day?
In the summer months (October-April) temperatures are usually over 30°C. During the peak of summer temperatures can reach 40°C (or more!). In winter daytime temperatures are pleasant, usually around 20-25°C.


'My holiday to the Red Centre was a very humbling experience.  This holiday exceeded all my expectations.  Being my first holiday as a solo traveller I was apprehensive, now I have had the experience I recommend it.'

Sue, 51, Kyogle, NSW

'This trip was such a great adventure. The tour guide was absolutely brilliant and informative. The whole group got along famously even though there was a large age range! It was certainly one of the best experiences I've ever had!'

Lisa, 45, Coolum Beach, QLD

'Fantastic, well organised tour with a great group of people. Highly recommend Encounter Travel.'

Deb, 55, Wamberal, NSW
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