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Solos Only

Northern Territory (Red Centre) Solo Travel Tours

If you’re looking for a more vivid, ‘up close and personal’ Northern Territory experience, this small group tour is a great way to discover our impressive Red Centre. 

The Red Centre Holiday Tours

Marvel at the magnificence of Uluru as part of your journey of Australia’s Red Centre. Tour highlights also the Sounds of Silence dinner event by Uluru,  the critically acclaimed Field of Light installation by artist Bruce Munro, 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. There is the option to arrive a day prior and add-on other excursions in Alice Springs.

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

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    7 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Australia, NZ & Pacific
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$5575 own room
  • Transport:
    Minivan, 4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    maximum 18
REVIEWS

'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
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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. 

INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 6 nights superior accommodations
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 3 dinners including
  • 1 highlight dinner event

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • A private driver-guide (Coach Captain)
  • Sightseeing as specified by the itinerary

TRAVEL

  • Private air conditioned vehicle for the group
  • 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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27 MAY - 2 JUN 24
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AUD$5575 own room
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PER PERSON AUD$

OWN ROOM

Tour package per person

$5575

Pre Night: Crowne Plaza Lasseters with breakfast 
Rate applies:  26 MAY 2024

$260

Post Night: Desert Gardens with breakfast with breakfast
Rate applies:  2 & 3 JUN 2024

$T.B.A

Pre Tour: MON 29 MAY 2023 Sunrise Outback Ballooning 60 minute flight, Alice Springs
** Must arrive at Alice Springs 26 MAY 2024 or before

$430

Pre Tour: MON 27 MAY 2024 Half Day Tour ‘A Town Like Alice’ ** Must be at Alice Springs hotel by 12 midday

 $165


Trip Code: redcentre24-5

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS

Alice Springs & Surrounds
Experience 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
  • Karrke Aboriginal Experience

Kings Canyon & Surrounds

  • Take in the immense Kings Canyon
  • 2 optional walks including the Rim Loop Walk

Uluru & Surrounds 

  • Sounds of Silence’ Uluru Dinner Event
  • Witness the sunset view of Uluru, while enjoying a glass of wine
  • Sunrise tour, Field of Light
  • Uluru touring
  • Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)


FREE TIME EXTRAS - DAY 1

  • Outback Ballooning sunrise experience
  • Town Like Alice, afternoon tour

    These optional activities require an additional night of stay, arriving the day prior to tour commencement.
    CLICK TO READ DETAILS ABOUT THESE OPTIONS 

DAY 1

Arrive Alice Springs

Welcome to The Red Centre!  Today, arrive to Alice Springs Airport and make your way from the airport to our tour group hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. In the evening, we’ve arranged for fellow travellers to join together for dinner tonight at the group hotel tonight.

Meals: Dinner

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
If you have opted to arrive a day prior there are optional tours:

  • Sunrise hot air balloon flight
  • An afternoon ‘Town Like Alice Tour’

It is possible to join both of these tours; you will be back from hot air balloon flight with free time before the afternoon tour.

SPECIAL NOTES
Dinner does not include an Encounter Travel representative.  The evening is set so that group members can meet and join together for a meal before the tour starts the next day. It is a 3 three course set menu.

 

DAY 2

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.
  • 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.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

SPECIAL NOTES
There may be time for a swim today; bring your swimmers.

 

DAY 3

Palm Valley 4WD Day Out

An adventure today as we travel in a 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. It’s true four wheel driving; bumping along to reach the valley. 

On the day out we also 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.

An outback oasis, Palm Valley, is the only area in Central Australia where red cabbage palms survive. 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. Finke Gorge National Park covers 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.

After a full day out, the evening is at your leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

SPECIAL NOTES
There will be time to take a hike in Palm Valley; walking shoes & water required.  The path is an uneven service with varying inclines & declines and steps. The 4WD road is very bumpy.

 

DAY  4

Alice Springs – Kings Canyon

Today travel through beautiful desert landscapes from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon.

On route, we stop at Karrke for a 1 hour Aboriginal Experience. This tour will give you a unique look at Australia’s oldest cultures, the Karrke Aboriginal people. With your guide, learn about traditional bush tucker and bush medicine used for spiritual healing. You’ll also learn about ancient wooden artefacts and how they were used. Explore the culture of the Luritja and Pertame (Southern Aranda) people, too.

CREEK BED WALK - EASY PACE

On arrival to Kings Canyon set off on a walk along the creek bed (about 2km) with views of the impressive canyon rim, while taking in the sights. The Creek Bed walk is an easy going pace.
A group dinner tonight at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  

DAY 5 

Kings Canyon - Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Morning Choice
Enjoy the morning at leisure or opt to complete an early Kings Canyon Rim Walk before breakfast.

From Kings Canyon, travel by road to Uluru (Ayers Rock) via Curtin Springs. We arrive to Ayers Rock Resort and check into our hotel. 

Towards the end of the day , we travel out to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and visit Kata Tjuta.
This incredible formation of rock domes extends six kilometres into the ground and is the remains of erosion that began more than 500 million years ago. Walk through Walpa Gorge, following the path between two of the towering domes of Kata Tjuta. We then make our way to Uluru and watch as it changes colours as the sun sets over the Outback, complete with sparkling wine and canapes.

We return to our hotel for dinner together.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SPECIAL NOTES
Kings Canyon morning walk is the 6km Rim Walk Loop. A walking shoe or boot is required (runners not suitable), long walking pants, backpack, and water bottle. We recommend having a (protein) snack with you due to the pre breakfast departure.

 

DAY 6

Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta

Set out before sunrise for the ‘Field of Light’ 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, where you’ll see the first rays of sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, return to Uluru Kata Tjuta National park for a base tour. Get up close and walk along the Kuniya Trail to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area including the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Later visit the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. After return to the hotel for some free time and lunch by your own arrangement.

Sounds of Silence Highlight Dinner
For our last night in the Red Centre, experience a special evening at the Sounds of Silence Dinner. This experience begins with canapes and chilled sparkling wine upon a dune top overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park as the sun sets. Enjoy Australian wine and beer and a menu consisting of freshly prepared, bush tucker inspired dishes incorporating native bush ingredients under the desert sky as a star talker decodes the southern night sky

SPECIAL NOTES

  • Fly Nets for heads/hats recommended
  • Uluru is closed for climbing due to cultural significance in the community. Your guide will brief you with the information on the day.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 7

Depart Ayers Rock

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    

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

Destination

Hotel Name

Star Rating

Alice Springs

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (deluxe room)

4 Star

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon Resort (standard room)

4 Star

Ayers Rock

Desert Gardens Ayers Rock (garden room)

4 Star

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.

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Kings Canyon Resort

Desert Gardens Ayers Rock

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

CROWNE PLAZA ALICE SPRINGS LASSETERS

93 Barrack Drive, Northern Territory
Alice Springs NT 0870
Tel: 08 8950 7777

Making the return of the Crowne Plaza brand to Alice Springs – the town in Australia’s “Red Centre”. Nestled under the Mac Donnell Ranges and is just a few minutes from Alice Springs CBD and 10 minutes from the Alice Springs Airport. Adjacent to the visitor attractions such as Alice Springs Convention Centre and the casino. The hotel is one of the town’s largest hotel, offering guests quality, convenient accommodation.

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

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.

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

DESERT GARDENS HOTEL, AYERS ROCK

1 Yularra Drive, Yulara NT 0872
Tel: 02 8296 8010

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.

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

 

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


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

Starts In: Alice Springs, Australia
Ends In: Ayers Rock, Australia

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.

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

FLIGHT INFORMATION
As an Australian travel company we can provide flight assistance for flights originating from Australia. If joining the tour from outside Australia we recommend making your own flight arrangements or to use the service of a travel advisor located within your country of residence for access to best fares.

If making your own flight arrangements, we require a copy of your flight itinerary. Although transfers are not provided this information is provided to hotels for approximating your arrival time. It also assists if there are unexpected flight delays which impacts your arrival time and/or ability to join the tour or check into the hotel as expected.

VISA/ENTRY INFORMATION
See 'VISA/ENTRY' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

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  ‘SOLOS ONLY’
You will enjoy this small  group experience with a maximum group size of 18 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers. Should group size finalise with less than 10 travellers the Palm Valley 4WD day out will be shared with other passengers not with Encounter Travel.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
A leisurely to moderately paced tour. You will see a lot on this tour and cover a lot of ground. There are some walks on this tour that are easy paced. Travellers of 75 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

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.

See MORE INFO > General Information for more about fitness.

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

Are you a flexitarian?
If you have dietary requirements, please advise if it is due to allergies or for medical reasons or if it is a personal preference and if you are flexible. Dietary requirements will limit choices. If a dietary requirement is not essential due to medical reasons and you are a flexitarian, then we recommend that you exclude your personal preferences if not necessary to provide more options with the meal choices.

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 set courses or buffets. The lunches included are Ploughman lunches (or the equivalent).

COACH CAPTAIN/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 share their knowledge of this part of our Red Centre and give direction on daily meeting times.

TRANSPORT
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.

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

'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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