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OVERVIEW

Solos Only

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.

Marvel at the magnificence of Uluru as part of your journey of Australia’s Red Centre. Tour highlights also include the critically acclaimed Field of Light Uluru 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 with daily full breakfast, plus two lunches, and four dinners are included.

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

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    7 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$3845 early bird, 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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INCLUSIONS

  • 6 nights superior accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • A private driver – guide
  • Private air conditioned vehicle
  • A 4WD vehicle for the day out to Palm Valley
  • Local guides
  • Small group experience for solo travellers, maximum 18

    note: airport transfers are by your own arrangement
    Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is an additional expense.

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

Departure Dates for this tour

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14 - 20 JUN 2020
Early bird offer
AUD$3845 @ early bird price, tour with own room
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 ** EARLY BIRD OFFER **
SAVING: SAVE $150 when you book the tour with your own room, & pay the tour deposit by Thursday 31 October 2019 (offer does not apply to twin share) 

Prices per person (in AUD)

Own Room

EARLY BIRD Package per person* (ENDS 31OCT 2019)

AUD$3845

STANDARD Package per person*

AUD$3995

 

 

 

 

*Airfares are additional


Trip Code: REDCENTRE20-6

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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
  • Sunrise tour, Field of Light
  • Highlight dinner at Uluru
  • 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.

FREE TIME EXTRAS
If you have arranged to arrive a day/s prior to the tour commencement, here are some suggestions for activities you may like to consider.

A Town Like Alice
​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.

Visit:

  • School of Air
  • Historic Telegraph Station
  • Headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctors
  • Alice Springs Reptile Centre
  • Anzac Hill

>> Ask us about booking this activity

Outback Ballooning Alice Springs
Your day begins in the cool pre-dawn darkness as you are picked up from your accommodation in Alice Springs. The balloon flight takes place to the south of Alice Springs over historic Owen Springs Station adjacent to the MacDonnell Ranges. Once floating gently in the air you will appreciate the vast remoteness of the Australian Outback. Wildlife, particularly big red kangaroos are seen nearly every day as the balloon crosses spinifex grasses, mulga scrub and cattle stations.  Refreshments (a selection of muffins, slices and biscuits, cheese and fresh fruit) accompanied by Australian sparkling wine and fresh juice will be served ‘in the bush’ after every balloon flight. Return transfers and a souvenir flight certificate completes the morning adventure.

This activity can be booked directly with Outback Ballooning https://www.outbackballooning.com.au/

DAY 1
Arrive Alice Springs

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 your hotel. We’ve set a reservation for 6:45pm for the group.*

Meals: Dinner

* the evening 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 touring itinerary starts the next day. The reservation is under ‘Encounter Travel’ and is a set menu, arranged as part of your package.

DAY 2
West MacDonnell Ranges 

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before the group heads out 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, 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. 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 a casual 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
Palm Valley 4wd Day Out

An adventure today as we travel in our custom-designed 4WD vehicle. You’ll reach off-road destinations that are otherwise difficult to access. Through the Central Australian landscape we’ll 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: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY  4
Alice Springs – Kings Canyon

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

EASY PACE WALK
On arrival set off on a two kilometre walk along the creek bed with views of the impressive canyon rim, while taking in the sights. The Creek Bed walk is an easy going pace.

Dinner tonight is at our hotel; either a three course meal of buffet (decided by the hotel based on  hotel capacity on the night).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5
Kings Canyon - Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Enjoy the morning at your own leisure before travelling to Uluru (Ayer Rock) via Curtin Springs. Arrive to our hotel with some time for lunch.

This afternoon, watch the sunset at Uluru while enjoying complimentary wine and canapes. After sunset, a highlight dinner under the stars.  Enjoy sparkling wine on arrival, then an award-winning Australian barbecue dinner including steak, sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and tasty dessert, all accompanied by a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. There’s time for stargazing too (outdoor setting is weather permitting).

 Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 

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 travel to Kata Tjuta (the Olga’s) where your Driver Guide will explain the geological history of these giant domes. 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.

Guided Walk
Join your Driver Guide for the walk to the first lookout, Karu – your Guide will point out interesting rare plants along the way. Also visit the walk through Walpa Gorge, following the path between two of the towering domes of Kata Tjuta.

As the sun sets over the western horizon, we arrive at the Sunset Viewing Area. Marvel at the unique flora and admire the view of the central valley of the domes of Kata Tjuta as you take in a magnificent outback sunset while sipping chilled sparkling wine.

As the day comes to an end we return to our hotel and this evening enjoy a three course dinner.

 Note: 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 

Field of Light | Depart Ayers Rock

Early this morning, travel to a desert location overlooking Uluru to view the ‘Field of Light’. If you are on an early flight today, check out of your hotel and put your luggage on the coach.  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.

From the Field of Light, the coach will go via the airport for those departing on an early flight home, for remaining guests, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Touring comes to an end this morning.   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

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Star Rating

Alice Springs

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

4 Star

Kings Canyon

Kings Caynon Resort

4 Star

Ayers Rock

Desert Gardens Ayers Rock

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.


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GETTING THERE

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

Check In: from 3pm
Check Out: by 10am

FINAL DAY
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.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
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.

ALICE SPRINGS TRANSPORT
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 http://alicewanderer.com.au/transfers/airport-transfers/

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 Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters.

AYERS ROCK TRANSPORT
omplimentary 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.

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.

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.

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.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
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).

COACH CAPTAIN
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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