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Red Centre Walking Holiday

  • Alice Springs Desert Park Flynn, NT, 0875 Australia (map)

Travel Play Live is proud to have partnered with Auswalk to bring you this fantastic walking tour of the Red Centre.

This group guided walking holiday samples the highlights of the very heart of Australia. The rich reds of the ochre cliffs and rocky gorges contrast with the azure skies. Brilliant greens dot the outback landscape and the startling whites of the ghost gums reflect into crystal clear waterholes. 

You’ll hike at well known Uluru, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon. 

Then experience the lesser-visited places such as the Larapinta Trail and West Mac-Donnell Ranges. 

Learn about the area’s rich Aboriginal heritage and see a range of unusual wildlife. 

This 7 day holiday starts and finishes in Alice Springs. There are two guides so we can offer you a choice of easier and harder walk options along the way.

Activity Level: easy / medium
Price: $2,895.00 AUD. Single  Supplement $595.00
Duration: 7 Days
Departure Dates: 10th July 2017


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Day 1
Starts in Alice Springs at 9.00am. A visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park provides and excellent introduction to the unique flora and fauna of the Red Centre. The raptor display will have you on the edge of your seat! And the nocturnal house provides a rare opportunity to see the nightlife being active in the middle of the day. Next we travel to Curtin Springs for the a two night stay. This outback cattle station has over a million acres, with many staff to operate it. Meals here are served in the Bough Shed, which is part of the original historic homestead. 

Walking summary: About 3 hours easy walking at the Desert Park 
Accommodation: Curtin Springs outback station.

Day 2
Travel to the Olgas, known as Kata Tjuta to the local Anangu people. Our morning walk will be along the Valley of the Winds trail. The gigantic domes, towering rock walls and an array of fascinating plants just don't seem real, but of course they are. After lunch at the Cultural Centre it's on to Uluru. For most people the first glimpse of Uluru is a spiritually uplifting experience that never fades. The massive monolith gradually reveals numerous interesting rock formations, gullies, caves and crevices, each of which plays an important role in Aboriginal stories. You will learn about the special Aboriginal connection with this place as you walk around the base of the rock. Uluru reveals its true self as the sun begins to go down and it changes colour from gentle, dusky greys and purples to fierce oranges and reds, glowing under the last light of the day - with champagne in hand of course! 

Walking summary: The Olgas walk is about 7km, about 3 hours, moderate walking. The Uluru walk is about 9km, about 3 hours, easy walking. Easier choices available. 
Accommodation: Curtin Springs

Day 3
Travel to Kings Canyon, a magnificent oasis surrounded by the rugged George Gill Range. Our hike around the Kings Canyon Rim starts steeply upward, before skirting the canyon rim then descending into the lush Garden of Eden. Central Australia has a rich Aboriginal culture, with people and the land peacefully co-existing together for many thousands of years. You’ll learn about the Aboriginal culture, from the early days to the first settlers, the “Stolen Generation” and modern issues. During the afternoon, travel to remote Erldunda cattle station, at the cross roads of two famous outback highways. 

Walking summary: About 10km, 3-4 hours of moderate walking with an optional one hour side trip. 
Accommodation: Erldunda

Day 4
Today we travel to the West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping for short walks and scenic stops en route. Our first walk will be to Simpsons Gap where we often see rock wallabies. Here you’ll learn about the spectacular geology and landforms of the MacDonnell Ranges. Then we leave the tourists behind to walk at Serpentine Gorge, where a high lookout will literally take your breath away. The last visit for today is the Ochre Pits, an important source of coloured clays. For the next two nights we stay at a remote outback station beside the Glen Helen Gorge. After settling into our accommodation there will be an optional ascent for a birds-eye view over the gorge. In the evenings watch as the setting sun turns the cliffs vivid orange. 

Walking summary: Several walks in the West Macdonnells, totalling about 7km, 3 hours, mostly moderate. The final optional walk is about 3km, 2 hours and is quite challenging. 
Accommodation: Glen Helen outback station

Day 5
After a short trip by bus through the outback wilderness, we'll commence the Mt Sonder climb. Mt Sonder is at the western end of the Larapinta Trail, and often gets missed by the Trail walkers because of it's difficult access. Given that it’s the Northern Territory’s 4th highest mountain, you know that the view from the summit will seem endless. This is a remote and rugged region, so you'll be pleased that the master tour planners at Auswalk also offer a very attractive easier option for this day that includes Mt Sonder lookout and gorgeous Redbank Gorge. 

Walking summary: A choice of a challenging option of climbing Mt Sonder, about 16km, 7-8 hours hiking. The easier option is about 10km and is still moderately challenging but we’ll walk at a slower pace. 
Accommodation: Glen Helen outback station 

Day 6
Our morning walk today is the Ormiston Pound loop on the Larapinta Trail. This dramatic gorge country usually contains deep permanent waterholes. The ochre coloured cliffs of the gorges contrast with the shimmering white of the ghost gums, made famous by Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira. Next we travel back to Alice Springs for the final night. This evening we’ll do a night walk to search for bilbies and other nightlife. 

Walking summary: The Ormiston Pound Walk is about 12km, 4 hours, moderate walking. The evening walk is about 2km and is easy. 
Accommodation: Alice Springs 

Day 7
This holiday finishes in Alice Springs after breakfast. We highly recommend you stay on for an extra day or two as there are many interesting tourist experiences to be had in the town itself, all of which are accessible on foot


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