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Guided tour, Alice Springs
Welcome to Alice Springs
Kings Canyon
Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory
Mutitjulu Waterhole Ayers Rock
Field Of Light
Alice Springs Township

Outback Contrasts

6 day Small Group Tour – from £3355 £2850

With flights from £3979

Journey to the sacred landscapes of Australia’s Red Centre for an intimate view of its impressive natural icons and to learn about ancient aboriginal culture.

Highlights:
  • Explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on a walk through Simpsons Gap
  • Embark on a sunrise 6 km rim walk at Kings Canyon
  • Enjoy sparkling sundowners overlooking Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Marvel at Bruce Munro’s unique Field of Light art instillation

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before of after your Outback Contrasts small group tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Welcome to Alice Springs

Day 1 – Welcome To Alice Springs

Meet your Journey Director who will share their take on what life is like in such…

Meet your Journey Director who will share their take on what life is like in such an isolated town as Alice Springs. Visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station and hear how the north and south of Australia were connected by a single wire. Then the stunning landscapes of the West MacDonnell take centre stage, as you embark on a walk though Simpsons Gap, and later view Alice Springs and surrounds from the top of Anzac Hill. This evening join your fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at Tali Restaurant.

    Crowne Plaza Lasseters Alice Springs

    Dinner with wine
Welcome to Alice Springs
Kings Canyon

Day 2 – Alice Springs – Kings Canyon

We head off along the 4WD Giles Track, crossing dry riverbeds and outback landscapes, to Kings…

We head off along the 4WD Giles Track, crossing dry riverbeds and outback landscapes, to Kings Canyon Resort. The flickering glow of this evening’s fire, dancing under the canopy of a starry Southern Hemisphere sky, is the perfect accompaniment to your Local Dining Experience ‘Under a Desert Moon’. This degustation menu with matching wines is the perfect end to the day. Sit back and listen to the sounds of the outback come alive at night in the company of new friends.

    Kings Canyon Resort

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kings Canyon
Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory

Day 3 – Kings Canyon – Uluru

Gaze across the deep chasm at the edge of Kings Canyon as you embark on the…

Gaze across the deep chasm at the edge of Kings Canyon as you embark on the spellbinding 6km sunrise Rim Walk, past the sandstone domes of the ‘Lost City’ and down the stairs to the lush ‘Garden of Eden’. Or you can opt for a gentler stroll along the canyon creek bed, treading in the footsteps of the Luritja people who once found sanctuary amidst the Itara trees at the canyon’s base. Then we head off towards Uluru, visiting the local Wanmarra Community to learn about the Luritja and Pertame people’s spiritual connection to the land at the Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience. Discover bush food and bush medicine used for spirituality and healing. Now you’ll wander across desert landscapes arriving at Curtin Springs Station, a vast farming property, for lunch. Feel the stirring of something bigger than you as you arrive at Ayers Rock Resort, your launchpad to Australia’s spiritual heart in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the day fades, the outback sun bids a fiery farewell. Uluru towers over the Northern Territory’s remote landscape, the perfect back drop for this evening’s sparkling sundowners.

    Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

    Breakfast, Lunch
Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory
Mutitjulu Waterhole Ayers Rock

Day 4 – Uluru – Kata Tjuta

Enjoy a relaxed start to the day before exploring, and learning about the spiritual connection the…

Enjoy a relaxed start to the day before exploring, and learning about the spiritual connection the local Anangu caretakers have with the land. Skirt the red walls of Uluru, hear ancient tales and see rock art, then visit Mutitjulu Waterhole. Relax by the resort pool or take to the skies to see Uluru from above before an afternoon visit to Kata Tjuta for a walk through Walpa Gorge. This evening enjoy dinner at Ilkari Restaurant.

    Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Mutitjulu Waterhole Ayers Rock
Field Of Light

Day 5 – Field Of Light – Uluru – Alice Springs

Observe the shifting lights of Bruce Munro’s impressive Field of Light art installation as the desert…

Observe the shifting lights of Bruce Munro’s impressive Field of Light art installation as the desert awakens and the sunrise lights up across Uluru. Traverse the vast and fascinating outback, before arriving in Alice Springs. Enjoy free time to wander around the town. The Todd Street Mall has cafés and Aboriginal art galleries to explore. This evening, immerse yourself against the backdrop of the outback at our open-air bush BBQ Celebration Dinner. Located off the beaten track in the heart of the East MacDonnell Ranges, you’ll enjoy drinks as a bush balladeer sings classic Australian songs and shares stories of outback living, under the Southern Hemisphere’s Milky Way.

    Crowne Plaza Lasseters Alice Springs

    Breakfast, Dinner
Field Of Light
Alice Springs Township

Day 6 – Farewell from Alice Springs

Relax this morning as your journey comes to an end. You might choose to take an…

Relax this morning as your journey comes to an end. You might choose to take an optional hot air balloon ride to experience the scenic landscapes of the outback before your journey is completed.

    Breakfast
Alice Springs Township

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before of after your Outback Contrasts small group tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Welcome To Alice Springs

Meet your Journey Director who will share their take on what life is like in such an isolated town as Alice Springs. Visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station and hear how the north and south of Australia were connected by a single wire. Then the stunning landscapes of the West MacDonnell take centre stage, as you embark on a walk though Simpsons Gap, and later view Alice Springs and surrounds from the top of Anzac Hill. This evening join your fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at Tali Restaurant.

    Crowne Plaza Lasseters Alice Springs

    Dinner with wine
Welcome to Alice Springs

Day 2

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Alice Springs – Kings Canyon

We head off along the 4WD Giles Track, crossing dry riverbeds and outback landscapes, to Kings Canyon Resort. The flickering glow of this evening’s fire, dancing under the canopy of a starry Southern Hemisphere sky, is the perfect accompaniment to your Local Dining Experience ‘Under a Desert Moon’. This degustation menu with matching wines is the perfect end to the day. Sit back and listen to the sounds of the outback come alive at night in the company of new friends.

    Kings Canyon Resort

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kings Canyon

Day 3

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Kings Canyon – Uluru

Gaze across the deep chasm at the edge of Kings Canyon as you embark on the spellbinding 6km sunrise Rim Walk, past the sandstone domes of the ‘Lost City’ and down the stairs to the lush ‘Garden of Eden’. Or you can opt for a gentler stroll along the canyon creek bed, treading in the footsteps of the Luritja people who once found sanctuary amidst the Itara trees at the canyon’s base. Then we head off towards Uluru, visiting the local Wanmarra Community to learn about the Luritja and Pertame people’s spiritual connection to the land at the Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience. Discover bush food and bush medicine used for spirituality and healing. Now you’ll wander across desert landscapes arriving at Curtin Springs Station, a vast farming property, for lunch. Feel the stirring of something bigger than you as you arrive at Ayers Rock Resort, your launchpad to Australia’s spiritual heart in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the day fades, the outback sun bids a fiery farewell. Uluru towers over the Northern Territory’s remote landscape, the perfect back drop for this evening’s sparkling sundowners.

    Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

    Breakfast, Lunch
Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory

Day 4

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Uluru – Kata Tjuta

Enjoy a relaxed start to the day before exploring, and learning about the spiritual connection the local Anangu caretakers have with the land. Skirt the red walls of Uluru, hear ancient tales and see rock art, then visit Mutitjulu Waterhole. Relax by the resort pool or take to the skies to see Uluru from above before an afternoon visit to Kata Tjuta for a walk through Walpa Gorge. This evening enjoy dinner at Ilkari Restaurant.

    Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Mutitjulu Waterhole Ayers Rock

Day 5

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Field Of Light – Uluru – Alice Springs

Observe the shifting lights of Bruce Munro’s impressive Field of Light art installation as the desert awakens and the sunrise lights up across Uluru. Traverse the vast and fascinating outback, before arriving in Alice Springs. Enjoy free time to wander around the town. The Todd Street Mall has cafés and Aboriginal art galleries to explore. This evening, immerse yourself against the backdrop of the outback at our open-air bush BBQ Celebration Dinner. Located off the beaten track in the heart of the East MacDonnell Ranges, you’ll enjoy drinks as a bush balladeer sings classic Australian songs and shares stories of outback living, under the Southern Hemisphere’s Milky Way.

    Crowne Plaza Lasseters Alice Springs

    Breakfast, Dinner
Field Of Light

Day 6

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Farewell from Alice Springs

Relax this morning as your journey comes to an end. You might choose to take an optional hot air balloon ride to experience the scenic landscapes of the outback before your journey is completed.

    Breakfast
Alice Springs Township

Meals & Inclusions

5 nights’ accommodation
5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners
Expert Journey Director to lead your tour
Activities and exclusive experiences as detailed in the itinerary
Travel by luxury air conditioned coach
Experienced and professional driver
Private arrival and departure transfers

Departure Dates

Check for departure dates that suit you:

2024-05-14

2024-06-11

2024-07-09

2024-08-06

2024-09-17

To confirm availability call 0333 234 2889

Flights & More

With FREEDOM, you can book your Outback Contrasts small group tour and flights together, as an ATOL protected package. Our Travel Experts can find the best priced Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for you.

You can also personalise your holiday. Why not add:

  • Extra nights in Alice Springs before or after your tour
  • A stopover to Australia in Dubai, Singapore or another destinations

Next Steps

Please get in touch with our Australia Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Outback Contrasts

6 day Small Group Tour – from £3355 £2850

With flights from £3979

All prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room and include meals shown. Seasonal supplements may apply. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability.

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