Day 1 - Alice Springs
Pick up your Avis intermediate automatic sedan or full size 4WD automatic vehicle at Alice Springs Airport or Alice Springs Depot.
In Alice Springs, we recommend that you visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air which both give you a good insight into how life works in Outback Australia. Both are situated in the town centre.From Anzac Hill you get a good view of Alice Springs and the surrounding area.
The Old Telegraph Station is situated 3 kms north from the Town Centre along the Stuart Highway. Just minutes from the city centre is the Alice Springs Desert Park. Discover the landscapes, plants and animals of Australia’s unique desert environment. The park features rare and endangered species, the second largest nocturnal house in the world, walk through aviaries and a virtual reality presentation.
Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs (Standard) or DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs (Deluxe).
Day 2 - Kings Canyon (473 kms)
Depart Alice Springs and travel south along the Stuart Highway and on to Kings Canyon.
This afternoon, you may wish to take a relaxed walk through the peaceful and shady boulder strewn canyon floor.
Kings Canyon is the deepest gorge in the Centre and magnificently beautiful. Waterholes on the canyon floor never completely dry up and foster lush growth, which includes palms of ancient biological origin. A path to the rim of the gorge leads to the Lost City, where the rock has worn away to resemble ruins. High in the canyon and very difficult to reach is the Garden of Eden, an oasis of waterholes and plant life.
Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort (Standard) or Kings Canyon Resort (Deluxe Spa Room).
Day 3 - Ayers Rock (302 kms)
This morning, make an early start to avoid the heat of the day and drive in to the Kings Canyon car park to discover the wonders of this ancient geological formation via the rim walk. The walk may take up to 3 hours and is for those with a good level of fitness.
Mid morning, travel back along the Luritja Road to rejoin the Lasseter Highway heading west to Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park. Perhaps take a detour en route to explore the domes of Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) before arriving at Ayers Rock.
Uluru / Ayers Rock is the world’s largest monolith, measuring over 9kms around the base, and rising 348 metres above the mulga plain. Named “Uluru” by the Aborigines, it is a sacred monument to them, and the walls of the caves, which comb the base, are covered in Aboriginal carvings and paintings, many of which are thousands of years old.
Kata Tjuta / The Olgas are a dramatic series of 36 dome-like rock formations which stand up to 546 metres high and cover an area of 35 sq km. Like Uluru, they produce an incredible light show at sunset, and to walk amongst them is a memorable experience.
Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (Standard) or Sails in the Desert (Deluxe).
Day 4 - Ayers Rock
This morning you may wish to take a walk through the caves at the base of the Rock. Drop off your rental vehicle at the depot at Ayers Rock airport.
This self drive can also be done in the opposite direction.
4 day Self Drive - from £445
- Choose a 4WD vehicle with Standard accommodation from £615
- Upgrade to the Deluxe Self Drive from £89
All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room, and include pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited kilometres. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Seasonal supplements may apply.