Uluru (Ayres Rock) is located in the World Heritage Listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. It rises 348 meters from the desert floor and has a girth of 9.4km. It’s the world’s most famous monolith with at least two thirds of the Rock lying beneath the surface.
Field of Light: As darkness falls and Uluru is thrown into silhouette, Field of Light illuminates. As far as the eye can see gentle rhythms of colour light up the desert. The critically acclaimed Field of Light Uluru by the internationally celebrated artist Bruce Munro has now been extended for a limited time. The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara is Munro’s largest work to date.Overwhelming in size, covering more than seven football fields, it invites immersion in its fantasy garden of 50,000 spindles of light, the stems breathing and swaying through a sympathetic desert spectrum of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white
DAY 1 – Arrive Uluru
Welcome to our very special ULURU – FIELD OF LIGHT – THE OLGAS – ALICE SPRINGS tour. Making your way to the airport this morning and boarding your pre-arranged flight to the “Red Centre” of Australia. Arriving at Yulara airport and meeting your tour host and guide, we have a short transfer and check into our accommodation for the next two night’s. Once we have settled into our rooms, we re-board the coach and depart the resort for our afternoons touring. Our driver /guide will take us on a brief sightseeing tour stopping for photo opportunities along the way before spending some time at the Cultural Centre to learn about the ancient aboriginal culture and the role of Tjukurpa (their creation stories and laws). Late afternoon we stop at the Sunset Viewing Area to watch the changing colours on this magnificent monolith as the sun sets over the horizon. Uluru puts on a remarkable light show as it changes from red to orange to lilac in a matter of minutes. We enjoy this special experience before returning to our resort for our welcome dinner this evening dinner.
(D) Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel
DAY 2– Uluru – ‘Kata Tjuta’ and the Olgas
For the very early risers, we depart for the Sunrise Viewing Area to experience the first glimpse of the day and some brilliant photo opportunities. Mid-morning we return to the National Park and arrive at the rock for the Ranger-Guided Mala Walk. Learn about Aboriginal perceptions of Uluru. This afternoon we head straight to the Olgas, called by the Aboriginal people, ‘Kata Tjuta’ or place of many domes. There are excellent views from an observation deck then plenty of time for a walk among the ancient domes. Once at the Valley of the Winds lookout, we take some time to gaze out over the central valley of Kata Tjuta.
This evening prior to sunset, we are in for a special treat, a unique outback experience. We will be seeing internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s once in a lifetime staging of The Field of Light. This is the biggest Field of Light exhibition to date and it is held at Uluru, where we have the chance to wander through 50 000 slender stems crowned with frosted-glass spheres that will bloom as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual heartland. This display is for a limited time, making the experience that much more memorable. We can take in the sunset viewing of Ayers Rock first whilst having a drink and canapes, then enjoy this special experience before returning to the resort for dinner.
(B, D) Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel
DAY 3 – Curtin Springs, Todd River
We say goodbye to Uluru National Park after breakfast and travel to Curtin Springs for some time to stretch our legs and look through the gift shop. Passing by Mt Connor we head for Erldunda where we stop for lunch. This afternoon we arrive into Alice Springs and check into the Aurora Alice Springs for the next 4 nights. Located conveniently between the Todd River and the Todd Mall you may like to take a wander and look through the shops and art galleries before dinner in the Red Ochre Grill.
(B, L, D) Aurora Alice Springs
DAY 4– Exploring the Alice
Following breakfast, we head off on our day’s sightseeing. Our first stop is at ANZAC Hill for panoramic views of the town and the surrounding area. We then visit the Old Telegraph Station and the original Alice Springs. We will also take a look at the Alice Springs Flying Doctor Base. We now have some free time in Todd Mall where there are some unique galleries which may be of interest. We then have two interesting visits this afternoon – the first is the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame and the second is the School of the Air. Returning to the hotel, we have some free time before dinner.
(B, D) Aurora Alice Springs
DAY 5 – MacDonnell Rangers – Simpsons Gap
We have a great day in store, as we explore the majestic Western MacDonnell Ranges. The natural beauty in this area is outstanding! Our first stop this morning is at Simpsons Gap before morning tea at the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, with time to look through the restored buildings and various artworks on display. Our touring then takes us past Gosse Bluff with a stop at the lookout to take in the views below and then onto Glen Helen Homestead Lodge which overlooks the Glen Helen Gorge. This afternoon’s scenery is breathtaking as we call into Ormiston Gorge and Standley Chasm.
(B, L, D) Aurora Alice Springs
DAY 6 – Alice Springs Lifestyle
First stop today is at the Alice Springs Desert Park. This is a very special place and as we take the time to walk slowly through the displays we will gain a good understanding of this region with its highlights and challenges. Our afternoon will be spent at the Road Transport Hall of Fame. Alice Springs is the traditional birthplace of the road train. For every visitor there is a history lesson on how Australia’s tough terrain broke the best vehicles the world could throw at it. Tonight we are booked into the Overlander Steakhouse – the best known restaurant in Alice Springs.
(B, D) Aurora Alice Springs
DAY 7 – Homeward Bound
Unfortunately it’s time to leave this magical part of the country and following breakfast, our transfer to the airport has us boarding our flight home.
Return Flights ex MEL, SYD, BNE, ADL
4*Accommodation ULURU & The Alice
PP Twin Share, Single ADD $550