Uluru and the Red Centre

DAY 1: Travel Day Forster/Tuncurry to Sydney (D)
Tuesday 31st Aug 2021

Today we start our journey heading south for our much anticipated trip to the sacred site of Uluru. Stopping on the way for lunch (own expense) we then make our way to our lovely accommodation at the Mantra Sydney Airport to settle in for the night.

Accommodation: Mantra Sydney Airport, 2 course dinner at the Mantra

DAY 2: (B,D) Uluru Sacred Sights and Sunset with BBQ Dinner
Wednesday 1st Sept 2021

After breakfast at the Mantra we head to the airport where this exciting tour begins. On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you’ll receive a private group transfer to your hotel. Check in and get ready to explore Uluru.

This afternoon we travel to the base of Uluru, where you’ll be amazed as your local guide shares the Aboriginal Tjukurpa (creation) stories that breathe life into this giant formation. Feel the spirit of the land as your guide takes you on a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, interpreting the meaning of the ancient rock art and sacred sites you’ll see along the way. With plenty of time, we then travel to the Uluru Sunset Viewing Area, where you can relax with a sparkling wine or two and nibbles while you enjoy a famous Uluru sunset. Witness the incredible changing colours as the sun sets below the horizon. After sunset, your guide will transfer you our exclusive barbecue site.

The site is within the Uluru National Park set amongst red sand dunes and desert oak trees providing a peaceful desert setting. The site is located far enough from the resort lights to provide you a clear view of the stars in the southern sky (weather permitting). Once at the site, you will enjoy a variety of Australian meats and salads, accompanied by wine, beer or orange juice (menus are subject to change). After dinner, tea, coffee and dessert will be served.

Your guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations with the assistance of a high beam spotlight (weather permitting). The guide will also explain some Aboriginal stories that relate to the stars before you return to Ayers Rock Resort.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort/BBQ dinner

DAY 3: (B,D) Uluru Culture and Art Experience
Thursday 2nd Sept 2021

This morning you’ll enjoy an incredible cultural experience with an Aboriginal Guide from the local Mutitjulu community and an interpreter. Get up close to Uluru with your Anangu guide who will be telling you the stories of this unique landscape and explain the connection between the art, the culture and the connection to the land along the Mala Walk. Then, we visit the Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Listen to how traditional hunting and gathering tools were made and what they were used for. Even join a bowl carrying or spear-throwing session to test your skills and balance! Follow this with a hands-on painting session.

Learn about the symbols and painting styles used to create beautiful works of art depicting the Creation time (Tjukurpa) stories. Bring a personal connection to the experience and paint using the knowledge you’ve gained during the morning with your guide. Take your painting home as a memento of your experience. This afternoon you’ll have a free afternoon to relax or enjoy some optional experiences such as Helicopter Flights. (Please advise if you are interested in this additional option).

Accommodation: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

DAY 4: (B,D) Kata Tjuta Sunrise and Valley of the Winds
Friday 3rd Sept 2021

Today we travel to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) where your guide will explain the geological history of the area. Enjoy a light breakfast with a tea or coffee as you watch the spectacular sunrise. Not only do you have incredible views of Kata Tjuta’s domes, you’ll also see Uluru in the distance as the sun lights up the desert. After breakfast you’ll commence the Valley of the Winds walk. First stop is Karu Lookout. Along the way your guide will talk about the significance of the area to the Anangu people and show you how they’ve used the natural landscape for all their needs for thousands of years. For a longer walk, continue down the steep rocky path to the valley at the base of the massive domes. Keep an eye and ear out for the local birds and wildlife as you make your way to Karingana Lookout for incredible views over the plain and domes (Optional). In the early afternoon we travel to Kings Canyon where there is the opportunity to complete the shorter Creek Bed Walk before checking in to your hotel.

Accommodation: Kings Canyon Resort

DAY 5: (B,D) Kings Canyon Rim Walk including Garden of Eden
Saturday 4th Sept 2021

An early start this morning to take the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for marvelous views of Watarrka National Park at sunrise. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at look-out points. The circuit walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts. After the Rim Walk, return to your hotel to pack and refresh before departing for Ayers Rock Resort.

Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

DAY 6: (B,D) Uluru Sunrise and Field of Light
Sunday 5th Sept 2021

Arriving in complete darkness, in the quiet of pre-dawn, this once in a lifetime experience will be etched in your mind forever. Enjoy walking through the field of 50,000 globes of light at your own pace, where Desert Oaks seemingly appear from nowhere as the dawn light creeps above the horizon, then make your way up to the top of a large sand dune to the Field of Light sunrise viewing area. Once at the viewing area, we will be serving you tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Enjoy your drink as the sun starts to rise and lights up the surrounding desert. Watch in awe as it pops up behind Uluru, flooding the landscape with light. From the viewing area you can see both Uluru and Kata Tjuta while the desert comes to life. You’ll return to Desert Gardens Hotel in time to have breakfast and freshen up before your flight back to Sydney.

Breakfast at Hotel in Uluru.
Accommodation: Mantra Sydney Airport, 2 course dinner

DAY 7: (B,L)
Monday 6th Sept 2021

This morning after a late check-out we begin our journey back to Forster-Tuncurry. We stop for lunch at Lee Rohan’s Gardenworld before continuing our trip home. In awe of what we have just witnessed and experienced, a once in a lifetime story that we can tell our friends, kids and grand kids for many years to come. With too many highlights to explain, this trip truly is remarkable and one that everyone should do at least once in their life. Who better to do it with than your friends, Lisa and Adam from Tuncurry Coach Tours!

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Tour Inclusions:

  • Luxury Coach Travel
  • Experienced Coach Captain and Professional Tour Director
  • Six (6) Nights Accommodation
  • Six (6) Breakfasts
  • One (1) Lunch
  • Six (6) Dinners
  • Entry fees to attractions and sightseeing as per itinerary

Tour Highlights:

  • Dreamtime Stories
  • Walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole
  • Uluru Sunset Viewing
  • Night Sky Tour
  • Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
  • Bowl carrying, spear-throwing and a hands-on painting session
  • Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • The Valley of the Winds walk
  • Watarrka National Park Field of Light sunrise viewing

Departures:

  • Club Forster departing – 9:30am
  • Polynesian Village – 9:35am
  • Golden Ponds – 9:40am
  • Forster Keys – 9:45am
  • Evermore – 9:50am
  • Tuncurry Coach Stop – 10:00am
  • Nabiac – 10:15am

Luggage:

Is limited to one bag not more than 20KG or two smaller bags not exceeding 20kg in total.

Tour Participation:

It is the responsibility of passengers to ensure that their health is in a state that enables them to enjoy the tour and participate in the activities that the tour offers them. We do advise that passengers complete one of our medical forms which will be held by our Tour Director in a sealed envelope (your privacy will be maintained at all times). A medium level of fitness is required to participate in some of the tours for this trip. During some walking tours you may have to tackle uneven ground, climb over rocks, walk through soft sand and participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down for up to 20 min.

Dietary Requirements:

It is the responsibility of passengers to address any dietary requirements with us at the time of booking.

Tour Payment:

Non Refundable Deposit $600.00 per person at time of booking to secure flights.
Balance due 2 months prior to departure on 30th June 2021.

Cancellation Charges:

  • 60 days or more $600 per person
  • 30-59 days 50% of fare
  • 0-29 days 100% of fare

Travel Insurance is highly recommended by Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we advise passengers to take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances which may arise.
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions, e.g. churches, wineries etc. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to pandemics, closures, inclement weather or other unpredictable events.

Tour Dates: 31st August - 6th September 2021
Tour Duration
7 Days and 6 Nights
Tour Price
$3,690p/person