After my first stint in Melbourne I fly to Alice Springs for a three day camping trip around Uluru or Ayers Rock. I used to call it “the big rock in the middle”. Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park is a highlight of Australia.
Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru
First stop is an Outback Camel Farm where you can experience a camel ride (at your own expense). Then we cruise down to our camp near Uluru (Ayers Rock) for lunch before an afternoon hike through the ‘Valley of the Winds’ at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Watch the spectacular sunset over Uluru and kick back for an outdoor dinner before retiring to the comfort of your ‘swag’.
Day 2: Uluru to Kings Canyon
Witness the amazing Uluru sunrise then take an unguided base walk around the rock. You will learn about Aboriginal Culture on an interpretive walk and visit the Culture Centre before driving to Kings Canyon. Sample traditional camp-oven cooking for dinner and spend another night swagging under the stars at our camp near Kings Canyon.
Day 3: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs
Spend the morning hiking and climbing Kings Canyon, checking out the ‘Amphitheatre’, breathtaking North & South Walls and ‘Garden of Eden’. There’s time to check out the view from above with an optional helicopter flight over the Canyon (at your own expense). After lunch, we make our way back to Alice Springs.
I’m very excited to see the Outback and Uluru. As a luxury queen I never properly camped (though I can be as camp as you want me to), so this will be a very interesting experience.