Red Center, Northern Territory, Australia
RED CENTER MULGAS ADVENTURES: ULURU TOURS
DEPARTING FROM: Alice Springs or Ayers Rock Airport.
DEPARTING WHEN: Every day except Mondays, all year round.
FINISHING WHERE: Alice Springs only.
DEPARTING FROM: Alice Springs, Ayers Rock Resort or Ayers Rock Airport.
DEPARTING WHEN: Every day except Mondays and Fridays, all year round.
FINISHING WHERE: Ayers Rock Airport. Alice Springs transfer available.
$419.00 3 day/2 night Uluru Tour
$459.00 4 day/3 night Rock Trip
The original 3-day Uluru camping tour! Visit iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock), amazing Kata-Tjuta (the Olgas), and incredible Kings Canyon (Watarrka). Camp under the stars and enjoy our big menu including kangaroo and camel, all as part of a genuine experience in the Australian Outback. This outback tour runs all year round and is suited to people aged 18 – 49 years. See below for more tour information.
The classic Rock-to-Rock Tour departs from Ayers Rock Airport and is the only tour of this kind that will return you to Ayers Rock Airport in time for any flight! This Uluru tour visits all the same sites as our legendary 3-day tour, plus an unforgettable night in a genuine Australian Outback bush camp. The Ultimate Uluru Camping Tour Camp under the stars and enjoy our big menu have a memorable experience in the Australian Outback. This 4-day Uluru camping tour runs all year round and is suited to people aged 18 – 49 years. See below for more tour information.
- Experienced Australian guide
- All park entry and camping fees
- Free pick up and drop off at accommodation
- Air conditioned bus
- Free glass of bubbly at Uluru sunset
- All meals as stated in itinerary (Vegetarians catered for)
WHAT TO BRING
- Water bottle (at least 2 litres)
- Good comfortable walking shoes
- Swimmers and towel (if hot weather)
- Small bag
- Sleeping bag (or you can hire one for $20)
Mulgas Tour Connections
You can transfer to Alice Springs after this tour free of charge, just select during the booking process.
Do you have a question? Great, just contact us.
To experience Fields of Light in Yulara, just select during the booking process.
If you don’t have a sleeping bag you can hire one, select hire when booking.
You can pay extra for Helicopter or Quadbike rides, please bring cash.
Optional helicopter rides and quad rides are not included in the tour price.
Mulgas recommends you only bring what you need for the camping tour.
You will be sleeping in a swag and a sleeping bag, close to the camp fire along with the rest of your group.
You can bring your own sleeping bag, or you can hire one of ours for $20. Just select during the bookings process.
- Sleeping bag hire is $20 payable to the driver on the day. You can bring yours.
- Dietary requirements can be catered for, please advise at time of booking.
- An age limit of 18-49 applies to this tour.
- Customers need to consider themselves to have a moderate fitness level for this tour as there is some hiking involved.
Day 1: Uluru
We’ll pick you up around 6am where we begin your outback journey of a lifetime! We travel to Uluru. After lunch we head to the Cultural Centre for an insight into the flora, fauna and the local Aboriginal people of the Red Centre. We take you on a short guided interpretive walk at the base of Uluru. We then head off to watch the spectacular Uluru sunset while enjoying a glass of bubbly with nibbles. Then it’s back to our camp to enjoy a hearty meal, a hot shower and a night under the stars.
Day 2: Kata Tjuta & Kings Canyon
Enjoy an early breakfast before watching the sunrise over Uluru, then it’s off to Kata Tjuta for a walk through the Valley of the Winds. After lunch, we travel to Kings Creek Station viewing the beautiful George Gill Range along the way. Here we enjoy an outback BBQ dinner and laughs around the campfire under the incredible outback sky. Later, get into your swags for another perfect view of the stars.
Day 3: Kings Canyon
Another early start, after breakfast taking on the spectacular Kings Canyon rim walk. We will visit the North and South walls, The Garden of Eden, as well as the Natural Amphitheatre. After this amazing walk, we hit the road starting the journey back to Alice Springs. We arrive back in Alice late afternoon.
Day 1: Uluru
You will join the tour from Ayers Rock Airport, then head to the Cultural Centre for lunch where you will gain an insight into the flora, fauna and local Aboriginal culture of the Red Centre. After lunch you have the chance to walk around this amazing monolith, before you head off to enjoy the spectacular Uluru sunset with a glass of bubbly wine. Later you go to camp to enjoy a delicious meal, before getting into a swag for a perfect sleep with a view of the outback stars.
Day 2: Uluru & Kata Tjuta
First, an early start to watch an Uluru sunrise, afterwards you explore the many domes of Kata Tjuta as you hike through the Valley of the Winds. Then head back to the base of Uluru for a cultural walk with your guide. After lunch you will begin your drive to Kings Creek Station to camp and enjoy a real outback BBQ dinner around a campfire.
Day 3: Kings Canyon
Today you take on the mighty Kings Canyon with a hike around the rim. It’s then back to Kings Creek Station where you have the option of helicopter or quad bike ride (at your expense). You then head off to our private bush camp at Curtin Springs Station where you can take in sunset views of Mt Conner and enjoy your last night under the outback stars.
Day 4: Uluru
It’s a relaxed start to the day with a later sleep before you enjoy a tasty breakfast. You will then make one last photo stop before leaving the tour at the airport at around 10.00am.
The Red Centre is the place where you will find the most famous monolith of Australia, Uluru and it is where the heart of the outback beats. The only town of sizable population is Alice Springs, the remainder of the population being scattered in smaller communities. The oxidized iron in the soil gives the whole area its distinctive and immediately recognizable reddish glow. Here you can connect with the oldest living culture on earth or listen to colourful yarns of the pioneering days at an outback pub.
The Arrernte Aboriginal people have made their home in the Central Australian desert in and around Alice Springs for more than 50,000 years. The Aboriginal name for Alice Springs is Mparntwe. Three major groups Western, Eastern and Central Arrernte people live in Central Australia, their traditional land including the area of Alice Springs and East/West MacDonnell Ranges. They are also referred to as Aranda, Arrarnta, Arunta, and other similar spellings.
Arrernte country is rich with mountain ranges, waterholes, and gorges; as a result the Arrernte people set aside ‘conservation areas’ in which various species are protected. According to the Arrernte traditional stories, in the desert surrounding Alice Springs, the landscape was shaped by caterpillars, wild dogs, travelling boys, two sisters, euros, and other ancestral figures.
There are many sites of traditional importance in and around Alice Springs, such as Anthwerrke (Emily Gap), Akeyulerre (Billy Goat Hill), Ntaripe (Heavitree Gap), Atnelkentyarliweke (Anzac Hill), and Alhekulyele (Mt. Gillen). Many Arrernte people also live in communities outside of Alice Springs.
- Alice Springs, an oasis in the middle of nowhere, and the link to the outer world for locals, and the natural choice to start your exploration of the region. Framed by the MacDonnell Ranges and an intense desert landscape, Alice Springs is Australia’s most famous outback town.
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Few are ever prepared for a visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru (Ayers Rock) is Australia’s most recognisable natural icon. Standing 348 m high, the monolith has a great cultural significance for the traditional Aboriginal owners, the Anangu people. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 440 km south-west of Alice Springs near the town of Yulara. A three-day permit to enter the National Park costs $25. A permit to enter the park may or may not be included in a tour you book. Ask your booking agent if your tour fee includes the permit to enter the park. As it is a sacred site, aboriginal communities wish tourists would not climb “the Rock”. Nevertheless, it is still possible to climb, but the way is closed when temperatures are above 36°C.
- 7 Curtin Springs (Curtin Spring Station), Lasseter Highway via Yulara, Northern Territory (Curtin Springs is 85 km east of the Ayers Rock Resort or 360 km SW of Alice Springs), daily 7AM-9PM. Curtin Springs provides a diverse jigsaw of experiences, offering visitors a appreciation of the deeply layered mosaic of landscape, culture, production and environmental features of Central Australia.
The Curtin Springs Wayside Inn offers 27 accommodation rooms, campground, bar and restaurant areas.
Curtin Springs Paper and Curtin Springs Walks offer up Curtin Springs as a destination for those visitors wishing to experience a closer connection to the intricacies of the landscape.
100 km east of Ayers Rock, Curtin Springs offers a perfect base from which to visit the Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon areas. Or stay a while longer and ‘peel back the layers’ by including experiences, tours and hospitality in your travel plans.
Curtin Springs Paper – Handmade paper from our native grasses. A truly authentic souvenir of the region. (updated Mar 2018)
- Museum of Central Australia, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Corner of Larapinta Drive and Memorial Avenue, Alice Springs, Northern Territory. The museum acts as an interpretive centre for Central Australia’s natural history. The exhibitions explore the unique features of the region through time and space, following the evolution of the landscape and the creatures that inhabited it. Featured is a replica of a local palaeontologic dig, an ancient waterhole with some surprising mega fauna including a giant freshwater crocodile and the largest bird that ever lived, Dromornis stirtoni, dated at eight million years old. Other exhibits include present day Central Australian mammals, reptiles, insects and meteorite fragments.
- Alice Springs Desert Park, Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory. In the space of just a few hours, you can discover many of the secrets of the Central Australian deserts at the Alice Springs Desert Park. Hundreds of the species of plants and animals found across Central Australian deserts can be seen, smelt and heard at the Desert Park. You will even have the opportunity to experience desert habitats as they are at night, seeing some of the animals near impossible to see in the wild. Entry fees apply.
- Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park, south-west of Alice Springs (330 km via the Red Centre Way, 450 km via the Stuart and Lasseter Highways and Luritja Road). Watarrka National Park, synonymous with its most famous landmark, Kings Canyon, is 450 km south west of Alice Springs in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta region of the Northern Territory. The park encompasses the western end of the George Gill Range and is home to a variety of unique native flora and fauna, including over 600 different plant species.
- Alice Springs — heart of Australia and hub of the region
- Charlotte Waters
- Yulara — The town that provides accommodation and services to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
- Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve — a spectacular solitary column towering 40 metres above the Simpson Desert plain
- 1 MacDonnell Ranges — following Ross Highway to the east, you will find awesome gorges, gaps and rock formations
- 2 Ewaninga Conservation Reserve — gain insight into an ancient culture as you explore the small, 6-hectare Ewaninga Rock Carvings
- Finke Gorge National Park — this ancient landscape includes desert oasis Palm Valley, home to a diverse range of plant species, many of which are rare and unique to the area
- 3 Rainbow Valley — a scenic natural reserve consisting of various formations of sandstones and rocks
- 4 Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — home to Australia’s most recognisable natural icon.
- 5 Watarrka National Park — home to Kings Canyon, a mighty chasm reaching a depth of 270 metres with some great options for the less energetic to explore
- 6 West MacDonnell National Park — following Larapinta Drive westwards, it offers easily accessible swimming holes, chasms and gorges, bush walking, camping and four-wheel-driving
Perth, WA, Australia
WHY NOT BUS
– Trip end (one way); late morning on day 10 (Sunday) we will drop you off in Exmouth town.
– Trip end (return); late afternoon/ early evening on day 11 (Monday) at billabong backpackers resort, Perth.
$1,129 AUD – 11 day Return: Perth To Exmouth Tour
$1,599 AUD – 13 Day Perth To Exmouth & Karijini Return Tour
Join us on an amazing adventure across Australia’s most impressive landscapes. Explore the Pinnacles, Kalbarri, Shark Bay, Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Exmouth, Cape Range and more!
Owned and operated by two backpackers in their 20’s, you know your in for that personal experience only a small business can provide. With an emphasis on creating that Why Not Bus family vibe that people can’t get enough of. We all cook together in our fully equipped kitchen, camp together and party under the stars.
WHAT TO BRING
- Insect repellent
- Money for food (around $5-7 a day)
- Warm clothes (april-sept)
- Torch or head light
- Tour in karijini national park (includes food)
- All accomodation and park fees
- Use of tent mattress and sleeping bag ($30 rental for duration of the trip)
- Full time support from your friendly guide
Go Where The Locals Go.
Run by 2 fun-loving, Aussie adventurers – with Why Not Bus Backpacker Tours you’ll go where the locals go because we ARE the locals. Come sit up the front for a chat, we are here to be one of the crew, not a stressed out guide.
Chill, Don’t rush it!
We know holiday’s are for relaxing, that’s why our trips are longer (yet a fraction of the price) of similar tours. We give you time to sip that morning tea and spend nights with new friends around the campfire without the worry of a 5am start the next day.
Exclusive WHY NOT BUS activities
Having more time means we can do extra fun activities! As well as Whale Shark Swims and Dive Tours we offer: Swims with Sea Lions, Surf Lessons, Whale Watching, Jet Skiing and even flights on the Water Jetpack.
- 15kgs exmouth 25kgs broome (excess @ $10 p/kg
- 18-35 years
Day 2 : Geraldton and the Pink Lake
Day 3 : Kalbarri National Park
Day 4 : Shark Bay
Day 5 : Monkey Mia, Dolphins & Carnarvon
Day 6 : Coral Bay Day 1
Day 7 : Coral Bay Day 2
Day 8 : Exmouth Surfing and Water Sports
Day 9 : Cape Range National park, Whale Sharks, Ningaloo Reef
Day 10 : (Return) – Head towards Home
Day 11 : (Return) – Arrive Perth
Day 2 : Geraldton and the Pink Lake
Sleep off your hangover or have an early morning swim (or Sea Lion boat trip $70 extra) then hit the road around. Before lunch we checkout Geraldton foreshore then head to the spectacular Pink Lake for some rad photo ops! The campsite tonight is at the scenic lucky bay, walk the sand dunes or swim as the sun goes down. There is plenty of space at the campsite so time to turn the music up and let your hair down for the night.
Day 3 : Kalbarri National Park
Hit the road and see the Scenic kalbarri cliffs before a quick swim and cold shower at the river mouth. Then explore the amazing Kalbarri National Park with a few hours of hiking to Nature’s Window and the Z Bend. In the late afternoon we hit the road to our overnight stop by the river.
Day 4 : Shark Bay
This Morning we drive into the World Heritage site of Shark Bay. Check out Shell Beach, relax and swim in the crystal clear water. It’s now time for a bit of luxury as we stay in dorms at the Monkey Mia Dolphin resort. There is now a few free hours to explore swim or rent a kayak. After dinner and an amazing sunset you can head down to the jetty and spot wildlife with your torch or kick back on the beach.
Day 5 : Monkey Mia Dolphins and Carnarvon
Wake up and walk 50m down to the water’s edge. It’s time to meet the famous Monkey Mia Dolphins, if you are lucky you will get to feed flipper his scaly breakfast! We hit the road around lunchtime and travel to Carnarvon to resupply. The campsite is a short drive north of here where we will settle in for the night.
Day 6 : Coral Bay
We roll into coral bay mid morning and set up camp. There are now essentially two free days to explore, Snorkel the amazing reef, or just sit with your new friends on the beach and enjoy this special place. Usually things will kickoff pretty early and by late afternoon everyone is ready to blow off some steam and party up! Truth or Dare anyone? Our campsite is 5 min walk from the beach and everything else in town. You will fall in love with this place the moment you arrive!
Day 7 : Coral Bay
Extra day in coral bay! Today you can really see the reef at its finest, only meters from the beach are huge coral formations and large fish. If you are lucky you might swim alongside a turtle or friendly reef shark! (Optional Fishing charter, diving, Manta Ray Tours, whale shark tours*) *It is recommended to book these in advance as they can fill up during the busy season. Most people on the bus use Ningaloo Reef Dive and Snorkel. Mention you are on the Why Not Bus to ensure you are on the same boat as your bus mates.
Day 8 : Exmouth
Today we head up to Exmouth. In the afternoon we have the option to rent a surfboard or do a lesson ($25, $50) our campsite tonight can vary depending on what the group feels, in town or by the beach.
Day 9 : Cape Range National Park
Our lucky Whale shark/Humpback swimmers will be picked up from the campsite early morning. The rest of the group will travel to the Cape Range National Park and explore the many sites. The lighthouse at sunset really sets the scene for our last night together and if we are lucky we will see the Humpback Whales breaching on the Horizon! The last night at the campsite is a nice time to spend with your new mates, make plans to meet in future travels or wonder how you can find a way to come back!
Day 10 : Whale sharks or take a tour?
Pack Up and say goodbye to some of your new friends (Some head back to Perth whilst others continue the adventure to Broome!). You have all day to recharge or Jump on one of the amazing (whale, Dive or Snorkel) tours in town. Tonight will be spent in the Exmouth YHA hostel (Dorm Accomodation)
Day 11 : Exmouth to Tom Price
You’ll then travel inland to the red earthed heart of the Pilbara. Keep an eye out the window for wildlife and maybe even a cheeky dingo. Later arrive at Karijini Eco retreat and enjoy the serenity!
Day 12 : Karijini National Park
Explore Hancock Gorge and hike down into Kermits Pool for a refreshing swim. We also check out Oxers, Junction Pool & Jofre lookouts. Enjoy an included lunch, then travel to Knox Gorge for more swimming.
Day 13 : Karijini National Park
In the morning depart for Dales Gorge. Start with a swim at the lovely Fern Pool & check out Fortesque Falls. Then hike 1.5 km through Dales Gorge to Circular Pool for another refreshing swim. After lunch the group departs for Karijini Visitors Centre. Now is your opportunity to learn more about Karijni past present & future, engage the traditional owners and checkout the gift shop. This afternoon take the bus to south on the way to Perth and camp overnight.
Day 14 : Perth
Finish off the drive to Perth arriving 4-6pm at Billabong Hostel. Say goodbye to your friends…or meet up for Dinner?Meal(s) included : None
The large majority of the 2 million inhabitants live in the southwestern part of the state, in or close to Perth, the capital and one the most isolated cities of this size anywhere in the world. Outside of the Perth area there are fewer than 500,000 people, hence the demoynm Sandgropers. The largest towns outside Perth metro include Albany and Broome, less than 30,000 population each depending on seasonal fluctuations. Beyond the coast, Western Australia’s vast interior is very sparsely populated, with only a handful of townships with over a few thousand residents. Mining settlements and cattle stations are thinly-spread so it is all too easy to find yourself alone in a 100 mile radius.
One of this state’s main attraction is its overall huge expanses and distance between places.
Mount Augustus is widely claimed to be the world’s largest monolith
Western Australia covers about third of the total land mass of Australia. It encompasses climatic zones from the monsoonal and tropical north, to the temperate and Mediterranean south, and the desert and barren inland. Apart from the south-western coast, the majority of the land is extremely old, eroded, flat, arid and infertile.
Many of the population centres are isolated from one another, and from the other populated zones of Australia. This and the tough environment may account for a more independent spirit than in the eastern states.
The vastness of the state is certainly not to be underestimated when planning your trip. If it were a country, it would be in the top 10 by area, as large as Argentina, larger than any African or European country, and one and a half times the size of Alaska. It is the largest sub-national administrative division in the world besides the Sakha Republic in Russia.
Perth and the south-west corner including Margaret River and Albany are easily accessible. Visiting much of the rest of the state requires some planning, and will probably require some long drives. Never plan on doing a road trip, without clearly telling either the authorities or someone else, on your planned route, as you could have considerable delays if you break down. Make sure you always have lots of water (and spare fuel) with you.
Sealed highways and byways
- Albany Highway. A sealed, main through route Perth to Albany, with few stops or attractions. Scenic alternative via the coastal route.
- Eyre Highway, from Norseman to South Australia, a very long drive crossing the Nullarbor plain.
- Great Eastern Highway, from Perth to Kalgoorlie, the main route for travellers.
- Coolgardie-Esperance Highway, links the Great Eastern Highway with the Eyre Highway & continues south to Esperance.
- South Coast Highway, from Esperance to just past Walpole.
- South Western Highway, from near Walpole to Perth via Bunbury.
- Great Southern Highway, from The Lakes to Cranbrook.
- Brand Highway, from Perth to Geraldton.
- North West Coastal Highway a mainly coastal route from Geraldton to the Great Northern Highway near Port Hedland.
- Great Northern Highway, up to the Northern extremity of the state.
- Victoria Highway, connecting the Great Northern highway to the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory.
Unsealed (dirt) roads and tracks
Track in Western Australia
Unsealed roads require preparation and research. They should not be taken lightly, and you would be unwise to just set off down a dirt road without having done your homework. Be cautious. On some more remote tracks, it could be weeks until anyone finds you or your body if you break down. Road conditions, weather, availability of fuel and spares, contact (phone/radio), and survival supplies should be on your checklist.
The Gunbarrel Highway may not be what you would think of as a highway. It may not even be what you would think of as a road.
That said, some of the best scenery and adventures that Western Australia has to offer lies on its dirt roads. Some can be traversed, slowly, and with care, by an average driver. Study your route, and be prepared for conditions.
- The legendary Canning Stock Route is an 1800 km long cattle track from Willuna in the northern Goldfields to Halls Creek in the Kimberley, crossing the inner desert parts of the state. It is one of the most remote tracks on the planet, with absolutely no facilities, fuel or food supplies, and runs hundred kilometres from any civilization. Prior fuel dropping arrangements and thorough research about the dangers involved in the crossing are absolute prerequisites. Attempting the track in the summer is madness.
- The 650 km long Gibb River Road crosses through the heart of the Kimberley in the North through majestic scenery, with some facilities along the route. Open only during the dry.
- The Gunbarrel Highway crosses the heart of the continent from Wiluna to Kata Tjuta in the Northern Territory.
- The comparatively easier Tanami Track crosses the Tanami desert to the Red Centre in Northern Territory.
- The Great Central Road, regularly graded, may be attempted by strong 2WD (with very cautious and prepared drivers). It crosses several aboriginal lands (for which you will need permits) right to Kata Tjuta in the Northern Territory.
- Perth — The state capital of Western Australia and one of the most remote large cities in the world
- Albany — the largest town on the south coast of the state
- Broome — gateway to the Kimberley and a fashionable tourist destination among Australians
- Esperance — on the south coast with a fine coastline and beaches
- Kalgoorlie-Boulder — a historic mining town in the east
- Kununurra — final stop before you enter the Northern Territory
- Mandurah — a rapidly growing city nestled between estuary and ocean is popular for fishing and crabbing
- Kalbarri National Park — explore vibrantly coloured gorges and cliffs sculpted by the Murchison River as it flows to the sea
- 1 Coral Bay and Exmouth — 1250km from Perth, are gateways to the magnificent Ningaloo Reef
- Karijini National Park — a major destination in the Pilbara, featuring huge canyons and gorges, and nice hikes through majestic scenery
- 2 Margaret River — a fine winery and surfing region about 250 km south of Perth, a weekend playground for Perth.
- Mount Augustus — rivalling the better-known Uluru in Northern Territory for size, it’s often claimed to be the largest monolith on Earth
- Pinnacles Desert — an eerie landscape of limestone pillars rising from the sand about 100 km north of Perth
- 3 Purnululu National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site features the enigmatic Bungle Bungle dome formations
- 4 Shark Bay — on the westernmost point of Australia, the small town is known for stromatolites and the dolphins at Monkey Mia
- Southern Forests — get among lush ancient forests around Denmark and Pemberton where towering karri and marri trees fringe the rugged coastline of D’Entrecasteaux National Park