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4 day relaxed outback escape

You will rest, unwind, and experience things you have never experienced before on this unforgettable vacation. Visit Uluru, view a stunning field of lights, witness breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, and explore the West MacDonnell Ranges.

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4 day relaxed outback escape

Relaxing in the Red Centre

Going to a place that has endured the test of time has an intrinsically relaxing effect; a place where the lack of modern-day distractions encourages you to slow down and relax. One such location is Australia's Red Centre. There is no other spot on the planet like it. This schedule will show you the best of the Red Centre in the most pleasant way possible, with time on your side and friendly tour guides guiding you.

Day 1

Catch a morning flight to Yulara

When you fly into the small hamlet of Yulara, which is bordered on all sides by a large stretch of red dirt, you realize how far away you are. The closest settlement to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is Yulara. Look out the window of your plane to see if you can spot any of the region's notable landmarks.

Yulara
Yulara NT, Australia

Settle in at your accommodation

The ultra-comfortable Emu Walk Apartments, where you'll spend the night, offer the pleasure of recently renovated, fully serviced apartments with all the conveniences of home. You may take a walk about town to stretch your legs from its central location within the Ayers Rock Resort district. You might wish to stop by the information center to learn more about the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Emu Walk Apartments - Ayers Rock Resort
Emu Walk Apartments - Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara Drive, Yulara NT, Australia

Cruise around Uluru

A trip to Uluru is the best way to clear your thoughts. On a Segway Tour, you'll get to see this wonderful site in one of the most pleasurable and relaxing ways possible. You can be picked up from Ayers Rock Resort and driven down to Uluru by your guide. The cruise excursion there takes you all the way around the rock's 12km base. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Uluru and the surrounding region by getting up up and personal with the stunning terrain. A guided trek inside the Mutitjulu waterhole is also included in the tour, where you can see Aboriginal rock art and learn about the history of this unique location.

Mutitjulu
Mutitjulu NT, Australia

Spend your night in a field of light

A trip to Uluru is the best way to clear your thoughts. On a Segway Tour, you'll get to see this wonderful site in one of the most pleasurable and relaxing ways possible. You can be picked up from Ayers Rock Resort and driven down to Uluru by your guide. The cruise excursion there takes you all the way around the rock's 12km base. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Uluru and the surrounding region by getting up up and personal with the stunning terrain. A guided trek inside the Mutitjulu waterhole is also included in the tour, where you can see Aboriginal rock art and learn about the history of this unique location.

Field of Light Uluru
Field of Light Uluru, Yulara Drive, Yulara NT, Australia

Day 2

Soothe the soul with a sunrise walk

The Olgas, also known as Kata Tjuta, are a group of 36 huge, dome-shaped rock formations. You'll need to get up before the sun to enjoy a leisurely morning Valley of the Winds stroll at Kata Tjuta, around 45 minutes west of Uluru. You'll want to do one of the shorter treks because of your flying time to Alice Springs (the long walk takes around four hours). After all, you're on vacation and don't want to do anything too strenuous! Bring plenty of water and prepare to be wowed by the stunning vistas of the surrounding countryside.

Kata Tjuta - Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta - Valley of the Winds, Kata Tjuta Road, Petermann NT, Australia
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, Petermann NT, Australia

Farewell Uluru, hello Alice

Travel from Yulara to Alice Springs on a relaxing flight. There is just one direct flight each day, just before 10 a.m., that will get you to Alice in time for morning tea. Take a plunge in the pool at the Aurora Hotel to cool off. The motel is situated along the Todd River, which is normally a dry, sandy riverbed but occasionally flows.

Stroll uphill for sunset

Anzac Hill is Alice Springs' most visited attraction, and with good reason. The overlook gives you a true sense of location by providing panoramic views of the town and surrounding area. It's only a 1.5-kilometer walk from your hotel, so you can easily arrange your arrival to catch a stunning outback sunset.

ANZAC Hill
ANZAC Hill, Anzac Hill Road, Alice Springs NT, Australia

Kick back with a cocktail and tapas

Anzac Hill is Alice Springs' most visited attraction, and with good reason. The overlook gives you a true sense of location by providing panoramic views of the town and surrounding area. It's only a 1.5-kilometer walk from your hotel, so you can easily arrange your arrival to catch a stunning outback sunset.

Epilogue Lounge & Rooftop Bar
Epilogue Lounge & Rooftop Bar, Todd Street, Alice Springs NT, Australia

Day 3

Set off early on a relaxing tour of these remarkable ranges

From Alice Springs, the West MacDonnell Ranges are easily accessible. These are the westernmost reaches of the MacDonnell Ranges, which stretch east and west of Alice Springs, with the town nestled in the centre. Expect to explore spectacular mountains, gorges, and waterholes, as well as flora and fauna, on a tour travelling west with a pleasant guide.

Macdonnell Ranges
Macdonnell Ranges, West MacDonnell National Park, Hugh NT, Australia

Spot wildlife and gaze upwards at Angkerle Atwatye

Standley Chasm Angkerle Atwatye is a stunning Central Australian geological feature. It's part of the Iwupataka Land Trust's private flora and fauna reserve, and it features a stunning 80-meter sheer rock face accessible through a trail that follows the natural stream bed. Look for the native creatures and birds that make this beautiful place home as you walk.

Standley Chasm
Standley Chasm, Standley Chasm, Hugh NT, Australia

Take a dip at the Ellery Creek Big Hole

Take a soothing plunge in the cool waterhole at this internationally famous geological site. The swimming hole, which was formed thousands of years ago as a result of a large flood in the area, is surrounded by massive red cliffs, creating a unique atmosphere in which to kick back and relax for an hour or two.

Ellery Creek Big Hole
Ellery Creek Big Hole, Namatjira NT, Australia

Stop in at the pits on the way to a gorge

The Ochre Pits, located in the West MacDonnell Ranges, are a sacred location where you may learn about why and how ochre is so important in Aboriginal culture. From here, travel to the craggy Ormiston Gorge, where you'll find another lovely swimming place. Take a walk through Simpsons Gap, one of the most conspicuous gaps in the West MacDonnell Ranges, on your way back to Alice Springs. See if you can identify any unusual creatures in this area, which is famed for its vegetation and fauna.

Simpsons Gap
Simpsons Gap, Burt Plain NT, Australia
Ormiston Gorge
Ormiston Gorge, Mount Zeil NT, Australia
Ochre Pits
Ochre Pits, Burt Plain NT, Australia

Get to know the locals

A tour of the Alice Springs Kangaroo Sanctuary, which houses rescued kangaroos and other wildlife, is a great way to end the day. The roos stir as the day draws to a close, having spent the day napping in the shade. Pre-book your tour and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the refuge amid these unique Australian creatures.

The Kangaroo Sanctuary
The Kangaroo Sanctuary, Colonel Rose Drive, Kilgariff NT, Australia

Enjoy a relaxed dinner on the deck

End the day with a fantastic dinner on the Juicy Rump's deck at Lasseters Casino, which overlooks the ranges you've been exploring all day. The menu consists of burgers, schnitzel, and ice cold beverages.

The Juicy Rump
The Juicy Rump, Barrett Drive, Desert Springs NT, Australia

Day 4

Kick back with a coffee

End your journey with a soothing coffee from one of Todd Mall's numerous chic cafes. The Todd Mall Markets, which run every second Sunday from mid-February to early December, are worth a visit if you time your visit correctly. If not, simply find a seat and relax while watching the world go by.

Todd Mall Markets
Todd Mall Markets, Todd Mall, Alice Springs NT, Australia
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