Donk was our guide. He took the time to explain what we wanted and needed to know. He ensured we were safe at all times and ensured we knew exactly what was expected so we could all get the best out of the trip. He even showed us how to sleep in our swags so we could get the most out of sleeping under the stars. (the swags had a great mattress and Donk swept the area so we would have a comfortable sleep without any stray sticks or rocks in our backs)
We only had a small group of 10 from mixed countries, Donk helped us to get to know each other. By the end of day one we were like a little family.
The tour was well thought out and Donk customised it according to the groups wishes. eg. Day two, we were meant to go to Kata Tjuta however due to fires the walk we were meant to do was closed by the park rangers. He was very open and transparent with the group about the situation - let's face it, we didn't want to get caught in a fire anyway. We, as a group were allowed some freedom in choosing what we wanted to do.
Donk ensured we were on time without being over the top. He ensured we were well fed - there was lots of food with meat eaters and vegetarians both being catered for.
For me it was the little things that meant a lot. I like birds, Donk carried with him a little bird chart on the Rim walk so we could identify them. He showed us a book that talked about the history and making of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. He had plenty of positive reinforcement about all of the things we were doing right.
Donk even organised a dinner at Uncles at the end of the trip so we could say our last good byes. Everyone was dropped off at their accommodation, freshened up and made their own way to dinner. Everyone attended. I put this down to Donk's way of getting the group to work and come together.
All in all we had a wonderful time. Yes it was hot, yes there were flies (lots of them) however we loved every second of it especially sleeping under the stars.
Explore the stunning Red Centre on a three-day camping tour, spend a day in Alice Springs to relax before travelling overland for three days to Darwin where you will witness the dry desert transform into the lush tropics. Can also start in Uluru at lunchtime
Highlights of this fantastic seven-day tour include:
Camel Farm *currently unavailable*
View Mt. Connor (Atila)
Sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Uluru and Kata Tjuta Sunrise
Kata Tjuta walks
Kings Creek Station
Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park walks
Tropic of Capricorn
Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)
Banka Banka Cattle Station
Daly Waters Pub
Mataranka Thermal Pools
Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
Boat or Canoe Katherine Gorge (optional)
Age Restriction: 18+
Fitness Requirement: Must be able to walk 6km in hot environment
What To Bring
Alice Springs From central accommodation from 4:50am
Ayers Rock Airport 12.55 / 13.55 depending on season.
Those arriving into AYQ in the morning can catch the free shuttle bus to Ayers Rock Resort for pick up from Outback Pioneer
Outback Pioneer (AYQ Resort) 12.55
Darwin at approximately 5.30pm