Goanna Dreaming 4WD Red Centre Tour

Active adventuring to the Red Rock

 

Experience the wonders of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka (Kings Canyon), travelling in a small group in a purpose-built 4WD vehicle staying at private camps. Sleep under the brightest stars in a swag or opt for a permanent safari tent. Can also start in Uluru at lunchtime.

Highlights of this fantastic three-day tour include:

Camel Farm *currently unavailable*
View Mt. Connor (Atila)
Aboriginal guided cultural walk at Uluru
Sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Endless Star dining experience
Uluru and Kata Tjuta Sunrise
Kata Tjuta walks
Kings Creek Station
Outback permanent bush camp
Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park walks
Outback dirt roads
 

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: 5+. See note for pax over 60

Fitness Requirement: Must be able to walk 6km in hot environment

What's included

  • Pick up from central Alice Springs accomm, AYQ airport or Resort
  • Professional guide
  • Travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • Camping equip. for two nights incl. twin-share permanent tent with beds and mattresses plus swag
  • All linen including pillow and pillowcase, fitted sheet, sleeping bag and bath towel
  • Drinking water (please provide your own bottle)
  • Drop off at central ASP accomm

What To Bring

  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Walking shoes/boots
  • Swimwear
  • Swimming towel
  • Insect repellent and fly net (if insects bother you)
  • Camera
  • Water bottle (1.5 litres)
  • Torch
  • Sleeping bag (if you prefer to use your own, otherwise one is provided)
  • Toiletries
  • Comfortable and casual clothing for three days in a soft bag

Itinerary

Day 1 : Uluru
After picking you up from your accommodation in Alice Springs bright and early, we hit the road on our adventure of a lifetime. (For those commencing the tour at Uluru we will collect you from the Outback Pioneer Hotel or meet you from your flight at the airport). Our journey begins heading south to Erldunda travelling through the Waterhouse and James Ranges with a stop at the Camel Farm for refreshments and a Camel ride if you're keen (own expense). We stop at Mount Ebenezer Roadhouse where you can view or purchase Aboriginal artifacts. On the way to Uluru we stop to view Atila (Mount Connor), a mesa tableland and the first significant rock formation of our trip. After a stop for lunch and our arrival at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, we travel to the base of Uluru where your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk, hearing of the Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa). Continuing on, we meet our local Aboriginal Guide who will provide a once in a lifetime authentic Indigenous cultural experience with an interpretive walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole where you will hear the stories of the unique landscapes, art and culture of the local custodians, the Anangu people. We conclude at the Cultural Centre, where you may explore the displays and learn of the flora and fauna of this unique area. Experience the famous changing colours of Uluru at sunset, complete with sparkling wine and nibbles. It's a great time to kick back and contemplate the day and the vastness of the desert. Afterwards settle in at our remote private camp, complete with our signature Endless Star dining experience before retiring to your swag under the amazing night sky or your comfortable safari tent complete with beds. (Note. Clients joining at Ayers Rock airport or resort will do so after lunch and therefore lunch is at own expense.)
Meals :Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Kata Tjuta
Rising early, take a short walk to a lookout close to our campsite to view sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta avoiding the hustle and bustle of the public viewing areas. We then head off to Kata Tjuta, an Aboriginal word for “many heads”. Take a walk through the Valley of the Winds to explore its domes of which there are 36 in total. We walk through creek beds, domes and beautiful wilderness. Afterwards, we're off to Kings Creek Cattle Station for our second nights' private bush camp, complete with bush toilet and shower. With nobody else for miles, this camp has stunning views out over the George Gill Ranges and gives you a real feel for the Outback. Dinner around the campfire makes for a very social time with another night out under the stars. Tonight, listen for the sound of dingoes howling in the distance while watching the desert sky light up above you.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Kings Canyon
Today we head off to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) for a mind-blowing 6km walk through the towering walls, crevices and plateaus. We'll visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil Garden of Eden. Later we start making our way back to Alice Springs travelling on a typical Outback dirt road. We'll drop you back at your accommodation early evening and usually all meet later for an optional night on the town (Alice seems like the 'big smoke' after three days in the bush!)
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Pickups

Departs
Alice Springs                                      From central accommodation from 5:40am
Ayers Rock Airport                             14:00 - please advise flight arrival details
Outback Pioneer (AYQ Resort)          13.00
Those arriving into AYQ in the morning can catch the free shuttle bus to Ayers Rock Resort for pick up from Outback Pioneer

Returns                                               
Alice Springs only                                5.30 pm approximately
 

AUD $25
Some of our tours require a local fee for National Parks that need to be paid directly to your guide while on tour.

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Outback
  • Hiking
  • 4WD Tours

Available Extras

Those with specific dietary requirements may need to bring food supplements and snacks. Please inform us of dietary requirements at time of booking and confirm details with reservations when reconfirming tour.

Camel ride is optional and at own expense and is available only to those starting in Alice Springs (currently unavailable).

No Credit Card or Booking Fees!!

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On this 3 day trip, you will visit the iconic highlights Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Kings Canyon. Explore the stunning scenery the Outback has to offer you, as you sit in a comfortable 4WD. Experience the indigenous cultural exchange, choose to sleep under the stars and enjoy an endless star dining close to the Uluru.

Recent Independent Reviews

  • On Trip Advisor

    From booking to the end of the trip, we experienced professional and efficient service which we did enjoy and would like to have another trip with them again! We not only had good sight views, experienced different life, but also learned a lot about the culture, phytology, astronomy and etc. Our guide Rhett is our photographer, chef, singer and super star! He gave us warm welcoming and shared many stories and knowledge with us. He is very friendly and helpful, provided us good support during the tour. Thanks a lot all wayoutback team as we understand it is not easy to make the trip so interesting and impressive!

    On Trip Advisor

    We all had a great time on this tour. We only did the one night as we joined at Uluru airport, this was awkward to start with as our plane was late and the luggage took an age to come out. So we felt we held things up a bit as the rest of the group were on the truck waiting. But we soon got in the swing of it. Phil was excellent very knowledgeable and his instructions were clear and precise. Sleeping in the swag is a must do as the night sky is amazing. The guided tour around Uluru was very good our local guide Verna was brilliant as was the interpreter.
    The sunset and sunrise was spectacular and well worth the early start

    On Trip Advisor

    Highlight of our Australia trip

    We did this trip end of June, and we are a family of 3, the youngest one beeing 16 years old. We are not very fond of camping, but found this tour really exciting. We were only 5 persons in our car, and Alicia was a wonderful guide. This trip was one of our (many) highlights from Australia, from the wonderful sunset of Uluru, to the hiking trips in Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. At this time of the year, the temperature was very comfortable, although it is advisable to bring a winter jacket for the evenings. The first night, the temperature was close to zero. We very much enjoyed Alicia’s enthusiasm and the company of our two british friends. We had to rise early every morning to catch the sunrise, but when we arrived at our destination, it was really worth the effort. We also appreciated the stops along the highway to collect wood, to see the kenguroos and the wild camels. We would recommend this trip to anyone who would like to see wonderful Australian outback, and also have some nice hikes. The hikes we did were around 6-7 km each, and a nice way of exploring the wonderful nature. The Kings Canyon hik, the last day, was our most memorable hike. We’d like to come back!

    On Trip Advisor

    My daughter and I just finished this tour and had a fantastic time. We were picked up on time by our tour guide/driver Adam who has the most amazing knowledge of Australian history. He was outstanding.We were lucky that we got a great group. There is a lot to do and if I you want to do the field of lights I would suggest arriving a day earlier as we were too tired to really enjoy it. Camping facilities are really great. I absolutely loved Kings Creek Station and saw the Milky Way there, what a highlight. Mornings and evenings are very cold but the day is beautiful. Everyone complains about the flies, it is the Australian Outback so it is inevitable and they would be far worse in our summer. Food was much better than I expected and vegetarians were catered for. Everyone is expected to pitch in for everything so if you are precious this is not for you. There is a lot of walking and hiking so you need some level of fitness. It has inspired me too see more of Australia as Aussies tend to take the cheap Bali option myself included. Can’t wait to book another trip with Wayoutback.

    On Trip Advisor

    We had a feeling that the 3 day Gaonna Dreaming safari was going to be good but we certainly weren't prepared for just how good. Gus, our guide extraordinaire, made the trip for us. In between driving us to each destination, making sure we kept to our timeplan, feeding us, turning his skills as a mechanic to good use and fixing a faulty pump in the 4WD while waiting for us at Uluru thereby ensuring that our trip could continue without any further delay, cooking for us and generally being a thoroughly nice guy, he also managed to get us to stop and take in our surroundings while he took the time to explain some of the culture we were being exposed to. We had some great experiences in Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka (Kings Canyon), each one a jewel in the crown. The memorable hikes through the Valley of the Winds and Watarrka forever etched in the memory banks and sleeping in a swag by the campfire, falling asleep watching the stars and the Milky Way only to be woken up at 5am to the sounds of Xavier Rudd singing Follow The Sun. Gus, you're a top man for helping to make our trip across Australia a memorable one. Thanks also to our chefs Marin (black eyed Susie) and Zack for creating meals that we readily devoured. This tour rates 11/10. If you get the chance, go do it!

    On Trip Advisor

     Goanna Dreaming of the red center 

    We did the 3 day Goanna Dreaming 4WD tour and Dave was our guide/driver. He was great and everyone on the tour pitched in with setting up camp, collecting fire wood and helped with food prep which made things run really smoothly. The permanent tents in camp were basic but enough for what you needed for an overnight stay, after all you are there to see the sights not the inside of your tent! Everywhere we visited was amazing and the information provided by Dave about each place was great. At Uluru we had a local aboriginal lady Joanne talk about and show us some of the ways they have survived on the land for thousands of years, it was very interesting. This tour does not allow anytime for climbing Uluru as they actively advise you not to climb it, which was ok for us. The walk through the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) in truly incredible and even more so was the walk at Kings Canyon. This is a very beautiful part of Australia and one that everyone should see.

    On Trip Advisor

    Prepare to be blown away by the things that you will experience during this trip.
    Steve our guide was brilliant and extremely knowledgeable, he obviously wanted this to be a fantastic experience for all. He also stopped the bus on a number of occasions to show us wildlife.
    We did not sleep in the swag as we preferred the tent but those who did, enjoyed it. There was a bit of a walk to the loos.
    The food provided was brilliant and plenty and there were options for meat eaters and vegetarians. We are all expected to help out but that was not an issue.
    This trip does require an element of fitness as there is a lot of walking and climbing but Steve looked after us all, even us chubbies who found day two very tough. There are shorter walks for those who are not there to power walk. The effort was well worth it though as the views were mind blowing.