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3-Day Tour from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon

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Yulara, Australia
3-Day Tour from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon

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Overview

Discover the highlights of Australia's Red Centre on a 3-day tour that takes in Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs. View the sunset and sunrise over Uluru, explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Walpa Gorge and Kings Canyon on guided hikes, and travel through the Australian Outback to Alice Springs via a huge cattle station. Learn about Aboriginal culture, see sacred sites and marvel at the natural beauty of the vast central desert.
  • 3-day tour to Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs
  • Watch the sunset and sunrise over Uluru
  • Walk around the base of majestic Uluru with your guide
  • Enjoy guided walks at Mala and Mutitjulu Waterhole
  • Learning about the Aboriginal Tjukurpa (Dreaming) and rock art
  • Explore the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon
  • Drive through the vast Australian Outback
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Air Conditioned Coach
Arrival Airport pickup
Accommodation (if option selected)
Aussie BBQ Dinner (if upgrade option selected)
National Park Fees
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Accommodation (if Tour Only option selected)
Alice Springs Airport Transfer
  • Sails In The Desert , Yulara Drive Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872 Australia
  • Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort , Yulara Drive Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872 Australia
  • Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, Ayers Rock Resort , Yulara Drive, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872 Australia
  • Ayers Rock Campground , Yulara Drive Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872 Australia
  • 1:30 PM
    Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. Please refer to your voucher for your hotel pick-up time or call AAT Kings on 1300 228 546. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the down list. If you wish to change your pick-up location, you must call AAT Kings at least 24hrs prior to travel.
    Make your own arrangements to fly into Uluru (Ayers Rock) where your 3-day tour starts with airport pickup. Experience an Uluru sunset and sunrise, and visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Walpa Gorge before traveling by coach to Kings Canyon. Stay overnight in Kings Canyon and explore the incredible scenery during a guided hike, then continue to the remote town of Alice Springs, stopping at a huge cattle station en route. All ground transportation is included and your guide provides informative commentary throughout your tour.

    Your tour may include two nights of accommodation with a choice of room according to your needs and budget. In Uluru, the choices include either Sails In The Desert — the premier hotel in Ayers Rock; or Desert Gardens Hotel; or Outback Pioneer. In Kings Canyon, there are a range of room options at Kings Canyon Resort.

    Alternatively, you have the option to book the 'Tour Only' option, meaning accommodation is not included and you can book your own accommodation in both Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon.

    Meals are not included, leaving you free to choose what and where to eat.
    Itinerary
    Ayers Rock Airport
    On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to your hotel.
    Admission Ticket Free
    Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
    This afternoon visit the Cultural Centre where you’ll have time to explore the galleries and you may be lucky enough to see local Aboriginal Artists at work
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
    Travel around the base of Uluru with a local driver/guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites.
    Duration: 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Mutitjulu Waterhole
    Join your guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You'll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your guide interprets their meaning and significance.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
    Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area and relax with a glass of wine and nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of color for which Uluṟu is known.
    Duration: 50 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Accommodation:
     Outback Pioneer Hotel, Desert Gardens Hotel or Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
    Meals:
      Not Included
    Uluru
    Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
    Admission Ticket Included
    Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
    Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta.
    Admission Ticket Free
    Walpa Gorge
    On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta.
    Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Curtin Springs
    Pass through Curtin Springs cattle station.
    Admission Ticket Free
    Mount Conner
    Viewing Atila (Mt. Conner) from the coach.
    Admission Ticket Free
    Luritja Road
    After turning off the Lasseter Highway and onto the Luritja Road your Driver/Guide will provide informative commentary about the history of the surrounding cattle stations.
    Admission Ticket Free
    Discovery Kings Canyon
    In the early afternoon, travel by luxury coach through spectacular desert scenery on your way to Kings Canyon Resort. After you arrive at Kings Canyon Resort there may be time to view the sun set behind Carmichaels Crag, or attend the award winning ‘Under the Desert Moon’ dinner, exclusive to Kings Canyon Resort (own expense).
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Accommodation:
     Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Rooms or Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms.
    Meals:
      Not Included
    Watarrka National Park
    This morning join a guided climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at look-out points.
    Admission Ticket Included
    Kings Canyon
    Time permitting, you may choose to descend into the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The rim walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts. It is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor.
    Admission Ticket Free
    Kings Creek Station
    Stop at Kings Creek Station to purchase lunch (own expense) and take some time to explore this working cattle station. Travel through beautiful desert landscapes on your way to Alice Springs.
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Erldunda Roadhouse
    Stop at Erldunda Roadhouse for the opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense).
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Alice Springs
    Continue on to Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway, as the sun sets in the west over the rugged plains.
    Admission Ticket Free
    Accommodation:
      Not Included
    Meals:
      Not Included
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Please advise at time of booking if you require a disabled room
    • At time of booking, you must include your flight details (flight number and arrival time).
    • Additional documentation for this tour will be made available to you upon check in at your hotel in Ayers Rock. Your document package will include extra vouchers for your tour, any transfers details that may be included, as well as a full tour itinerary and hotel contact lists
    • Maximum of 3 passengers per room. If you are traveling with a party of 4 travelers or more, you must make 2 separate bookings
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Infant are free provided they do not occupy a seat
    • Luggage must not exceed 20kg per person
    • On day 3, during the hotter months of the year where temperatures can reach and exceed 36° C or 97° F, the Watarrka National Park Rangers strongly advise that visitors do not take part in the Kings Canyon Rim Climb. Heat exhaustion, over these hotter months, is a very high possibility and a danger in such remote regions. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our clients we offer a guided walk along the Kings Canyon creek-bed as an alternative. It is essential for all rim walkers during the hotter months to have 3-litres of water – iced water is available to top up bottles on board the coach.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
    • OPERATED BY AAT Kings
    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
      Q:
      What is the policy on sanitization during 3-Day Tour from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon?
      A:The policies on sanitization are:

      • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
      • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
      • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
      • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
      See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Tour from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon.
      Q:
      What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3-Day Tour from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon?
      A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

      • Guides required to regularly wash hands
      See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Tour from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon.

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      • "I recommend to do the rim walk in Kings Canyon if you are young and in good shape (you don’t have to be an athletic guy)." See review

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      star-4
      Great tour.. information lacking
      gisenor
      , Jan 2020
      The tour was great but the lack of timely information on timing and events was a definite issue that we had to fix with phone calls
      star-5
      Very nice and organized tour (for young and older people)
      Claudio_M
      , Nov 2019
      The 3 day tour was value for its money. Without stress, we have seen the most important things. I recommend to do the rim walk in Kings Canyon if you are young and in good shape (you don’t have to be an athletic guy). The barbecue was nice but I am not sure if value for its money. The barbecue itself was nothing special. It was presented as a Australian barbecue but there was only kangaroo meet and the rest was pretty regular meet. The description of the night sky at the end was awesome. If there is any possibility to only do this, do it!!!!
      star-4
      It is important to understand that...
      Sidney G
      , Jun 2018
      It is important to understand that AATKings, a major tour operator in Australia, is the provider. AATKings has a wide variety of available tours, so this tour is a package of several of their options. In general, it was excellent. The tours at Uluru were informative and interesting and provided excellent access. The accomodations in Uluru at the Desert Gardens were more expensive and luxurious than we needed for one night, but was the only choice available when we signed up. The sunrise tour was excellent, and provided better photos than the sunset tour. We regret that we did not include a star gazing evening, as the night sky was amazing with better visibility of the stars and Milky Way than we have ever seen. The trip to King's Canyon was worthwhile. It is a lovely place, and the small town really just a bar and a bbq restaurant was fun. King's Canyon offers two hiking options on the time frame of this tour -- a lovely 2km walk along the creek bed in the canyon floor which we chose and a grueling in appearance 6km hike up a very steep hill to the canyon rim. The ride from there to Alice Springs was very long, with a pleasant rest stop at a cattle station/restaurant. It does provide a real feel for the outback and its long distances of desert scenery. Our driver/guide Pete was excellent in recounting the history and notable landmarks of the area as well as being our guide in the King's Canyon walk. I do not see what Viator does in this operation -- all communications were simply forwarding emails from AAT. The tour included pickup from our Alice Springs motel to the airport, but Viator sent an email requesting flight info but never confirmed the time or place of pickup. We had to call the local service to confirm this as Viator never responded to my email request for confirmation.
      icon Response from Host , Jun 2018
      Thank you for your feedback! Please note, as always stated on all Viator tickets/vouchers, guests are required to call the local service provider directly in order to reconfirm their pick-up time and location at least 24 hours in advance of the travel date. We apologize if our staff did not reply back to you in time for your tour, but we're glad you had an enjoyable time on your travels.
      1 traveler found this review helpful
      star-5
      This tour was excellent. Very well...
      Melanie R
      , Apr 2018
      This tour was excellent. Very well organised and great client service, the drivers/guides are really nice with a good knowledge of the outback. I highly recommend it.
      star-5
      Remarkable tour! I was especially...
      jeant
      , Oct 2017
      Remarkable tour! I was especially impressed with the guides' knowledge of and respect for the natives' spiritual beliefs and sacred sites. Highly recommend this tour company and all of its employees. Outstanding.
      star-4
      This was a fantastic experience and...
      pioterus
      , May 2017
      This was a fantastic experience and I enjoyed everything I saw and also the professional guide who accompanied us at Kings Canyon as well as very knowledgeable bus drivers/guides. I would have given five stars if it weren't for some annoying glitches. Firstly, this three day tour is in fact a collection of several individual tours organised by the same tour operator, which would be fine except that you don't even get an email or anything with precise departure times for the tours and as there's many of them it's hard to keep track of them. The only way to find it out is to call the tour operator not viator and ask for details. Asking a bus driver/guide from your first tour won't help because they're not aware of the this itinerary. What's worse, after arrival at the airport I was looking for the bus to the resort and after I said I'm on this three day tour they said they don't know this tour so there's no bus. Therefore, you have to be careful and only mention your first tour - the one of Uluru. Secondly, the Ulury tours were not synchronised with check in and check out times. The sunset viewing tour departed at the hotel check in time and as I had just arrived from the airport I wanted to get to my room to refresh myself and change, which proved to be very difficult and I only manged to get the keys half an hour before the official check in time. Sunrise viewing had even worse timing as it was returning to hotel at 10 a.m. which was also the check out time which would mean that you actually have to check out at 5 in the morning if you want to follow the rules. It took a lot of effort to convince the receptionist to let me stay one hour longer and even so at 10 a.m. a member of the staff was knocking at my door to complain that the room had not been made vacant yet. On the other hand, in Kings Canyon it was much better and we were allowed to check out just before the bus departure time.
      star-4
      Really, really loved this tour...
      Annie_G
      , May 2017
      Really, really loved this tour. Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon are awe inspiring! Our guide was very knowledgeable and took time to answer all our questions. The accommodations were good, and everyone at all our hotels was very helpful. We came without an adapter for the electric outlets and each hotel supplied one to us for free. There finally was one we could buy in Alice Springs, only about 20, but well worth it. Our first hotel was having construction, and the pool area was closed. With temps about 104F it would have been nice to know in advance so we could choose one of the other hotels. Also I want to warn travelers about the flies in the Outback!!! They are really annoying and swarm around your face and ears looking for moisture. They are annoying while you are walking, but if you stop while the guide points out a location of interest you become at standing target. Look in advance for one of the hats with netting on it. It is about 10 at the tourist sites, but I was told you can get them for less at their local stores. Also be aware there is no internet in a large part of the Outback. Cell phones will not work, only land lines and I actually saw some pay phones there, something pretty rare in the US these days. However these annoyances were not enough to spoil the trip. We enjoyed it immensely and recommend it. It is one of our all time favorite remembrances.
      star-4
      Excellent sites and views. Very good...
      RC_K
      , Oct 2016
      Excellent sites and views. Very good driver guides who were knowledgeable. Very poor organisation and customer delivery by A AT. Chaotic, frustrating and slow allocation of coaches, all last minute. We did not get an itinerary from A AT but had to get the hotel to contact them and send it. In confirming a couple of days before AAT could not initially find the booking and only after delay and being put on hold I was told the name of the hotel but no timings. Good tour but experience could have been better.
      star-5
      Totally worth it, amazing landmarks...
      Rodrigo L
      , Aug 2016
      Totally worth it, amazing landmarks and even better staff, we really enjoyed our 3 days trip, i would recommend this for everyone
      star-3
      Uluru and kings canyon tours...
      Davidmallett_M
      , Jun 2016
      Uluru and kings canyon tours excellent. Waiting around time for bus interchange and extra long stops at kings creek station no good. Sails at Uluru overpriced. Kings canyon resort very good, restaurant excellent.
      star-3
      I would have given it more stars...
      Justin_W
      , Apr 2016
      I would have given it more stars, but I am more of a person that likes small group adventure tours. This tour was more for someone that just wants to take it really easy and see the sites. Still it was worth doing and the tour guides were very nice and very informative. Loved Kings Canyon, the optional rim hike was awesome! Oh and I don't think 3 days was enough, I would have booked it for longer if I booked again.
      star-3
      Air conditioning on the bus was only...
      Foong C
      , Feb 2016
      Air conditioning on the bus was only partially working...very hot! You need to get some more modern buses.
      star-4
      The tour was tremendous. We were...
      Brian H
      , Jan 2016
      The tour was tremendous. We were warned that the temperature at this time of year would be unbearable but this was not our experience. Staff of AAT Kings went out of their way to ensure that we were well looked after. Special kudos to Clair Tour Guide and Peter Driver. We would like to give a 5 star rating but a disconnect between the tour operator and the Hotel Desert Garden prevents us from doing this. We arrived at Yulara at about 1300, at this a time we were advised that our room would not be ready until 1500 but they would contact us if it was ready earlier. We entertained ourselves without luggage until 1500 when the hotel advised that the room was still not available. As we had a tour starting at 1515 Sunset Tour we asked for alternative arrangements. They met this need but it meant that we had no time to prepare us for the tour. The next morning we were up at 0430 for a Sunrise tour. This tour had us back at the Hotel at 0955. The hotel then advised that we had 5 minutes before we were due to check out. This left us with no time to shower/change after the early start before putting ourselves onto a coach for 4 hours. Given that the tour operator is the only organisation that knows the tour timings this info could have been communicated to the hotel to enable them to make arrangements. As it turned out we did not get to experience any of the facilities at the hotel because we were only there before/after our check-in, check-out.
      star-5
      This tour was great. Ayers...
      zorro
      , Nov 2015
      This tour was great. Ayers Rock/Uluru was great, but as expected the area was very crowded and the flies were pretty bad, but we still had a great experience and we are very glad we visited Uluru. The most amazing part of the tour was Kings Canyon Resort which was beautiful, peaceful, and quite. We did a three hour and half hike 6.5 Kilometeres to the top of Kings Canyon and walked through the rim of the mountain which had spectacular views. This tour is expensive but worth every penny. I couldn't imagine visiting Australia without visiting the outback.
      star-5
      Everything was fantastic and we had...
      JAMES W
      , Jul 2015
      Everything was fantastic and we had a great time. The coach drivers were particularly helpful and knowledgeable. Couldn't find fault with anything
      star-3
      We really enjoyed the trip but felt...
      Eileen E
      , May 2015
      We really enjoyed the trip but felt a bit rushed at some of the stops especially the sunset at Uluru. Also the breakfast foods at the sunrise at Uluru were very disappointing. If you have the time rent a car and do your own touring....
      star-5
      Very well organised trip. All guides...
      Carole M
      , Apr 2015
      Very well organised trip. All guides and drivers excellent, friendly and informative.
      star-5
      The tour itself is great. The tour...
      Jonathan M
      , Mar 2015
      The tour itself is great. The tour operator (one of the few in the area) was great. It seems Viator changed their description between booking time and tour time. It was also my mistake that I did not check the tour operator's website for more information after I received my confirmation. I went on this tour with the expectation that I would board a bus day 1 and be on that same bus through day 3. This tour is really a series of tours. You must call and confirm before your arrival. Have a pen and paper ready to write down the details. Not everyone in your group is on this tour. You will also need 3 liters of water per person for the Kings Canyon tour; a Camelbak is recommended. Also wear appropriate clothing and footwear for walking. The scenery is very nice and I would go on it again. I highly recommend.
      star-4
      The tour was well organized and we...
      Warren F
      , Oct 2014
      The tour was well organized and we got to do enough hiking to get a feel for the Uluru and Kings Canyon area. The accommodations were satisfactory.
      star-4
      The AATKings guide and driver Warren...
      Miriam L
      , Aug 2014
      The AATKings guide and driver Warren was fabulous. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Loved the Jumping Crocodiles tour day 1 and especially the Yellow Water Billabong on day 2. Katherine Gorge on day 3 was spectacular. The choice of hotels was great for the first night at Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel but the stay on the second night at Ibis Styles Katherine was awful. I'm assuming AATKings only chose this place because of the Katherine Gorge sunrise tour the next morning. Pity there's no other choice. Damp towels on the bed thus a wet bed as well, no hairdryer (they only had a few to offer and they were all gone), bathroom sliding window fixed in an open position (with a big screw) with all the world to see you in the shower, mouldy grouting in the shower and the spare toilet paper roll unusable locked in a holder. Left that place very disappointed considering we had paid for Superior accommodation option. As accommodation is left at the discretion of the tour operators and they should seriously think again. We weren't the only ones on the tour to put up with exactly the same problems unfortunately. Warren was fantastic and very informative and as there involved a lot of driving and monotonous landscape between the attractions, that was essential.
      1 traveler found this review helpful

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