OVERVIEW

Immerse yourself in this ancient land by taking the time to experience the natural wonders of the Red Centre away from the crowds. This is a land of colour: rich red ochre cliffs and rocky gorges contrast the azure skies. Brilliant greens dot the outback landscape and the startling whites of the ghost gums reflect into crystal-clear waterholes.

With two experienced guides to take care of every detail, enjoy exploring all the major sites of the Red Centre, including all of the spectacular remote walks, whilst staying in comfortable ensuite accommodation.  This is a trip not to be missed!

Highlights

  • Walk and explore all the major sites of the world famous Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Hike glorious Watarraka (Kings Canyon) and skirt the canyon's rim before descending into the lush Garden of Eden
  • Discover our favourite sections of the Larapinta Trail in the West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Superb dining including chef-prepared 3-course meal under the stars with the Field of Lights dinner

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easy

Grade 1 - Easy

Mostly flat, on even terrain with no steep sections. Suitable for all fitness levels.

PRICE FROM
$ 4735

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 1495

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6

DAY 1
Arrive in Alice Springs

Arrive in Alice Springs. If you arrive early enough, there is time to explore Alice or even take a ride out of town to explore some of the unique landscapes of the Red Centre.  There’s an excellent pool to relax around, restaurants, and a bar if you feel like chilling.

The meet and greet will begin before dinner with some drinks. Dinner will be enjoyed in the restaurant.

 

Meals: A la carte two-course dinner at Salt Bush

Accommodation: Hilton Double Tree Alice Springs in ensuite rooms

DAY 2
ALICE SPRINGS, simpson gap and palm valley

We set off at 8:00 a.m. from the Doubletree in Alice Springs.

Today, we take Namajiri Drive out to Simpsons Gap on the Larapinta Trail. We walk and explore Simpsons Gap. From here, we take the Mereenie Loop in our 4WD bus to Palm Valley in the Finke Gorge NP, one of the most accessible and oldest places on the planet.  Explore sandstone amphitheatres and gorges, and the home of the endemic Red Cabbage Palm.

‘Red Centre’ is an aptly named description for this area because of its location within Australia and the vivid red colour everywhere you look. The iconic colouring comes from iron in the soil and rocks. It’s a landscape made famous by Albert Namatjira, hailed as one of Australia’s greatest artists and a pioneer of Aboriginal art. You’ll be surprised by how many magnificent trees, shrubs and grasses grow in the bush here.

Travel on the Mereenie Loop to Kings Canyon for the night, shortening the distance in the bus by about 6 hours. This is one of the most beautiful places to spend the night in the outback, as you can enjoy the sunset over the Kings Canyon national park in the evening.

Walking: Easy / 10 km / 4 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and a la carte two-course dinner at Kings Canyon Resort

Accommodation: Kings Canyon Resort in ensuite rooms

DAY 3
WALK THE WATARRKA (KINGS CANYON) LOOP & KATHLEEN SPRINGS

Wake up to Kings Canyon in the morning at your doorstep. This Red Centre walk meanders through the inspirational landscape, skirting the rim of the canyon and then descending into the lush Garden of Eden. We spend the day exploring the canyon and its surroundings. We do another walk at Kathleen Springs, one of the less visited spectacular Red Centre locations.

Central Australia also has a rich Aboriginal culture, with the people and the land peacefully co-existing for many thousands of years. Along the way, you’ll learn about the Aboriginal culture, from the early days to the first settlers.

There’s no rush today and ample time to enjoy Kings Canyon as we stay here another night.

Walking: Moderate / 11 km / 4 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast prepared by in-house chefs, walkers lunch and a chef-prepared three-course dinner in the resort’s restaurant

Accommodation:  Kings Canyon Resort in ensuite rooms

DAY 4
WALKS AT ULURU

Travel to Uluru for the first of our Uluru walks.

For most people, the first glimpse of Uluru is a spiritually uplifting experience that never fades. The massive monolith gradually reveals numerous interesting rock formations as you walk around it: gullies, caves and crevices, each of which plays an important role in Aboriginal stories. You will learn about the special Aboriginal connection with this place as you walk around the base of the rock. There’s also time to visit the cultural centre.

In the evening, sit back and relax at the Field of Lights dinner. This not-to-missed experience has you enjoy the rock under the stars and, of course, the Southern Cross, whilst the sun sets over this evocative landscape and the dingoes howl in the distance. Uluru reveals its true self as the sun begins to go down. Witness a display of colours from gentle, dusky blues and purples to fierce oranges and reds, glowing with the last remnants of the day.

Walking: Moderate / 12 km / 6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast prepared by in-house chefs, lunch and a chef-prepared a la carte three-course dinner under the stars with the Field of Lights dinner

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert in a deluxe ensuite room

DAY 5
WALKS AT KATA TJUTA (OLGAS)

Today we travel a short distance from Uluru to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) for the Valley of the Winds trail. The gigantic domes, towering rock walls and array of fascinating plants feel surreal. This walk is often considered to be the region’s highlight by our walkers. Then we walk Walpa Gorge, and to bookend the day, enjoy the views from Kata Tjuta lookout.

In the evening, if last night wasn’t enough, we get another taste of the sunset over Uluru with champagne and dips in hand.

Walking: Moderate / 12 km / 6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast prepared by in-house chefs, lunch and a chef-prepared a la carte three-course dinner in the Bough Shed

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert in a deluxe ensuite room

DAY 6
ONWARD TRAVEL OR BACK TO ALICE SPRINGS

Today, it’s goodbye to Uluru and the Red Centre. After breakfast, be transferred to the airport; this will save you the 4 -5 hours journey back to Alice Springs. If you wish to hitch a ride back to Alice Springs with the guides, feel free (please check with office for availability)

Meals: Cooked breakfast prepared by in-house chefs

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • All-inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings canyon and Palm Valley and the Mereenie Route
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 5 nights of quality ensuite accommodation at Kings Canyon, Uluru  and Alice Springs
  • Cooked breakfasts, a la carte dinners and comprehensive walkers lunches every day
  • All transport from Alice Springs
  • Field of Lights dinner at Uluru
  • Champagne sunset at Uluru
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Our first accommodation is at the excellent Hilton Double Tree in Alice Springs. We enjoy dinner here on the first night at the Saltbush Restaurant.

On nights 2 and 3 we stay at the Kings Canyon Resort after having traveled on the Mereenie Loop away from the crowds.

We also stay at Sails in the Desert for 2 nights, one of the preeminent accommodations at Uluru.

All our accommodations are superbly comfortable and provide a great place to relax after a day on the track. All the rooms have ensuites and reflect the region’s character, and are in unforgettable locations.

The a la carte two-course dinners and breakfasts are all prepared by professional in-house chefs. There’s an emphasis on Australian game meat, Top End fish, tropical fruit and bush tucker. We also get to savour amazing bush tucker food under the stars with the Field Of Lights experience.

The packed lunches and picnics complete the circle, ensuring your appetite is always satisfied. You can look forward to having lunch daily at some of the most incredible locations the Red Centre offers.  A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit. Each day is slightly different. Auswalk’s trail mix always augments lunch.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

  • NIGHT 1

  • NIGHTS 2 & 3

  • NIGHTS 4 & 5

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - BELOW AVERAGE

Distance is not a major consideration in your training program. However, you should still incorporate some long walks as it will increase your cardiovascular fitness.

ELEVATION - BELOW AVERAGE

Elevation is not a major consideration in your overall training program. However, you should still incorporate some form of resistance training to increase your endurance.

TERRAIN

ROCKY TERRAIN

Whilst preparing for walking on rocky terrain, you must focus on the development of balance, strength, and agility.

Integrate targeted strength exercises, such as lunges, squats, and step-ups, to strengthen your leg muscles, with a particular emphasis on improving stability on uneven surfaces. Balancing exercises are essential. Undertake core strength activity, coupled with exercises such as planks and Russian twists to enhance balance. As you progress, include hikes on progressively rougher terrain if you can. Additionally, the appropriate footwear with good ankle support and tread for grip are essential. Stay mindful, watch your step, and use trekking poles for added stability.

FLAT TERRAIN

Whilst training for walking on flat and hard terrain, you should focus on building endurance and ensuring you can maintain a comfortable pace.

Start with regular walks on sidewalks, roads, or paved paths to get used to the surface. Maintain a proper posture and engage your core muscles to support your back, keeping a steady gait. Ensure that you have comfortable, supportive footwear with adequate cushioning. If endurance is important, consider incorporating low-impact cross-training activities like swimming or cycling into your routine.

GENERAL INFO

The tracks are dry and firm but can sometimes be rocky underfoot. Most of the walks are easy to moderate. The walks at Uluru are flat and easy, which are great for first-timers. However, the walk does save some challenging walking of up to 7 hours each day, across very rocky terrain and ridgelines, with ascents and descents, so experienced hikers won’t be disappointed. Most of the tracks in central Australia are a bit rocky so sturdy footwear is necessary.

This trip operates with two experienced and knowledgeable guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.

Pre and post-tour accommodation: there are many good hotels in Alice Springs, however, we pick up and drop off at one central hotel the Hilton Double Tree. The tour starts at the Hilton Double Tree at 6.00 pm on Day 1 and concludes at the Sail in the Desert after breakfast on Day 6. Or if you wish you can get a free ride back to Alice at the Double Tree in the afternoon on day 6 (please check with the office for availability).

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

It is best to fly into Alice Springs on Day 1 before 5 p.m. and depart from Uluru anytime after breakfast on Day 6. However, you have the option to travel back to Alice for free, where we will arrive in the early afternoon, so book flights for after 4 pm.

WEATHER

This environment is most suitable to walk from May to September, as it is generally too hot at other times. Nights are significantly cooler than daytime temperatures, so please ensure you bring warm clothing for the evenings. The climate is marked by very low humidity. It is essential you have at least 2L capacity for water on the walk.

See the Bureau of Meteorology for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage. For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage. We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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REVIEWS

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  1. Gail S

    25 July, 2022 at 1:21 PM
    5

    Thank you to Auswalks especially to Katie and Georgie for a splendid time. I really appreciate all the effort and attention to detail, all of which made for a memorable experience.

  2. Cliff S

    25 July, 2017 at 3:24 AM
    5

    We had an amazing trip. Our guides Marie & Katie were professional, resourceful, knowledgeable and great fun too! They went above and beyond to make our trip enjoyable. The tour was a good combination of the best locations in the Red Centre!

  3. Katie D

    20 July, 2017 at 8:22 AM
    4

    In June 2017 I joined a group of walkers for a week in the Red Centre. To see the main attractions including Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Watarrka and Glen Helen it is necessary to travel long distances and it was wonderful to have capable drivers and guides. The trip was planned with some hard days walking , followed by an easier day. Apart from the circuit of Uluru, there is very little flat walking in that area. walking poles were certainly useful, and good boots are essential.
    Our accommodation on current or former cattle stations was very good, as was the food. This was my second Auswalks holiday and now I understand why some people have had several holidays with them.
    We saw some wonderful blue skies but also had some rain and it was cold at night.

  4. Linda S

    8 July, 2017 at 8:25 AM
    5

    Take nine people, all whom love to walk, two very informed guides, Maire and Paul, and give them a week in the Red Centre walking on the most scenic tracks from Uluru to the West MacDonnells. By the end of that week, despite the overcast skies and cold wind, we became a well formed group, when Paul took a photograph of us spread out along the track in Ormiston Pound, in step with each other. The colours and the rock formations did not disappoint. Our guides were most informative about the land, the plants and the people who have lived in the Red Centre, and it was a welcome change to stay in accommodation which was not resort style with more than adequate accommodation and meals and a warm welcome wherever we went.

  5. Denise U

    7 July, 2017 at 6:05 AM
    4

    I have just returned from my first Auswalk adventure and will most certainly be walking with them again. Our small group of likeminded walkers were amazed and astounded by the diversity of landscapes and vastness of the Red Centre. We were led by dynamic duo Marie and Paul. The itinerary is meticulously planned but also adaptable. The website information accurate. There are a lot of kilometres to travel, but they are competent drivers and there is interesting commentary and coffee stops along the way. Most of my group used walking poles and we needed our waterproof jackets, gloves and beanies. If you haven’t been to the Red Centre before this is the perfect way to experience it. Stress free travel with Auswalk.

  6. Kevin S

    1 August, 2016 at 5:58 AM
    5

    This trip certainly hits the highlights of the Red Centre. The guides were totally excellent and provided heaps of information about absolutely everything. The trip notes, planning, and execution of the trip were flawless. There were various nice little touches along the way that made the trip outstanding. We can recommend it extremely highly!

  7. Deb W

    16 July, 2015 at 9:01 PM
    5

    The Red Centre Auswalks walking holiday was brilliant. The guides were extremely capable, professional but warm and friendly; nothing was too much trouble and they went above and beyond in aspect of providing the group with a wonderful walking holiday. We travelled to the most spectacular areas and walked trails through breath taking parts of Australia. Can’t rate this walking holiday and in particular the attention to detail by the guides too highly.

  8. Bryce J

    19 July, 2014 at 9:35 PM
    5

    We did a guided walk of the Red Centre with Auwalks in July 2014. The walks and accommodation were great with fantastic scenery and great guides. The walks all had easier options but even the harder options were not hard. The highlights were Uluru at sunset, Kings Canyon and the Ormiston Gorge. Travel was by bus which was a little basic for the distance travelled over the 6 days.

  9. Greg W

    14 July, 2014 at 9:51 PM
    5

    What a wonderful week. From when we were first collected at 8.30 until we all said goodbye, the whole experience was fantastic. The best way to see the sights is on foot. The walks had shorter and longer options. The latter was a bit more challenging but not too difficult, the superb scenery was worth the walk. We had two guided and 16 walkers. Both guides were professional, experienced, motivated, dedicated and approachable. A great guide to visitor ratio! The food, either at the restaurants or prepared by the guides was perfect. The group was a fun group, with a mix of singles and couples. All had similar interests (walking) and all mixed. The whole tour was great value, it would be impossible to do the same on your own. Already looking forward to my next walk. But which one, so many great options?!

Overview

OVERVIEW

Immerse yourself in this ancient land by taking the time to experience the natural wonders of the Red Centre away from the crowds. This is a land of colour: rich red ochre cliffs and rocky gorges contrast the azure skies. Brilliant greens dot the outback landscape and the startling whites of the ghost gums reflect into crystal-clear waterholes.

With two experienced guides to take care of every detail, enjoy exploring all the major sites of the Red Centre, including all of the spectacular remote walks, whilst staying in comfortable ensuite accommodation.  This is a trip not to be missed!

Highlights

  • Walk and explore all the major sites of the world famous Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Hike glorious Watarraka (Kings Canyon) and skirt the canyon's rim before descending into the lush Garden of Eden
  • Discover our favourite sections of the Larapinta Trail in the West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Superb dining including chef-prepared 3-course meal under the stars with the Field of Lights dinner

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easy

Grade 1 - Easy

Mostly flat, on even terrain with no steep sections. Suitable for all fitness levels.

PRICE FROM
$ 4735

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 1495

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6

DAY 1
Arrive in Alice Springs

Arrive in Alice Springs. If you arrive early enough, there is time to explore Alice or even take a ride out of town to explore some of the unique landscapes of the Red Centre.  There’s an excellent pool to relax around, restaurants, and a bar if you feel like chilling.

The meet and greet will begin before dinner with some drinks. Dinner will be enjoyed in the restaurant.

 

Meals: A la carte two-course dinner at Salt Bush

Accommodation: Hilton Double Tree Alice Springs in ensuite rooms

DAY 2
ALICE SPRINGS, simpson gap and palm valley

We set off at 8:00 a.m. from the Doubletree in Alice Springs.

Today, we take Namajiri Drive out to Simpsons Gap on the Larapinta Trail. We walk and explore Simpsons Gap. From here, we take the Mereenie Loop in our 4WD bus to Palm Valley in the Finke Gorge NP, one of the most accessible and oldest places on the planet.  Explore sandstone amphitheatres and gorges, and the home of the endemic Red Cabbage Palm.

‘Red Centre’ is an aptly named description for this area because of its location within Australia and the vivid red colour everywhere you look. The iconic colouring comes from iron in the soil and rocks. It’s a landscape made famous by Albert Namatjira, hailed as one of Australia’s greatest artists and a pioneer of Aboriginal art. You’ll be surprised by how many magnificent trees, shrubs and grasses grow in the bush here.

Travel on the Mereenie Loop to Kings Canyon for the night, shortening the distance in the bus by about 6 hours. This is one of the most beautiful places to spend the night in the outback, as you can enjoy the sunset over the Kings Canyon national park in the evening.

Walking: Easy / 10 km / 4 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and a la carte two-course dinner at Kings Canyon Resort

Accommodation: Kings Canyon Resort in ensuite rooms

DAY 3
WALK THE WATARRKA (KINGS CANYON) LOOP & KATHLEEN SPRINGS

Wake up to Kings Canyon in the morning at your doorstep. This Red Centre walk meanders through the inspirational landscape, skirting the rim of the canyon and then descending into the lush Garden of Eden. We spend the day exploring the canyon and its surroundings. We do another walk at Kathleen Springs, one of the less visited spectacular Red Centre locations.

Central Australia also has a rich Aboriginal culture, with the people and the land peacefully co-existing for many thousands of years. Along the way, you’ll learn about the Aboriginal culture, from the early days to the first settlers.

There’s no rush today and ample time to enjoy Kings Canyon as we stay here another night.

Walking: Moderate / 11 km / 4 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast prepared by in-house chefs, walkers lunch and a chef-prepared three-course dinner in the resort’s restaurant

Accommodation:  Kings Canyon Resort in ensuite rooms

DAY 4
WALKS AT ULURU

Travel to Uluru for the first of our Uluru walks.

For most people, the first glimpse of Uluru is a spiritually uplifting experience that never fades. The massive monolith gradually reveals numerous interesting rock formations as you walk around it: gullies, caves and crevices, each of which plays an important role in Aboriginal stories. You will learn about the special Aboriginal connection with this place as you walk around the base of the rock. There’s also time to visit the cultural centre.

In the evening, sit back and relax at the Field of Lights dinner. This not-to-missed experience has you enjoy the rock under the stars and, of course, the Southern Cross, whilst the sun sets over this evocative landscape and the dingoes howl in the distance. Uluru reveals its true self as the sun begins to go down. Witness a display of colours from gentle, dusky blues and purples to fierce oranges and reds, glowing with the last remnants of the day.

Walking: Moderate / 12 km / 6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast prepared by in-house chefs, lunch and a chef-prepared a la carte three-course dinner under the stars with the Field of Lights dinner

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert in a deluxe ensuite room

DAY 5
WALKS AT KATA TJUTA (OLGAS)

Today we travel a short distance from Uluru to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) for the Valley of the Winds trail. The gigantic domes, towering rock walls and array of fascinating plants feel surreal. This walk is often considered to be the region’s highlight by our walkers. Then we walk Walpa Gorge, and to bookend the day, enjoy the views from Kata Tjuta lookout.

In the evening, if last night wasn’t enough, we get another taste of the sunset over Uluru with champagne and dips in hand.

Walking: Moderate / 12 km / 6 hrs / easier option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast prepared by in-house chefs, lunch and a chef-prepared a la carte three-course dinner in the Bough Shed

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert in a deluxe ensuite room

DAY 6
ONWARD TRAVEL OR BACK TO ALICE SPRINGS

Today, it’s goodbye to Uluru and the Red Centre. After breakfast, be transferred to the airport; this will save you the 4 -5 hours journey back to Alice Springs. If you wish to hitch a ride back to Alice Springs with the guides, feel free (please check with office for availability)

Meals: Cooked breakfast prepared by in-house chefs

 

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • All-inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings canyon and Palm Valley and the Mereenie Route
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 5 nights of quality ensuite accommodation at Kings Canyon, Uluru  and Alice Springs
  • Cooked breakfasts, a la carte dinners and comprehensive walkers lunches every day
  • All transport from Alice Springs
  • Field of Lights dinner at Uluru
  • Champagne sunset at Uluru
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Our first accommodation is at the excellent Hilton Double Tree in Alice Springs. We enjoy dinner here on the first night at the Saltbush Restaurant.

On nights 2 and 3 we stay at the Kings Canyon Resort after having traveled on the Mereenie Loop away from the crowds.

We also stay at Sails in the Desert for 2 nights, one of the preeminent accommodations at Uluru.

All our accommodations are superbly comfortable and provide a great place to relax after a day on the track. All the rooms have ensuites and reflect the region’s character, and are in unforgettable locations.

The a la carte two-course dinners and breakfasts are all prepared by professional in-house chefs. There’s an emphasis on Australian game meat, Top End fish, tropical fruit and bush tucker. We also get to savour amazing bush tucker food under the stars with the Field Of Lights experience.

The packed lunches and picnics complete the circle, ensuring your appetite is always satisfied. You can look forward to having lunch daily at some of the most incredible locations the Red Centre offers.  A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit. Each day is slightly different. Auswalk’s trail mix always augments lunch.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

  • NIGHT 1

  • NIGHTS 2 & 3

  • NIGHTS 4 & 5

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - BELOW AVERAGE

Distance is not a major consideration in your training program. However, you should still incorporate some long walks as it will increase your cardiovascular fitness.

ELEVATION - BELOW AVERAGE

Elevation is not a major consideration in your overall training program. However, you should still incorporate some form of resistance training to increase your endurance.

TERRAIN

ROCKY TERRAIN

Whilst preparing for walking on rocky terrain, you must focus on the development of balance, strength, and agility.

Integrate targeted strength exercises, such as lunges, squats, and step-ups, to strengthen your leg muscles, with a particular emphasis on improving stability on uneven surfaces. Balancing exercises are essential. Undertake core strength activity, coupled with exercises such as planks and Russian twists to enhance balance. As you progress, include hikes on progressively rougher terrain if you can. Additionally, the appropriate footwear with good ankle support and tread for grip are essential. Stay mindful, watch your step, and use trekking poles for added stability.

FLAT TERRAIN

Whilst training for walking on flat and hard terrain, you should focus on building endurance and ensuring you can maintain a comfortable pace.

Start with regular walks on sidewalks, roads, or paved paths to get used to the surface. Maintain a proper posture and engage your core muscles to support your back, keeping a steady gait. Ensure that you have comfortable, supportive footwear with adequate cushioning. If endurance is important, consider incorporating low-impact cross-training activities like swimming or cycling into your routine.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

The tracks are dry and firm but can sometimes be rocky underfoot. Most of the walks are easy to moderate. The walks at Uluru are flat and easy, which are great for first-timers. However, the walk does save some challenging walking of up to 7 hours each day, across very rocky terrain and ridgelines, with ascents and descents, so experienced hikers won’t be disappointed. Most of the tracks in central Australia are a bit rocky so sturdy footwear is necessary.

This trip operates with two experienced and knowledgeable guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.

Pre and post-tour accommodation: there are many good hotels in Alice Springs, however, we pick up and drop off at one central hotel the Hilton Double Tree. The tour starts at the Hilton Double Tree at 6.00 pm on Day 1 and concludes at the Sail in the Desert after breakfast on Day 6. Or if you wish you can get a free ride back to Alice at the Double Tree in the afternoon on day 6 (please check with the office for availability).

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

It is best to fly into Alice Springs on Day 1 before 5 p.m. and depart from Uluru anytime after breakfast on Day 6. However, you have the option to travel back to Alice for free, where we will arrive in the early afternoon, so book flights for after 4 pm.

WEATHER

This environment is most suitable to walk from May to September, as it is generally too hot at other times. Nights are significantly cooler than daytime temperatures, so please ensure you bring warm clothing for the evenings. The climate is marked by very low humidity. It is essential you have at least 2L capacity for water on the walk.

See the Bureau of Meteorology for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage. For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage. We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

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  1. Gail S

    25 July, 2022 at 1:21 PM
    5

    Thank you to Auswalks especially to Katie and Georgie for a splendid time. I really appreciate all the effort and attention to detail, all of which made for a memorable experience.

  2. Cliff S

    25 July, 2017 at 3:24 AM
    5

    We had an amazing trip. Our guides Marie & Katie were professional, resourceful, knowledgeable and great fun too! They went above and beyond to make our trip enjoyable. The tour was a good combination of the best locations in the Red Centre!

  3. Katie D

    20 July, 2017 at 8:22 AM
    4

    In June 2017 I joined a group of walkers for a week in the Red Centre. To see the main attractions including Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Watarrka and Glen Helen it is necessary to travel long distances and it was wonderful to have capable drivers and guides. The trip was planned with some hard days walking , followed by an easier day. Apart from the circuit of Uluru, there is very little flat walking in that area. walking poles were certainly useful, and good boots are essential.
    Our accommodation on current or former cattle stations was very good, as was the food. This was my second Auswalks holiday and now I understand why some people have had several holidays with them.
    We saw some wonderful blue skies but also had some rain and it was cold at night.

  4. Linda S

    8 July, 2017 at 8:25 AM
    5

    Take nine people, all whom love to walk, two very informed guides, Maire and Paul, and give them a week in the Red Centre walking on the most scenic tracks from Uluru to the West MacDonnells. By the end of that week, despite the overcast skies and cold wind, we became a well formed group, when Paul took a photograph of us spread out along the track in Ormiston Pound, in step with each other. The colours and the rock formations did not disappoint. Our guides were most informative about the land, the plants and the people who have lived in the Red Centre, and it was a welcome change to stay in accommodation which was not resort style with more than adequate accommodation and meals and a warm welcome wherever we went.

  5. Denise U

    7 July, 2017 at 6:05 AM
    4

    I have just returned from my first Auswalk adventure and will most certainly be walking with them again. Our small group of likeminded walkers were amazed and astounded by the diversity of landscapes and vastness of the Red Centre. We were led by dynamic duo Marie and Paul. The itinerary is meticulously planned but also adaptable. The website information accurate. There are a lot of kilometres to travel, but they are competent drivers and there is interesting commentary and coffee stops along the way. Most of my group used walking poles and we needed our waterproof jackets, gloves and beanies. If you haven’t been to the Red Centre before this is the perfect way to experience it. Stress free travel with Auswalk.

  6. Kevin S

    1 August, 2016 at 5:58 AM
    5

    This trip certainly hits the highlights of the Red Centre. The guides were totally excellent and provided heaps of information about absolutely everything. The trip notes, planning, and execution of the trip were flawless. There were various nice little touches along the way that made the trip outstanding. We can recommend it extremely highly!

  7. Deb W

    16 July, 2015 at 9:01 PM
    5

    The Red Centre Auswalks walking holiday was brilliant. The guides were extremely capable, professional but warm and friendly; nothing was too much trouble and they went above and beyond in aspect of providing the group with a wonderful walking holiday. We travelled to the most spectacular areas and walked trails through breath taking parts of Australia. Can’t rate this walking holiday and in particular the attention to detail by the guides too highly.

  8. Bryce J

    19 July, 2014 at 9:35 PM
    5

    We did a guided walk of the Red Centre with Auwalks in July 2014. The walks and accommodation were great with fantastic scenery and great guides. The walks all had easier options but even the harder options were not hard. The highlights were Uluru at sunset, Kings Canyon and the Ormiston Gorge. Travel was by bus which was a little basic for the distance travelled over the 6 days.

  9. Greg W

    14 July, 2014 at 9:51 PM
    5

    What a wonderful week. From when we were first collected at 8.30 until we all said goodbye, the whole experience was fantastic. The best way to see the sights is on foot. The walks had shorter and longer options. The latter was a bit more challenging but not too difficult, the superb scenery was worth the walk. We had two guided and 16 walkers. Both guides were professional, experienced, motivated, dedicated and approachable. A great guide to visitor ratio! The food, either at the restaurants or prepared by the guides was perfect. The group was a fun group, with a mix of singles and couples. All had similar interests (walking) and all mixed. The whole tour was great value, it would be impossible to do the same on your own. Already looking forward to my next walk. But which one, so many great options?!

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