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  • From Alice Springs: Uluru Full-Day Tour with BBQ Dinner

    1. From Alice Springs: Uluru Full-Day Tour with BBQ Dinner

    Depart Alice Springs early to get a taste of the Australian Outback with a stop at Erldunda for a buffet breakfast. Then, continue to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to see the domes of the rock formations on your first walk. Learn about the local Pitjantjatjara people at the cultural center. Then, go to the base of Uluru for a guided walk to see the Anangu rock art. Head to Mutitjulu Waterhole for a short hike to the home of the ancestral Wanampi water snake and share some traditional "dreamtime" stories. Sip a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sunset over Uluru, and end the day with a barbeque dinner before the return journey to Alice Springs.

    It is a great day out and includes so much! They served 3 decent meals plus several snacks, the dinner BBQ was delicious! The information provided by the guides was interesting and helpful.

  • From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

    2. From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

    Be picked up from your Alice Springs accommodation at 7:45 AM and set off on a day of adventure and exploration! Enjoy the spectacular outback scenery and photo opportunities as you travel along the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at historic sites. Enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, a natural rock amphitheater that is home to endangered black-footed rock wallabies. Stop at Standley Chasm for morning tea and a leisurely stroll. At Ochre Pits, discover rock walls covered by natural coloured ochre, used for sacred ceremonies of the local Aboriginal people. Ormiston Gorge is up next: a great place for a swim, or to see the towering walls of the gorge and pound, local plants and wildlife. By now, you will have certainly worked up an appetite for lunch! Next stop is at Glen Helen. The landscape here is spectacular - a towering sandstone wall is the first thing you see as you...

    I had an enjoyable day and the tour guide was very informative with a lovely lunch supplied. The scenery was also spectacular and thoroughly recommended.

  • A Town Like Alice: Half-Day Tour of Alice Springs

    3. A Town Like Alice: Half-Day Tour of Alice Springs

    This afternoon you’ll learn how the town of Alice Springs has evolved into the central hub of the Australian outback. Your driver guide will provide details along the way as you visit historical sites and some of the essential services delivered from Alice to the community of this vast region. The first stop is the Alice Springs School of the Air which provides education to primary aged school children living on remote properties throughout the Northern Territory. Learn how this essential service is delivered via satellite across more than one million square kilometres. Alice Springs Telegraph Station: Built in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, the historic Telegraph Station is the site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. After 60 years of operation, the premises then served as a school for the local Aboriginal children...

    This excursion exceeded my expectations. Joe was an excellent tour guide & the 5 destinations were all very good. School of the Air &. the Flying Doctor are unique outback institutions. Perhaps the most entertaining place was the reptile park, where the handler is both educational & a great character!

  • From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Half Day Trip

    4. From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Half Day Trip

    The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary with their immensity and array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples. View spectacular outback scenery and take photos as you travel along through magnificent Outback Country, making stops at the many historic locations. Depart Alice Springs to explore The West Macs, stopping at the historical Flynn’s Grave Memorial, resting place of Reverend Flynn, founder of The Royal Flying Doctor Service. Next up, travel to Simpsons Gap, featuring towering cliffs and a permanent waterhole. The site is significant to the Arrernte people as the home of giant goanna ancestors. Take a walk to sport black-footed rock wallabies and take magnificent photos. Lastly, you will visit Standley Chasm. Traditionally known as Angkerle Atwatye, this is an important cultural place, sacred to womens’ dreaming in Aboriginal culture. Take a 0....

    Really felt it was value for the money ..the guide was a wealth of information...lovely country..

  • Alice Springs: 4WD Palm Valley Tour with Lunch

    5. Alice Springs: 4WD Palm Valley Tour with Lunch

    The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Alice Springs at 7:00 AM. Travel through the picturesque West MacDonnell Ranges as you head to Hermannsburg for a morning tea break. Continue along the Finke Riverbed until you reach the impressive Palm Valley. Spend some time wandering amongst the ancient palm trees and explore this desert oasis. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a Bushman’s lunch at the scenic Cycad Gorge. After lunch, marvel at epic views from the Kalaranga lookout then visit the Historic Precinct of Hermannsburg, known to the Arrarnta people as ‘Ntaria’. Explore the town, which is the birthplace of celebrated Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira, and admire the historic buildings. The tour returns to Alice Springs at 5:30 PM.

    Great day: tours guide was knowledgeable and very helpful. Good driving into The Valley over rough terrain. Each stop was just right in terms of time. Not normally a tour type person but really enjoyed the day!

  • West MacDonnell Ranges Small Group Tour

    6. West MacDonnell Ranges Small Group Tour

    Depart your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately at 7.30 AM and visit the 'West Macs'-  a stunning natural wonder. Learn about this prehistoric mountain range - broken by a series of gorges and chasms - from your guide on the drive.  First stop is Simpsons Gap, which offers a short, easy walk to a waterhole (no swimming), rich in native wildlife. Follow the dry creek bed and massive River Red Gums to a dramatic gap in the range, featuring towering cliffs on either side. Keep your eyes out for the famous colony of adorable Black-footed Rock Wallabies! Standley Chasm (Angkerle) is up next, a perfect place to stop for morning tea. This picturesque walk, suitable for all fitness levels, winds through a beautiful oasis, lush with an amazing array of native plants including cycads and ancient pines. The walk finishes with an astonishing view of the sheer quartzite walls rising more th...

    Most enjoyable day. Guide James very generous with his vast knowledge and made everything very easy.

  • Alice Springs: Town Highlights and West MacDonnell Ranges

    7. Alice Springs: Town Highlights and West MacDonnell Ranges

    Depart Alice Springs to explore The West Macs, stopping at the historical Flynn’s Grave Memorial, the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Next up, travel to Simpsons Gap, featuring towering cliffs and a permanent waterhole. The site is significant to the Arrernte people as being the home of giant goanna ancestors. Following that, take a walk to spot black-footed rock wallabies and take magnificent photos. You'll then visit Standley Chasm. Traditionally known as Angkerle Atwatye, this is an important cultural place which is sacred to women's dreaming in Aboriginal culture. Take a 1.2-kilometer walk to access the dramatic 80-meter-tall rock-face, and on the way there or back, note the unusual features of the natural landscape. The unique micro climate in this valley has created some distinctive features, such as ancient cycads and a myriad of rock types and pebbles that are thousa...

    The bus drive was fantastic if he did all the tours I went on I would be extremely happy thanks for a threat day

  • Palm Valley Full-Day 4WD Adventure from Alice Springs

    8. Palm Valley Full-Day 4WD Adventure from Alice Springs

    Expose yourself to authentic Australian culture on a full-day tour to Palm Valley, departing from Alice Springs. Drive along the ochre colored roads of the West MacDonnells along the way. Follow the designated state route of Larapinta Drive, traveling into the Aboriginal homelands of the Arrernte people. Immerse yourself in true outback country as you head into the Finke Gorge National Park. Upon arrival, a 4WD coach will drive you along the dry bed of the Finke River, traveling to the strange, semi-tropical oasis of Palm Valley in the Red Center. Go for a bushwalk through groves of livistona palm trees, and enjoy the remoteness of the landscape. Next, stop off at the 19th-century Lutheran mission of Hermannsburg to learn more about the aboriginal history, art and culture of the region.

    The knowledge of our guide and the consideration to the various levels of fitness he showed were insightful and caring.

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based on 243 reviews

This excursion exceeded my expectations. Joe was an excellent tour guide & the 5 destinations were all very good. School of the Air &. the Flying Doctor are unique outback institutions. Perhaps the most entertaining place was the reptile park, where the handler is both educational & a great character!

Great day: tours guide was knowledgeable and very helpful. Good driving into The Valley over rough terrain. Each stop was just right in terms of time. Not normally a tour type person but really enjoyed the day!

I had an enjoyable day and the tour guide was very informative with a lovely lunch supplied. The scenery was also spectacular and thoroughly recommended.

Really felt it was value for the money ..the guide was a wealth of information...lovely country..

the guides were great and informative and full of knowledge