Red Centre Self Drive Alice Springs, Uluru & Kings Canyon
Enjoy the freedom of the outback open road with a stay in Alice Springs at the contemporary DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs before heading to Kings Canyon for an overnight stay at the tranquil Kings Canyon Resort and then on to Uluru. An exclusive and unforgettable experience awaits with an Uluru Sunrise & Field of Light tour to witness the silent morning stillness of the Red Centre as the sun rises coupled with the immersive Field of Light display by renowned artist, Bruce Munro, all while based in the outback accommodations of Sails in the Desert at the Ayers Rock Resort.
- 2 night stay in Alice Springs at the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs in a Guest Room including:
- Free daily breakfast
- DoubleTree cookie per person
- Free WiFi
- Free parking
- Late checkout to 1pm
- 1 night stay in Kings Canyon at the Kings Canyon Resort in a standard room including:
- Daily breakfast
- $50 fuel voucher to be used at the Kings Canyon Petrol Station within the resort
- Free parking
- 3 night stay in Uluru at Sails in the Desert in Superior Room (room only) including:
- Free Indigenous Activities Program
- Free use of the Ayers Rock Resort Shuttle bus service
- Free in-room WiFi
- Free parking
- 3 Day National Park Entry Fee
- Uluru Sunrise & Field of Light Tour
- 7 day car hire with unlimited kilometres^
Please be aware flights are not included in the package price and should not be booked until your package has been confirmed. However please speak to one of our NT Now Travel Specialists for the best available fares at the time of booking. If you are booking your own flights this package begins in Alice Springs and ends in Uluru or vice versa.
Enjoy exploring the wonders of the unique city of Alice Springs while based at the modern DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs which boasts stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges. Your spacious room will offer luxurious bedding, modern interiors and internet access as well as a late check-out. For those who enjoy being active the hotel provides a 24-hour fitness centre, two tennis courts and an outdoor heated pool which overlooks the lush garden landscape. Golfing-enthusiasts need not worry as there is an 18-hole golf course located just next door.
Accommodation at Kings Canyon Resort has been thoughtfully designed to first and foremost blend in with the natural surrounds and to offer different styles and locations to meet the needs of traveller preferences. There truly is something for everyone at Kings Canyon - and more importantly - no matter where you stay all the wonders of Kings Canyon are on your doorstep to for you explore. The comfortable, spacious Standard Rooms feature either two double beds or one queen bed with a separate ensuite bathroom that includes a shower and bath. All Standard Rooms include air-conditioning, direct-dial telephone, ensuite bathroom, insect screens, hair dryer, tea/coffee facilities, extra blankets, refrigerator, iron/ironing board and writing desk. Bar and dining options have been designed to meet the broadest of needs - from a casual beer, to a hearty burger, to five star dining at the signature Under a Desert Moon.
In the heart of Australia's Red Centre, Sails in the Desert hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a decidedly premium outback holiday experience. Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort's Sails in the Desert hotel, shading 228 beautifully appointed rooms and suites. In a destination where one of the world's oldest cultures still thrives, the mystery, colour and wisdom of the local Anangu people is interwoven into every facet of Sails in the Desert's modern design. This hotel features an expansive gumtree lined swimming pool and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge options. Relax and feast in the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant or let time tick by as you enjoy cocktails, music and Indigenous-inspired cuisine in the Walpa Lobby Bar, or curl up on one of the daybeds and enjoy a casual lunch and cocktail by the pool. Sails in the Desert's stunning Mulgara Gallery takes you on an exploration through the unique styles and breathtaking stories of Indigenous art. Find each of your senses lulled into complete relaxation as you give in to one of the Red Ochre Spa's treatments.
What to do:
Never has an early morning start been more rewarding. The silent morning air that encompasses the desert landscape of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is filled with gasps and amazed ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahhs’ as the first group to wander through the desert paths are met by four acres of flowing fibre optics lights. With the majestic Uluru in the background, begin to fall into silence as you take in what is truly an unforgettable and life-changing experience. These otherworldly spheres of light are internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s latest art installation, Field of Light, and his largest to date, with him and his team installing more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted glass spheres in a remote desert area within sight of majestic Uluru.
With the added benefit of car hire included you are free to explore the sights and attractions of the wonderful town of Alice Springs such as the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, School of the Air, Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Anzac Hill and the works of the Kangaroo Sanctuary. Venture beyond the town for incredible scenery, incredible waterholes, ancient Aboriginal sites and galleries and the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges.
Explore the spiritual heart of Australia as you continue to drive the Red Centre Way and experience World Heritage-listed natural wonders such as majestic Uluru. View the dunes of Kata Tjuta against the outback sky and quintessential red dirt, visit the amazing Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park and immerse yourself in the Aboriginal culture, people and food for a once in a lifetime holiday at your leisure.
Location & how to get there
Alice Springs Airport (alicespringsairport.com.au) is served by Virgin Australia, Qantas and Air North with capital cities served mostly by daily flights. There are also connections to and from Ayers Rock airport as well as several regional airports, mostly within the NT.
The airport is a 15 minute drive to the centre of town. An airport shuttle meets all flights and serves all central hotels. Car hire is available direct from the airport and there are plentiful taxis available at the airport rank. Private transfers, while available are limited, especially at peak times. Alice Springs can also be reached by The Ghan, from either Darwin or Adelaide. The train station is a short walk from the town centre and a shuttle service, as well as taxis serve all arrivals/departures.
Driving to Alice Springs is scenic from whichever direction you arrive, with the trip from Darwin or Adelaide being one of the most iconic road trips in Australia. Various turn offs along the Stuart Highway lead to points along the East Coast on (mostly) sealed roads. For the adventurous and those that seek true solitude the 1126km unsealed Great Central Road, which links Yalara to Laverton in Central Australia will give you an outback experience like no other.
On sale until 28 January 2021. For travel until 31 March 2021. Pricing based on travel from 1 January to 28 February 2021, seasonal supplements apply outside these dates. Blackout dates may apply and some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 7 December 2020 and may be subject to change due to availability, surcharges, fees or taxes without notice. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices are based on per person twin share. Please contact us on 1800 854 897 or email@example.com to enquire. Airfares and transfers are additional unless otherwise specified. For full terms and conditions and details on our refund policy, view our booking conditions. E&OE.
Summer sale conditions: Travel must be booked within the campaign period of 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021. Travel departure must occur by, or on, 31 March 2021. Must be valued at a minimum of $1,000 per booking (inclusive of GST) before the NT Summer Sale discount is applied. Can include any bookable flight, accommodation, tour, attraction or hire vehicle inbound to, from or within the NT – the travel cannot originate in the NT and finish outside the NT unless either 80% in the NT or on the Ghan, see below point. All bookings must have a minimum of 80% of days booked in the NT. The summer sale price is listed. Intra-Territory travel by NT residents is eligible.