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Located on the Todd River, Mercure Alice Springs is only a few minutes' walk from the town centre, galleries and cultural precinct. Barra on Todd Restaurant and Bar offers distinctive cuisine and delectable dishes seasoned with local flavours. 139 comfortable, spacious rooms including refurbished Standard and Superior rooms with stunning imagery of the Red Centre. Facilities include a swimming pool and fitness centre and all rooms offer complimentary wi-fi and parking.
While on your 2 Day Uluru and Kings Canyon Tour you’ll spend a relaxing night in an ensuite room at the Curtin Springs Wayside Inn. This quaint inn is a home away from home and provides a comfortable break from your Red Centre adventuring. The historic Bough Shed on the property offers the perfect spot for a cold beer or refreshing cup of tea as well as the lovely gardens providing a great spot to unwind outside.
Where to eat:
On your tours you will be provided with a freshly packed lunch, fruit and snacks throughout the day to keep you satisfied on your adventures around the Red Centre. While on your 2 day Uluru and Kings Canyon Tour you’ll also receive a BBQ dinner at sunset with sparkling wine and a cooked breakfast the next day.
What to do:
Find yourself mesmerised by the spectacular outback scenery as you travel along the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at historic sites and prime photo opportunities along the way. Enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm (for morning tea), the Ochre Pits, and the popular Ormiston Gorge for lunch. Next, you’ll find yourself at the wondrous Glen Helen Gorge, then, as you travel back to Alice Springs there will be time for an afternoon stop at Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is one of Central Australia’s most pristine, so don’t forget your swimmers when the weather’s warm for a refreshing afternoon dip! As you continue your journey back to your hotel, the West MacDonnell Ranges will put on a show. As the sun sets the Ranges come alive with a spectacular array of sunburnt oranges and brilliant reds to end your day of adventure and exploration.
Otherwise, you can choose to go on a 1 Day Palm Valley 4WD Tour is a fascinating day. Travelling through the West MacDonnell Ranges making way to the Historic Precinct of Hermannsburg known to the Arrarnta people as ‘Ntaria’. Hermannsburg was the birthplace of celebrated Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira in 1902 and is renowned for its indigenous art collection. Explore the historic buildings and the Art Gallery. It’s then time to depart Hermannsburg and journey along the ancient Finke River bed by custom built 4WD. After morning tea, stop at “The Amphitheatre” or Kalaranga lookout for a short walk. Then time to sit back and take in the beautiful scenery, enjoy the 4WD drive into Palm Valley where you will be able to wander amongst the relict Palms and Cycads. Here you will have the opportunity to complete to Rim Walk or the River Walk and experience this Oasis in the desert. On the return journey, enjoy a delicious fresh picnic lunch before returning to Alice Springs to watch the fading light reflecting off the MacDonnell Ranges.
You’ll start your 2 Day Uluru and Kings Canyon Tour by journeying through the iconic Australian outback to the World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where the first stop will be at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Here you’ll walk into the engulfing Walpa Gorge before you experience the beauty of the famed natural domes. Next, it’s on to the Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you’ll learn about the local Pitjantjatjara people followed by a trip to the famed Uluru where you’ll be taken on a guided Mala Walk around the north-west side of the gigantic rock. You’ll experience fine examples of Anangu rock art while hearing fascinating dreamtime stories before being shown the magical Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll end the day with a relaxing sunset BBQ and sparkling wine while taking in the stunning sunset over Uluru.
Day 2 will begin with an early trip to Kings Creek Station in Kings Canyon while you also keep an eye out for waking wildlife including dromedary camels, kangaroos, brumbies and dingoes. Kings Creek Station is where your delicious cooked breakfast will be enjoyed followed by the impressive Rim Walk which sees you wander the vast rim of the canyon while you marvel at the impressive sandstone walls, grottos, chasms and cliffs. Visit the Garden of Eden deep down between the sandstone cliffs where a natural spring waterhole provides a mid-outback oasis. A creek bed walk will provide a leisurely way to take in the sights if the Rim Walk isn’t to your liking, ending in rewarding views of the impressive canyon rim. It’s then off to Kings Canyon Resort for a relaxing afternoon where you can take a refreshing dip in the resort’s pool or take an optional scenic helicopter flight (creek bed walkers only). Your journey back to your accommodation in Alice Springs will give you a glimpse into the vast, unique outback of the Red Centre as you relax after an exciting tour.
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 2 September 2019. For travel until 31 March 2020. Seasonal supplements apply for travel between 1 August – 30 September 2019. *The 1 day Palm Valley 4WD tour operates seasonally and requires a minimum of 5 passengers to guarantee departure, if not in operation it will operate as the 1 day West MacDonnell Ranges tour. Blackout dates may apply and some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 18 July 2019 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 2 adults. Please contact us on 1800 854 897 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.