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11 Day East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail Walk & Red Centre

East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail & Red Centre Walk

A guided 11 day Pack-Free walk

This 11 day tour explores the best walking tracks of Central Australia. Beginning in the East MacDonnell ranges we walk beautiful Trephina Gorge in the pretty East MacDonnell ranges. From here we explore the best sections of the famous Larapinta trail, with its magnificent gorges, high ridges with breath-taking views and peaceful waterholes. This specially designed walk includes 2 nights at stunning Ormiston Gorge and 2 nights at historic Glen Helen Homestead with its refreshing swimming pool. From Alice Springs, we avoid 4 hours of driving by flying directly from Alice Spring to Kings Canyon. We explore Watarrka National Park with a spectacular walk on the Giles Track and King Canyon’s scenic rim. We finish with a stunning walk through Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and around magnificent Uluru (Ayers Rock).  A stunning journey you will never forget.

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Pack Free Walking Experience

Carry as little as your water and lunch

Our speciality is providing Pack Free walking holidays so you can focus on enjoying the amazing landscapes, not the burden of carrying a heavy pack. Our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire walk. With Life’s An Adventure, you will carry as little as your water bottle, camera and lunch each day!

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Mercure Alice Springs

2 night stay

We spend 2 nights at the charming Mercure Alice Springs located on the Todd River and only a short stroll to the town centre. Guest will enjoy standard rooms with either a Queen bed or twin rooms with a double and single bed. In the evenings, enjoy superb meals in the Barra on Todd Restaurant offering wonderful meals with a distinctive local feel.

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Stay at stunning Ormiston Gorge

2 nights deluxe camping

Life’s An Adventure is one of the very lucky few to be able to camp at beautiful Ormiston Gorge (2 hours drive from Alice Springs). With a short walk to the swimming hole this is not only a beautiful location but central to most of our walks, minimising our transfer times each day – with our guests walking directly into camp on day 1. Each afternoon after your walk, you can stroll down to the waterhole for a refreshing swim. For the first two nights you will enjoy all the fun of a camping adventure, but with the little extras. You’ll arrive at camp to find your walk-in touring tent set up for your arrival including an off the ground bed with a deluxe camping mattress and pillow. There are toilet and shower facilities provided in the campground.

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Glen Helen Homestead

2 night stay

We 2 nights of the walk at the historic Glen Helen Homestead. With a  swimming pool, and restaurant featuring hearty pub food the homestead is the ideal location for a 2 night stay. Guests will enjoy rooms with ensuites with either Queen or Queen and single beds.

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Kings Canyon Resort

Set in an ancient rugged landscape

Set against a backdrop of rugged outback scenery, lies King Canyon Resort. Our guests enjoy resort rooms and superb dining in Carmichaels Restaurant, featuring contemporary menus inspired by local Northern Territory produce and complemented with Australian wines. Rooms are comfortable Standard Rooms featuring either two double beds or one queen bed with ensuite.

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Ayers Rock Resort

Desert Gardens Hotel

During our stay at Uluru we spend 2 nights at the superb Voyagers Ayers Rock Resort, staying in the Desert Gardens accommodation within an oasis of native gardens. The resort features the Red Ochre Spa, shops, swimming pools and cafés. Our guests will stay in elegant guest rooms with 1 x Queen or 2 double beds.

 

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Helicopter flight over Section 1 of the trail

Our added Wow Factor

There is nothing like seeing the Larapinta from the air to gain a perspective of its grandeur and beauty. Our guests will finish their journey with an afternoon scenic helicopter flight from Alice Springs. On this remarkable journey, you will fly the first section of the Larapinta trail from Alice Springs to Simpsons Gap. We take to the air and follow the Todd River to the Telegraph Station and get a bird’s eye view of Mt Gillen and Heavitree Gap before making our way to marvel at the breathtaking Simpsons Gap. From the air, you will also see stunning views of the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, parallel ridges spanning out 644kms into the distance from Alice Springs. This flight is a truly remarkable way to finish our Larapinta experience. If you don’t like helicopters we will discount your trip when you book.

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Epic Scenic Plane Flight

From Alice Springs to King Canyon

The Red Centre is a vast area and covers huge distances. Most operators do this area as a circuit covering over 1000km in driving. Our journey has been specifically designed to minimise our travelling time with a direct 1 hour flight from Alice Springs to King Canyon saving almost 4 hours in driving time. See the vast outback from the comfort of your plane as you make your way to King Canyon.

We have also designed our tour to finish in Yulura near Uluru, where you can take advantage of booking direct flights home and again saving a lengthy 5 hour drive back to Alice Springs.

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Flexible Walking Itineraries

Choose what suits you

We understand when you are travelling with friends and family that your fitness level and abilities may differ from each other. That’s why we offer a flexible walking itinerary offering shorter and more challenging days to suit different levels. With two guides on our walks of 8 or more people, we have the freedom to cater for a range of needs. You also have the option to sit out any day’s walking and enjoy the facilities at camp or the homestead.  You design a schedule that’s right for you!

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Special Indigenous Guest Guide

Life’s an Adventure is proud to work with a local Arrente woman Deanella Mack who was born and raised in Alice Springs.  We meet with her or one of her associates on day one at Stanley Chasm and learn the Dreamtime story of how the chasm was created and many other insights into local Arrente culture.  This brings a fresh and modern day perspective to cultural awareness.

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Our CEO guides

Chief Experience Officers

We call our guides CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your walking tour lives up to to your expectations. Our chief guides in the Larapinta have a fun-loving and caring nature as well as being passionate and knowledgable. Both have a wonderful can-do attitude and will go above and beyond to ensure your tour is every bit as memorable as you hoped.

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Personalised Tours

Make new friends on the trail

Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate. We love the clients we attract on a Life’s An Adventure walking experience. Happy, down to earth people, who are passionate about walking and simply excited to be on holidays. We find our guests often form lifelong friendships on tour as they are travelling with wonderful like-minded people.

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Great meals featuring local produce

Served with Australian wines

At the campsite, sit back to wonderful meals around the campfire prepared by our guides. You can expect to enjoy delicious meals with a local twist including lemon myrtle barramundi and bush tomato lamb. We support local businesses and purchase the majority of our food from a local providore in Alice Springs. When you arrive at Glen Helen Historic Homestead, your meals will be enjoyed in the homestead’s charming Namatjira Gallery restaurant, featuring pub-style fare served with Australian wine. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.

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Genuinely all-inclusive

Nothing more to pay

All tours are genuinely inclusive. From restaurant meals at the Homestead perfectly matched with Australian wines, to helicopter flight, park fees, guest speakers and even credit card fees. When you book our walks there will be nothing extra to pay.

Australian-tourism-award

21 Tourism Awards of Excellence

including Australia's best Adventure Tourism Company

Life’s an Adventure have won 21 Tourism Awards of Excellence including the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Australia’s Best Adventure Company. Awards are great, but our biggest accolade which we value even more, is that our clients come back and travel with us time and time again.

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
11 Day East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail Walk & Red Centre

  • Pack-Free fully supported walk with your overnight luggage transported to the campsite & homestead
  • Scenic Flight/Air Transfer from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon  
  • 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza, Alice Springs
  • 2 nights camping at magnificent Ormiston Gorge, centrally located so you can walk directly into camp on night one and take a swim after your walk. All guests will stay in walk-in tents with off the ground beds complete with deluxe camping mattresses.
  • Two nights at historic Glen Helen Homestead in comfortable rooms with ensuites. The Homestead has a refreshing pool you can take a dip after a day’s walking or walk down to the local swimming hole.
  • 2 nights at Voyagers Ayers Rock Resort in Desert Gardens accommodation
  • 1 night Kings Canyon Resort
  • All meals including 10 dinners, 10 breakfasts, and 9 lunches
  • Australian wine will be served during dinner each night at camp as well
  • Professionally guided – Our guides are passionate, entertaining, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • Guest indigenous guide talk and ‘Welcome to Country’ at Stanley Chasm
  • National Park Pass
  • NO Credit Card Fees 

Please note: the only equipment you will need to bring is a sleeping bag which can be hired from us for a fee of $40. Our bags are dry cleaned after every use.

Day 1: Arrival Alice Springs - Late afternoon Emily & Jessie Gaps walk, East Macs
11 Day East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail Walk & Red Centre

FLIGHTS: Book your flights to arrive in Alice Springs any time during the day. 

ITINERARY: Fly to Alice Springs. Make your way to your accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs. Today is at leisure to explore Alice Springs on your own.

At 4.00pm guests have the option to meet our guides for a short introductory walk to Emily and Jessie Gaps ideally located 15 minutes out of Alice Springs. These significant indigenous art sites are the first noticeable features of the East MacDonnell Ranges and are amazing geographical formations containing rock paintings depicting the caterpillar dreaming story. Afterwards, we return to our accommodation with time to relax and shower before enjoying dinner including wine where you can get to know your fellow guests.

Day 2. Trephina Gorge walk - East MacDonnell Ranges
11 Day East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail Walk & Red Centre

TRAIL NOTES: 12km walk. 5.5 hours

TERRAIN: One decent hill climb and decent, access to the chain of ponds rock hole will require some scrambling or climbing over rocks. expect little shade on top of the ridge.

WALK ITINERARY: After an early breakfast we drive out to Trephina Gorge in the East MacDonnell ranges, stopping along the way to view the small rocky outcrop of Corroboree Rock. Our hiking today takes us to spectacular walk along the top of Trephina Gorge walking along the beautiful Ridgetop Walk through the Chain of Ponds & John Hayes Rockhole. Ghost gums, cypress pines and fantastic vistas are all about, before you desend down towards the Chain of Pools loop walk and John Hayes Creek expect another climb smaller this time, some sandy creek beds and more bird life and the awe-inspiring permanent water hole that is the rock hole. Maybe if your luck you will rear a chorus of frogs in the desert. Later we return to the Crowne Plaza at Alice Springs to enjoy dinner served with wine and a relaxing evening.

Day 3: Larapinta - Stanley Chasm - Ormiston Gorge & Pound walk
11 Day East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail Walk & Red Centre

TRAIL NOTES: Walk: Approximately 10kms. 6 hours walking with breaks. Medium grade. Climb 110 metres and descent 110 metres.

TERRAIN: This circuit track begins with a steady climb to the top of the pass. The trail is firm underfoot with loose rocks. After descending down into the Pound there is some dry sandy riverbed crossings with the last 2km of the track leading through a dry river bed which has a mix of boulders and rocks where some light rock scrambling will be required. Terrain is rocky hard surfaces requiring sturdy hiking boots with ankle support.

FLEXIBLE WALKING: After enjoying the Standley Chasm walk we travel to Ormiston Gorge, for those that don’t want to do the Ormiston Pound walk today, enjoy the flexibility to relax at camp where you can swim at Ormiston Gorge waterhole whilst the rest of the group is walking.

WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, we head for a “Welcome to Country” with local Arrente guide at Stanley Chasm.  Standley Chasm/Angkerle Atwatye is part of the dreaming and connection to country and where our Arrente guide lives with her family. They bring a fresh and modern-day perspective to cultural awareness and loves sharing her knowledge in order to facilitate understanding across cultures.

We travel to Ormiston Gorge which is one of the main highlights of the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park. Enjoy a beautiful and spectacular walk up to high escarpment overlooking the pound and then we descend into the pound. The walk takes you through a spinifex covered landscape. You will be amazed at the extensive population of wildlife surrounding the many waterholes along the way. Upstream as you walk through the gorge rising spectacularly on either side are cliff faces which look like Red Lego blocks. You will see ancient pines, river red gums and you may even see the famous Sturt Desert rose.

We are very lucky to be able to take advantage of a campsite at beautiful Ormiston Gorge. Today we walk directly into our campsite to find our stand up touring tents erected and your overnight bags waiting in your tent. Take a dip in the refreshing waterhole before dinner, a great way to refresh after your day’s walk. Relax as a delicious dinner served with Australian wine is prepared for your enjoyment. Sit around the campfire, toast marshmallows and chat about the day’s adventure with your new friends.

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Day 4: Larapinta - A Wander to Mount Sonder
11 Day East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail Walk & Red Centre

TRAIL NOTES: Walk: Approximately 16kms. 6 hours walking with breaks. Walk: Hard grade.

TERRAIN: Expect a good physical workout even during the descent off the mountain. The trail is rocky, rugged, hard-surfaced and dry. The trail occasionally disappears although there are markers to follow. Terrain is rocky hard surfaces requiring sturdy hiking boots.

FLEXIBLE WALKING: For those that do not want to walk to the top of Mount Sonder we offer an alternative shorter walk to suit your fitness today. Our second guide will tailor-make the walk to the needs of those choosing this option with several walking options available including a Redbank Gorge walk showcasing it’s pretty chasm and gorge or a shorter version of Mt Sonder.

WALK ITINERARY: We have carefully planned your journey so that the most challenging day to Mt Sonder (the highest point of the trail) is at the start of the tour when you are fresh and more energetic, then we gradually make each day easier as the tour comes to an end. We start the day early so we can enjoy a glorious walk to Mt Sonder.

European’s were first acquainted with the mountain in the watercolour painting of the famous Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira. This section’s walk to the summit showcases the stunning colours of the range and amazing views for hundreds of miles into the distance. Initially, we climb through bushland, then the tree’s gradually become more stunted as the track rises on open spinifex covered slopes. At the top, we will enjoy sweeping views of where we have been and record our achievement in the Visitor’s book. The trip to the peak of Mount Sonder comprises an 8km walk from the gorge over rocky and steep terrain suited to fit bushwalkers.

We return to our campsite with time to have a relaxing swim in the waterhole before dinner. Tonight enjoy a wonderful dinner featuring local produce and Australia wine around the campfire.

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Day 5: Larapinta - Ormiston Gorge to Glen Helen Homestead
11 Day East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail Walk & Red Centre

TRAIL NOTES: Walk: Approximately 12kms. 7 hours walking with breaks. Walk: Medium grade.

TERRAIN: A windy and undulating walk from the Gorge to the hilltop lookout. From the lookout onwards the area flattens out a little. There are a number of creek and river crossings to complete, but these are almost always dry. The track is firm underfoot with less rocky sections.

FLEXIBLE WALKING: For those that don’t want to walk today, enjoy the flexibility to relax at camp and have a swim at the waterhole with the option to enjoy a stroll along the short but rewarding Ghost Gum walk at your own pace. The Ghost Gum trail meanders through sandy soil and ghost gums before gaining altitude via steps to reach a viewing platform. It is possible to continue along the path for a longer route along the gorge. Afterwards transfer to Glen Helen Homestead for an early check-in. Here you can stroll down to Glen Helen Gorge for a swim or relax around the Homestead’s swimming pool.

WALK ITINERARY: Today our walk will take us from the Ormiston Gorge to the Historic Glen Helen Homestead. Our walk starts with a magnificent Red Mallee forest, wildflowers after rains if you’re lucky and a dis-used cattle corral, which reminds us of the past pioneers of this rugged cattle country.

Mount Sonder looming in the distance and plains stretching as far as the eye can see. We descend over gently undulating terrain when we come to the junction of Ormiston and Davenport creeks which is the start of the famous Finke River. The Finke was called Larapinta by the Arentee People which means salt creek and it is one of the oldest watercourses on this planet. We cross the Finke River to the west bank and rise through a patch of river red gums to an open plain. An easy walk leads to the oasis of the Historic Glen Helen Homestead which is our accommodation for the next two nights. Upon arrival enjoy free time to stroll along pretty Glen Helen Gorge take a swim in the homestead pool. Tonight our group meets in The Homestead’s restaurant for our evening meal. Enjoy hearty pub-style meals accompanied with Australian wine. Retire to your room with ensuite and reverse cycle air conditioning/heating.

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Day 6: Larapinta - Eagles Landing - Counts Point
11 Day East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail Walk & Red Centre

TRAIL NOTES: Walk: Approximately 15kms. 8 hours walking with breaks. Walk: Hard grade.

TERRAIN: A gradual climb over rocky terrain before beginning a steep climb up to the top of the ridge, the climb is supported with well-constructed rock steps. Once up on the ridge this exposed track leads over a rugged rocky clearing with a slight incline all the way to the Counts Point lookout. Coming down off the ridge there is some steep switchbacks and steps. Once off the ridge, you’ll enter a mulga scrub where there are more rocky steps leading down to the valley floor where there is smoother single track, crossing through rocky creeks.

FLEXIBLE WALKING: For those that don’t want to do the Counts Point walk today, we offer an alternative easier walk to suit your fitness. Our second guide will take you on a shorter walk to Serpentine Gorge & Serpentine Gorge lookout. An easy 3km return trip takes you into the sheltered Gorge and waterhole and then onto a short sharp climb to the lookout that enables you to see up the gorge and also over the surrounding parks of the range country. After spending the morning here, you will be transferred back to Glen Helen where you can take another short walk to the Glen Helen Gorge along the Finke River with views of the towering sandstone wall.

WALK ITINERARY: Today we walk section 8 of the Larapinta Trail. We climb to Eagles landing which in the Aboriginal Dreamtime tells the story of an Eagle ancestor who patrolled the range from Ochre pits to Serpentine Gorge.

After a morning tea stop at Eagles landing, we then continue to Counts Point. This vantage point offers a wonderful opportunity to see the overall geology of the ranges. Views along this straight Quartz ridge lines give a spectacular view of Mt Sonder. To the right in the distance is the highest peak in the Northern Territory Mt Zeil. In our opinion the best view along the whole length of the trail. After lunch, we descend the range into the plains to the end of our walk at Serpentine Gorge chalet. We then transfer back to our hotel accommodation at Glen Helen Homestead. Enjoy dinner in the restaurant featuring Australian wine and chat about the day’s adventures.

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Day 7: Larapinta - Ochre Pits to Serpentine Chalet Gorge - Helicopter Flight
11 Day East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail Walk & Red Centre

TRAIL NOTES: Walk: Approximately 8kms. 4 hours walking with breaks. Walk: Medium grade.

TERRAIN: The Trail leads up from the Ochre pits with a rise up and over a small ridge, firm underfoot with lots of loose rocky sections. Once at Inarlanga Pass there is a short section of boulders to navigate over. Following this the track is rocky and undulating with some smoother sections.

FLEXIBLE WALKING: Todays walk is an easy 6.2km from the Ochre pits to Serpentine Chalet with a spectacular morning tea stop at Inarlanga Gorge (one not to be missed) however if you are wanting an alternative option you can enjoy the Ochre pits with the group and then travel with the second guide around to Serpentine Chalet carpark where you will wait for the group to finish their hike

WALK ITINERARY: Today we hike an easy 4 km track along the Song Line of the Arrente track from Ochre pits which connect to Inarlanga Pass. The Ochre pits are still used by the traditional landowners, Arrente people. The track follows high ground to some of the best views of the whole Larapinta trail.

We enter into the Inarlanga Gorge the smoking green fronds of the McDonald ranges Cycads stand out against the glowing red walls of the gorge formed 300 million years ago. The gorge has been the ceremonial place an important watering point for the Western Arrente people for thousands of years. We walk the descent back through spinifex foothills over a low saddle through mulga back to our starting point. We travel back to Alice Springs and finish our journey with an afternoon scenic helicopter flight to see the dramatic landscapes from the air.

On the last day of our walk, we finish our journey with an afternoon scenic helicopter flight from Alice Springs. On this remarkable journey, you will fly the first section of the Larapinta trail from Alice Springs to Simpsons Gap. We take to the air and follow the Todd River to the Telegraph Station and get a bird’s eye view of Mt Gillen and Heavitree Gap before making our way to marvel at the breathtaking Simpsons Gap From the air, you will also see stunning views of the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, parallel ridges spanning out 644kms into the distance from Alice Springs. This flight is a truly remarkable way to finish our Larapinta experience. Afterwards, we head back to the Mercure Hotel arriving, the end of a fantastic journey.

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Life’s an Adventure would like to acknowledge the original custodians of the land – The Arrente people.

Day 8: Fly to Kings Canyon. Watarrka National Park - Walk the Giles Track
11 Day East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail Walk & Red Centre

TRAIL NOTES: 11kms. Grade easy. Some flat sections.

TRANSFERS: Early morning 1 hour flight from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon

ITINERARY: This morning enjoy breakfast before we transfer to Alice Springs airport for an early morning flight over the stunning desert ranges and gorges to Kings Canyon saving us almost 4 hours in driving. Today we walk a section of the Giles Track named after Ernest Giles the 19th-century explorer, the first European to visit this area. The track is one of the hidden gems of the area. We enter a labyrinth of amazing beehive rock formations that remind one of the Bungle Bungles in Western Australia. Domes of layered rock stand up to 15 metres high and the Giles Track weaves its way through these through stunning gullies. After our walk, we make our way to our accommodation at the superb Kings Canyon Resort. Enjoy drinks at their Sunset Viewing Platform as the nearby cliffs glow red and the stars emerge in a brilliant, vast sky. In the evening we enjoy a superb dinner served with wine at Carmichaels Restaurant and share our newly acquired knowledge and experiences of the Red Centre. 

Day 9: Watarrka National Park - Walk Kings Canyon Rim
11 Day East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail Walk & Red Centre

TRAIL NOTES: Kings Canyon Rim Walk. 6kms. 4 hours. Moderate to Hard Grade. Or optional shorter walk walk to Kings Creek. 2.6kms. 1 hour walk. Easy

TRANSFERS: Afternoon 3 hours drive from Kings Canyon to Ayers Rock Resort

TERRAIN: This walk climbs steeply to the canyon rim. The path is rocky with many stepsThere are unfenced cliff edges on the entirety of the walk. On the canyon rim the track is rocky and uneven underfoot and undulating. The final descent back to the car park is steep with some formed steps.

FLEXIBLE WALKING: A shorter Kings Canyon walking option is also available today to Kings Creek for those not wanting to do the Rim walk.

WALK ITINERARY: After an early breakfast, we lace up our hiking boots and head off to make our way to the rim of the dramatic Kings Canyon.  This 6km loop walk starts with its most challenging difficult section, a steep climb from the canyon floor to the rim. But, once up on the rim you will find yourself amongst an amazing landscape of weather-sculpted sandstone pagodas known as the Lost CityFrom here the track winds around the rim of the canyon above sheer and colourful cliffs that will take your breath away with their grandeur. The walk also passes through the picturesque Garden of Eden, a sacred waterhole filled with lush greenery. The track continues to the southern rim before descending again to the car park. From here we travel to UluruEnroute you will stop for a view of the impressive, but less famous, Mount Conner, known locally as ‘Fool-u-ru‘ as its towering silhouette, rising out of the desert horizon, is the first thing you see as you travel west towards its more famous neighbours, Uluru and Kata Tjuta. No brochure or photo can prepare you for the grandeur of the world’s most iconic monolith as it comes into view. 

Your next two nights are spent at the beautiful Ayers Rock Resort in the Desert Gardens guest rooms. This resort features a wonderful swimming pool and a diversity of modern dining and bar options. Tonight enjoy a superb dining experience at Arnguli Restaurant enjoying a wonderful menu, that incorporates signature dishes enlivened by indigenous flavours and complemented by Australian fine wines.  

Day 10: Red Centre: Walk Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
11 Day East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail Walk & Red Centre

TRAIL NOTES: Valley of the Winds Walk, 7.4km circuit, 4 hours. Moderate to Difficult Grade. Mala Walk, 2km, 1.5 hours. Easy Grade. 

TERRAIN: The Valley of the Winds Walk starts on a well-formed, smooth dirt track. There are some short climbs and descents in and out of each valley. Further within the walk you will encounter sections of loose rock, sand and uneven ground underfoot. The Mala Walk is on flat, well-formed, dirt and sand tracks.  

FLEXIBLE WALKING: For those after an easier day, skip the morning Valley of the Winds walk and join the group to visit the Cultural Centre followed by the afternoon shorter 2km Mala Walk. Alternatively, our guests have the freedom to do the 7.4km morning walk and skip the afternoon walk and relax at the resort.

ITINERARY: After breakfast, we head out on our day’s walk. Today you visit Kata Tjuta meaning ‘many heads’. The enormous domes, 36 in total, rise out of the rolling sand dunes and desert plains to the west of Uluru. Weathered over millions of years, the tallest, Mt Olga, is actually higher than UluruTodays walk takes you through the heart of these domed monoliths along the Valley of the Winds walk, which winds its way into the shady depths of narrow passages beneath the imposing heads of Kata Tjuta. The Valley of the Winds also features unparalleled views of the spectacular desert landscape from two lookout points along the track.  

After experiencing the remote beauty of Kata Tjuta you have free time this afternoon at the Cultural Centre, to deepen your understanding of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Here you can learn about Anangu culture and the park’s natural environment through exhibits and free presentations with Anangu and park rangers. There are also Aboriginal art galleries and several community-owned shops and facilities. 

You then enjoy a fascinating, educational ranger-guided excursion following the Mala Walk along the base of Uluru. Park rangers will stop at various sites to talk about the meaning of rock art, demonstrate tools traditionally used by Anangu and tell you the Tjukurpa (creation stories) of many rock formations. The Mala walk ends at Kantju Gorge – a dramatic, near-vertical wall that becomes a raging waterfall when it rains.  

You return to your accommodation today for a relaxing dinner in the Mangata Bistro and Bar showcasing the finest Australian produce with notes of bush tucker flavours throughout perfectly matched with Australian wines.

OPTIONAL DINING EXPERIENCE: Alternatively our guests have the option of upgrading their dining experience tonight at the amazing ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner at an additional cost of $130. This unique and award-winning dinner extravaganza begins with canapes and chilled sparkling wine overlooking the National Park and includes didgeridoo performances and an interactive chef’s station where you will be served your choice of meal from a bush tucker inspired menu. Then settle back and listen to a presentation decoding the southern night sky and constellations. This is a 4 hour experience. Please note this experience is on request at time of booking.

Day 11: Red Centre: Uluru Sunrise and Walk
11 Day East MacDonnell Ranges, Larapinta Trail Walk & Red Centre

TRAIL NOTES: Uluru Base Walk, 10km circuit, 3.5 hours. Easy Grade. 

TERRAIN: The walk is on a well-formed, smooth and flat, wide dirt track.  

ITINERARY: Today you get up close and personal with the Rock and follow in the footsteps of the ancestral beings that shaped the landscape. The Uluru Base Walk is the best way to connect with the rock and learn its stories. The walk is about 10 km and that takes you around the whole circumference. The sheer scale of Uluru, when up close and personal, is really quite extraordinary. As you walk you will pass through acacia woodlands and grassed claypans and encounter bloodwoods, native grasses and waterholes. This is a beautiful and intimate way to end your Red Centre experience. After the walk, we transfer you to the Yulara airport for your return flight at the end of a grand journey to the heart of Australia.  

Tour Availability

We run regular weekly departures during the months late May to August. Dates are listed below however availability changes by the hour – to see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

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PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: groups@lifesanadventure.com.au

Departure DatesAvailability Savings /Special Notes
15 June 2021AvailableSuper Earlybird Savings
2 August 2021AvailableSuper Earlybird Savings
10 August 2021AvailableSuper Earlybird Savings

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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10 -12 people can choose the date of your choice subject to availability.


FIRST TIME TRAVELLER Spot Special Price From
$ 7649 /p

Prices for those doing their first walk with us

SEASON’S DEPARTURES
May 2021 to Aug 2021

Spot Special Price*……….$7649
Normal Price………………. $7799

*Spot special prices available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. See departures dates for specific dates. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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Past Passenger Spot Special Price From
$ 7549 /p

Travelled with Life's An Adventure previously

SEASON’S DEPARTURES
May 2021 to Aug 2021

Spot Special Price*……….$7549
Normal Price………………. $7699

*Spot special prices available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. See departures dates for specific dates. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

Email us for a special Past Passenger discount link.

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Private Groups Special Price
$ 7549 /p

Your own Private Group of 10-12 guests

PRIVATE GROUPS
10-12 participants

Departure date of your choice
May 2021 to Aug 2021

Spot Special Group Price*..$7549
Normal Price………………. $7699

*Spot special prices available when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Departures subject to availability. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

Additional Past Passenger discount not available for groups.

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OPTIONAL
$ Xtras /p

The following extras can be purchased with your tour:

FLEXI-WALK ADD-ON
Cancel for Any Reason:

Purchase a FlexiWalk Add-On for normal price tickets and cancel 96 hours prior to departure for any reason. See conditions below for full details.
Price: $779 per person.
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SOLO TRAVELLERS
Solo travellers willing to share with someone of the same gender will pay no extra. Those wanting their own cottage will need to pay a single supplement cost. Subject to availability at time of booking.
11 day walk Single Supplement Price: Enquire for price.

COVID Booking Guarantee
For terms and conditions on our special COVID-19 Booking Guarantee click here.

FlexiWalk Option – Cancel for any Reason

Click here for full conditions on our FlexiWalk Option.

Discount Information:

  • PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.
  • EARLYBIRD, & SPOT SPECIALS: Refunds and cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour.
  • Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking. Flexiwalk Add-On option not available on these tickets.

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise our clients travelling within Australia to take out Travel Insurance.We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Before you book please read our Booking Terms and Conditions. Click here.

To find out more click on any of the below links:

Contact Us
  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: Shop 7, 1306 Pittwater Road
    Narrabeen NSW 2101.

    WALKING THE THREE CAPES:
    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
  • Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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