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Walk the Red Centre

Walk the Red Centre

A guided 5 day Pack-Free walk

This 5-day guided walk travels through the heart of Australia on an unforgettable journey that combines some of the best walks and natural wonders that Central Australia has to offer. Walk 4 great walks including Kings Canyon’s Giles Track and Scenic Rim walk as well as a walk around world-famous Uluru (Ayers Rock) and through the stunning Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). No matter how many photos you may have seen of these famous rock monoliths, when you experience them first hand you will be amazed at their spectacular size and beauty. This walk has been designed to minimise your travelling time in the vast outback. Enjoy a scenic flight from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon on day 2 saving almost 4 hours of driving and fly out of Uluru on day 5 avoiding a 5-hour return journey to Alice Springs. This walk has been specifically designed to travel only 300kms instead of the usual 1000km circuit of the Red Centre.

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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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Crowne Plaza Resort

1 night stay

We spend 2 nights at the charming Crowne Plaza Resort. 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 restaurant offering wonderful meals with a distinctive local feel.

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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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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 your accommodation. You design a schedule that’s right for you!

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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

On tour you will enjoy fine a la carte dining accompanied with Australian wines. At Kings Canyon Resort dine in Carmichael Restaurant featuring contemporary menus inspired by local Northern Territory produce. At Ayers Rock Resort we dine at Arnguli Grill and Restaurant one evening and the second evening at Mangata Bistro and Bar.

Guest also have the option to upgrade their dining experience on night 3 with a special experience at the award-winning Sounds of Silence (additional costs apply).

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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 have a fun-loving and caring nature as well as being passionate and knowledgable.

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Genuinely all-inclusive

Nothing more to pay

All tours are genuinely inclusive. From restaurant meals perfectly matched with Australian wines, to a scenic flight, park fees, and even credit card fees.

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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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NEW Flexiwalk Add-On

Cancel for any reason option

FlexiWalk is a new optional Add-On that allows passengers to cancel their tour last minute and not be penalised. Exclusively designed by Life’s An Adventure, this product gives our guests certainty in a time of uncertainty. Click here to find out more details

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
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  • Pack-Free Walking – no overnight packs to carry 
  • Scenic Flight/Air Transfer from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon  
  • 4 x 2 course a la carte dinners
  • Australian wines served with all evening meals 
  • 1 night in Crowne Plaza Alice Springs 
  • 1 night Kings Canyon Resort 
  • 2 nights at Voyagers Ayers Rock Resort – Desert Gardens
  • 3 x delicious lunches to enjoy whilst walking 
  • 4 x continental breakfasts 
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy while walking 
  • Professional Guides – our guides are passionate, well-trained and enthusiastic, with the ability to bring to life a depth of information 
  • Transfers to and from Alice Springs and Yulara airports at the start and end of your tour 
  • NO Credit Card Fees 

Optional Sounds of Silence dinner available at Uluru at an additional cost.

Day 1: Arrive Alice Springs
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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. You may like to visit the many indigenous Art galleries in the city centre or take a short taxi-ride out to the impressive Araluen Arts Centre or Desert Park wildlife park . The Olive Pink Botanic Garden in Alice Springs is also an easy walk or for great views try Billy Goat Hill or ANZAC Hill

Tonight meet the group at 7.30pm for a welcome dinner at the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Resort with the chance to meet your guide, who will entertain you with stories of the adventures that lie ahead on your 5 day Red Centre experience

Day 2: Fly to Kings Canyon. Watarrka National Park - Walk the Giles Track
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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 3: Watarrka National Park - Walk Kings Canyon Rim
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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 4: Walk Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
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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 5: Uluru Sunrise and Walk
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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.  

 

NOTE: This walk can be added to our Larapinta walk to create a 9 day walking experience. Click here to view.

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

SPECIALS
Check below to see if your preferred departure has a special savings. Conditions apply see pricing page.

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

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Departure DatesAvailabilitySpecial Offers / Notes
5 June 2021AvailableSuper Earlybird Saving
21 June 2021AvailableSuper Earlybird Saving
7 July 2021AvailableSuper Earlybird Saving
23 July 2021AvailableSuper Earlybird Saving
8 August 2021AvailableSuper Earlybird Saving
16 August 2021AvailableSuper Earlybird Saving
24 August 2021AvailableSuper Earlybird Saving


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Tour Prices

Spot Specials Save $150 per person when you book and pay in full on specific departures.

Spot Specials Save $150 per person when you book and pay in full on specific departures. Plus check out our COVID Booking Guarantee (see details below).
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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 From
$ 4249 /p

Prices for those doing their first walk with us

SEASON’S DEPARTURES
May 2021 to Aug 2021

Spot Special Price*………..$4249
Normal Price………………. $4399

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

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$ 4149 /p

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SEASON’S DEPARTURES
May 2021 to Aug 2021

Spot Special Price*………..$4149
Normal Price………………. $4299

*Spot special prices available when you book and pay in full at time of booking. 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 Group Price
$ 4149 /p

Your own Private Group of 10-12 guests

PRIVATE GROUPS
10-12 participants

SEASON’S DEPARTURES
May 2021 to Aug 2021

Spot Special Group Price*…$4149
Normal Price………………. $4299

*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.

*Super Earlybirds available only when you book and pay in full by 31 January 2021. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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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: $439 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 room will need to pay a single supplement cost. Subject to availability at time of booking.
5 day walk Single Supplement Price: $949

Book Now Pay Later Offer + COVID Booking Guarantee

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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

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

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    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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