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AAT Kings – Central Australia Day Tours
Since 1912, AAT Kings has been helping people from all over the world discover and explore Australia from top to bottom. Our unrivalled experience across these rugged continents guarantees you a holiday filled with immersive experiences, world-renowned sights, and personal stories from unique characters. The vibrant colour and irresistible spirit of Australia can be found everywhere, across the vast plains and mountain ranges, beaches and islands. So many unforgettable moments await you. Let us show you our home, only with AAT Kings.
Enjoy the highlights with an Australian day tour as our Driver Guides share their local knowledge and stories with you to create a truly memorable experience. No matter which region your Australian day tour is exploring, our guides will teach you all about the local history, culture and fun facts to keep things interesting. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and leave the driving to us.
We offer a wide variety of tours for you to choose from, covering some of Australia’s most awe-inspiring and exciting regions and sights. We also pack as much fun into our itineraries as possible and even offer free hotel pick ups. So all you need to do to experience an incredible Australian day tour is jump on board!
What To Expect
One of the most iconic things you can see in a tour of Australia’s Red Centre is World Heritage listed Uluru, or Ayers Rock. Whether you’re watching the sunset at dusk or rising early to see first light pour over the stunning desert landscape, there’s no escaping this place’s magic. Uluru is also deeply significant to the Anangu people, the traditional Aboriginal owners of the region, and taking a tour of the red centre will teach you things about this ancient culture you wouldn’t learn anywhere else. 40 kilometres west of Uluru is Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), which is another culturally significant geological formation in the region – 36 rock domes that have weathered for more than 500 million years.
You’ll also want to take a tour of Alice Springs, a town with a significant history as being established by early explorers who built a repeater station along the Overland Telegraph line in 1872 to relay messages from Darwin to Adelaide. There’s also Australia’s largest Aboriginal art gallery, Alice Springs Desert Park and camel rides into Palm Valley.
To the west of Alice Springs, you can take a tour of Kings Canyon, an enormous rock chasm 270 metres deep. Here you’ll be amazed by the wildlife that takes shelter from the harsh desert environment. Or alternatively, if you’ve got the energy, a guided climb around the canyon rim will give you incomparable views of Watarrka National Park.
Uluru Sunset Tour
Travel from Ayers Rock Resort to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Enjoy nibbles and a complimentary glass of wine as the sun sinks over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is famous. It is recommended that you photograph Uluru every 5 minutes to really capture the gradual colour changes of the rock.
Uluru Sunrise & Field of Light
Arriving in complete darkness, you will be able to enjoy the 50,000 globes of light in the desert, before making your way up the hill to the Field of Light sunrise viewing platform. Once at the platform, the AAT Kings team will be serving you tea, coffee or hot chocolate. You can enjoy your beverage as the sun starts to creep light throughout the sky and then watch in awe as it pops up in the distance behind Uluru, flooding the landscape, including Kata Tjuta behind you, with light.
1/2 Day A Town Like Alice
Tour the sights of 'The Alice' including The School of the Air. Stop at the historic Telegraph Station, which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service, where you will see how medical aid reaches those who live in the remote 'outback' We also make a stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. The tour concludes with a panoramic view of the township of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.
Uluru Morning Guided Base Walk
First walk from Kuniya Piti, an Uluru sacred site and hear the Tjukurpa (Anangu – the local Aboriginal people - beliefs and law) story of the Mala Men. Next is the Mala Walk, one of the most important habitation areas for the local Aboriginal people over thousands of years. After a short rest break, continue on along the Lungkata Walk where your guide will tell you the Tjukurpa story of the cheeky Blue Tongue Lizard! Next stop is the Mutitjulu Waterhole.
Kata Tjuta Sunrise & Valley of the Winds
Travel to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) where your Driver Guide will explain the geological history of the area. Watch the spectacular sunrise over Kata Tjuta with Uluru in the distance from the western dune viewing area, light breakfast included. Your Driver Guide will then escort you on a 2-3 hour walk to the Valley of the Winds lookout. Marvel at the unique flora and admire the view of the central valley of the domes of Kata Tjuta.
Uluru Sunset with BBQ Dinner
After sunset, an AAT Kings Guide will transfer you to the AAT Kings’ exclusive barbecue site. The site is within the Uluru National Park. The site is located far enough away from the resort lights to provide a clear view of the stars in the southern sky. Once at the site, you will enjoy a variety of Australian meats and salads, accompanied by a glass of wine, beer or orange juice (menus are subject to change). After dinner, tea, coffee and dessert will be served. Your guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations with the assistance of a high beam spotlight.
Kings Canyon & Outback Panoramas (Return Alice Springs)
Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at look-out points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend into the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The circuit walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts.
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