Ayers Rock or Uluru, Olgas Tour with BBQ from Alice Springs image
Get the full Ayers Rock experience on this day trip from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. World Heritage-listed Uluru, the large sandstone rock formation in the heart of the Australian Outback, is home to Aboriginal art, mysteries and legends. See and learn about it all on guided walks around the base of the rock, plus visit another large rock formation, Kata Tjuta (aka the Olgas). End your experience with a buffet dinner and sparkling wine at sunset, when the changing colors of Uluru make the place even more magical.
Your day trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park starts in the early morning when you depart Alice Springs by air-conditioned coach. Head southwest on Highway 87, passing by the West MacDonnell Ranges. After about an hour and 15 minutes of driving, stop at Stuarts Well, a typical Outback roadhouse where you will enjoy a light or hot breakfast.

Back on the bus, traverse the remote landscape of endless Outback plains, enjoy a view of Mt Ebenezer and stop for morning tea (typically a cool drink or hot billy tea, served with a lamington, a traditional Aussie cake) at the Mt Conner lookout point. Continue the drive to Uluru, admiring sand ridges covered in desert oak trees and watching for huge road trains (semi trucks pulling several trailers of freight).

When you arrive at Uluru, a UNESCO World Heritage site known as Ayers Rock in English, you’ll take part in several activities that will introduce you to the history, culture and geology of this massive sandstone rock formation. Enjoy guided walks around the entire base of Uluru while learning about its legends; hear about Tjukurpa art on the Mala walk; see Aboriginal rock art on the walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole; and hear about the customs and bush food of the Anangu people.

Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to learn more about Aboriginal culture and art, and then head to Kata Tjuta (also known as Mt Olga or the Olgas), the other large rock formation in the national park, for more walking along trails that lead to valleys and secluded watering holes. Return to Uluru in time for sunset, during which you'll soak up the glow of the sinking sun while you sip sparkling wine or juice and feast on a BBQ dinner of meats, salad and bread.

After dinner, make the 6.5-hour drive back to Alice Springs, where your day trip ends.

Joanne D 2019-08-20

highly recommendation tour.Two guides were full of interesting knowledge.Very well paced with lots of food.Big day but very well organised.

angelinea2011 2019-07-24

The animals, trees, shrubs, hills, dunes, rock formations...everything about this trip was wonderful. Laif and his afternoon buddy kept us entertained with their knowledge of the region as well as kept us all safe on the rode. Oh, I can't forget to mention the really bad dad jokes were great! The sunset dinner was very good. Sitting and facing Uluru as you ate just gave you the opportunity to take everything in. I'm so glad I booked this trip!

Brian E A 2018-03-09

Great day - long trip.

margiisover 2018-03-01

Wonderful experience, well worth the long day. Tour guides kept us informed, well fed and watered, plenty of interesting stops. We went for Uluru, the Olgas were a huge lol bonus, spectacular! Bus comfortable, great vision from within, bring a water bottle - bus carries cold water. Sunset dinner was lovely, highly recommend this tour.

Kristofer A 2017-12-07

Excellent tour! A long day but very informative tour guides.

Jennifer L 2017-09-18

This day trip was absolutely fantastic. Eric and Pete, our drivers/guides were brilliant! Sooo much information and knowledge on the area, it was fantastic. Well worth the very long day 18 hours. I would highly recommend this trip to everyone.

Marta C 2017-07-10

Great and entertaining, lot to see, those 2 guys where fantastic -as drivers and tour guides too, highly recommend

Myrna D 2019-07-10

Amazing beauty of Uluru. The tour was great from breakfast to dinner. Tour guide were good especially Michael. Dan a great driver from Alice Springs to Uluru. Recommendable to others.

Miguel X 2017-07-23

Amazing trip, hepful and informative guides. The barbecue at the end of the day watching the sunset over Uluru was worth it.

Gavin W 2019-11-11

Visiting these monoliths is transcendent and must see for anyone coming to or living in Austrilia. The tour guide left me behind at the cultural centre and I was rescued by a local. When I caught up to the group he didn’t even know I was missing and other tour group members told the driver I was missing and he still left me behind. I recommend seeing these sites but don’t use Emu Run.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Lunch
  • Sunset BBQ dinner
  • Sparkling wine or juice with dinner
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Guided walks
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
  • National park fees
  • Entry/Admission - Uluru
  • Entry/Admission - Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Ayers Rock and the Olgas

Features

  • Instant Confirmation
  • Buffet dinner included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Led by a local guide

Terms & Conditions

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated provided that the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist with boarding and disembarking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • The Uluru climb is not prohibited but it is recommended that you do not climb out of respect to the Aboriginal owners of this land; the climb is physically demanding and can be dangerous; it may be closed at anytime due to Aboriginal cultural requirements or extreme weather conditions
  • Hat, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes and bottled water are required when participating in the guided walks; all walks are subject to weather conditions
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund