Sky & Telescope – ULURU PostExtension Tour - 9 - 11 Oct **REGISTRATION**
- Duration: 3 Days
- Product code: SATAYQ2019
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Leaving Sydney behind this morning, we board our 3.5-hour flight (not included) to Uluru, otherwise known as Ayres Rock. Crossing half of this large continent, we will experience the red sands and vastness of the dry land out our plane windows.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid “Red Centre.” The nearest large town is Alice Springs, 450 km away. Sacred to indigenous Australians, Uluru is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago. It lies within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which also includes the 36 red-rock domes of the Kata Tjuta (colloquially “The Olgas”) formation. Arriving into Uluru, we will be met and transferred to Sails in the Desert, where you will spend two nights.
Sunset is a magical time of the day in the outback, and we’ll venture out this afternoon on camel for a truly unique experience. Ideally suited to the hot, dry climate of Australia’s interior, camels were imported in the 19th century and remained the principal means of outback transport until railways and roads were established. Today there are an estimated 200,000 one-humped, dromedary-type camels in the wild. Only a few are still used by humans, mostly for touring the desert. Dinner is included at the hotel when we return. (B,D)
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Starting early this morning we venture to the base of Uluru for an awakenings tour of the land. Experience the tranquillity of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars. Watch the amazing transformation of colors and life as the desert awakens. The tour is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region.
After lunch we’ll make our way out to Kata Juta (the Olgas). Meaning “many heads,” Kata Juta is sacred to the local Aboriginal Anangu people, who have inhabited the area for more than 22,000 years. Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park is Aboriginal land and jointly managed by its Anangu traditional owners and Parks Australia. The park is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Area for both its natural and cultural values.
We end the day with a regional highlight: the award-winning Sounds of Silence Dinner. It will leave a lasting memory of your Australian outback experience. (B,D)
Friday, October 11, 2019
The morning is yours to sleep in, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, or take one last tour of the region. Flights (not included) travelling through to Los Angeles leave after lunch. (B)
Fred Watson as special tour host
Air-conditioned coach transport
Accommodation as stated (4-star)
Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D) as stated
Sunrise and sunset tours of Uluru
Kata Juta Tour
Sounds of Silence Dinner
Set of tour documents
International flights or regional scheduled flights not part of tour and/or extension(s)
Passports and cost of same
Meals not noted in the itinerary
Tips and gratuities
Price per person (USD)
$2095 twin share
$2565 - single