Highlights of the Red Centre Self Drive

Highlights of the Red Centre Self Drive

from £1,054
excluding flights *
4 nights Year round


Explore the iconic highlights of the Red Centre on this self-guided holiday through the central Australian outback.


  • Exploring the historical Old Telegraph Station and Royal Flying Doctor Service in Alice Springs
  • Admiring Ormiston Gorge one of the West MacDonnell Ranges’ most impressive chasms
  • Witness the mighty Kings Canyon on a scenic walk along its vast and impressive rim
  • Enjoy the magic of fine dining under the Southern Desert sky at your Tali Wiru dinner
  • Watching the sun rise over monolithic Uluru whilst you enjoy a desert breakfast
  • Driving one of the Northern Territory's most exhilarating roads - the 4WD only Mereenie Loop Road

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental including GPS
  • Tali Wiru Dinner
  • Desert Awakenings Excursion
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

Discover the history of Alice Springs, one of Australia’s most iconic outback towns, before exploring the dramatic landscape of the West MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon. Walk the renowned Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta and marvel at the panoramic views and native flora and fauna of the region before continuing on to see the pinnacle of Australia’s Outback, Uluru.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price (pp)
01 Apr 2020 - 31 Mar 2021 4 nights Toyota Landcruiser Prado (or similar) £1,054

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom (mid range)
  • Car rental (4WD vehicle, Toyota Landcruiser Prado or similar) including GPS
  • Tali Wiru Dinner
  • Desert Awakenings Excursion
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1: Alice Springs

After collecting your 4WD rental car, spend the day at leisure in Alice Springs, the gateway to exploring Central Australia. See the Old Telegraph Station which used to relay messages from Darwin to Adelaide up until 1932 before visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base to learn about medical care in the Central Australian outback. Visit the School of Air, the first school of its type in Australia which broadcasts lessons to children over an area of 1.3 million sq km or drive the short distance out of town to the Alice Springs Desert Park, which is home to a staggering array of native central Australian wildlife. For a tremendous sunset view walk up Anzac Hill and admire the 365-degree view over the town and MacDonnell Ranges in the distance.
Overnight: Desert Palms Alice Springs

Day 2: Alice Springs - Kings Canyon (360km)

Rise early and commence your drive towards Kings Canyon. Spend the day traversing this iconic route enjoying a plethora of natural attractions on the way. From Alice Springs, take the Namatjira drive that snakes alongside the West MacDonnell Ranges before taking a break to enjoy a short swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole, a natural waterhole nestled into a gorge before continuing to Ormiston Gorge, one of the most impressive chasms in the West MacDonnells. Take a short walk around the gorge, marvelling at the plethora of ghost gum trees, wildlife and of course spectacular views before continuing to Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park.
Overnight: Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Canyon

Day 3: Kings Canyon - Uluru (320km)

This morning perhaps enjoy a short hike around the base of Kings Canyon or the slightly longer Scenic Rim Walk, a 6km loop that skirts the canyons rim before descending down wooden stairs to the Garden of Eden, a lush pocket of ferns and wild flowers around a tranquil natural pool. Admire the giant sandstone domes and weathered cliff faces before continuing to the World Heritage-listed Kata Tjuta National Park and the burnished orange site of Uluru. Spend the evening admiring the ever changing colours of this monolithic rock at the award winning Tali Wiru Dinner. Tali Wiru, meaning 'beautiful dune' in local Anangu language, encapsulates the magic of fine dining under the Southern Desert sky. Instead of walls, this open-air restaurant has magnificent views of Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta, and for unique ambiance there's the stillness of the desert at night.
Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel, Uluru

Day 4: Uluru

Today spend the day exploring the ancient landscape of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Rise early and witness the first rays of sunshine light up Uluru as you enjoy a guided excursion out into the desert. After enjoying a bush breakfast you will visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole and Cultural Centre to learn about the traditions and belief systems of the national parks careholders, the Anangu people. After lunch you could continue on to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), a series of 36 striking rock domes huddled together a short distance from Uluru. Enjoy a challenging but rewarding walk along the Valley of the Winds trail taking in the native wildlife, creek beds and of course multiple panoramic views.
Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel, Uluru

Day 5: Uluru - Alice Springs

This morning depart Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and return to Alice Springs for your onward journey.

Desert Gardens Hotel, Uluru

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs are the setting for this 218 room hotel.

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