This trip is for the outback adventurer looking to embrace the ruggedness of camping with a few creature comforts! Could this be you?
It’s a great opportunity to make new friends in a small group environment. This adventure is about making connections; connections with the local area, to the local people and culture, to the stunning natural landscapes, to your fellow adventurers and maybe even to yourself as you take on new challenges and experiences.
Don’t worry, it isn’t all go-go-go, there will be downtime to relax and get to know your fellow travellers.
Our trips are about filling your life with experiences. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab the bull by the horns and join in today, you know you want to!
We rely on the goodwill of all guests to make this tour a success. This includes your assistance in the prep of meals, washing up, gathering firewood and loading/unloading vehicles.
The Tour itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
Indigenous experiences cannot always be guaranteed for cultural reasons, in the event of a location or host not being available, alternative experiences of a similar nature will first be sought and failing this, refunds will be offered for this component only.
Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to one day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack with the items you require for 5 days packed inside. Excess Luggage can be stored at the resort.
Yulara (Ayers Rock Airport)
5 – 12 Septmeber 2021
From her starting position as tea lady, a job she took way too seriously (trust us, tea is something of an obsession with her), she wins the gold star for giving everything a go.
As a former police officer, Suzanne joined the ICON team with not only a can-do attitude but also a bloody-well-will-do attitude too. If she’s in charge of a tour or helping to organise independent travel for you, you can be rest-assured it will be like her tea, done to the highest and most meticulous standard.
Not much planned for today apart from checking in and relaxing in the comfort of the resort and meeting the group.
You can soak up the sun by the hotel’s central swimming pool, browse the shops or enjoy a casual meal at one of the cafés located in the Resort Town Square. Perhaps visit the Gallery of Central Australia (GOCA).
Optional extras: Aerial tours available starting at $120/pp. Field of Lights Star Pass $98/pp
A morning at leisure then around midday we will be collected from the resort and travel the short distance to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The afternoon is dedicated to exploring this extraordinary monolith starting with an interpretive walk led by your guide. They will explain the Aboriginal law and religion (Tjukurpa). You will also learn about the art and culture of the local custodians, the Anangu people, and visit the acclaimed Cultural Centre where you can explore the displays and learn of the flora and fauna unique to this area.
Experience the famous changing colours of Uluru at sunset complete with sparkling wine and nibbles and plenty of photo opportunities. This is a great time to kick back and contemplate the vastness of the desert while getting to know your fellow travellers.
Afterwards settle in at our private camp, complete with our signature Endless Star dining experience before retiring to your swag under the amazing night sky or your comfortable safari tent complete with beds.
An early morning to take a short walk to a lookout close to our campsite to view sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta without the hustle and bustle of the public viewing areas before heading off to Kata Tjuta for a walk through the spectacular “Valley of the Winds”.
Afterwards, we’re off to Kings Creek Cattle Station for our second nights’ remote private bush camp, complete with flushing bush toilets and hot showers.
With nobody else for miles, this camp has stunning views out over the George Gill Ranges and gives you a real feel for the outback. Dinner around the campfire makes for a very social time with another night out under the stars. Tonight, listen for the sound of dingoes howling in the distance while watching the desert sky light up above you.
Today we head off to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) for a mind-blowing 6km walk through the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka.
We will visit the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil ‘Garden of Eden’. Afterwards, we travel a short distance to our next stop to enjoy a well-earned lunch followed a scenic four-wheel drive to Tyler’s Pass, which presents majestic 360-degree views of this stunning landscape.
From here you will see views of Tnorala (Gosses Bluff crater) a sacred site that scientists believe to be the remnants of an object from space believed to be a comet, that crashed to earth around 142.5 million years ago. Tyler’s Pass on the famous Mereenie Loop road presents a great opportunity to spot some native wildlife amongst amazing scenery.
We finish the afternoon at our remote bush camp in the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Sleep tonight under the clearest skies with no light pollution. You will think that you can almost touch the stars.
For those who are up for a 16km challenge and up for one of the most amazing experiences of a lifetime, join us for sunrise on top of Mount Sonder.
This hike will require a middle-of-the-night start (approx 2am) in order to be at the peak for dawn. Head torches, warm clothing and determination will be required. The vision of sunrise and the 360° view will leave you speechless – a truly unforgettable achievement
The rest of the day will be about relaxing and visiting Ellery Creek Big Hole for a swim.
Enjoy dinner and stargazing around the campfire in our remote West MacDonnell Ranges permanent campsite
Regarded by many as the ‘primo’ small walk of the Larapinta Trail, the Ormiston Pound Walk is full of wow factor, wildlife and flora and a great finale to our walk. A location inspirational to Albert Namatjira, sensational viewings of the Chewing’s Range and Mount Giles – the entry into the Gorge will leave you dumbfounded.
Our next stop is to enjoy a well-earned lunch followed by the opportunity to immerse yourself in an authentic indigenous cultural experience. Enjoy a leisurely guided walk with our indigenous custodians while learning about bush tucker and the healing powers of bush medicine, we also gain an insight into Aboriginal dot paintings.
Today we take the day to drive back to Yalara starting at Mount Sonder Lookout. Onto Owen Springs for some wildlife spotting and a comfort stop at the camel farm.
Our final night brings us full circle back to the Yalara where our adventure began. Dinner is provided at camp before retiring for the night in our comfortable permanent tents. As it’s our last night you may choose the option extra dinner.
OPTIONAL EXTRA: $229/pp Sounds of Silence Dining Experience.
Your Sounds of Silence experience begins with canapes and chilled sparkling wine upon a dune top overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table of fellow travellers for an unforgettable dining experience.
The attentive staff will offer a selection of Australian wine and beer while the first course is served at your table. As the night sky twinkles to life, you will be welcomed to an interactive chef’s station where you will be served your choice from our freshly prepared, bush tucker inspired menu incorporating native bush ingredients.
Settle back and listen to our resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.
If you are flying home this morning, your transport to the airport will be arranged with the group in time to catch your departing flight home.
If you wish to stay on in the NT, speak to us about add-on options