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7 Day Red Centre Photography Tour


Day 1 (D)

Upon arrival into Alice Springs,, please make your way to our hotel. Taxis and an airport shuttle are available.

Simpsons Gap. Photo by Robert Thompson

The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the town and settle into our accommodation. This evening, we'll have our first group dinner at the hotel. Your driver guide and tour escort will run through the itinerary for the next week and this is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

Overnight accommodation- Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs, Guest room with en-suite

Day 2 (B,L,D)

We start our 7 day photographic tour today. An early start as we travel west into the Western MacDonnell Ranges, part of an ancient landscape sculptured overtime by climatic elements, and tStandley Chasm. Photo by Andrew Goodallhe start of the Red Centre Way.

Our first stop is Simpsons Gap, one of the most prominent waterholes in the region and home to the Black- footed rock wallaby. The area around Simpsons Gap is a major stronghold for some of the rare and relic plants of the region, large stands of Mulga and Ghost gums. There are a couple of walks to choose from here.

Then onto Aboriginal owned Angkerie (Standley Chasm), gouged from tough sandstone by the floods that, over untold millions of years, have surged down a narrow tributary of the Finke River system. The result is a deep red cleft, with slopes on either side rising 80 metres above the floor that are most dramatic at noon, when the chasm is drenched in a shower of brilliant red light, the sheer walls glowing from the reflected red sunlight.

To get to the chams, we follow a creek where spring- fed pools attract a variety of wildlife, especially birds, and the gully floor is lsuh with plants that range from delicate ferns to tall gums.

After lunch, onto Ellery Creek Big hole, which is a spectacular waterhole in the mighty Ellery Creek which cuts through a gorge in the ranges. Thousands of years of massive floods have carved out this beautiful waterhole and unlocked some amazing geology. It's also a great place for a swim !

Our destination this afternoon is Glen Helen Bush Resort, which has a history dating back to 1905, when it was a cattle station. It's situated a short walk from the Glen Helen Gorge. Photo by Robert ThompsonFinke River and Glen Helen Gorge and waterhole, where you can have a swim or climb the ridge for a magnificent view. The landscape around Glen Helen is as spectacular as you will find anywhere, with a towering sandstone wall greeting you, as you arrive. The resort area and gorge are also home to an array of birds (including waterbirds and birds of prey), insects and retiles as well as the Black flanked rock wallabies and Dingoes.

This is also a great spot for some night photography.

Overnight accommodation- Glen Helen Bush Resort, motel room with en-suite

Day 3 (B,L,D)

This morning early risers can join Andrew to shoot the first ray of light shining on the cliffs of Glen Helen Gorge.

After breakfast at the lodge, we depart for the lookout over Mt Sonder, the highest point in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Then we make our way to Ormiston Gorge, where you can take a short stroll to the waterhole or take the 40 minute return Ghost Gum Walk. The area also contains an interesting variety of native flora and fauna.

We hit the unsealed dirt road now and travel along the Mereenie Loop road to Kings Canyon. En-route we stop at Tyler's Pass Lookout, for views of Gosse Bluff Meteor Early morning at Glen Helen Gorge. Photo by Andrew GoodallCrater and the surrounding landscape.

The trip along the Mereenie Loop Road is an adventure in itself and is a lovely drive through some beautiful desert country. Keep your eye out for wildlife too.

We arrive at Kings Canyon Resort, check in and have some free time to relax or have a wander around.

The flora and fauna around the resort is unique to Watarrka National Park. The ancient landscape is rich in diversity but provides harsh conditions with little rain and intense summer heat. Some of the species who have adapted over the years include camels, donkeys, dingoes, brumbies, kangaroos, wallabies, emu and over 100 species of colourful birds from the Central Australian area.

Overnight accommodation - Kings Canyon Resort, standard room with en-suite (2 night stay)

Day 4 (B,L,D)

We have an early start today, driving to Kings Canyon to take the rim walk. Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park) contains the western end of the George Gill Range, a scenic landscape of rugged ranges, rockholes and gorges. The sheer red rock face of Kings Canyon soars over 100 metres above dense forests of palms, ferns and cycads, sheltering them from the surrounding desert conditions.Walking around Kings Canyon. Photo by Narelle Jensen

The rim walk takes in magnificent views of the Canyon rim, the weathered, buttressed domes of "The Lost City" and the "Garden of Eden"- a sheltered valley with permanent waterholes and lush vegetation.

**please note that there are a couple of shorter, less strenuous walks also available at Kings Canyon. Your guide will explain all the options to you before you set off and you can choose the best option for you**

Returning to the resort, this afternoon is at your leisure. Relax around the resort- keep an eye out for dingoes and other wildlife. Perhaps take the dune board walk for sunset or take an optional helicopter flight (own expense).

Overnight accommodation - Kings Canyon Resort, standard room with en-suite

Day 5 (B,L,D)

This morning we head south to the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. The park is world heritage listed for the importance of it's natural phenomena and cultural significance.

This afternoon we visit the Cultural Centre and then head ouKata Tjuta from the air. Photo by Andrew Goodallt to Kata Tjuta, meaning "many heads". The enormous domes, 36 in total, rise out of the sand and weathered over millions of years, they are now rounded peaks. The tallest, Mt Olga, is higher than Uluru ! The Walpa Gorge walk is a rocky track thatgently rises to a stream,passing rare plants and ending at a grove of spearwood. Walk within the sheer walls and experience this amazing landscape.

We have our first opportunity to photograph the Uluru sunset at the sunset viewing area this evening. After sunset, once the stars come out, you can take some night photos over Australia's most famous landmark !

Overnight accommodation - Outback Pioneer Hotel, in s standard motel room with en-suite

(2 night stay)

Day 6 (B,D)

We have an early start (but it's well worth it !) today for sunrise at Uluru. The giant monolith emerges from the inky landscape, changing from purple through to rusty browns and red in the golden sunlight.

Uluru. Photo by Andrew Goodall of Natures Image Photography

After our boxed breakfast, we take the base walk around Uluru, which includes the Mala Walk and Mutitjulu waterhole, home of Wanampi, an ancestral watersnake.

This afternoon is free for you to pursue your own interests, simply relax or you may like to take an optional tour such as a Harley ride or a camel ride (own expense).

This evening, we have another opportunity to photograph sunset and the location will be decided by Andrew based on the conditions tonight and last night at Uluru.

Overnight accommodation - Outback Pioneer Hotel, in s standard motel room with en-suite

Day 7 (B,L,D)

Rainbow Valley. Photo by Andrew GoodallFor the early risers, there is another opportunity for sunrise over Uluru  this morning, by walking to one of the resorts lookouts. Or, we can highly recommend a dawn helicopter flight (own expense).

Departing Uluru, we now travel back to Alice Springs, via Mt Connor and Rainbow Valley. Mt Connor (Artila) is situated on Curtin Springs cattle station and is a 244m high mesa, or isolated table- top mountain and we stop for photos en-route.

After lunch at Stuarts Well, we hit the dirt again, to Rainbow Valley, with its stunning sandstone cliffs. These free standing cliffs form part of the James Range, and are particularly attractive in the late afternoon light (when we're there) when the rainbow-like rock bands are highlighted.

We'll arrive back into Alice Springs at approximately 6pm for our final dinner as a group and overnight at our hotel.

Overnight accommodation- Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs, Guest room with en-suite

Day 8 (B)

Your tour finishes after breakfast this morning. Sacred Earth Safaris - Book Now! - Kakadu Tours & Kimberley Safaris

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B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

7 Day Red Centre Photography Touro

Dates in April 2022 and pricing TBC- please contact us to register your interest

As this is a photography tour, it's not suitable for children

**solo travellers can request a single room and pay the single supplement or they can request to twin share with someone of the same sex. We'll try our best to match you up with someone but this cannot be guaranteed and if not possible, solo travellers will have a single room and have to pay the single supplement**Black footed rock wallaby. Photo by Andrew Goodall

Maximum 15 passengers

Prices include GST

Inclusions:

Seat in 6WD tour coach, with professional driver guide and professional photographer tour escort, Andrew Goodall, of Natures Image Photography
• Meals, as stated
• 7 nights en-suite accommodation including 1 night pre tour and 1 night post tour, in Alice Springs
• National Park entry fees including Uluru Kata Tjuta and Standley Chasm

Mereenie Loop Pass

 

Exclusions:

• Arrival / departure flights into Alice Springs

Airport Transfers
• Travel insurance
• Alcohol or soft drinks

Optional activities such as helicopter flights, camel rides or Harley Rides.

Itinerary is exclusive to Sacred Earth Safaris and is subject to availability, road, weather and cultural conditions.

Please enquire for private charter prices and details.