Join this flexible, small-group itinerary & explore Australia's iconic & incredible Red Centre including all it's most-loved attractions

5 Day Outback Camping Adventure | Yulara to Alice Springs Highlights

  • Get up to 10% cash back when you book with us

  • 5-day outback adventure through the heart of Australia's Red Centre

  • A flexible itinerary to work with the weather & group's interests

  • Marvel at the colours of the landscape with an Uluru sunrise & sunset

  • Learn about Aboriginal history with a Maruku Arts cultural experience

  • Challenge yourself with the incredible Kings Canyon Rim Walk

  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park entrance fees

  • Explore the Outback scenery of the Western Macdonnell Ranges

  • Discover the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges, one of the area's best-kept secrets

  • All accommodation: Permanent tented camp (2 nights) + bush camp (2 nights)

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

  • Transport: Private vehicle, walking

What to Expect

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Frequently Asked Questions about 5 Day Outback Camping Adventure | Yulara to Alice Springs

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On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. The tours are activity and participation based. During your travels, you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult. However, many hands make light work, and any assistance provided to the crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

 

All food for this trip is purchased and packed before your group leaving on day one. After the tour has left town, it can be very difficult to source special dietary requests.

 

Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise The Operator at the time of booking. You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised them of any special dietary requirements. Due to the often remote nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful and delicious.

 

The below dietary needs can be easily catered for.

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free (soy available )
  • Pork Free

Please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the above.

 

* Religious and more specific dietary requirements are generally unable to be catered for on these trips.

 

NOTE: For those passengers commencing their trip in Yulara, lunch will not be provided on day one.

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Basic accommodation consists of simple permanent twin-share tents with single sleeping platforms. Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat; the Operator also has swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at campsites if you want to experience sleeping in a swag. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish.

  • Night 1: Yulara – Simple permanent tents

  • Night 2: Kings Canyon – Simple permanent tents

  • Night 3: Bush camping, location to be decided on tour

  • Night 4: Bush camping, location to be decided on tour

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Generally speaking, it's recommended you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage and walk with it for short distances. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient, although it's recommended your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water, a camera, a jacket, etc., when exploring during the day.

 

Please keep your luggage to a minimum. Due to limited space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, travellers can carry a maximum of 15 kg. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack is essential. The Operator recommends against bringing hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings. 

 

WATER BOTTLE:
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. For the Kings Canyon Rim Walk, it is a requirement that you have a minimum of 3 litres of water with you. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1-litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

 

SLEEPING BAG & MAT:
Comfortable sleeping mats are provided when camping. Please also bring a travel pillow and sleeping bag or pre-purchase a sleeping bag from the Operator. If you do not wish to keep your sleeping bag, you can return them to the Operations Department, where it will be washed and donated to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

 

Below are some other ideas and helpful tips on what you specifically need for this trip.


ESSENTIALS:

  • Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and layers. Long shirts and pants are useful to protect against the harsh Australian sun. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry.
  • During the winter months of June / July / August, temperatures in the Red Centre can drop to 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) overnight, so it's important to also have some warm layers.
  • Comfortable closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings.
  • Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses

RECOMMENDED:

  • Personal medical kit. A larger kit will be on hand with your guide, but we recommend you carry items such as mild painkillers, electrolytes, Band-Aids and insect repellent.
  • Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5-litre capacity.
  • A headlamp or torch is recommended for around your accommodation at night.
  • Camera with spare batteries.

OPTIONAL:

  1. Sleep sheet. If you are travelling during the hot season, you may wish to pack a sleep sheet so you will be comfortable no matter what the weather.
  2. Ear plugs
  3. A good book, a journal and a music player

VALUABLES:

Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables. The Operator strongly recommends that you photocopy all important documents, e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.

 

BATTERIES/POWER:

Most of the trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. The Operator always recommends that you carry an extra battery for your camera just in case. Your vehicle will be equipped with a 12-volt "cigarette lighter" socket which may be used at the crew's discretion. However, do bear in mind that only one piece of equipment can be charged at a time, and it will not be allowed if there is a risk of running the vehicle's batteries low.

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Central Australia, which includes Alice Springs and the Uluru/Kata-Tjuta region, has a semi-arid climate. The area experiences Australia’s four typical seasons: summer, autumn, winter and spring, with large variations in temperature from season to season.

 

In summer (December–February), average temperatures range between 20C (68F) and 35C (95F). In winter (June–August), the average temperature range is 3–20C (37–68F). Spring and autumn in Central Australia see warm days and cool evenings.

 

Temperatures in Central Australia can be extreme and can drop below 0C (32F) overnight in winter and rise above 40C (104F) in summer.

 

Please check the weather conditions in the days leading up to your trip.

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At the end of your trip, if you’re happy with the service you received, providing a tip for the leader – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry.

 

Outside of your tour, tipping isn’t generally a part of Australian culture but is more common in expensive restaurants in larger cities.

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Pickup Locations

  • Ayres Rock Airport - Pickup @ 13:00
  • Ayres Rock Airport - Pickup @ 14:00
  • Desert Gardens hotel - Pickup @ 13:10
  • Desert Gardens hotel - Pickup @ 13:45
  • Outback Pioneer - Pickup @ 13:15
  • Outback Pioneer - Pickup @ 13:40
  • Yulara Campsite - Pickup @ 13:00
  • Yulara Campsite - Pickup @ 13:20

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Adventure Tours Australia
Desert Gardens Hotel or Ayers Rock Airport 1 Yulara Dr Yulara
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