Central Australia Art Tour – En Plein Air Studies

Saturday 23 September – Sunday 1 October 2017 (8 nights / 9 days)

$3,800 AUD incl GST

Vivid Tours presents a unique opportunity to explore the rich culture and spectacular landscape of Central Australia. You will travel with with a small group of art enthusiasts to discover the landscape, people, art and culture of Australia’s heart—from the West MacDonnell Ranges, to Hermannsburg, Uluru and Kata Tjuta. You will have time to explore your own artistic expression and investigate the landscape through En Plein Air sketching and painting. Stay in comfortable accommodation, enjoying superb food and wine.

Itinerary – West MacDonnell Ranges through to Uluru

Day 1 Saturday 23rd

  • Flight to Alice Springs
  • Airport transfer to your accommodation at DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Sunset walk, enjoy a panoramic vista of the East and West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Welcome banquet dinner

D

Day 2 Sunday 24th

  • Desert Park birds of prey show (optional)
  • Norcournal house and Native flora and fauna walk
  • Lunch at Desert Park
  • En Plein Air plant and landscape studies at Desert Park 
  • Arlaluen Galleries
  • Albert Namatjira Gallery
  • Dinner Alice Springs
  • Accommodation at DoubleTree by Hilton in Alice Springs

B

Day 3 Monday 25th

  • Drive to Hermannsburg via the scenic West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Visit the Historic Precinct and Hermannsburg Potters
  • Lunch at Kata Anga Tea Rooms
  • Explore the Fink River and surrounds
  • En Plein Air landscape studies
  • Dinner Alice Springs
  • Accommodation at DoubleTree by Hilton in Alice Springs 

B

Day 4 Tuesday 26th 

  • Art Centre galleries
  • Lunch in Alice springs
  • Telegraph station walk
  • Dinner Alice Springs
  • Accommodation at DoubleTree by Hilton in Alice Springs

B

Day 5 Wednesday 27th

  • West McDonnell Ranges bush walk
  • Lunch in Alice Springs
  • En Plein Air painting West MacDonnell Ranges 
  • Dinner Alice Springs
  • Accommodation at DoubleTree by Hilton in Alice Springs

B

Day 6 Thursday 28th

  • Drive to Curtain Springs 
  • Lunch at Curtain Springs
  • Paper Making Tour
  • Drive to Ayers Rock
  • Visit Cultural Centre
  • Sunset photo opportunity at optimal viewing post
  • Dinner at resort restaurant
  • Accommodation at Sails in The Desert

B

Day 7 Friday 29th

  • Private wood carving workshops with Anangu elders (optional)
  • Visit to Maruku Arts Warehouse for direct viewing of archival artefacts
  • Lunch at resort
  • Cultural activities, theatre, dancing
  • Sunset at optimal viewing point 
  • Dinner at resort restaurant
  • Accommodation at Sails in The Desert

B

Day 8 Saturday 30th

  • Ranger guided walk of Ayers Rock
  • Lunch at Cultural Centre
  • Valley of the winds walk at Kata Tjuta – En Plein Air investigations
  • Sunset photo opportunity of Kata Tjuta at optimal viewing post
  • Dinner at resort restaurant
  • Accommodation at Sails in The Desert

B

Day 9 Sunday 1st October

  • Sunrise at Ayers Rock (optional)  
  • Depart Ayers Rock Via Ayers Rock Airport

B

Tour Inclusions

All accommodation as detailed on a double/triple/twin share basis with private facilities. Airport transfer in Alice Springs and Ayers Rock. All meals; all drinks throughout (excluding Alcohol); as specified on itinerary, all entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges; GST.

Tour Exclusions

Flights to and from Alice Springs/Ayers Rock. Optional extras as specified on the itinerary. Insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip. We strongly recommend travel/cancellation insurance. Items of a personal nature such as snacks and drinks (unless specified), mini bar, Alcohol (unless Specified), laundry, dry cleaning, internet, fax or telephone charges.Return transfers from the Airport to your residence.

*As all tours are conducted with the highest respect for Aboriginal law, customs and privacy, some variation in schedules may apply at short term notice. Variations to itineraries may be subject to seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility. 

*A list of recommended art materials and travel accessories will be provided once booked.

*$1,500 deposit required       

  • B = Breakfast   D = Dinner