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Central Australia Art, Culture & Country

MacDonnell Ranges to Uluru

 

Personal guided tour of the art & Aboriginal culture of Central Australia.

Alice Springs -Trephina Gorge – N’Dhala Gorge – Hermannsburg – Palm Valley – Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kata Tjuta.

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7 days/6 nights
$4,900 AUD per person twin share
6 – 12 people maximum

If you really want to experience a place, go with someone who knows the country and people. Join us on an adventure filled with insight and inspiration to the very heart of Australia.

Tread lightly upon a land lost in time where the world’s oldest continuous civilisation have woven their culture and art around its wonders. Outback Australia will introduce you to colours that you didn’t know existed and landforms that you could never imagine. This living cultural landscape is the physical and metaphoric heart of Australia.

Vivid Tours International presents a unique opportunity to explore the rich culture and spectacular landscape of Central Australia. Your guide and tour director, Simha Koether, is an experienced and respected art practitioner who has lived and worked in Central Australia for over 15 years.

You will travel by 4WD in a small group of six to twelve people on an exclusive outback odyssey to discover the people, art and culture of Australia’s heart—From Alice Springs to the West MacDonnell Ranges through to Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Get off the beaten track to visit ancient petroglyphs at N’Dhala Gorge, visit art centres and enjoy a bush foods picnic at Palm Valley. Try your hand at plein air (open-air) watercolour painting immersed within the timeless landscape which Namatjira made famous.

Discover Ayers Rock with a local Aṉaŋu guide and english translator, and participate in facilitated painting and wood carving workshops with renown Aboriginal artists. Stay in comfort at DoubleTree by Hilton in Alice Springs and the Sails in the Desert at Ayers Rock Resort.

Highlights

  • meet world renown Aboriginal artists
  • visit Aboriginal art centres and art galleries
  • Trephina Gorge panoramic ridge top hike
  • N’Dhala Gorge petroglyphs
  • Hermannsburg historical precinct & the Hermannsburg Potters
  • plein-air watercolour tutorial in Namatjira country
  • Palm Valley by 4WD vehicle
  • bush tucker picnics
  • dining in Alice Springs
  • accommodation DoubleTree by Hilton in Alice Springs
  • guided tour of Uluru with local Anangu people
  • Uluru Cultural Centre
  • Kata Tjuta valley of the winds walk
  • dot painting & punu (woodcarving) workshops
  • Maruku Arts
  • dining in Alice Springs & Uluru
  • Sails in The Desert 5 star accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort

What’s included

  • 6 breakfast’s , 5 lunch’s & dinner 3 dinners
  • all entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges
  • 6 nights accommodation on a double/twin share basis with private facilities (single supplement applies)
  • airport welcome & transfer to accommodation
  • all 4WD transport from commencement of tour
  • all prices include GST
  • all art workshops

 

What’s not included

  • flights to/from Alice Springs
  • insurance coverage for personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip—we strongly recommend travel/cancellation insurance
  • personal taxis or other personal transportation
  • food/drinks additional to that specified in itinerary, items of a personal nature, mini bar, laundry, dry cleaning, internet, fax or telephone charges
  • Optional spa treatment at Red Ochre Spa, Ayers Rock

B= Breakfast

L= Lunch

D= Dinner

 

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Kata Tjuta

Day 1

19/8/2015

D

  • arrive Alice Springs
  • airport welcome
  • transfer to your accommodation DoubleTree by Hilton.
  • visit Araluen Cultural Precinct and Albert Namatjira Gallery
  • welcome dinner hosted by Tour Director, Simha Koether

Day 2

20/8/2015

B/L/D

  • buffet breakfast
  • drive to Trephina Gorge
  • panoramic ridge top hike
  • bush foods picnic lunch prepared by local award winning chefs
  • N’Dhala Gorge petroglyphs
  • sunset drinks on the range
  • dinner at Alice Springs restaurant
  • accommodation DoubleTree by Hilton

Day 3

21/8/2015

B/L/D

  • buffet breakfast
  • drive to Hermannsburg
  • visit Hermannsburg Historic Precinct and Hermannsburg Potters
  • bush foods picnic lunch
  • plein air watercolour painting in Palm Valley
  • dinner at Alice Springs restaurant
  • accommodation DoubleTree by Hilton
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Western Desert Artist

Day 4

22/8/2015

B/L

  • buffet breakfast
  • visit Aboriginal Art Centres
  • lunch at Alice Springs café
  • climb Mt Gillen for panoramic view of MacDonnell Ranges
  • dinner at Alice Springs restaurant
  • accommodation DoubleTree by Hilton

Day 5

23/8/2015

B/L

  • buffet breakfast
  • drive to Uluru
  • lunch at Ayers Rock Resort
  • private guided base tour of Uluru with local Aṉaŋu people and translator
  • visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
  • sunset drinks at Uluru
  • dinner at Ayers Rock Resort
  • accommodation Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort

Day 6

24/8/2015

B/L

  • buffet breakfast
  • dot painting workshop with Aṉaŋu artists
  • punu (woodcarving) workshop with Aṉaŋu artists
  • view archival artefacts at Maruku Arts
  • walk the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta
  • sunset drinks at Kata Tjuta
  • dinner at Sails in the Desert Hotel
  • accommodation Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort
Bush Foods

Bush Foods

Day 7

25/8/2015

B

  • buffet breakfast
  • visit Cultural Centre
  • optional spa treatment at Red Ochre Spa
  • airport transfer
  • depart Uluru Via Ayers Rock Airport

 

As all tours are conducted with respect for Aboriginal law, customs and privacy, itineraries may vary at short notice. Itineraries may also vary due to seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.

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Stay in comfort at 4 star DoubleTree by Hilton in Alice Springs and 5 star Sails in the Desert hotel at Ayers Rock Resort.

 

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