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Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner

Alice Springs, Australia

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Travel from Alice Springs to World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to see Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Considered the spiritual of the Red Centre, these two sacred sites feature stunning scenery and significant cultural importance. Discover the highlights with your guides, who take you to Mutitjulu Waterhole, Mala walk and the Cultural Centre. Learn about local Aboriginal history and traditions during this all-inclusive tour. Includes a buffet breakfast, lunch, snacks and an Aussie barbecue during the sunset at Uluru.
  • Experience the best of the outback and Australia’s Red Center on this all-inclusive tour
  • Peruse informative displays about local Aboriginal cultures at the Cultural Centre
  • Follow your guide on the Mala Walk around Uluru, the iconic rock formation that stands about 1,142 feet (348 meters) high
  • Enjoy the sunset at Uluru while munching on Aussie barbecue and sipping a glass of bubbly
  • Includes three meals, all transportation, entrance tickets and experienced guides

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This extended day trip visits both Kata Tjuta and Uluru without having to stay overnight.
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Experienced and accredited tour guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
BBQ at sunset with sparkling wine
Accommodation pick-up & drop-off
Uluru Park entrance fee ($25pp)
Fruit & snacks throughout the day
Buffet breakfast (Alice Springs start only)
Freshly made packed lunch (Alice Springs start only)
Drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please call to confirm pickup time prior to tour date. Kindly allow 15 mins for the bus to arrive.

Your full-day tour starts early with morning pickup from Alice Springs by comfortable air-conditioned coach.

Travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges heading towards your first stop at Erldunda Roadhouse for a buffet breakfast. You'll take rest stops during the 6-hour drive and your guide provides a packed lunch to eat during the final 10 miles (18 km) that lead to World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Upon arrival in the national park, head to Walpa Gorge for your first walk. View the dome-shaped rock formations of Kata Tjuta from a close vantage point as you walk about 1.5 miles (2.6km). Then learn more about the Aboriginal Pitjantjatjara people and Central Australia at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Next, go to the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) for the Mala Walk, which features fine examples of Aboriginal rock art, plus sheer rock walls and important sites for the Aboriginal people. Then drive to the other side of Uluru for a short walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. As you marvel at the shimmering water and red rock, learn from your guide about the legend of the ancestral water snake named Wanampi.

Before sundown, go to the Uluru sunset viewing area for the highlight of the day: watching the sun set over Uluru. Sip a glass of bubbly and appetizers as the sky changes color, then feast on a classic Australian barbecue dinner buffet.

When night falls, start the drive back to to Alice Springs where your tour ends with hotel drop-off late at night.
Stop At:  
Erldunda Roadhouse
First stop of the day will be at Erldunda (home of the Emu) for a buffet breakfast.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ayers Rock Resort Shopping Centre
A quick stop to pick up other passengers if there are any.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Walpa Gorge
We travel to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) for the first walk of the day into Walpa Gorge. Embrace the domes of Kata-Tjuta on your first walk of the day, while taking in the views of the open plains on the return walk.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
We then visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you will have time to learn about the local Pitjantjatjara people and buy some souvenirs. The Cultural Centre was built with 90,000 mud bricks with the help of the local Anangu people. It is built on a sacred site and has very special meaning to the local Anangu people.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kata Tjuta - The Olgas
We then head to the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock), which is next to the entrance to the Uluru climb. From here one of the two guides will take you on a guided Mala Walk. The Mala Walk follows the north-west side of Uluru, where there are many fine examples of Anangu rock art, and you can experience the wonder of the sheer vertical walls. The guide will tell Dreamtime stories of the Anangu People. We drive from the front of Uluru around to the Kuniya car park, which is at the back of Uluru. From here we start our second Uluru guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. The guide will take you along a short track to the Mutitjulu Waterhole – home of an ancestral water snake called Wanampi. The guide will share stories of local traditions and explain how the Anangu people traditionally used the waterhole for hunting. The caves containing rock art were used in the past by Anangu still alive today. The scene has been set, the highlight of the day, the breathtaking Uluru sunset with a glass of bubbly(or BYO beer) and a delicious Aussie BBQ. A spectacular day never to be forgotten. After sunset, we set off to Alice Springs. Or if you’re ending the tour at Ayers Rock Resort you’ll be dropped off at Outback Pioneer after sunset.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear strong, non-slip walking shoes
  • Please bring hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and 1.5 liter water bottle
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Emu Run Experience
You can cancel up to 31 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 31 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Any changes made less than 30 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 4–30 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Yes it’s a very long day starting out at 6am and getting back at 12:30am but it’s so worth it." See review
  • "It is a long day from 6 Am - 12 PM but with plenty of rest stops and food food for some." See review


316 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Great tour and even greater tour guides
, Oct 2021
The whole day was absolutely awesome. Seeing Uluru and having dinner with such a lovely view of the rock was just incredible.
Excellent tour.
, Sep 2021
Excellent tour. Long drive but well worth it. Carsen and Brit great tour guides and drivers. Views of Uluru and the olgas fantastic especially at sunset. All meals great sunset BBQ with wine. All together good value for money
A good one day option
, Sep 2021
Professional outfit & a good option for those not needing to spend days in the area Staff were competent & knowledgable. Bus was modern . Pick up was on time
1 traveler found this review helpful
The walk into the Kata...
, Sep 2021
The walk into the Kata Tjuta canyon and the sunset Viewing were the highlights. The tour guides Reece and Britney did a great job.
Bucket list experience
, Sep 2021
Excellent service and value for money. We saw everything that was promised. An early start but well worth it. Breakfast was plentiful and lunch on the go. The BBQ watching the breathtaking scenery finished it beautifully.
Day tour to Uluru and Kata Tjuta
, Sep 2021
A great day out, our drivers were full of information about the local area with plenty to see. The meals offered during the day were great and filling.
Amazing trip of a lifetime
, Aug 2021
Absolutely wonderful experience and the best way in our opinion to see the area. The young driver and guide were magnificent and a credit to your organization. We would recommend this tour to anyone.
A very long but fun day
, Aug 2021
Good service. Attentive staff. Love the walks. Get to experience the landscape but not too tiring..Gain a bit of knowledge of the land.
Amazing experienced
, Aug 2021
Great experienced, drivers/tour guides are great👍...bbq dinner was yumny n wine👍we feel more safer n relax rather than driving..spectacular view of Uluru😉 you never never know if you never never go😊😊😘
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Aug 2021
Emu Run experience provides a great service, everything was well organised by friendly knowledgeable staff. Uluru, very fascinating & educational. Highly recommended.

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