6 Day Red Centre Team Building Program
As well as enjoying some spectacular scenery and taking some lovely walks, this itinerary is designed to take participants out of their comfort zone to try some new activities, as a team, where they can support and encourage each other to completion. Other team activities include a papermaking workshop, Aboriginal experiences, camp dinners and "swagging" overnight, progressive dinners and more.....
Day 1 (L,D)
You will be collected from your Alice Springs accommodation this morning for your private 6 day team building program through the Red Centre.
We depart Alice Springs on the unsealed Old South road through the James Range to Titjikala, an Aboriginal community of about 200 residents, nestled among the red sand dunes of the Simpson Desert straddling the Hugh River, a major contributory to the ancient Finke River. Here we visit the community art centre, where displays include the painted works of both emerging and well known artists. View ceramics, jewellery, prints and punu (wooded artifacts) handcrafted by the local Arrente, Luritja, Pitjanjatjara and Yunkunyatjara artists.
Our team building exercise today is to hunt for witchetty grubs with ladies from the community. We;ll drive out to a remote site and once the right bushes have been found, it's down to work, digging and forging for the popular bush tucker. Those brave enough can even try one !
Then we turn onto the unsealed Hugh River stock route which connects us with the Stuart Highway.
After checking into our accommodation at Stuarts Well roadhouse, we hit the dirt again and head out to Rainbow Valley. After a scenic drive in, we reach the reserve, featuring free-standing sandstone bluffs and cliffs with stunning coloured rock bands, which form part of the James Range. It's simply stunning at sunset !
Overnight accommodation- cabins with en-suites at Stuarts Well
Day 2 (B,L,D)
This morning we travel along the Lassiter Highway to the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. The park is world heritage listed for the importance of it's natural phenomena and it's cultural significance.
We stop en-route to view Mt Connor (Artila), which is situated on Curtin Springs cattle station and is a 244m high mesa, or isolated table-top mountain.
We reach Yulara, check into our accommodation and then depart for Kata Tjuta meaning "many heads". The enormous domes, 36 in total, rose out of the sand and weathered over millions of years, they are now rounded peaks. The tallest, Mt Olga, is higher than Uluru ! Experience the sheerness of the domes and the vastness of the landscape on the Valley of the Winds walk, which takes you down into the valley for breathtaking views.
An alternative, easier walk is the Walpa Gorge walk, which is a rocky track that gently rises to stream, passing rare plants and ending at a grove of spearwood. Walk within the sheer walls and experience this amazing landscape.
This evening we'll have our first opportunity to view the world famous Uluru sunset. Enjoy champagne and nibbles as you watch the remarkable changing colours of Uluru as the sun sets over the desert landscape. Reflections from the rock and clouds in the sky, enhance the vivid colours.
Overnight accommodation – Yulara Resort- Outback Pioneer Hotel OR your choice of hotel (2 night stay)
Day 3 (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast we make our way out to Uluru for a guided walk around the base (9km) which includes the Mala walk and Mutitjulu waterhole, home of a wanampi, an ancestral watersnake.
After your walk, we visit the cultural centre, which will introduce you to the foundation of the Anangu, the Tjukurpa, the traditional law that guides Anangu daily life.
After lunch, you'll take a dot painting workshop with local Aboriginal artists. Learn about the different symbols used to create beautiful works of art depicting Creation Time (Tjukurpa) stories. Create your own artwork to take home as a memento of your experience.
We have a special evening organised for you this evening- you'll ride a camel to the Sounds of Silence dinner experience ! Meander for one hour through red sand dunes on your friendly camel with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop, while your experienced cameleer describes the unique flora and fauna of the landscape that surrounds you. As your peaceful ride comes to a close, you'll arrive at Sounds of Silence, where your experience begins with a traditional Aboriginal dance performance under the outback sky, while a didgeridoo plays, followed by a star talk and bush tucker inspired buffet that encorporates native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi and quandong.
Overnight accommodation – Yulara Resort
Day 4 (B,L,D)
This morning we have a leisurely start and there's time for optional Harley rides or helicopter flights (own expense). Then we head north on the Luritja road towards Kings Canyon and to our accommodation at Kings Creek Station, a working cattle and camel station, owned by the pioneering Conway family.
This afternoon you'll take a 2 1/2 hour quad bike ride, where you'll learn about the station and visit ancient rock carvings whilst enjoying the freedom and exhilaration of riding a quad.
We'll finish the day with a Kings Creek Station BBQ dinner.
Overnight accommodation – fixed safari tents at Kings Creek Station, with proper beds, power, lighting and shared toilets and showers
Day 5 (B,L,D)
We start today by travelling to Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon). 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. 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 vlley with permanent waterholes and lush vegetation. An alternative option is the shorter and easier Kings Creek walks, leads into the centre of the Canyon.
After Kings Canyon, we join the unsealed Mereenie Loop road to the Western MCdonnell Ranges. The trip along this road is an adventure in itself and is a lovely drive through some beautiful desert country. Keep your eye out for wildlife too. En-route we stop at Tylers Pass Lookout for views of Gosse Bluff Meteorite Crater and the surrounding landscape.
Overnight accommodation –Glen Helen Bush Resort in motel rooms with en-suites
Day 6 (B,L)
Today we explore the magnificent Tjoritja (West McDonnell Ranges), including Ormiston Gorge, Ellery Creek Bighole, The Ochre Pits, Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap.
The Ochre Pits are a colourful outcrop of ochre on the banks of a sandy creek that desert Aboriginal people once used to quarry. Ochre has always been an important part of Aboriginal cutlure and a vital part of everyday life, for ceremony, weapons and medicine.
Ellery Creek Bighole 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!
Aboriginal owned Angkerle (Standley Chasm) had been 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 in the early afternoon, when the chasm is drenched in a shower of brilliant red light, the sheer walls glowing from the reflected sunlight.
Our final 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 relict plants of the region , large stands of Mulga and ghost gums.
We return to Alice Springs at approximately 6pm and you will be dropped off at your accommodation.
B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner
This tour is only operated as a private charter (sole use of vehicle and driver guide), and is valid for travel year-round
- please enquire for prices and further
The above itinerary is only a guide to what we can offer.
• Sole use of 4WD tour vehicle with professional driver guide and purpose built heavy duty trailer
• Meals as stated
• Park entry fees including Uluru / Kata Tjuta entry tickets
• Mereenie Loop Pass
• Standley Chasm Entry Fee
• Quad Bike ride at Kings Creek station
• Camel to Sounds of Silence dinner at Uluru
• Post tour accommodation (this can be included if preferred)
• Travel insurance
• Arrival / departure flights
• Optional activities such as helicopter flights and Harley rides