12 days in Alice Springs, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Kings Canyon Itinerary

12 days in Alice Springs, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Kings Canyon Itinerary

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12 days in Alice Springs, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Kings Canyon Itinerary

Start: Alice Springs
1
Alice Springs
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Kings Canyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Alice Springs

6
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Change things up with a short trip to Standley Chasm Angkerle in West MacDonnell National Park (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, admire the natural beauty at Olive Pink Botanic Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Women's Museum of Australia (formerly National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame) & Old Alice Springs Gaol.

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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Alice Springs. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Standley Chasm Angkerle
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Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, explore and take pictures at Uluru, and then trek along Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and then go for a walk through Field of Light.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation planning site .

Getting from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Mereenie Loop Road, then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kings Canyon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon takes 4 hours. You will leave for home on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Kings Canyon

Outdoors Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mereenie Loop Road, Kings Canyon
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Kings Canyon ©
Kings Canyon
Helicopter Tours

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