Red Centre Tour

Spinifex Pigeon - Photograph by Andrew Browne - Inala Nature Tours
Spinifex Pigeon - Photograph by Andrew Browne - Inala Nature Tours
Duration: 
6 days
Price: 
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Highlights: 
Fantastic birding and wildlife in Alice Springs area. Spinifex Pigeon & Inland Dotterel. Rich diversity of parrots and cockatoos including Bourke’s Parrot. Uluru sunset.
Overview: 

PLEASE ENQUIRE - Enjoy a bounty of dry country endemic birds (including elusive grasswrens!) and delightful mammals, like Black-footed Rock-wallaby, as we explore the desert landscapes of Alice Springs in the heart of the continent. We further celebrate the region with an afternoon at Australia’s best known icon, Uluru (Ayer’s Rock)!

 

Start Location: 
Alice Springs NT
Australia
Finish location: 
Uluru NT
Australia

THIS TOUR OUTLINE LETS YOU KNOW WHAT IS POSSIBLE FOR THIS LOCATION - PLEASE ENQUIRE TO ARRANGE YOUR OWN TOUR AT DATES THAT SUIT YOU

ITINERARY OUTLINE: 
 
Day 1, Arrive Alice Springs.
Day 2, Alice Springs.  
Day 3,  Alice Springs.
Day 4, Alice Springs to Erldunda.  
Day 5, Erldunda to Uluru.  
Day 6, Depart Uluru.  
 

DETAILED ITINERARY: 
B- breakfast; L- lunch; D-dinner. 

Day 1. Arrival in Alice Springs:
Today is set aside as an arrival day (direct flights available from most capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Perth). If time and circumstance permit we may venture out in the late afternoon to enjoy our first looks at birds typical of the area including Western Bowerbird, Diamond Dove and Nankeen Kestrel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Alice Springs (en suite). Meals included: D.  
 
Day 2.  Springs and surrounds:

Alice Springs is an excellent base from which to access a wonderful diversity of birds typical of Australia’s dry country. There are a range of special and endemic species here and in the days ahead we will track a good number of these down. This morning we have an early start with our first foray into spinifex country in search of the skulking Dusky Grasswren. This critter belongs to an endemic Australian family with all species much sought after by local and international birders alike. Spinifex is also home to the shy Rufouscrowned Emu-wren and, with a dose of luck, we may get views of this lovely little bird. White-winged and Splendid Fairywren may also be seen, as might Orange Chat, White-fronted Honeyeater and White-browed Babbler. In the heat of the day we will return to Alice to visit the famous Alice Springs Sewage Works, something of a magnet for waterbirds in this thirsty landscape, and attracting the likes of Red-necked Avocet, Yellow-faced Spoonbills, and Pink-eared Duck. In the afternoon we will bird woodland areas near Alice looking for species like Grey Honeyeater, Crested Bellbird and Hooded Robin. We will finish the day in at a nearby waterhole where common, but no-less-lovely species, like Galah and Common Bronzewing come in to drink and (hopefully!) Bourke’s Parrot.
Accommodation: Hotel in Alice Springs (en suite). Meals included: B,L,D. 
 
Day 3. Alice Springs and surrounds:

This morning we will venture west of Alice into the West MacDonnell Range. This ancient landscape of rugged mountains and cool scenic gorges is a wonder to explore. We will likely visit Simpsons Gap and Ormiston Gorge; both stunning locations that exhibit an interesting range of birds and mammals. The delightful Black-footed Rock-wallaby, a small and highly agile macropod with a very long tail, may be seen this morning as might Common Wallaroo.  Notable endemic birds that we may see today include Spinifexbird, Redthroat, Spinifex Pigeon Southern Whiteface and Pied Honeyeater. More widespread species include Mulga Parrot, Zebra Finch, Western Bowerbird, Red-backed Kingfisher and Australian Hobby. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the field and return to Alice in the early evening.
Accommodation: Hotel in Alice Springs (en suite). Meals included: B,L,D. 
 
Day 4.  Alice Springs to Erldunda:

This morning we will have time to enjoy a last look around Alice before we begin our journey south. Our first stop south of town will likely be an area of waterholes off the Stuart Highway on the Hugh River. This fruitful area is home to a few patches of water and these, along with the storied red river gums, attract a range of species. In particular this is an excellent area for cockatoos and parrots and we may well see Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, Little Corrella, Budgerigar, and Cockatiel. After some time here we will continue south to Erldunda where we will settle in before a short exploration of the surrounding area searching for Banded Whiteface among others.
Accommodation: Hotel in Erldunda (en suite). Meals included: B,L,D. 
 
Day 5.  Erldunda to Uluru:

This morning we will head out early onto the surrounding stony plains (known as gibber plains after the Aboriginal word for stone). These sparse and barren plains might look empty but they are home to some wonderful species including Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Chiming Wedgebill and the amazing Inland Dotterel.  In the afternoon we will continue our journey south to the famous Ayers Rock – now called Uluru after the aboriginal name for the area. On arrival we will head out to Kata Tjuta for a walk. Here the remarkable domed geological formations tower 500 meters over the flat surrounding landscape. In the late afternoon we will make our way to Uluru where we will enjoy the surreal visual effect of the fading afternoon light on this incredible piece of rock, one of the geological wonders of the world.
Accommodation: Hotel near Uluru (en suite). Meals included: B,L,D. 
 
Day 6. Uluru and depart:

This morning after breakfast we will make our way to the airport where this tour will end. Those participants joining Inala’s Top End Tour 10-19 July may connect with a flight to Darwin from here to join that tour.  
 
FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS 

COST: PLEASE ENQUIRE 

Price includes: 5 nights’ accommodation, specialist guide and transport, meals, entrance fees and activities as mentioned in the itinerary. 
Price does not include: International and domestic airfares, alcoholic beverages, snacks, internet, laundry or other items of a personal nature.  
Please note:   

  • Meals and drinks: Breakfast generally consists of a continental style breakfast with cereal, fruit and yoghurt and tea/coffee.  Full cooked breakfast is not generally offered at most locations.  Lunch will generally consist of a packed lunch style meal eaten in the field, with sandwich/filled roll, fruit, and a drink.  Dinner usually consists of several options for main with the choice of either an appetiser or dessert. Drinks (soft and alcoholic) are generally not included but at lunches and breakfasts juice may be made available.  
  • The itinerary: Whilst we aim to follow the itinerary as planned, please note that the itinerary provided should only be used as a guideline.  Depending on individual trip circumstances, weather, and local information, the exact itinerary may not be strictly adhered to.  The guides reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary as they see fit.