You will fly just south of Pine Gap where the United States and Australian Joint Defence Space Research Facility is located before heading directly to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Take in the spectacular outback scenery and vastness of Australia with a unique bird’s eye view.
On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport, you will be met by your tour guide to commence your immersive experience of Uluru.
Rising out of the surrounding Central Australian desert, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) dominate the landscape. World Heritage-listed Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic symbols and best known natural landmarks. The ancient monolith is impressive; Uluru is 348 metres above the plain, more than 860 metres above sea level and has a circumference of 9.4 kilometres – that’s higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Chrysler Building in New York.
Here you will visit Mutitjula Waterhole, home of Wanampi, an ancestral water snake. For centuries Mutitjula was an important campsite for Anangu at Uluru. On this walk, you will learn about Kuniya Tjukurpa – the great battle between Kuniya (woma python) and Liru (poisonous snake man).
Enjoy a picnic lunch before travelling around the base of Uluru by vehicle. Hear cultural stories and environmental information from your local guide. Stop for the picture-perfect postcard photo - the one to make your friends jealous and to take pride of place on your mantelpiece.
On return to Ayers Rock Airport, board your aircraft and take to the skies again where you will fly closely around Uluru for a different perspective and see Kata Tjuta.
Kata Tjuta is a Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal tribe word meaning ‘many heads’. It is made up of 36 domes spread over an area of more than 20 kilometres. The tallest dome is Mount Olga and rises 546 metres above the plain, or 1,066 metres above sea level. The ochre-coloured shapes are an intriguing and mesmerising sight.
Return to Alice Springs Airport and The Ghan to freshen up for dinner.
Transfer to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station for a truly unique and authentic dinner experience. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the history of the Australian Outback. Tuck in to a mouth-watering meal, enjoy a cold beer or a fine wine all whilst under a chandelier of stars.
Please note weight restrictions do apply and vary depending on total weight of all passengers in the aircraft.
As this excursion is an optional upgrade, a cost of $1100.00 per person will be payable direct to your Restaurant Manager. If you choose this excursion, you will not be able to participate in the included Off Train Excursions.
Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate – must be able to climb aboard the aircraft and guided walks required.
Platinum and Gold Service guests
$1100 per person
Please note: Minimum numbers may apply. All bookings and payments are done on train. Tours are subject to change without notice. Tour descriptions and prices are valid until 31 March 2017.