What we'll do
Explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon with a knowledgable guide on this fun 3-day camping trip!
This "swag camping" tour by Mulgas Adventures is simply the best way for young and young-at-heart travellers to experience the Red Centre. Starting from either Alice Springs or Ayers Rock Airport, you'll join a crew of up to 23 other travellers on the outback adventure of a lifetime. Over 3 days you'll make new friends as you camp under the stars, enjoy tasty food (not your standard tour food, you'll have kangaroo steaks and camel burgers) and learn about local Aboriginal history and culture.
Highlights of this trip include a guided walk around the base of Uluru, sipping sparkling wine as you watch a spectacular Uluru sunset, visiting "The Garden of Eden" at Kings Canyon and falling asleep in a comfy swag as you watch shooting stars above. Your tour includes 3 hikes, 1 at each of Uluru (base walk), Kata Tjuta (Valley of the Winds) and Kings Canyon (Rim Walk).
Why choose this Uluru tour over others? The difference is your guide. These friendly guys and girls are all experienced Aussies who have been leading tours out here for years. They know so much more than the guides of any other tour company and they love to share their knowledge. Leave not just amazed, but informed.
Seeing the Red Centre of Australia is something everyone should do - so do it the best way possible with this epic 3-day camping tour!
Things to know
Tour days: Departs every day except for Mondays
- 3 day guided tour
- Experienced Aussie guide
- All meals (and snacks)
- Sparkling wine and snacks at Uluru sunset viewing
- Camping swags
- Fully equipped campsites
- Guided bushwalks
- Camel ride
- All National Park entry and camping fees
- Air-conditioned minibus transport
Language: Tour is given in easy to understand English.
Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting mostly of young travellers.
Group size: Up to 24 people
Age range: Most participants are in their 20s and 30s but everyone is welcome!
Start point: Alice Springs (early AM) or Ayers Rock Airport (early PM)
Finish point: Alice Springs only. The final night campsite is approximately 4 hours drive away from Ayers Rock Airport and transfers are not available. If you want to finish at Ayers Rock Airport, please book the 4-day trip.
Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 8 days in advance.
About your guides
Mulgas Adventures is an Alice Springs-based, Australian owned-and-operated small tour company. Mulgas' mission is to give young travellers the complete outback experience by sleeping in swags under the stars, tasting outback foods such as camel and kangaroo, and hiking through some of the best scenery in Australia. Mulgas are top-rated for Uluru small group camping tours across all travel review platforms.
All of Mulgas' guides are Australians who have been guiding for at least 3 years in the Red Centre. They are passionate, young Aussies who just love to go camping, show people the outdoors and teach you a bit about the bush and Aboriginal history & culture.
DAY 1: ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU
You'll be picked up around at around 6:00 am from your Alice Springs accommodation and begin your outback journey of a lifetime! The next 6 hours are spent driving to Uluru, with breaks along the way. Once at Uluru, you'll visit the Camel Farm where you can have a free camel ride. Other passengers who arrive into Ayers Rock Airport are picked up during this time, then you head to the Cultural Centre for an insight into the flora, fauna and to learn about the local Aboriginal people.
Afterwards, your guide will take you on a short guided interpretive walk at the base of Uluru. You'll then head off to watch the spectacular Uluru sunset while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine with some snacks. Then it’s back to our camp to enjoy a hearty meal and a hot shower and a night under the stars. If you want to see the Field of Lights, a bus will come to collect you after dinner. Please contact us when you book if you would like to do this (additional cost of $43).
DAY 2: KATA TJUTA & KINGS CANYON
You'll wake early and have breakfast, before heading off to watch the sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Afterwards, you'll visit Kata Tjuta for a walk through the Valley of the Winds. This walk takes approximately 3 hours and the views from the valley are amazing. After lunch back at the Uluru campsite (perhaps camel burgers), you'll board the bus and travel to Kings Creek Station. This is approximately a 4-hour drive, with stops included and beautiful views of the George Gill Range along the way.
At Kings Creek Station, you'll settle into your new campsite and have a chance to view the sunset again. Tonight you'll enjoy an outback BBQ dinner and laughs around the campfire under the incredible outback sky. Later, get into your swags for another perfect view of the stars.
DAY 3: KINGS CANYON & BACK TO ALICE SPRINGS
Another early start today, then after breakfast you'll travel to Kings Canyon and start the spectacular Kings Canyon rim walk. The group will visit both the North and South walls of Kings Canyon, stop for an apple in The Garden of Eden, and visit the Natural Amphitheatre. It’s then time to load back onto the bus and head for Alice, arriving at approximately 5:30 - 6:00 pm. Often the group will go out for a pub dinner together to celebrate the end of the adventure.
Frequently asked questions
What should I bring? Backpack (no large suitcases), hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, toiletries, towel, pillow, sleeping bag, phone or camera, at least 2L water bottle, comfortable clothing and good walking shoes. The temperature really drops in the outback in the evenings (even in summer) so we recommend bringing a jacket, and plenty of warm clothing in the colder months (May to September). Sleeping bags are available for hire for $20, please let us know when booking if you require one. Flynets are recommended but also available for purchase at the Camel Farm on Day 1.
How cold does it get at night? In winter (June to August) temperatures can drop to 0 degrees celsius. In summer (December to February) it is usually around 20 degrees celsius at night. Please check weather forecasts before the tour so you can bring appropriate clothing for the conditions.
What food is on the menu? This isn't your standard boring backpacker tour food! Expect meals to include burritos, Aussie BBQs (kangaroo meat, sausages and salads), camel burgers, bacon & eggs, cold meats & salad rolls and a range of cereals for breakfast.
Where do we start? You'll be collected from your accommodation in Alice Springs or picked up from Ayers Rock Airport.
Where do we finish? Tours finish in Alice Springs. Transfers to Uluru are not available.
When do we start and finish? The tour starts in Alice Springs or Uluru on Day 1 with pick-up at 6:00 or 1:00 pm respectively. The tour finishes in Alice Springs on Day 3 at approximately 5:30 - 6:00 pm.
What days does the tour depart? Tours depart on every day of the week except Mondays, all year round.
What is a swag? A swag is a bedroll made of canvas with a mattress inside. You can put your sleeping bag inside and zip it up and have a perfect view of the stars. It is warm, water-proof and the best way to camp!
Do I need a sleeping bag? Yes, it is a health regulation requirement to have a sleep sheet or sleeping bag inside your swag. It will also keep you warmer at night. Sleeping bags are available for hire for $20, please let us know when booking if you require one.
Who can come? All ages are welcome. Most guests are between 18 years and 35 years old, but fun-loving and easy-going guests over 40 will have a great time, and even families occasionally join the tours.
How fit do you have to be to do the hikes? A moderate level of fitness is required for the hikes. There are 3 hikes in total. The Uluru base walk is easy and flat, the Valley of the Winds hike at Kata Tjuta involves some uphill sections and is roughly a 3-hour return hike, and the Kings Canyon Rim Walk takes 3 - 4 hours with breaks included. The start of the Kings Canyon hike is the most strenuous, with approximately 500 steps to climb. After that, the hike is relatively easy. There are also shorter options available if you feel you can’t do the big walks.
Do you cater for specific diets? The tour can cater for vegetarians, vegans, gluten free and lactose intolerant passengers. Please contact us when booking if you have any specific dietary needs.
Can I bring alcohol? Yes, yes you can. Often your guides will provide some cheap cans of beer that you can purchase in the evening at the campsite.
Is this tour safe? Yes, you'll always going to be in good, safe hands on this tour with your expert guides. We do always recommend purchasing travel insurance, but you don't have anything in particular to be worried about!
Are there any dangerous animals when you're camping? Dingoes are known to wander around the campsites, however, they are generally more afraid of you than you are of them. Just make sure not to leave your shoes out of your swag and you'll be fine (dingoes, like all dogs, love smelly shoes).
Can I climb Uluru? This is not encouraged as it is not respectful to the customs and beliefs of the local Aboriginal people, the Anangu. From late October 2019, climbing Uluru will be prohibited.
Will I have to help out? Yes. All tours are participation style tours where the group helps with food preparation, collecting firewood and some other tasks. This provides you with the opportunity to bond with other travellers and have fun while enjoying the beauty of the Australian outback. So if you're a princess, or don't like helping out, this probably isn't the tour for you!
- Cancellations made 48 hours or more before the activity starts will receive a 75% refund.
- No cancellations can be made within 48 hours of the activity.