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1. Posted by MacFerr (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Hi, I have 4 nights to spend in the Outback. I will fly directly to Uluru and would like to visit Ayers Rock, the Olgas and Kings Canyon.
How to arrange the visit? Should I book a 4 days tour in advance (by internet) or it is better just to book the hotels and then arrange the visits from there? Just in this case, it is possible to visit Kings Canyon and then go back for the night to Uluru?
Thank you!
Ferr

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Uluru-Kings Canyon is about 3 to 4 hours of driving (one way), so it's hardly recommended, but doable.
By the way, accommodation is expensive, even in the budget places. All hotels are owned by the same company, and only camping could be a budget option.
The best budget option is in Curtin Springs (www.curtinsprings.com), about 1 hour from Uluru and 2-3 hours from Kings Canyon. I mad reservations myself, but I am driving through Australia. But I guess you can hitch or arrange a car if you have the opportunity.
Cheers, Michael

3. Posted by kir19 (Inactive 55 posts) 9y

As Utrecht said, camping is really the only budget option in the area. I would recommend renting a car and exploring the area yourself. It's much better to take your time and explore at your own pace rather than bother with a tour group. Perhaps you could fly into Alice Springs and hire a car there and then drive to Uluru, the Olgas and Kings Canyon. When I visited this area I ony had 3 days, which was not enough time for Kings Canyon. But Uluru is amazing - be sure to wake up early to watch the sunrise - it is breathtaking!

4. Posted by MacFerr (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Quoting kir19

As Utrecht said, camping is really the only budget option in the area. I would recommend renting a car and exploring the area yourself. It's much better to take your time and explore at your own pace rather than bother with a tour group. Perhaps you could fly into Alice Springs and hire a car there and then drive to Uluru, the Olgas and Kings Canyon. When I visited this area I ony had 3 days, which was not enough time for Kings Canyon. But Uluru is amazing - be sure to wake up early to watch the sunrise - it is breathtaking!

Why do you suggest to fly to Alice Springs instead of flying directly to Uluru?
Thanks!
Ferr

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

I guess if you have limited time it's better to rent the car at the airport of Uluru. But 4 days could be a nice time to do a tour without backtracking. You pick up the car in Uluru (or Alice) and from there visit Uluru, Olgas, before driving on a paved road to Kings Canyon. If you have a 4wheel drive you can drive trough some spectactular countryside and take the short cut to Alic. If you have a regular car, it would be best to pick up and deliver the car in uluru, because there is not much to see between Kings Canyon and Alice if driving the main paved road.