After an unforgettable experience in 2021, we’re excited to be heading back to the heart of Australia for an unmatched racing and cultural experience. Spending three days exploring Uluru and surrounds, we’ll learn about what makes this sacred for the locals plus enjoy dinner under the outback sky as the sun sets over Uluru.
We’ll then make our way to Alice Springs to enjoy two race days at the Alice Springs Turf Club, located on the southern entrance to town in the foothills of the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges. Voted one of Australia’s most scenic and picturesque racecourses, the location boasts views that will leave you inspired.
PAYMENT – $200 Deposit due on booking, with the balance due 60 days before the tour begins.
Upon arrival at Uluru Airport, you will be transferred to the 4* Sails in the Desert Hotel at Ayers Rock Resort. Settle in, enjoy exploring the resort before we head out for an unforgettable opening night experience.
This exclusive dining experience combines the award-winning ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner under the outback sky with the once-in-a-lifetime Field of Light art installation.
With magnificent views of Uluru at sunset, a three-course bush tucker menu, premium selection of Australian wines and beers, fascinating star talk and a self-guided walk through the Field of Light art installation, your ‘A Night at Field of Light’ experience is complete.
You have the morning at leisure to relax and experience some of the wonderful free activities the resort has to offer, such as bush tucker experience, Didgeridoo workshop, listen to a bush yarn or take a guided nature walk.
You may also want to take an optional extra Helicopter flight over Uluru (enquire on booking).
In the afternoon we’ll head off for a Kata Tjuta (Walpa Gorge Walk) and Uluru sunset viewing. Kata Tjuta is a collection of large domed rock formations that are located within the Uluru-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, southwest of Alice Springs and considered a sacred site to the Aboriginal people of Australia. Unlike the single stone mass that makes up Uluṟu, there are 36 formations in total, with the tallest one standing at just over 1000m above sea level called Mt Olga.
On return, we’ll head out for dinner at Ilkari, which offers a tantalising menu of international flavours with the chef’s signature dishes enlivened by Indigenous flavours.
We’re up early to check out and head for an Uluru sunrise and walk. We’ll then make our way to Alice Springs (approx 5-6 hours) in our luxury coach, with a stop at Curtin Springs Station for lunch.
The late afternoon and evening will be yours to relax at our home for the next 5 nights, Mercure Alice Springs Resort. You can either relax at the resort, head into town or head to the casino for some midweek entertainment.
We’re up early to head off for stunning early morning hot air balloon ride. Experience the breathtaking feeling of floating silently above the Outback as the morning light begins to illuminate the MacDonnell Ranges on this awe-inspiring adventure. Enjoy light refreshments & sparkling wine in the middle of nowhere once landed!
We’ll return around 10am and the rest of the day is yours to relax in the outback sun, explore more of Alice Springs and then meet up with the rest of the group for a late afternoon sunset drink.
After a relaxing morning, we’re off to the official Alice Springs Cup Eve luncheon at the Turf Club where we’ll enjoy a three-course luncheon, some local insight from trainers & jockeys before a five-race card kicks off in the late afternoon.
The evening is yours to head out and enjoy a Friday night in Alice Springs.
Today is a day of leisure before you may want to head to Alice Springs Convention Centre for a mega-sports afternoon of football and races watching with a large TAB Lounge.
Then things kick onto Lasseters Casino for an indoor food market including roaming entertainment, street stalls and a live band. Don’t go too hard, it’s the big day tomorrow.
After a busy week exploring central Australia, we’re off to Alice Springs Turf Club for the big Cup Day meeting. Four weeks of racing culminates in a Super Sunday of racing and the two premier races, the Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup 2000m and the Peter Kittle Motor Company Pioneer Sprint 1200m.
We have a prime spot in the Periduki Marquee for a luncheon with an extensive variety of quality food options and wine, beer and soft drinks included. We’ll enjoy enjoy all the entertainment after the last as the locals party into the night ahead of a public holiday Monday.
It’s been a massive week exploring the centre of Australia, we hope you will have enjoyed the experience and are ready to head back home. We look forward to seeing you all on tour again soon.