16 days in Alice Springs, Kings Canyon & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

16 days in Alice Springs, Kings Canyon & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

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16 days in Alice Springs, Kings Canyon & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Alice Springs
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Kings Canyon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

8
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Escape the urban bustle at Alice Springs Desert Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some historical perspective at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Flynn Memorial Uniting Church. Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Owen Springs Reserve. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Finke Gorge National Park, head outdoors with Ellery Creek Big Hole, and stop by Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip itinerary planning website .

Melbourne to Alice Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: highs in Alice Springs hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary

3
nights
Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
Take a break from the city and head to Kings Canyon Walk and Watarrka National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kings Canyon day trip app .

Getting from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon by car takes about 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Red Centre
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Kings Canyon Walk ©
Kings Canyon Walk
Watarrka National Park ©
Watarrka National Park

4
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Take a break from the city and head to Kuniya Walk and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and take some stellar pictures from Uluru.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary planner .

Getting from Kings Canyon to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by car takes about 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru

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