Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Student Tours and Beyond
Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, is the centrepiece of Australia and the Red Centre's main attraction. Yet other sacred sites, mystical mountains and colourful aboriginal culture add fascinating layers, making this region ripe for exploration.
Honour the iconic sites on your student trip, but then go beyond the tourist hussle to quiet communities under spacious outback skies. Discover aboriginal art, medicinal plants, and the Dreamtime stories whispered from the land.
Soak in the bewitching desert wilderness and learn from cowboys and indigenous families what makes the Red Centre so magical.
Your Own Custom Educational Tour - Red Centre
Choose any of the following activities for your custom tour, or contact us for other options:
A must do. Through a base walk, discover the Dreamtime stories of Uluru andunderstand the meaning of the Rock's infinite cracks, fissures andalcoves.Learn what adeep and complex relationship indigenous people have to this site and why and then watch the rock come alive in dazzling hues of orange, scarlet and crimson at sunset. (Note: Uluru is a sacred site to the Anangu people, and they prefer if visitors choose not to climb it)
Honour the tradtional land owners of central Australia by spending time with aboriginalfamilies. Be welcome guests in a small aboriginal communitynear Watarrka where you will learn about Lirritja culture and their Dreamtime stories. Witness the joys and struggles modern indigenous people face, and deepen your perspective on current cultural issues.
Kata-Tjuta, also known as The Olgas, is a geological wonder and an often-overlooked sister to Uluru. Feel the power of the crimson domes in a canyon many aboriginal people feel is too powerful to enter. Walk the Valley of the Winds where a maze of secret canyons collect, red rock towers overhead and a feeling of calm prevails.
Participate in service work with the goal of helping an aboriginal community become economically sustainable. Projects include helping refurbish a church, plant a vegetable garden and expand a school. In return for their hard work students get to learn traditional methods of gathering bush tucker (food), dot painting and jewellery making from the indigenous elders.
In Watarrka, also known as Kings Canyon, offers up stunning gorges, secret vistas and waterfalls that tumble from red rock cliffs. Find yourself in The Lost City or the blissfully isloated Garden of Eden. Once you have walked the rim trail of this labyrinthine canyon, you'll learn why this place has earned its regal name.
In the company of a skilled"cameleer", students can see the desert landscape from the back of one of these magnificent creatures. Opt for a sunrise ride with a backdrop of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, or for those who are timid, simply try a lap around the camel farm.
Dot painting is a relatively new art form that has taken traditional sand drawings and translated them onto canvas. Through this creative process, students learn symbols and icons that pervade both ancient and modern aboriginal art. The results are Red Centre inspired paintings that make great souvenirs to take home.
Outback Starry Nights
The outback's cool nights naturally lead to gatherings around a fire. There's no better way to bring groups together that with shared stories and songs around the campfire. With your guide's help, find the southern cross for the first time, as well as other constellations that make up the southern hemisphere sky.
Custom Student Trips for Any Budget
Through Small World Journeys' relationships with partners in Yulara and Alice Springs, we can match the cultural learning objectives of any student group. Contact us to learn more about how your students can benefit from one of our Educational Adventures.
Awesome Timelapse Photography video near Uluru: