How cold does it get at night?

In our summer months (November-March) it is quite warm at night, around 15-20 degrees Celsius.

In our winter months (May-September) it is a bit colder, usually below 10 degrees Celsius. In June and July it can get very cold, often below zero.

How hot does it get during the day?

In our summer months (November-March) temperatures are usually over 30 degrees Celsius. During the peak of summer temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius (or more!).

In winter daytime temperatures are pleasant, usually around 20-25 degrees Celsius.

Do I need a sleeping bag?

In winter you will definitely need a good sleeping bag. If you don’t have one of your own, you can hire one from us ($30).

In summer we still recommend that you bring a sleeping bag with you. Not all nights are warm!

I’ve heard the flies are bad in summer. Is this true?

In the warmer months there are quite a lot of flies around in Central Australia. A lot of people find these to be quite annoying. It is advisable that you bring along a flynet so these little guys don’t drive you crazy! You can buy flynets in Alice Springs before you set off on your safari.

What clothes do I need?

In summer shorts and a shirt is all that is needed, plus a jumper if it happens to get a bit chilly at night. Swimwear for a refreshing dip in the Garden of Eden at Kings Canyon is a must – don’t forget a towel!

In winter most of the time you can still wear shorts and a shirt during the day. However, you will need to bring warm clothes because it does get cold at night. Long pants, a good jumper, a beanie to keep your head warm and gloves are advisable.

Regardless of the time of year that you are travelling you will need to bring a hat, preferably wide-brimmed.

What else do I need to bring?

Sunscreen, torch, camera (plus lots of extra film!), mosquito repellant (summer), towel, toiletries, any medication required, water bottle (1.5 litre is best).

What will I be sleeping in?

You will be sleeping in a swag under the brilliant stars of Central Australia. If you haven’t used a swag before, don’t worry. Our experienced guides will show you all you need to know to get one of the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had!

What is a swag?

A swag is made out of heavy duty canvas, sewn into a cocoon-like bag providing warmth, comfort and security – the ultimate of all bush beds!

Do you have tents?

We want to keep the price of Red Rock Safaris to a minimum. To do this we don’t have any major structures at our camps. We do carry appropriate shelter in the form of large tarpaulins and with help from everyone on board we are able to construct a shelter which will protect you from the elements should this situation arise. In winter the tents don’t keep you warm, it’s what you sleep in that keeps you toasty (A swag and sleeping bag).

Do I need to bring lots of water?

No. All you need to bring is a water bottle. We will be carrying large containers of chilled water that you can keep on filling your bottle up from.

Do I bring all my luggage with me?

We have limited space in our vehicles. We ask you to only bring a small bag with the things you will need for the duration of your safari.

You should be able to store your excess baggage at your accommodation while you are away.

What age groups do you cater for?

Red Rock Safaris is a budget tour for budget travellers. Most people on our tours are between 18 and 35 years of age. If you are older than 35 and have a reasonably high level of fitness you should be fine with the walks, however, keep in mind young groups do want to party a little and they love music on the bus!

How physically fit do I have to be?

A reasonable level of fitness is required. On average we walk about 6 km each day.

Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any queries regarding your fitness level.

I’m vegetarian. Will that be a problem?

Our menu is designed to cater for both carnivores and vegetarians. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

How many people will be on each tour?

All our vehicles are air-conditioned carrying from 9 to 21 people. The number of people on each tour depends on the vehicle that is used.

Where will I be picked up from?

We will pick you up from your place of accommodation on the first morning of the tour. If you are staying at a private address in Alice Springs we will also pick you up.

Can I be picked up from Yulara?

We can pick you up from either the resort at Yulara (Ayers Rock) or the airport at 1 PM. Please advise us at the time of booking (tour must finish in Alice Springs).

Can I finish the tour at Yulara?

We can drop you off at Yulara on the final day of the tour at 1 PM (depending on availability). Please advise us at the time of booking (tour must start in Alice Springs).

Will I have to help out on the tour?

In order for the tour to run smoothly and to get the maximum amount of time at the attractions it is important for everyone to lend a hand. Collecting firewood, preparing food and washing dishes is the ideal opportunity to get to know everyone.