Uluru & Red Centre

The Red Centre is famous for its mammoth monoliths, red earth and indigenous culture. On the whole, the Red Centre has an ‘other-wordly’ look due to it’s remoteness, climate and landscape. The epi-centre of the Red Centre is the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Aboriginal people of the area and is estimated to be around 600 million years old!

This huge Outback park is home to one of the greatest natural wonders of the world – Uluru! Formerly known as Ayers Rock, Uluru stands 348 metres above sea level at its tallest point (24m higher than the Eiffel Tower), though the vast majority of its mass is actually underground. It’s not until you’re standing in front of it that you really understand the true size of this spectacular formation.

The controversial tourist climb up the sacred Uluru rock was closed in 2019, after decades of campaigning by traditional owners. However, you can still walk the base of Uluru where you’ll spot wildlife at waterholes, marvel at geological wonders such as Mututjulu Waterhole and learn more about its history.

Don’t miss the sunset or sunrise at Uluru, when the light turns its surface from ochre brown to burnished orange to intense red. For something extra special try the Sunset Dinner under the Stars with canapes and sparkling wine overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and a bush tucker inspired buffet.

There are lots of things to do like Skydiving, Camel tours and segway adventures. We highly recommend the Field of Light – a light-based installation by British artist Bruce Munro. The sculpture is made from more than 50,000 solar-powered stems which light up at sunset and glow throughout the night, slowly changing colour to create a shimmering field of light.

Also located within the park is the Olgas – a group of large, domed rock formations spread over an area of more than 20kms. Kata Tjuta is a Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal word meaning “many heads.”

Located a few hours away from Uluru is another stunning spectacle of the Red Centre – Kings Canyon. The iconic hike to the top of Kings Canyon is known as the spellbinding Rim Walk. The Rim Walk will take you on a 6km circuit which takes around 3-4 hours, but it’s worth it to see the epic sunrise that silhouettes the massive sandstone walls, vast canyon floor and gorges perfectly.

A great place to start or end your Outback trip is Alice Springs. Known to locals simply as “Alice”, it’s the beating heart of Australia’s Red Centre and one of the largest towns in the Northern Territory.

Meet the local wildlife like goannas, thorny devils and frill-necked lizards at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre or get up close to kangaroos at The Kangaroo Sanctuary – a picturesque wildlife reserve dedicated to caring for orphaned or injured kangaroos.

For a unique Red Centre experience, wake before dawn and rise quietly into the fresh morning air in a hot air balloon. Alice Springs is also host to regular festivals such as Parrtjima, a 10-night festival of light held annually in April, as well as the Desert Festival and Wide Open Space Festival.

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