By Lee Atkinson
The Red Centre is an extraordinary landscape of desert plains, weathered mountain ranges, rocky gorges and some of Aboriginal Australia's most sacred sites, including Uluru and Kata Tjuṯa. Floating in an outback waterhole, dining under a starry sky while being serenaded by didgeridoo, and watching the world's most famous rock change colours at dawn and dusk are just some of the Red Centre's only-in-Australia experiences.
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly to Alice Springs or Ayers Rock airport (direct flights take about three hours from Sydney). Ayers Rock Resort is a drive of five to six hours from Alice Springs. By road, Alice Springs is a 1500 kilometre (932 mile) trip north from Adelaide, or about the same distance south from Darwin. The legendary Ghan railway travels between Darwin and Adelaide over the course of four days, stopping in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy.
- Watch Uluru change colour at sunrise and sunset
- Swim in a waterhole that's hidden deep inside a gorge
- Learn about Aboriginal culture