You can lose and find yourself in Australia's Red Centre, a place rich in Aboriginal culture and rugged outback beauty. You'll also find the iconic natural wonders of Uluru, Kata Tjuta, the MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon. Explore them all from Alice Springs, the outback town framed by ancient mountain ranges and endless plains. Here in our red heart, you can ride a camel, sleep under the stars, swim in secluded waterways and discover the spiritual dimensions of Aboriginal art.
Five unique things about our Red Centre
Walk around Uluru's base with an Anangu guide, learning how it was created by spirit ancestors in the Tjukuritja. Read their story in the ancient rock art and visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole, Kantju Gorge and Uluru Cultural Centre. Then follow the Walpa Gorge or Valley of the Winds Walk through nearby Kata Tjuta. Ride through Alice Springs on dot-painted mountain bikes, walk the Larapinta Trail with an Aboriginal guide or join a gourmet tour with an Aboriginal chef. Discover the region's diverse and plentiful art, from accessible rock art sites to remote community art centres and the contemporary galleries in Alice Springs.
See Uluru on a motorcycle, from the back of a camel or on a scenic helicopter flight. From Alice Springs, you can bike ride to Simpsons Gap, join a camel trek across the Simpson Desert or take a dawn hot air balloon flight. Trek to the rim of Kings Canyon for breathtaking views across the rugged bluffs and gorges of Watarrka National Park. Join a 4WD tour along Mereenie Loop Rd, which passes the sandy expanse of Finke Gorge National Park and the fascinating Aboriginal site of Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve.
See World Heritage-listed Uluru match the light and weather with colours so vivid they upstage the sunset. Swim in cool Glen Helen Gorge, Ormiston Gorge or Ellery Creek Big Hole in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Watch Standley Chasm's steep walls blaze red in the midday sun.Wander through the desert oasis of Palm Valley, home to the unique Red Cabbage Palm, in Finke Gorge National Park. In Watarrka National Park, you can explore the weathered rock domes of the Lost City and the pools of the Garden of Eden.
Trek the Larapinta Trail along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges, past Simpsons Gap, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge. Do day walks, or mix and match the 12 sections which range from easy to challenging. Scramble over ancient escarpments, see unique Australian flora and fauna and camp beneath the star-filled desert sky. You can also immerse yourself in the vast, multi-coloured vistas driving the Red Centre Way from Alice Springs. The journey takes in the West MacDonnell Ranges, Finke Gorge National Park, Kings Canyon and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Immerse yourself in the Red Centre's rich pioneering history in Alice Springs, a modern town steeped in the stories of Afghan cameleers, flying doctors and plucky pioneers. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service – the first aerial medical organisation of its type in the world. See the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station where the town began and have a lesson in the world's largest classroom in the School of Air. Learn about the challenges faced by early pioneers on a self-guided tour along the Flynn Trail.