Along the journey from Uluru to Alice Springs
6. Kings Canyon
At the crack of dawn, we rolled out of bed, weary-eyed from our adventures in Uluru. We had driven to Kings Canyon the day before and were now heading out on an early morning hike. The most popular walk is the rim walk that takes you right around the canyon, this is about a 3 hour walk. We opted to complete the shorter route that took us straight to the south wall of the canyon which is only a 45-minute hike. The canyon winds as far as the eye can see, eventually bending out of sight. This spot is out of this world during sunrise as the light slowly creeps through the canyon. We hung out here for hours marveling at the rock formations.
7. Cruising the Aussie outback roads
Part of the fun of a Red Centre road trip is cruising the outback red roads and leaving a trail of dust behind you. We travelled from Kings Canyon Resort to Alice Springs via the Mereenie Loop, a 4WD only dirt track.
8. Ormiston Gorge
Ormiston Gorge is the Australian version of an Oasis. We left the red dirt track and headed on a short stroll into the bush. All the while we walked alongside a sandy bank, wondering where this magical waterhole might be. Before we knew it, we had arrived at an outback beach! Sandbanks and gum trees surrounded a peaceful waterhole, which is a favorite of the locals from Alice Springs. We had a chill in the sun, making this one of my favourite moments of the trip.
9. Glen Helen
There’s no better way to experience the Aussie outback than to spend the night camping out under the stars after roasting some marshmallows on the campfire. Glen Helen campground was a really comfortable way to get outdoors. The tents were already set up for us with electricity available and a bonfire. It wasn’t glamping but we certainly weren’t roughing it.
The beauty of Glen Helen is the waterhole. Only a couple of minutes walk from the campsite is one of the most beautiful waterholes in the country. Despite how amazing it is, we were the only people there to enjoy it! We found a rope swing along the sandy banks & enjoyed the epic reflections of the stunning landscape across the water.
10. Ellery Creek Big Hole
Ellery Creek Big Hole is another epic waterhole on the journey from Uluru to Alice Springs. Huge cliffs on either side give an amazing backdrop to a sandbar that juts out from the right side of the waterhole. We enjoyed a scenic picnic before having a dip in the chilly water.