Travel through red desert sands, lush valleys, towering gorges and a number of waterholes, on this iconic journey. The 1135 kilometre Red Centre Way loop from Alice Springs makes its way through Tjoritja / West MacDonnell Ranges, Watarrka/Kings Canyon, and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
The Red Centre Way journey is recommended to be done over a minimum 6 days via four-wheel drive or spare some extra time to complete the completely sealed 1750 kilometre loop if travelling by two-wheel drive.
Day 1: Alice Springs to Glen Helen (132km)
Start the Red Centre Way by driving west through West MacDonnell National Park, a spectacular stretch of natural formations including chasms, gorges and waterholes. Explore Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen just to name a few. Splash, hike or just stand back in awe – it’s truly spectacular!
Day 2: Glen Helen to Kings Canyon (234km)
From Glen Helen head 20 kilometres west to start the day with a swim at Redbank Gorge pools. You can grab a tyre tube from Glen Helen Resort and splash your way through the gorge. If travelling by 4WD you can continue along the way to come across the ancient impact crater called Gosse Bluff. Hike to the top where you can get spectacular views of the rides made from the meteorite.
Day 3: Explore Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon is only minutes to drive from the resort and offers hiking and walking options suitable for all levels. The Rim Walk is a three-hour adventure across 100 metre-high sandstone walls and ancient palm-filled crevices with stunning views of the arid surrounds. For those looking for a more relaxed option, the Kings Creek walk provides equally breathtaking views from the canyon floor.