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Do the Red Centre – a holiday in the heart

The Red Centre is around a three hour flight from the east and south coast, allowing you to explore the different regions that make up the heart of Australia in a weekend or a week.

Every visitor to Uluru (Ayers Rock) will attest that pictures just don’t do it justice. It’s a region full of majesty and other natural wonders, with Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)' neighbouring Uluru and Kings Canyon a few hours’ drive away.

Alice Springs epitomises the Australian outback character, with some unexpected surprises. It’s your basecamp for adventure, with waterholes, biking and hiking trails, historic and wildlife centres and four-wheel driving all within easy access.

Nature is your playground just a half-day drive from Alice Springs at the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu), south of Tennant Creek. The town of Tennant Creek offers travellers history, arts and outback experiences and is a natural stop as you drive the Explorer’s Way.

Do Alice

The city at the centre of Australia, Alice Springs, is a place that oozes character, colourful outback culture and breathtaking scenery. At just over a 3 hour flight from most capital cities, Alice Springs is your basecamp to new adventures.

It's a thriving, spirited outback centre with a population of 30,000. The climate is warm, the air is pure and the pace is relaxed. Alice is a town that you can visit either on your way to the Red Centre's outback icons, or enjoy for its own unique charm.

Adventure in Alice

Adventure is never far off. The East and West MacDonnell Ranges surround Alice Springs and provide a playground of adventure with hiking trails, four-wheel drive tracks, swimming holes and camping spots. Hot air balloon rides over the MacDonnell Ranges offer a truly unique experience to take in the sunrise over the rugged ranges.

There is an almost boundless range of activities including quad biking, camel trekking, camping and scenic flights for the thrill seekers. Or hit the trails with some fun and speedy mountain bike riding on the extensive network of tracks around the town.

For an adventure of another kind, take on the challenge of the Alice Springs Golf Club, one of the world’s finest desert courses set in the foothills of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges.

Tours frequently leave for other wonders such as Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Uluru, Kings Canyon, Finke Gorge, Ormiston Gorge and Pound and Rainbow Valley.

Do Uluru

Few people who tour Uluru return unchanged. When you arrive at the rock, it's easy to see why it has such a huge spiritual significance for the Anangu Aboriginal people, and why it is considered the spiritual heart of Australia.

You’ll first be struck by the wonder of Uluru as you fly over it. Just a 10 minute drive from the airport, you’ll find a wide range of accommodation - from backpacker to eco-sensitive luxury, there are options to satisfy any traveller.

As well as the iconic Uluru, this region offers other great experiences, such as the ancient dome-shaped formations of Kata Tjuta, the spectacular sheer red rock cliffs of Kings Canyon and a taste of life on real outback stations.

Adventure in Uluru

If you’re looking for adventure, you’ll find lots to do in the land around Uluru! Meander through the changing colours of the Uluru and Kata Tjuta landscapes on the back of a camel at sunrise or sunset. Feel the exhilaration and freedom of seeing Uluru from a late model Harley Davidson. For a real bird’s eye view, you can explore the amazing landscapes of Uluru, Kata Tjuta or Kings Canyon on a fixed wing or helicopter scenic flight adventure.

Head off-road on a quad biking adventure through the dunes around Kings Creek Station, hike the trails around Kings Canyon or do the Kings Canyon Rim walk.

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We definitely don’t take for granted, or should we say ‘granite’ the fact that we have the unbelievable #DevilsMarbles in the Northern Territory. Karlu Karlu, as they’re called by the traditional owners, were formed naturally, slowly eroding over millions of years into their strange and sometimes gravity-defying shapes. Follow the walkways and find out via the information boards how the granite formations have withstood the forces of wind and rain, unlike the surrounding sandstone. These geological wonders are located just an hour drive from #TennantCreek. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @amyrcooper. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Romantic scene from the #Bachelor or just a regular morning at a Top End swimming spot? 🤔 @opeleye recently said “early morning hikes with @ktlou13 to private swimming holes are probably my favourite thing about driving around the national parks of northern Australia." 🙌 We can see why! Say g’day to the wildly photogenic Southern Rockhole in Nitmiluk National Park! We'd like to think that the NT has somehow found itself as @Australia's unofficial capital of natural plunge pools - a reminder that it's anything but dry and sparse 💦 While getting to the rockhole does require a bit of bush-bashing, the cool emerald water is your welcomed reward. It takes about 1.5 hours to hike here from the Nitmiluk Visitor Information Centre, but there’s a strong chance that you’ll have it all to yourself when you arrive 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Jordan!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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The diverse landscape, the eye-popping scenery and the easy access to well-maintained trails is why #AliceSprings is enjoying a mountain-biking boom, according to local off-road enthusiast Jenn Rajher. One of the big surprises for mountain bikers hitting the trails around the Red Centre for the first time is how varied they are and how well they’ve been organised into a series of circuits suitable for riders of varying skill, experience and fitness levels. It’s currently the perfect time of year for a MTB adventure in central @australia - winter in Alice means clear blue skies, pleasant riding temperatures and virtually no rain 🙌☀️ If you don’t have your own bike, you can hire one from @outbackcycling in the Todd Mall, and the crew here will offer sound local advice to get you started 👍 #NTaustralia #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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What if we told you that this stunning spot is only 15 minutes' drive from #AliceSprings? Shaded by towering cliffs and ghost gums, Simpsons Gap is the first of many stops along the West MacDonnell Ranges. Water flows through a small gap in the ranges here, providing a sheltered haven for a range of native wildlife like the resident black footed rock wallabies. If you're keen to stretch your legs, there are a handful of walking trails that show off the flora, fauna and geology of the area. Whether you pack an overnight bag, or plan to finish the route in one day, you'll get major bang for your driving buck in the West MacDonnell National Park. Continue onto Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge for more adventures!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @saltythebus. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Nature lovers will love what's on offer in close proximity to #Darwin, particularly the waterfall-laden #Litchfield National Park! @robmulally recently captured this spectacular photo over Wangi Falls, one of the park's signature swimming hubs. With a stunning cliff face, an emerald-toned plunge pool and a cafe on-site, there's every reason to stay awhile and enjoy your surroundings. If you're looking to stretch your legs, the 1.6 kilometre return Wangi Falls walk will take you up to the escarpment where you'll have an amazing view of the stone country above the falls. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Rob! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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#Mataranka’s crystal-clear thermal pool, surrounded by paperbark and palm forest, can be found in Elsey National Park, an hour south of #Katherine. The warm turquoise water, dappled by light filtered through overhanging pandanus, is said to have the power to soothe aches and pains after a day on the road 🙌 After a leisurely dip, continue your hot springs tour at nearby Bitter Springs, another natural sandy-bottomed lagoon in the Mataranka region. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jordaaaan_! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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This magnificent red-orange rock is guaranteed to make you just as happy as @haylsa and @kyle_hunter here 😄 After a recent trip to #Uluru, Hayley said she'd “re-live this week in a heartbeat!” And with stunning scenes such as these around the base walk, it’s not hard to see why! At 348 metres high, you’ll be left speechless taking in this iconic monolith, which is believed to be made of sandstone about half a billion years old 🙌  The 10.6 kilometre loop walk leads you around the base of Uluru and takes roughly 3.5 hours to complete, depending on how much time we spend you gawking at the rock! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Hayley. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Profoundly spiritual, rich history, and views that make you feel almost insignificant... that's Ubirr in a nutshell 💚 Ubirr (pronounced oo-bir) is home to some of #Kakadu National Park's most famous rock art and is an area steeped in Aboriginal culture and tradition. The 1 kilometre circuit walk passes several art sites before leading up to this stunning lookout over the Nadab floodplain, the park's most famous spot for #sunset 🙌 As the sun begins to dip, the selfies start to slow and the crowd finds a perch to watch nature’s light show in awe. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jonny.melon. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Just when we thought it was officially winter, we were treated to a 28 degree celsius day here in central @Australia! ☀️ Out of all the gaps and gorges in the West MacDonnell Ranges near #AliceSprings, Ellery Creek Big Hole has to be one of the most impressive 😍 Comprised of orange and red quartzite, and formed by massive geological forces, it's not your typical swimming spot... but that's what makes it so special! Whether you pack an overnight bag, or plan to finish the route in one day, you'll get major bang for your driving buck in the West MacDonnell National Park. With its spectacular natural beauty, this park is not to be missed! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kyle_hunter. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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