skip to main content
Map showing the Red Centre area of Australia

Be honest. A trip to the Red Centre is on your bucket list, but you’re still not quite sure when you’ll go...
Go now!

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.

Top destinations in the Red Centre

Things to see & do in the Red Centre

Get inspired

Drive routes in the Red Centre

Search & book

Find accommodation, tours, activities and events in the NT

#NTaustralia

If you're planning a trip on #TheGhan with @journeybeyondrail, you're going to love the dinner experience under the stars and the sprawling gum trees at a truly historic location: the old #AliceSprings Telegraph Station, which appropriately for passengers on the modern train, was used to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide. Sit back and relax while chatting to new-found friends, wander over for a camel ride or inspect the old telegraph station and its fascinating museum pieces. As the sun goes down, you'll be treated to a delicious three-course meal, along with the lively sounds of a country singer and a star talk by a local astronomer. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@scottslawinski! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

View on Instagram

There’s no better time to visit the tropical Top End than during @DarwinFestival each August, where a fabulous festival wonderland awaits you ✨ Balmy nights under twinkling lights provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable dry season – known elsewhere in @Australia simply as ‘winter’. This 18-day event combines warm outdoor festivities with a program rich with local, national and international talent. Relax in the festoon-lit surrounds of Festival Park with a tasty dinner or dance the night away to the hottest contemporary bands in the Festival’s iconic open-air big top, The Lighthouse. Hurry, there’s only a few days left! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@lmosscas! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

View on Instagram

You're looking at the breathtaking views from the Rim Walk in #KingsCanyon, tucked away in Watarrka National Park 🙌 This 6 kilometre walk is a hiker's heaven with soaring sandstone cliffs, lush rock holes and striking domes (pictured) which somewhat resemble an ancient city. This 3-4 hour walk deserves a comfortable place to rest your head - camp under a billion star sky at @KingsCreekStation or step up the luxe and overnight in a spa room at @KingsCanyon Resort, soaking up outback views from the tub. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @melbourneiloveyou! ​​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

View on Instagram

The outback meets the tropics in #Katherine, a big country town three hours drive south of #Darwin on the mighty Katherine River. The jewel of this area is Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, an ancient 13 gorge system that winds it way through the sandstone country. The walks around the gorge are one of the best ways to explore the region, ranging from easy 1-5 kilometre trails to serious full day and overnight hikes. They take you to stunning lookouts, secluded swimming holes, through palm filled valleys and over rocky escarpments. As @mooski_adventures discovered, the 8.4 kilometre return Windolf walk is well worth your while, offering sweeping views of the first gorge from Pat's Lookout, along with seasonal swimming at Southern Rockhole down below. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Amy and Sarah! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #VisitKatherine

View on Instagram

Take to the air and witness the magic of #Kakadu National Park 🚁 The complexity of this diverse landscape becomes an epic eruption of colour and life as you fly over world-famous wetlands, mighty floodplains, and on to the ancient sandstone plateaus of Arnhem Land. Helicopter and fixed-wing flights operate in both wet and dry seasons, departing from #Darwin and within Kakadu (Cooinda and Jabiru). Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@jasoncharleshill! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

View on Instagram

@KingsCreekStation's secluded Dreamtime Escarpment accommodation offers the ultimate #glamping experience 🙌 The perfect base for exploring the epic #KingsCanyon, these “tents” (if you can call them that) are kitted out with air-conditioning, ensuites and a private deck to enjoy a glass of red while you watch the sunset. Lounge in the communal pool area, sit back on the viewing platform with a book or roast marshmellows around the campfire at night. A self-cook bush inspired BBQ dinner and breakfast hamper are part of the package along with drinks to complement your meals. If you're keen to go exploring, the station also offers quad bike tours, scenic flights and cultural experiences. Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park can be found roughly halfway between Alice Springs and Uluru. Photo: @KingsCreekStation. ​#NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

View on Instagram

Soaking in the sandy spring-fed thermal pools of Elsey National Park is the stuff of fantasies, NT-style! Though nearby Mataranka Thermal Pool gets more hype, the lesser-known Bitter Springs has it all: tropical woodlands, a jungle-like stream and crystal clear water 💦🤩 Bring along a tube or noodle and float with the current from one end to the other - there's ladders for easy access! Just an hour south of #Katherine and moments from the small township of #Mataranka, this little piece of paradise is only a five minute walk from the car park. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jade_elise_collins! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

View on Instagram

It's easy to see why we keep falling more and more in love with #Litchfield National park every day! 💚 Wangi Falls is one of the most iconic waterfalls in the Top End. Less than a two hour drive from #Darwin, it's the ultimate place to cool down and get off the grid for a bit. For those of you who want to delve deeper into the lush tropical bush land, there are walking trails readily available 🍃 You can even finish off the day with a bite to eat at the conveniently located Wangi Falls Café, which is open all year round. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @iamsavi!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

View on Instagram

Rain, hail or shine; #Uluru never ceases to amaze ❤️ With over 65 tours and experiences on offer at this iconic monolith, there's no shortage of ways to explore the spiritual heart of @Australia. From bush-walking and segways to helicopter rides, bush tucker and dining under the stars, there's something for everyone. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @erinoutdoors. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

View on Instagram

Subscribe

Sign up to receive the latest news, deals and travel information about the Northern Territory. Data privacy statement

RD2818786B1085