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Uluru & Surrounds

Map showing the Uluru and Surrounds region in the Northern Territory

Considered the spiritual heart of Australia, this region's gem is Uluru/Ayers Rock, but it also offers visitors so much more, and is only a few hours from Sydney.

Get ready to be blown away by World Heritage-listed natural wonders, iconic wildlife and the red dirt of the Australian Outback. The Uluru region is home to two of Australia's most famous rock formations, a mighty canyon and an ancient indigenous culture rich in story, dance and art.

Top 10 region awarded to The Red Centre, Australia. Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2019

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Need some inspo to get out of bed earlier? This should do the trick! @beyond925 recently captured this stunning sunrise overlooking @Darwin.Waterfront and @stokeshillwharf, #Darwin's very own leisure land with swimming lagoons, lush lawns and waterside restaurants. The NT's capital isn't just crocodiles and palm trees, Darwin offers travellers the chance to mix the outback with the city and the coast while also taking in some incredible sunrises and sunsets 💜 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Karen! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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@markgrayphoto described this sunrise at #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas) as “quite possibly the best I have ever seen in the NT". It's not hard to see why! This stunning shot was taken from the dune viewing area, one of the many designated viewing areas inside the national park. The platform here provides amazing views of Kata Tjuta and Uluru in the distance. Just 35 kilometres west of Uluru, the domes of Kata Tjuta sit shoulder to shoulder and form a spectacular and unique configuration of deep valleys and steep gorges spread over more than 20 kilometres (12.4 miles). ​You can explore these ancient red ''rockbergs'' via walking trails that range from easy strolls to longer, more difficult tracks or view them from the air on a scenic flight. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Mark. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Visiting #Darwin? Make sure you hop on a scenic helicopter flight like @robmulally, who witnessed this spectacular sunrise over the winding Adelaide River with @airborne.solutions 🚁 This iconic river is known for its large population of saltwater crocodiles, arguably one of the NT's most fascinating animals. One of the best ways to see them in their natural environment is on a 'jumping crocodile cruise' with @jumpingcrocodilecruises or @adelaiderivertours. Watch as they rise (often vertically!) in the air to catch food as your knowledgeable guides explain more about these ancient creatures. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Rob! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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#KingsCanyon, have we told you how magnificent you look lately?! Only three hours from #Uluru, this speccy location features 100 metre high ancient sandstone walls 🙌 Lace up your walking boots and explore the Rim Walk 👉 this challenging but rewarding hike is 6 kilometres in length and skirts the edge of the canyon for much of the trail, providing Insta-worthy views of the cliffs and surrounding landscape. Our tip: As the weather warms up, it's best to start the walk bright and early - we promise the views at sunrise will be well worth the early wake-up! ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @roaming_offtrack. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Great news, gang... the #FieldofLight at @ExploreUluru has been extended indefinitely from its previous close date of 31 December 2020! The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara, is Bruce Munro's largest work to date, with more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres. The installation covers an area of more than seven football fields and invites visitors to wander through the network of pathways and watch this fantasy garden softly change colour from sunset to sunrise Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@imlukemackenzie! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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Nothing puts a spring in your step like the crystal clear waters of Bitter Springs! Rather inappropriately named for such a sweet spot, this sandy-bottomed lagoon has startlingly turquoise water 💦💙 Located an hour south of #Katherine in Elsey National Park, the natural spring-fed stream is wonderfully warm and surrounded by tropical woodlands. You'll float fancy-free a couple of hundred metres downstream before reaching a ladder at the end, where you can hop out and do it all over again! Our tip: Bring a swimming noodle - it makes the experience even more relaxing 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @overlandtravellers. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Nothing to see here...just your standard #sunset helicopter flight over #Uluru! Even if you've walked around @Australia's most famous natural landmark, it's tricky to fully appreciate it's enormity until you've seen it from the air 🚁 @AyersRockHelicopters offer a variety of scenic flight options in the region, not only over Uluru, but also Kata Tjuta, Mount Conner, Lake Amadeus and Kings Canyon, ranging from 15 minutes to all day. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Ayers Rock Helicopters team! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The much anticipated @tropicallight.darwin by world renowned artist, @brucemunrostudio, launches tonight in #Darwin lighting up a number of locations from the city to the @darwin.waterfront ✨🙌 Follow the 2.5km self-guided path to view the installations, with contributions by local artists across various mediums. Locals and visitors alike can see the sculptures during the day, but they hold special significance when they are illuminated at night from 7-10.30pm. This free event will run until April 30, 2020. #NTaustralia #SeeAustralia #TropicalLight

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Gorge on adventure in @VisitKatherine! 😉 Hop in a canoe at Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge and paddle down the ancient river system, spotting wildlife, hidden waterfalls and Aboriginal rock art. All canoe adventures begin with a scenic journey by boat through the first gorge before canoeists take to the waters to explore the second gorge and beyond. With dramatic cliffs extending more than 70 metres high in some parts, you'll be blown away by this magnificent maze of waterways 😍 ​​@NitmilukTours offer a number of ways to experience this special spot, located 30 minutes' drive from the township of #Katherine. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_lojo17! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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