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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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Anyone ever tell you to ‘take a hike’?! We’ve never really understood that saying, especially when we look out at the view from the #KingsCanyon rim walk in #Watarrka National Park! Allow about 3-4 hours to conquer the trail - we recommend an early start to catch sunrise! 🙌 What’s the best part? Well, the walk borders the edge of the canyon for most of the trail resulting in epic views of the surrounding landscapes! What more could you ask for in an adventure?! Located in central Australia, Kings Canyon can be found roughly halfway between Uluru and Alice Springs. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @bertnol!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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As far as rail journeys go, they don't get much better than #TheGhan! A unique and awe-inspiring experience, you'll explore the wonders of the country's diverse interior in style and comfort on a 2,979 kilometre journey from #Darwin to Adelaide. Known for its iconic place in Australian history and strong connection to the vast landscape, The Ghan is currently celebrating 90 years of outback adventure 🤠 Having been in operation since 1929, its conception and construction is an epic tale of pioneering endurance. At this time of year, @journeybeyondrail runs The Ghan Expedition over three nights (as opposed to the usual two) with excursions in #Katherine, #AliceSprings and Coober Pedy. @jarradseng and @thehatchling recently embarked on the southbound journey - check out our story to see more of the highlights! #NTaustralia #JourneyBeyond

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How's the serenity? 🤩 Our version of Goldilocks, Buley Rockhole involves hopping from pool to pool until you find one that's just right! With a cascading collection of emerald rock pools that seem to go on forever, you could easily spend the whole day here...so, you can skip those expensive spa treatments and take a seat while fast flowing whitewater gives you a shoulder massage 😜 At just over an hour from #Darwin, #Litchfield National Park is a water-lovers' paradise with a number of dip-worthy destinations dotted throughout the area, including Florence Falls and Wangi Falls. If you're looking to stay and explore longer, accommodation is available in the small township of Batchelor along with a number of camp grounds within the park.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @eefexplores!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The outback is calling... 🧡 A visit to Simpsons Gap, near #AliceSprings, is a great way to experience the rugged landscape of the West  MacDonnell Ranges. Areas of white sand, huge river eucalyptus trees, and white-barked ghost gums lead to a permanent waterhole in the shelter of rugged cliffs, which are particularly impressive as the sun starts to go down. Nearby walking trails will take you to quiet spots where rock wallabies appear in the early morning and late afternoon, and Cassia Hill offers excellent views of the Larapinta valley. A 24 kilometre hike from Alice Springs Telegraph Station to Simpsons Gap marks the first section of the famous Larapinta Trail, one of Australia's most famous outback walks. The area is an important spiritual site to the Aranda Aboriginal people, where several dreaming stories cross.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jarradseng! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Get access all areas and unparalleled panoramas with a scenic flight over #Uluru and its vast, magnificent surrounds. By air you’ll get a sense of its enormity and see the fissures and crevices worn into its ancient surface 🙌 Choose your flight of fancy from a range of short, day-long, sunrise or sunset tours with @professional_helicopters or @ayersrockhelicopters. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @seeseaimages! #SeeAustralia #SeeUluru #ExploreUluru

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Camping in #Kakadu is pretty stellar! ✨ The World Heritage-listed national park spans over 20,000 kilometres and no matter where you pitch your tent, you will be star struck by what a sky without light pollution looks like! If #glamping is more your style, check out @kakadutourism's new Dreaming @ HomeBillabong glamping village, located at Cooinda Lodge. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @aurelienrob ! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Don’t let the name Bitter Springs fool you, this place is pretty darn sweet! 💦 These crystal clear hot springs are located in Elsey National Park, just two kilometres from #Mataranka and a one-hour drive south of #Katherine. The colours of this spot are almost edible, with decadent turquoise blues from the springs set against the alluring green foliage of surrounding tropical woodlands. Feel like a float? Bring your noodle then walk up from the first entry point to enjoy a short and relaxing natural ride down the stream. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @amyrcooper! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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The hidden beaches atop the northern point of @Australia’s rich #EastArnhemLand are hailed as some of the NT's, and even the country's, most remote and stunning coastlines. East Woody Beach (Galaru) and East Woody Island (Dhamitjinya), connected via sand banks, boast azure waters, expansive stretches of coastline and some of the best tropical sunsets you'll ever see. Just 3 kilometres away is East Arnhem Land's main centre, #Nhulunbuy, where there are a handful of accommodation options available. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @iamsavi! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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You’ll feel instantly at peace when you enter the beautiful Walpa Gorge 🙌 These towering ochre-coloured domes make up #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas), a large rock formation spread over an area of more than 20 kilometres, roughly 30 kilometres from #Uluru. The 2.6 kilometre walk through Walpa Gorge is one of the shorter and easier trails, but if you're looking for a challenge, we suggest the Valley of the Winds walk which will take you on a circuit of a few of the domes. Towards the end of the day, head to the Kata Tjuta sunset viewing area and soak in the changing colours of the domes and the desert sky. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @haylsa and @kyle_hunter!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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