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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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Wow. Just WOW 🙌 The ancient red rock formations of #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas) rise seemingly out of nowhere from the dusty land. From a distance it may look like one single rock, but it's actually a group of 36 domes that 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) Kata Tjuta is a Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal word meaning "many heads". Roughly 35 kilometres west of #Uluru, you can see them up close along one of the walking trails or from a helicopter on a scenic flight. Kata Tjuta looks particularly beautiful at sunset 🧡 Please note: @saltywings obtained special permission from @seeuluru and Traditional Owners to use drones within the national park. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @saltywings!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The iconic red rock, #Uluru has to be seen to be believed. At sunrise and sunset it’s radiance is unlike anything else, surrounded by the dreamy colours of the desert sky. There are a number of experiences that take you right up close, including the 10.6 kilometre Base Walk. As the name suggests, the trail circles the entire base of this ochre-coloured monolith and takes roughly 3.5 hours if you do the whole thing. If you're not keen on doing it on foot, you can hire a bike from @outbackcycling or join a segway tour with @ulurusegwaytours. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @haililorensalt! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #SeeUluru

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Wispy clouds ✅ Blue skies ✅ A big red rock ✅ Yep, what a view indeed, hey @beaumicheli! During the day, #Uluru basks in the glow of the Aussie sun, but in the late afternoon, when the sun starts to dip, it starts a performance you’ll never forget ❤️ From bush walking and segways to helicopter rides, scenic flights and skydives, there are many ways to experience this iconic region. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Beau!  #SeeAustralia #SeeUluru #ExploreUluru

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The excitement doesn't stop when the sun goes down at #Uluru! If you've signed up for @ExploreUluru's dune top canapes, your night is only just beginning... 🌟 Just after the sun has set you'll arrive at this exclusive location and as darkness falls, the #FieldOfLight will slowly come to life before your eyes. Savour a selection of outback canapes with sparkling wine or beer as your host tells you more about the light installation that awaits you. Under a sky brilliant with stars, you'll slowly make your way down to the field and wander through the illuminated 50,000 glass spheres 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kate_miles_! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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Calling all adventure seekers! Lace up your walking shoes and explore the Rim Walk at #KingsCanyon - this challenging but spectacular hike is 6 kilometres in length and skirts the edge of the canyon for much of the trail, providing magnificent views of the cliffs and surrounding landscape. Watarrka National Park can be found roughly halfway between #AliceSprings and #Uluru and is way more than just a day trip destination 🙌 Why not explore the region's walking trails, four-wheel drive tracks, cultural tours and accommodation options ranging from camping to resort-style rooms. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @shaun_jeffers!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Sunset at #Uluru... now, that's cause for celebration! 🥂😍 The giant monolith is best seen at #sunrise and #sunset, when the light changes and the ochre-coloured rock seems to glow. There are a number of tour options which take you to the best vantage points at the crucial moments. @Seitoutbackaustralia and @aatkings offer morning and afternoon experiences, while there are other designated viewing areas which provide epic scenes and can be accessed via your own transport. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ooanschioo!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #SeeUluru

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Don't get us wrong, scenic flights over #Uluru are pretty epic, but check out this incredible view of #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas) from the air! 🚁 Roughly 35 kilometres west of #Uluru, the 36 domes that make up this other-worldly natural wonder 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). Many parts of Kata Tjuta are either sacred or inaccessible, so a scenic flight is one of the best ways to see the whole formation and get a true understanding of its size 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @nomadiclio! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #SeeUluru

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Dreamy dusk scenes in the Top End 💜 Road-tripping through the NT, @elisecook said "there is something about being out here, immersed in the natural world around us, the red earth beneath our feet and the big Outback skies above us". We couldn't have said it better ourselves! The journey from #Darwin to #AliceSprings is easily one of @Australia's most exciting adventures bringing together a world of ancient landscapes, aboriginal culture and endless skies. From the red desert sands of #Uluru, to World Heritage listed #Kakadu National Park and the magnificent Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge, the diversity of the NT will astound you 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise! #SeeAustralia

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This is one view that is guaranteed to stop you right in your tracks! 🙌 There are a number of walks and experiences that take you right up close to #Uluru, including the 10.6km Base Walk. As the name suggests, the walk circles the entire base of this ochre-coloured monolith and takes roughly 3.5 hours. Parts of the loop have been divided into shorter trails where you can check out the little known pockets of water and lush woodlands that line this iconic natural wonder. PS - Have you entered our competition for two people to win a trip to the Red Centre? See our last video post for the details - the competition ends tomorrow night! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @rachelgrixti. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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