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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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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 aalk. As the name suggests, the trail circles the entire base of this ochre-coloured monolith and takes roughly 3.5 hours if you choose 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, @shaaunabrown! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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These distant 'mountains' might look a bit like giant marshmellows but they're actually the ancient domes of #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas)! Located roughly 35 kilometres west of #Uluru, they 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 red ''rockbergs'' via walking trails that range from easy strolls to longer, more difficult tracks or view them from the air on a scenic helicopter flight. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @chicken.noodyls! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Spring might have sprung but this grand show is a year round occurrence in the Red Centre! One of the great natural wonders of the world, #Uluru towers above the surrounding landscape. While this iconic monolith looks incredible at any time of the day, golden hour is particularly special. As the sun hits it on its way down, the colour of the rock changes from a sizzling red to burnt orange to a deep purple as the light fades. This magnificent spectacle is truly mesmerising ❤️ ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @chicken.noodyls! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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If you're visiting Mars - whoops - we mean, #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas).... make sure you check out the Walpa Gorge walk! The 2.6 kilometre return trail follows the natural creek between two of the largest ochre-coloured domes along a rocky, but relatively easy track. With the tallest dome said to be around 546 metres high (roughly 200 metres higher than #Uluru), it’s hard not to be amazed by its sheer size 🙌 Roughly 35 kilometres west of #Uluru, the ancient rock formations can also be viewed from a helicopter on a scenic flight or from one of the designated viewing platforms - it looks particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset when the rock change colour 🧡 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@adammweiss! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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There's nothing like sleeping in a swag in the outback, wrapped up in a blanket of stars... ✨ ​@milymiss recently had the “most amazing experience" on a guided tour with @intrepidtravel, describing the night sky as “like nothing I've ever seen before!" Departing from #AliceSprings, this 4 day adventure is great for those who are short on time but want to see as much as possible in central @Australia. You'll witness #Uluru at sunrise and sunset, wander through the gigantic domes of #KataTjuta, hike along the towering rim of #KingsCanyon and discover the outback waterholes in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Candice! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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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

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Is there anything sweeter than a two for one deal? @seeseaimages captured this stunning shot of both #Uluru and #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas) on a scenic flight with @ayersrockhelicopters 🚁 Even if you've walked around @Australia's most famous natural landmarks, it's hard to fully appreciate their enormity until you've seen them from the air! Make sure to keep your camera close - as the sun sets over the outback landscape, these gigantic ochre-coloured rock formations will change colour before your very eyes 😍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Craig. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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After a recent trip to the Red Centre, @melbourneiloveyou “knows he will return to this place” following an action-packed adventure with @intrepidtravel. Departing from #AliceSprings, this 4 day experience is great for those who are short on time but want to see as much as possible in central @Australia. You'll witness #Uluru at sunrise and sunset, wander through the gigantic domes of #KataTjuta and hike along the towering rim of #KingsCanyon. While by night, you'll get to sit around a fire under a blanket of stars before retiring to your permanent tent ✨⛺ ​This guided Red Centre taster is sure to leave you wanting more 🧡 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Chris! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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There is nothing quite like getting up close and personal with #Uluru... many people are surprised at just HOW big it really is! ✨ The base walk is one of the best ways to see it from every angle 🙌 We recommend you start your journey in the Mala carpark in the morning then follow the path around, stopping to marvel at the other-worldly beauty of each side of the rock. The loop walk is 10.6 kilometres in total, however it's broken into sections for those not keen to do the whole thing. The Mala walk section is only 2 kilometres return making it perfect for any age. There are free daily guided tours from the Mala carpark where rangers will stop to explain rock art, demonstrate the tools traditionally used by the Anangu people and tell you the Tjukurpa (creation stories) of many rock formations. However, if you would prefer to explore the trail by yourself, the area is well signed for self-guiding. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jordhammond! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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