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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.

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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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Red sand, camels, #KataTjuta in the distance... yep, you're in Central @Australia! Gently coasting along the sand dunes some 10 feet off the ground, you'll have awesome views of the surrounding outback landscape 🐪 Home to over 60 camels, @UluruCamelTours is the largest camel farm in Australia and run daily sunrise, daytime and sunset tours at #Uluru 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_chloesmithphotography_! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Wandering through the sheer ochre-coloured domes of #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas), you'll be gobsmacked by their size and uniqueness. Some travellers find them even more mesmerising than #Uluru! You can choose from a number of walking trails that range from easy strolls to longer, more difficult tracks. The 2.6 kilometre (1.6 mile) return Walpa Gorge walk is one of the shorter options and takes you along a rocky path resembling something from Mars to a lush grove of spearwood. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @hm_weir! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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What surprises people most when they first visit #Uluru, you ask? It's much, much bigger than you think! It's 348 metres high and just over 10 kilometres to walk around 🙌 But that's just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Most of the rock is underground – it's estimated it extends 2.5 kilometres below ground level! The Base Walk is without a doubt the best way to explore this iconic rock up close 👉 it's been divided into six sections - you can choose to do just one or the whole loop! Following the footsteps of Aboriginal ancestors, you'll get to see the rock from all sides, discover ancient cave paintings and get a handle on the scale and variety of the monolith. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ditabrenna! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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To summit up for you, #KingsCanyon is a must-see 😉 After 500 steep steps, you'll be sitting pretty at the top of these magnificent sandstone walls. The 6km Rim Walk is one of the most famous walks in the Red Centre and relatively easy once you make it to the top. The circuit walk traces the rim of the canyon for much of the hike before descending into the lush 'Garden of Eden' and back up to the top again 🙌 Located in Watarrka National Park, roughly halfway between #Uluru and #AliceSprings, Kings Canyon is one of many stops along the iconic Red Centre Way drive route. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ro_mytravels!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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We're all about #vanlife in the Northern Territory and where better to hit the road than the Red Centre 🙌🚗 @elisehalina recently travelled around central @Australia, ticking #Uluru off her bucket list in style! While this magnificent monolith is pretty epic from any angle, nothing prepares you for those first views of Uluru up close - its sheer size is mesmerising! There's a heap of ways to explore the base... from hiring a bike with @outbackcycling to hopping on a segway tour with @ulurusegwaytours or on foot 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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#KataTjuta (#TheOlgas), a large group of ancient red rock formations, makes for a pretty impressive sight, rising seemingly out of nowhere in the Red Centre 🙌 Located roughly 25 minutes’ drive from #Uluru, make sure you head to one of the national park's designated viewing areas for sunrise or sunset and watch as these ochre-coloured domes glow and change colour! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @dilettaorlandi. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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We're calling it - you simply haven't seen a #sunrise like those you'll find in the desert 😍 If you're visiting #Uluru, make sure you set your alarm and watch as the light turns its massive surface from ochre brown to burnished orange and deep purple. From @exploreuluru's cultural Desert Awakenings experience to @ulurucameltours' early morning camel rides or @seitoutbackaustralia's #KataTjuta tour, there's no shortage of ways to witness the sun coming up in this special part of @Australia 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @stevint! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The #Uluru base walk is the ultimate way to explore this iconic monolith and learn more about its rich culture. The 10.6km loop can be done as a whole or you can choose to pick one or more of its sections. Park rangers guide a daily tour of the 2km return Mala walk, taking you alongside the imposing form of Uluru and stopping to tell the story of the mala (rufous hare-wallaby) people. You'll discover Anangu rock art on the way, before arriving at the sheer vertical walls of Kantju Gorge. Tip - if you're not keen on heading to one of the viewing platforms for sunset, this is a great spot to watch the colours change. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @yo_hisa0425! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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#KataTjuta, you're positively glowing 😍 To fully appreciate this natural wonder, you need to experience it from the air 🚁 The size of Kata Tjuta (The Olga's) is almost unbelievable as you glide over the group of 36 rock domes, the highest of which stands 198 metres taller than #Uluru!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @hm_weir 👍 #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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