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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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Oh, #KataTjuta - you're a photographer's dream 😍 To fully appreciate this natural wonder, you need to experience it from the air 🚁 The scale and size of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is almost unbelievable as you glide over the ancient group of 36 ochre-coloured rock domes, the highest of which stands 198 metres taller than #Uluru! @Professional_helicopters offer daily aerial tours of many of the Red Centre's main attractions including Uluru, Mount Conner, Kings Canyon and Lake Amadeus. #NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

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The long weekend is finally here and we're treating ourselves to a warm bath and some spectacular scenery 😍 After visiting @Longitude131, @julietkinsman declared the @luxurylodgesofaustralia retreat “one of the most special hotels in the world”, and with views like this, there’s no doubt about it. This unique resort in the heart of the Red Centre directly overlooks the iconic #Uluru, and the floor-to-ceiling windows here mean you get to make the most of this incredible sight, even in the bathroom! Sleep soundly by night in one of 16 luxurious tented pavilions, and explore @visitcentralaus by day on guided tours arranged by the resort. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Juliet. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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What a whooper of a view, or should we say Walpa of a view! 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, @traveloutbackaustralia. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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#Uluru is impressive to see during the daylight hours, but it's almost magical at sunset ✨ This picture-perfect Red Centre icon isn’t just lovely to look at, it also holds great spiritual and cultural significance for the local Aboriginal traditional owners. Join a cultural experience tour with @exploreuluru or @seitoutbackaustralia and learn more about the history behind this special part of @visitcentralaus from knowledgeable guides. Tip: This impressive rock formation changes colours all the time, depending on the time of day and brightness of the sky, so we highly recommend visiting the different viewing platforms at sunrise and sunset to experience this magic for yourself.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @felix__hasler!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #SeeUluru

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Can you guess where this is? That's right... you're looking at an incredibly unique view of #Uluru 🙌 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. Please note: @saltywings obtained special permission from @seeuluru and Traditional Owners to use a drone within the national park. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @saltywings!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #SeeUluru

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This is what peak hour looks like in the Red Centre 😜 Sunset, camels and #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas) in the distance... it doesn't get much more outback than this! @ulurucameltours' safaris are practically a rite of passage in central @Australia with unforgettable views of #Uluru and Kata Tjuta as they glow and change colour. Take the reigns and choose from short, sunrise or sunset rides 🐪 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @hm_smyth! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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There's something about watching the sun come up in the Red Centre 🧡 @patterson_nate captured this magnificent display of colour just outside Yulara, #Uluru's main township. Experiencing sunrise and sunset in the spiritual heart of @Australia is almost a rite of passage for anyone venturing to Uluru. There are a number of dedicated viewing areas throughout the national park that offer some of the best vantage points for seeing and photographing this beautiful scene. The colours of the outback are constantly changing - you’ll soon find out that no two daily shows are the same! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Nate. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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It's not hard to see why the Rim Walk at #KingsCanyon is one of the most famous hikes in the Red Centre! The six kilometre 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 through the intriguing sandstone domes of the 'Lost City'. Located in Watarrka National Park, roughly halfway between #Uluru and #AliceSprings, Kings Canyon is one of the many must-do stops along the iconic Red Centre Way drive route. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @anaisplr! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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We're coming to you from golden hour at #Uluru 🙌 There are lots of ways to experience this ochre-coloured monolith at #sunset... atop a camel on a red sand dune, up close along the base walk or at one of the viewing areas with a glass of sparkling wine in hand. And, that's just to name a few! However, one of the best views has to be from a helicopter on a scenic flight - just ask @saltywings who captured this magnificent photo 🧡 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @saltywings! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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