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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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Cue the #LionKing soundtrack... 😜 No matter how many times you've seen it in photos, nothing comes close to viewing #Uluru in real life. The giant monolith is best seen at dawn and sunset, as the light changes and the rock seems to glow. The national park has five viewing areas dedicated to experiencing and photographing this beautiful scene. Our tip: While Talinguru Nyakunytjaku is the main sunrise viewing area for Uluru, the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area pretty much guarantees you a beautiful shot of the icon with a long lens as @stephan_daprato discovered!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Stephan. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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An evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky with views of #Uluru and #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas)... need we say more? Your Sounds of Silence dinner experience begins with canapes and sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the national park. As the sun sets and darkness falls to the sound of a didgeridoo, join your table of fellow travellers for an unforgettable night of food, aboriginal culture and star gazing ✨ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ExploreUluru! #SeeAustralia #RestaurantAustralia #ExploreUluru

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Views don't get much better than this! @mooski_adventures and their mates recently road-tripped through the NT... all the way from the Top End to the other-worldly 36 domes of #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas). About 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 ancient 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, Amy and Sarah! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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G'day from #KingsCanyon 🤠 Located midway between #Uluru and #AliceSprings, you'll find this natural wonder at the western end of the George Gill Range in Watarrka National Park. The canyon's sandstone walls were formed from small cracks that have eroded over millions of years to create these magnificent cliffs 🙌  Soaring 270 metres above sea level, areas of the canyon plummet to the Garden of Eden where lush, plants thrive along the line of the permanent rock pools. The best way to explore the canyon is on foot with two walking trails to pick from; the longer, more challenging Rim Walk and the easier Kings Creek Walk at the base of the canyon.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mooski_adventures! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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We're getting very close! It's not hard to see why this was your 2nd favourite photo for 2018. What photo do you think will take out the top spot? Our caption back in October read: #Uluru has been hit with some wild weather this year, including a supercell that passed right over it! It's estimated that only 1% of travellers to this legendary monolith get to see it when it rains, and the rock is enveloped in waterfalls 💦 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Kartikeya Sharma (via FB). #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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We're pleased to present your 4th favourite photo for 2018! In May, we wrote: Picture this: the sun is setting on the ancient monolith, #Uluru, turning the rock a brilliant red. As the light begins to fade, more than 50,000 glass “flowers” start to softly glow in waves of colour ✨ The #FieldOfLight installation covers an area of more than seven football fields and invites visitors to wander through the network of pathways and watch this fantasy garden softly change colour from sunset to sunrise. Our tip - don't forget to book ahead 👍  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kate_miles_! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNt #ExploreUluru

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'Twas the night before #Christmas, and all through #Uluru-#KataTjuta National Park, not a creature was stirring... except #SantaClaus and his camels - someone's gotta take the last sunset tour! 😜

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Introducing our 7th Most Popular Post in 2018... It's not hard to see why @chaseolearyphoto said he felt “so blessed to witness this with my own eyes!" While we're used to viewing this massive, red-orange sandstone formation under clear skies, on rare occasions rainfall can transform #Uluru into a series of stunning cascades and waterfalls 😍 Is this something you'd like to see? Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Chase! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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To celebrate 2018 we're bringing you our Top 10 posts for the year... here's your 9th favourite photo! In August, we wrote:  Nothing to see here...just your standard #sunset helicopter flight over #Uluru-#KataTjuta National Park! Even if you've walked around @Australia's most famous natural landmarks you can’t fully appreciate their enormity until you've seen them from the air 🚁@Professional_Helicopters offer a variety of scenic flight options in the region, not only over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, but also Mount Conner, Lake Amadeus and Kings Canyon, ranging from 15 minutes to 4.5 hours long. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jasoncharleshill! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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