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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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As far as views go, they don't get much better than this one 🙌 Whatever you do, don’t miss a #sunrise or #sunset at #Uluru when the light turns its massive surface from ochre brown to burnished orange to intense red and all the colours in between. There are over five viewing areas built throughout the national park, specifically for taking in the dramatic scenes of both Uluru and #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas). Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jasoncharleshill!  #SeeAustralia #ExploreUluru

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Rise and shine, you don't want to miss sunrise at #Uluru! While the early morning start can be a bit of a struggle, we guarantee there's nowhere more peaceful to take in the first rays of the day. Seeing this ancient monolith at sunrise or sunset is the best way to see its magical colours transform. There are a number of tour options which take you to the key vantage points at the best times. @Seitoutbackaustralia, @aatkings and @exploreuluru offer various experiences...alternatively, there are other sites which provide a great view and can be accessed via your own transport. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ashleydobson! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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Just taking a moment to appreciate the view 😍 @_chloesmithphotography_ recently watched this epic display of pastel goodness over #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas) from @ExploreUluru's famous Sounds of Silence dining experience. If you're visiting the Red Centre, #sunset is a must-see at #Uluru and Kata Tjuta - the afternoon show is different everyday! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Chloe. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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After a visit to #Uluru, @helloemilie said “it's hard to put into words how magical this place really is, something you can only understand by experiencing with your own eyes." We couldn't agree more! A scenic helicopter tour is one of the many ways you can experience this special part of @Australia 🚁 While flights run throughout the day, it's easy to see why the #sunset option receives such glowing reviews 😉 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Emilie. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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#KingsCanyon, have we told you how magnificent you look lately?! Only three hours from #Uluru, this stunning location features 100 metre high ancient sandstone walls. Lace up your walking boots and explore the Rim Walk - 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. 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, @uptheguts2017! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The ancient red rock formations of #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas) rise from the dusty land to make an incredible sight in Central Australia. From a distance it may look like one single rock, but it's actually a group of 36 domes spread over an area of 20 kilometres. Kata Tjuta is a Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal word meaning "many heads". @jasoncharleshill recently "gained a whole new perspective on how magical this land is" on a sunset scenic helicopter flight - he took in this spectacular sight, along with #Uluru, located only 30 kilometres away.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Jason! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Hey #Uluru 👋 Most people grow up seeing this iconic monolith in photos or on TV, rising seemingly out of nowhere, glowing red, purple and orange at sunrise or sunset, or drenched with torrents of water during storms. But, it’s only up close that you see the details and can really appreciate its sheer size 🙏 This is where the Base Walk comes in 👉 the 10.6km loop quite literally takes you right around the base of Uluru! You can choose to do the whole walk or just a couple of sections depending on your level of fitness, the weather or how much time you have. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @erinoutdoors! #SeeAustralia #ExploreUluru #RedCentreNT

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Mesmerising abstract painting or Red Centre salt lake? 🤔 @jasoncharleshill recently captured this incredible aerial shot of the glistening white salt flats less than 100 kilometres from #Uluru. @CurtinSprings, a privately owned cattle station, offer guided walking tours on their property including the salt lakes, #MountConner and at full moon. The combination of ancient and vast salt lakes, different land types each with their unique features and textures, and the ever present moods of the grand Mount Conner, are sure to leave you with a full camera roll 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Jason! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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#Uluru recently received some rain and lucky local @tipofthegower was there to capture the moment the sun poked out from behind the clouds minutes before sunset 😍 While most visitors aren't hoping for rain, this incredible sight is both rare and mesmerising.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, William! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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