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Uluru & Surrounds

Map showing the Uluru and Surrounds region in the Northern Territory

Considered the spiritual heart of Australia, this region's gem is Uluru/Ayers Rock, but it also offers visitors so much more, and is only a few hours from Sydney.

Get ready to be blown away by World Heritage-listed natural wonders, iconic wildlife and the red dirt of the Australian Outback. The Uluru region is home to two of Australia's most famous rock formations, a mighty canyon and an ancient indigenous culture rich in story, dance and art.

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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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*Pinch*...yep, it's a real place! The #KingsCanyon Rim Walk is full of surprises, particularly the 'Lost City' - best described as a series of sandstone domes which somewhat resemble the structures you might have found in an ancient city. This challenging but spectacular hike is 6km in length and skirts the edge of the canyon for much of the walk, providing magnificent views of the sandstone cliffs and surrounding landscape. Set in Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon can be found roughly halfway between #AliceSprings and #Uluru.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mitch.toft! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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We're calling it... this has to be one of the most epic views EVER! @hm_weir recently hopped on a sunset helicopter flight over #Uluru with @professional_helicopters and gave the experience a glowing review - it's not hard to see why 😉😍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Hannah! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Follow the red sand path... 😍 @Australia's Red Centre is a spectacular landscape of arid desert, colossal rock formations and endless mountain ranges. If you’re visiting the area around #KingsCanyon and #Uluru, we guarantee that one of the first things you’ll notice is the colour of the sand - it really is this red in person 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_chloesmithphotography_! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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