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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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What better way to start your outback experience than with an early morning balloon flight 🎈 You'll get to see the desert come to life as the sun rises over the MacDonnell Ranges. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife down below, including kangaroos! Once you land, tasty treats and sparkling wine await - the perfect end to this unreal adventure if you ask us! 🥂 @Outback_ballooning run daily flights year round just outside of #AliceSprings. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_aswewander. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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G’day from @NTaustralia… yes, that’s right – we’ve got a new name! 🤠 While we might have changed our handle, we’re still the home of outback @australia…an adventure seeker’s mecca with spellbinding national parks, Aboriginal culture, crystal clear waterfalls, ancient monoliths and tropical town charms. It doesn't matter whether you're young or old, keen for adventure or looking to relax, on a budget or ready to splurge, a holiday in the Northern Territory is an experience like no other. #NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

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Tell your boss you won't be coming in tomorrow... these heavenly hot springs are waiting for you! 😎 #Mataranka Thermal Pool can be found an hours' drive south of #Katherine, the unofficial gateway to the tropics. These stunning springs bubble up at 34 degrees to fill a semi-man made pool of perfectly turquoise water under a shady canopy of stretching palms. It's one of three crystal clear thermal pools in the region - make sure you also check out Bitter Springs and Katherine Hot Springs 💦 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @scottypass! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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Just 90 minutes' from #Darwin you'll find Buley Rockhole in #Litchfield National Park. Buley is insanely beautiful and has a collection of picture perfect rock holes for you to pick from 🌱💦 Like many places in the Top End, you'll easily lose track of time here when the serenity starts to sinks in. If you're still not convinced it's a must do, we'd better tell you that Florence Falls and Wangi Falls are only minutes away as well. It really is nature’s ultimate water park! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jake.applebee. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Pull up a bar stool to enjoy a drink, a meal and a good old chin wag with a true local at the historic @DalyWatersPub. Clad in corrugated iron, draped with bougainvilleas and crammed with decades of memorabilia, the pub began serving passengers arriving on the new Qantas airline in 1934 and was the first international runway and airport in Australia. As a popular watering hole along the track, the Daly Waters Pub holds a liquor licence that has been in continuous use since 1938. Located just 3 hours south of #Katherine, the pub offers a variety of accommodation ranging from budget rooms to two bedroom cabins. An extensive menu served every night during the dry season includes a range of salads, steaks, lamb, chicken, and best of all fresh local wild caught Territory barramundi and thread fin salmon. You'll soon forget the hustle and pressures of city slicker life at this happy go lucky pub where the daily special is a good dose of outback hospitality 🤠 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@explorewithmegs! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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How can a place be so dramatic and serene at the same time?! @_aswewander recently dropped in at Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the West MacDonnell Ranges' many swimming holes. Located roughly 90 kilometres west of #AliceSprings, you're sure to feel worlds away from the daily hustle and bustle at this magnificent spot. With the Red Centre currently experiencing glorious spring temperatures, it's the ultimate time for an outback adventure. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Luke and Jess! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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There's no better spot to spend your Sunday evening than the @MindilMarket 😍☀️ Watching the sun disappear into the ocean should be a rite of passage for all visitors to #Darwin! The city's best features - its relaxed atmosphere, Asian-inspired food and sunsets - meet in tropical harmony at these iconic markets every Thursday and Sunday evening. Wander the many eclectic stalls, take in the live entertainment, grab yourself a tasty laksa and then settle in for the main show on the beach 👌 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @flossie_create.talk! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The #LarapintaTrail is one of @Australia's finest walks, situated just out of #AliceSprings and spanning 223kms across the West MacDonnell Ranges. This long distance walking track is divided into 12 sections that each take one or two days to walk. Described by @AustralianGeographic as "one of the world's best long-distance arid-zone walks", this spectacular desert trek traverses the ridgelines of the mountain ranges from east to west. From the big blue skies that offer a stunning contrast against the sunburned landscape of the ranges, to some of the most spectacular geological formations in the region, this trail truly showcases the diversity of the Red Centre. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @wetookaholiday! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The iconic red rock, #Uluru has to be seen to be believed. At sunrise and sunset it’s radiance is unlike anything else, surrounded by the dreamy colours of the desert sky. There are a number of experiences that take you right up close, including the 10.6 kilometre base aalk. As the name suggests, the trail circles the entire base of this ochre-coloured monolith and takes roughly 3.5 hours if you choose do the whole thing. If you're not keen on doing it on foot, you can hire a bike from @outbackcycling or join a segway tour with @ulurusegwaytours 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @shaaunabrown! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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