Red Centre Holidays
This ruddy sprawl of desert wilderness is a seemingly endless landscape of semi-arid scrubs and sand dunes, weathered mountain ranges, rocky gorges and some of Aboriginal Australia's most sacred sites. Floating in an outback waterhole, dining under a starry sky, watching the world's most famous rock change colours at sunrise and sunset are just some of the Red Centre's only-in-Australia experiences.
Surrounded by spectacular gum trees and refreshing waterholes, the friendly outback town of Alice Springs is the vibrant hub of central Australia and has all the conveniences of a modern city. Alice is an ideal base for exploring the Red Centre and, as a destination, has an abundance of entertainment and activities on offer. Try your hand at four-wheel driving or quad biking out in the desert, ride a camel through the outback, meander around aboriginal art galleries, visit the Todd Mall Markets, meet the local wildlife at the Alice Springs Desert Park, delve into the past at the historic Telegraph Station or see the home of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
For many, no visit to the Red Centre would be complete without seeing Uluru. Nothing can really prepare you for the immensity, grandeur, shifting colours and stillness of this World Heritage listed 'rock'. Rising from the desert plain, the site is visually stunning and your first view is something you'll never forget. The incredible desert landscape is even more impressive in real life and is best viewed at sunrise or sunset to see it change from brown to orange to red to purple. Don't miss the Field of Light, which is in place until 31 March 2018, an art installation of more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted glass spheres that bloom as darkness falls over Australia's spiritual heartland.
About 20 miles west of Uluru is the equally impressive, but less well known, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Thirty-six magnificent, variously sized boulders sit shoulder to shoulder forming deep valleys and steep-sided gorges, which many visitors find even more captivating than their prominent neighbour. Challenging and rewarding bushwalks provide excellent views of the surreal domes and varied terrain.
Other notable sights include the often overlooked, yet spectacular yawning chasm of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. Walkers are rewarded with breathtaking views on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk which skirts the canyon's rim before descending down to lush pockets of ferns and prehistoric cycads to a tranquil pool and onwards through a swarm of giant sandstone outcrops. The majestic West MacDonnell Ranges, west of Alice Springs, is an extraordinary landscape of weathered peaks, behind which are rocky gorges and waterholes that are great for cooling off on a hot day.
- Mesmerising Uluru
- Captivating Kata Tjuta
- Breathtaking Kings Canyon
- Learn about Aboriginal culture
- Swim in a waterhole
- Discover Alice Springs