The Red Centre is the heart & soul of the Australian Outback, and affectionately referred to as the spirit of Australia. You will experience Outback and Uluru tours for yourself, once you travel here & feel the warmth of the red sand between your toes whilst being entranced by the towering, colourful rocks, gorges & waterhole oases.
1 – The Red Centre is easy & quick to access.
Less than a two and a half hour flight from all the East & South coast cities of Australia, Alice Springs and Ayers Rock Airports (Yulara) are both great arrival or departure points when visiting the Red Centre. Most Adventure Tours depart early morning from Alice Springs and also pick up guests from Yulara on the same day. Alice Springs is a vibrant Outback town to explore, with many great traditional pubs, restaurants & accommodation options, as well as hot springs, galleries, and shopping centres. The town is located 463 km away from Yulara, Ayers Rock so if you are planning to arrive in Alice Springs, make sure you get there 1 or 2 nights before the start of your Red Centre Tour, that way you have plenty of time to experience its atmosphere. If you arrive at Yulara, you can land on the day your tour starts since the town is only a short 20 minutes’ drive from Uluru itself.
2 – It’s a world-class destination for both cultural & natural heritage.
Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park is the number one attraction of the Red Centre & it is classified as a World Heritage Site due to its living culture & natural ecosystems. The Anangu have been managing the land for tens of thousands of years. Once you arrive, you can learn from them about their Dreamtime and also have the chance to experience an array of wonderful hikes & perhaps witness Anangu ceremonies. The Park has two main attractions Uluru (Ayers Rock) & The Olgas (Kata Tjuta). Uluru is a major landmark of Australia being an enormous 348 metre high & 3.6km long monolith. In order to understand the vast enormity of the feature, make sure you do the Uluru Base Walk (10km). Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is a 45 minutes’ drive from Uluru. Its size is also breathtaking with 36 domes making up this natural masterpiece. Also, don’t miss out on the Valley of the Winds walk; it should take you no more than 3 hours return.
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3 -You will witness the best sunrises & sunsets.
The sunrises and sunsets are my favourite Red Centre Experience by far! Words are not enough to describe this travel memory for me! Just close your eyes for a moment and try to imagine Uluru illuminated by the setting sun projecting blazing oranges contrasting to the backdrop of deepening, endless blue skies beyond the horizon, then eventually the blues turns purple and the rock pink to then fade to a dark red dot in the background. The sunrises are equally as stunning but in reverse and you can experience them on both Kata Tjuta & Uluru from the designated viewing platforms. Pictures really don’t do it justice, you simply must see it with your own eyes!
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4 – Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park) is only a 3h drive from Uluru.
For me Kings Canyon Rim Walk is one of the best hikes in Central Australia. You can’t miss it! Once you reach the top you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the Red Centre. The remoteness & the size of the desert surrounding will have you feeling like a tiny ant. Throughout your hike, you will come across a number of picturesque waterfalls and holes that will have you forgetting that you are in the middle of the desert! Make sure you allow three hours for the hike (6km).
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5 – You will sleep under a million stars.
Why spend money in a 5 stars hotel when you can sleep under a plush blanket of million stars?
Stargazing is part of your ultimate Red Centre Adventure. The outback sky is something beyond amazing! If you are keen to try swag camping while keeping toasty around the campfire, you can opt to fall asleep under the twinkling stars, or you can retire to a comfy bed in your permanent tent. The choice is yours!
6 – Riding a camel could be a possibility.
Yes, Australia has camels, they are not native to Australia but were imported from India from the 1840’s to help Europeans with the exploration of the Australian mainland. Today Australia’s wild camel population is the largest in the world. There are a few camel farms around Yulara & Alice Springs that will allow you to take part in a Camel Train Riding Experience. They go for 1 hour and cost between $80 to $100.
7 – A minimum of 3 or 4 days are enough to visit the Red Centre.
Provided that you are short for time, you still can travel to the main attractions of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park & Kings Canyon. Typically, travellers to the area spend around this amount of time. Unless you are lucky enough to have extra time to spare, you can add the West Macdonnell Ranges and a few extra days in and around Alice Springs. If you do so, you can safely say that you have ticked all the items off the Red Centre bucket list!
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