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Australia's Red Centre

Australia’s Red Centre

At 800 million years old and counting, the landscapes inside Australia’s Red Centre need to be seen to be believed.

Using the West MacDonnell Ranges (Tjoritja) as a geographical marker, and the Larapinta Walking Trail as a physical bookmark, everything you see inside the red desert heart of the Northern Territory; the rocks, the gorges, the mountain ranges and the waterholes, has a story to tell that is millions of years old.

Slowly carved out of wind, water, fire and ice, the history of the Red Centre’s awe-inspiring natural features is the real history of Australia.

Containing a Dreamtime that our Indigenous elders have passed on for 40,000 years, any journey here will immerse you in the soul of the Australian outback, and in the spirit of the world’s oldest living culture.

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Alice Springs

At the beating heart of Central Australia and at the start of the Red Centre Way, the remote town of Alice Springs is close to many of the Northern Territory’s most iconic attractions. As a hub of outback hospitality, it is also the perfect place to begin (or end) your Red Centre journey.

A 3.5 hour flight from most capital cities, Alice Springs offers adventure, relaxation and discovery of a truly unique location. Explore its history at the Telegraph Station, take in work by Aboriginal artists along the Territory Arts Trail and engage with desert life at the Alice Springs Desert Park.

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Glen Helen

133km west of Alice Springs, Glen Helen lies inside the West MacDonnell National Park (Tjoritja), getting you up close and personal with the raw beauty of sacred sites including Glen Helen Gorge, Ormiston Gorge, Simpson’s Gap, Standley Chasm and Ellery Creek.

Home to the West Aranda Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years, single or multi-day hikes along the Larapinta Trail are popular from here.

Further afield, the natural wonder of Kings Canyon also awaits, the half-way point between Alice Springs and Uluru.

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Kings Canyon

Over 400 million years in the making, the rugged sandstone peaks of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) have been a sacred site of the Lurijta and Arrente Indigenous people for more than 20,000 years.

At the halfway point of your journey from Alice Springs to Uluru, Kings Canyon is a must do adventure where you can treat yourself to a Deluxe Spa Room with private balcony, or roll out your swag under a canopy of stars.

With the blessing of its traditional owners, engage your full set of senses when you explore Watarrka National Park, a highly spiritual place where unforgettable outback adventures await.

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