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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Credit: Tourism NT Shaana McNaught
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.
KINGS CANYON (WATARRKA)
Over 400 million years in the making, the rugged sandstone peaks of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) have been home to the Luritja and Arrente Indigenous people for tens of thousands of years.
At the halfway point of your Red Centre journey from Alice Springs to Uluru, Kings Canyon is a must do adventure. Spend your day hiking the iconic Kings Canyon Rim Walk, featured in many Australian films, a guided Rim Walk is a great way to gain perspective on a highly spiritual feature of this amazing Red Centre landscape. Spend your night experiencing Light-Towers, an immersive light and sound installation by renowned international artist Bruce Munro.
Accommodation includes standard and deluxe spa rooms with stunning views, or superior safari tents. For self-drivers, sleep under a canopy of stars on one of our sites.
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