Although remote from practically every city in Australia, the Red Centre is only a direct flight away. So check out why you should visit Uluru and Alice Springs and pack your bags!
Imagine yourself stargazing next to a 350 meters tall rock in changing shades of red as the sun fades away. Has Uluru won you over yet? Then hop on a 4WD and cut through the heart of the Outback right into the spiritual center of Australia!
You will see why you should visit Uluru as soon as you make the scenic landing at Ayers Rock airport. From there, it’s worth renting a 4 wheel-drive as you will be covering a few kilometers on dirt road. However, you will be kidding yourself if you think this is just another dusty roadtrip on the Outback. Uluru involves you in its mystical energy as you draw closer to it.
Uluru’s Nature & Ancestral history
The Anangu aboriginal people believe it was created by ancestral beings while telling storylines about their holes and crevices. Hear all about it on a free Ranger-guided walking tour or cycle around the base on the park’s hired bikes. Make it an exciting sunset on the back of a camel or dine under the stars just beside the rock. The pitch black nights invite you to stargaze and wander among thousand of coloured stems at the Field of Light.
Drag yourself out of bed before sunrise and grasp the beautiful moment of shifting shades of ochre. At a distance, a group of equally rusted sandstone heads is called the Kata-Tjuta, also known as The Olgas.Venture out on the tracks that cut through the rocks finally leading to waterholes that mirror its grandeur.
Kings Canyon & Alice Springs
After this impressive start, take to the Red Centre Way on a rather bumpy road to Kings Canyon. Check in at the Kings Canyon Resort and go for an early morning walk at the rim of sky-high walls of stone. At this point will be dreaming of refreshing swims, so make your way to the West MacDonnell National Park. The first stop is Glen Helen Gorge, an oasis where you can finally relax from all the hiking. Sleep under the stars at the local lodge’s tents and explore the wilderness of each of the water holes along the Larapinta Drive on your way to Alice Springs.
Once there, start at the Anzac Hills for a view of the spread out city framed by the West Mac ranges. Next, visit the Desert Park if you haven’t yet come across all the inhabitants of the Outback along this trip and cuddle the Australian icon at the Kangaroo Sanctuary. Before flying home, drive around the arid streets of Alice, still the richest city in aboriginal traditions in the country.
So now you have plenty of reasons to visit the Red Center, a place you just have to see with your own eyes!