19 Jun Discover the Red Centre
Your journey to The Red Centre is one of expectation and wonder. The gateways to the heart and soul of Australia’s outback, is your introduction to a region vast and rugged and one that will not disappoint. Be captivated by the wonders of the Red Centre. See an unforgettable Uluru sunrise and sunset, enjoy a delicious BBQ under a star lit sky, absorb the history and scenery of Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and West MacDonnell Ranges and explore Alice Springs.
More than half the land in the Northern Territory is Aboriginal owned and you need a permit to travel through. Ask the friendly staff for any further information.
Enjoy your time in this region best by making sure you are well prepared for you outback adventure. It’s a harsh environment that even the most experienced traveler should respect, so take care with simple planning and advice from the local experts. At the Central Car Rentals we offer a complete support for travelers as well as corporate tours, including our proven fleet of 2WD and 4WD vehicles, camping equipment, help, support, advice and instructions. Contact our staff for more information >
What is the Red Centre?
The Red Centre is an extraordinary landscape of desert plains, weathered mountain ranges, rocky gorges and some of Aboriginal Australia’s most sacred sites, including and . Floating in an outback waterhole, dining under a starry sky while being serenaded by didgeridoo, and watching the world’s most famous rock change colours at dawn and dusk are just some of the Red Centre’s only-in-Australia experiences. View the Red Centre map here >
How to get there?
Fly to Alice Springs (or Ayers Rock airport – direct flights take about three hours from Sydney). Ayers Rock Resort is a drive of five to six hours from Alice Springs. By road, Alice Springs is a 1500-kilometre (932-mile) trip north from Adelaide, or about the same distance south from Darwin. The legendary Ghan railway travels between Darwin and Adelaide over the course of four days, stopping in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy.
Day One: Spend the day exploring the many iconic attractions in Alice Springs. Telegraph Station, School of the Air, Royal Flying Doctor Service, and the Reptile Centre to name a few.
Day Two: Head out along the West MacDonnell Ranges, the MacDonnell Ranges stretch over 640 kilometres running east – west through Alice Springs. They provide a picturesque backdrop to the town lighting up each sunrise and sunset with a display of fiery reds, sunburnt oranges and deep purple. Explore the West MacDonnell Ranges’ ancient waterholes, sheer rock faces and wild animals in many of the gaps along the way. Stay the night at Glen Helen.
Day Three: Continue on to Kings Canyon/ Watarrka National Park via the 4 X 4 Mereenie* Loop road. Stay overnight at Kings Canyon.
Day Four: Rise early and do the rim walk around the Canyon, or take helicopter flight over the Canyon to experience it from above. Continue on to Uluru/ Kata Tjuta National Park; watch the sun set over Uluru.
Day Five: Rise early and watch the sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Ensure you do the Valley of Winds Walk through Kata Tjuta, to get up close to these wondrous domes.
*A permit is required to drive on this road; permits are from $5.00 per vehicle and are available from the Visitor Information Centre, Glen Helen Resort, Hermannsburg Petrol Station and Kings Canyon Resort.
Uluru, Sacred Sites and Sunset
Visit the Uluru–Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Then travel around the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) to visit the sacred sites and features to be found at Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk to find a way to Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area about the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru.
Late in the afternoon, witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset.