The Red Centre

Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs

Journey to Australia’s most remote region where life happens at a slower pace and ancient traditions permeate daily life. The Red Centre is a phenomenal landscape of desert plains, rugged mountain ranges, rocky gorges, and sacred indigenous sites, such as Uluru and Kata Tjuta. The Red Centre is a world of its own and the unmistakable symbol of Australia internationally.  
Watching the world's most famous rock change colours at sunrise and sunset is something every Australian should experience. Travelling to the Red Centre presents opportunities to learn more about the culture of traditional landowners and to experience the extraordinary ‘Field of Light’ art installation. You can also delight in taking one of the world’s great train journeys on The Ghan
 

Uluru & Kata Tjuta

At 3.6km long and rising 348m from the earth to top, Uluru  is a hugely impressive sight. But remember, two-thirds of the rock lies beneath the earth. The colours of Uluru changes dramatically as the day passes. In the afternoon, you may see an ochre-brown colour with lots of dark shadows. As the sun sets, it bursts into bright orange, then a series of deeper and darker reds before it fades into black. Dawn is the reverse scenario. 

Neighbouring Kata Tjuta is explored on foot. Kata Tjuta, once known as The Olgas, are a striking group of domed rocks huddled together 35km west of Uluru. There are 36 boulders standing shoulder to shoulder, forming deep valleys and steep gorges. The tallest rock, at 546m is 200m higher than Uluru.

The 7.4km Valley of the Winds loop (2-4 hours) is one of the most challenging and rewarding, but the shorter Walpa Gorge (2.6km return, 45 minutes) is especially beautiful in the afternoon, when sunlight floods the gorge. Like Uluru, Kata Tjuta is at its blood-red best at sunset. 
Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon is in Watarrka National Park and is one of the Red Centre’s most spectacular sights. While Uluru and Kata Tjuta impress with their spirituality and mystique, Kings Canyon will leave you in awe of the scale and rugged beauty of its sheer red cliffs and precipitous walls.

Historically Kings Canyon was a place of refuge, a source of water and a meeting place for ceremonies for the Luritja, the traditional owners. A walk along the rim is the best way to discover this beautiful area of cool waterholes. If you’d like a more relaxed walk, stroll along the canyon floor. 

Alice Springs

West MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia
Alice Springs is considered the gateway to central Australia, even though Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a four-hour drive away. While Alice itself is more country town than city, you don't have to venture afield to find yourself among ochre-red gorges, rocky hills, and ghost-white gums. 

With Scenic, Alice Springs is a base to explore the region with touring covering the legendary Royal Flying Doctor Service, an outback bush BBQ, 4WD along a riverbed to the oasis of Palm Valley via Hermannsburg historic precinct, the grandeur of the West McDonnell Ranges as well as key sights within Alice itself. 

Most popular Northern Territory tours

Start planning your Northern Territory tour

Western Australia & Northern Territory 2021 Brochure
Call our Experts on 0800 441 611 to speak to a Scenic Luxury Travel Expert to help plan your next trip or
Enquire Now