Located deep in the Northern Territory, thousands of miles from the coast, Red Centre holidays take you to the nation’s spiritual heart. The Red Centre is home to awe-inspiring natural wonders such as Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta (Olgas), and the outback city of Alice Springs.
Majestic Uluru is a sacred site for the region’s Aboriginal people. A guided tour will leave you immersed in the history and culture of this land. Spend the day hiking across the unusual rugged scenery, where gorges and waterholes abound. At sunset, prepare to be spellbound as the mysterious rock formations are brought to life with a spectacular glow. In the evening, indulge in an authentic outback BBQ and overnight camping experience under the stars. With little to no air pollution in this location, bask in the serenity and tranquillity of this remote desert experience, and gaze in awe at the Milky Way, which glitters brightly in the night sky, creating magical memories.
Red Centre: The red heart of Australia
Other nearby sights include the rolling Kata Tjuta formation and the breath-taking King’s Canyo, where you can explore sandstone caves and chasms that hide many waterholes. Alice Springs is the largest town in the area and is an outback outpost famed for its hospitality and rugged charm,. Alice Springs serves as an atmospheric gateway to the Red Centre’s incredible landscape. Wildlife lovers will thoroughly enjoy a visit to the Kangaroo Sanctuary, where you can cuddle a baby joey. For the ultimate honeymoon adventure, why not go outback ballooning at sunrise and witness the Red Centre in all its glory from the skies above?
Enhance your holiday in the Red Centre with the Ultimate Outback Explorer tour, which begins in the lush wetlands of Darwin before heading south to the vast Australian interior. Give our Destination Specialists a call today to run through all the amazing options available for your tailor-made Red Centre holiday.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Red Centre holidays. With so many options for your Red Centre holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor-made holiday just for you.
Explore Red Centre
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru is the star attraction in Red Centre – a place of pilgrimage for travellers around the globe. The first Aboriginal settlers arrived here around 10,000 years ago. Inside its network of caves you’ll discover beautiful wall paintings dating back millennia. At dawn and dusk the rock glows a deep ochre red. It’s one of the most breathtaking natural wonders on Earth and the highlight of any Australian holiday.
Explore Red Centre’s Aboriginal culture
Australia’s Aboriginal culture is the oldest continuous culture in the world. The first peoples arrived on the continent at least 40,000 years ago. Uluru and its surrounding area are home to the Anangu people. Locals offer tours that will give you a totally new perspective on both the landscape and Australian history. In Alice Springs you’ll find several galleries showcasing Dreamtime paintings –abstract compositions that predate western expressionism by thousands of years.
Soak up the history in Alice Springs
Founded in 1872, Alice Springs is a quintessential Australian outback settlement. Sited in the heart of the Northern Territory, it’s home to some fascinating museums and cultural centres. These include the Alice Springs Telegraph Station –the first European building erected in central Australia. There’s a good range of local restaurants and a lively nightlife, making this a great place to stay while you explore the sights.
Best time to visit Red Centre
The best time to visit Australia's Red Centre, Uluru and Kata Tjuta, is between May and September. The weather is cooler, making it easier and safer to walk. At this time of year, the colours of the rock are more vibrant and you are more likely to see the hidden surprises of Uluru’s waterfalls, plants and animals.
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“Book the Sounds of Silence dinner, a truly authentic gourmet Aussie BBQ, with Uluru as your backdrop. After dinner, the resident astronomer will take you on a tour of the southern night sky.”
“Get up early to watch the sunrise over the outback. The colours are stunning, but it can be a little chilly first thing so be sure to take a jacket.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Red Centre holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions. The Red Centre offers a huge selection of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Red Centre Bird Festival
Held in September, the Red Centre Bird Festival celebrates the many iconic, endemic and rare species of birds that live in this location. During this festival, you can enjoy expert-guided tours and field trips, educational sessions with local bird experts, raptor shows and encounters, as well as lots of fun family activities.
Field of Light
Set in the heart of the Northern Territory, the exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara sees more than 50,000 solar-powered stems light up at sunset and glow throughout the night.
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