The southern part of the Northern Territory in Central Australia, known to many as the Red Centre, is home to several must-see natural wonders set among the magnificent Australian outback.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to two major natural attractions and is so significant that it is dual World Heritage Listed for both its natural and cultural values. Once here, you can’t help but be touched by the rich spirituality stemming from over 22,000 years of indigenous culture and the stunning beauty that the region presents.
Yulara, the service township for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is described as a convenient and comfortable place nestled in one of the world’s least hospitable regions. Just 20 kilometres to the north, outside the of the national park boundary, this village is the closest base for exploring the area’s renowned attractions and must-see natural wonders.
The world famous Uluru (Ayers Rock) is one of Australia’s most iconic natural landmarks. This monolithic rock stands at a towering 348 metres tall and offers an unforgettable sunrise and sunset. Home to several insightful base walks, Uluru is one of the best places in Australia to immerse yourself in ancient Aboriginal culture.
53 kilometres west of Uluru is Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), the other main feature in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Made of up of 36 imposing domed rock formations, Kata Tjuta means ‘many heads’ in the local Aṉangu language. Kata Tjuta also offers magnificent sunrise and sunset viewing opportunities and is home to Walpa Gorge and Valley of the Winds, two walking trails that will take you between the 36 towering domes.
North-east of Uluru is the outback town of Alice Springs, affectionately known as ‘the Alice’. Home of unique outback sights and services such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of the Air and the historic Telegraph Station. Bordered by the rugged MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs is the gateway to incredible Red Centre experiences such as the remote Aboriginal community of Hermannsburg and natural wonders like Standley Chasm and Palm Valley.
Just under 3 hours’ drive of Uluru is the lesser known but equally remarkable Kings Canyon. This fascinating chasm was formed over millions of years of erosion and abounds with waterholes and an interesting array of flora and fauna. Explore Kings Canyon along the boulder strewn canyon floor or with a hike to the rim.