13 things to do in the Northern Territory's Red CentreAustralia, Northern Territory
Alice Springs and Uluru are a must-visit for anyone visiting Australia. Uluru is a UNESCO Wold Heritage-listed site, and is incredibly sacred and important to the traditional Aboriginal landowners. It's one of the largest rock formations in the world and one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, and there are many ways to experience it and Alice Springs. From culturally immersive experiences to those that will get your adrenaline pumping, here are 13 ways to experience Australia's Red Centre.
1. What better way to explore the outback than on the back of a camel. Saddle up and pick a hump and ride over the red dirt as the sun rises behind Uluru.
2. No trip to Uluru is complete without witnessing a sunrise and sunset. There are a number of viewing areas around the park accessible by tour or car, so pack some snacks and a camera, and get snapping.
3. Get the blood pumping and see the Rock from a whole new perspective with a skydiving thrill.
4. If you're keen to get a bit of fitness into your trip, then you can hire a bike and cycle the 15-kilometre journey around Uluru. It can be easily completed in three hours, or you can take your time and soak in the scenery.
5. Field of Light Uluru is an exhibition light installment by celebrate artist, Bruce Munro. Finishing in December 2020, watching the rhythms of colour light up the desert is a sight to behold.
6. From atop the sandstone walls of Kings Canyon, the climb will be rewarded with spectacular views across Watarrka National Park's 71,000 hectares.
7. Getting to Uluru is all part of the fun. You can opt to fly, if you want to spend the dollars, but the best way to get there is cruising the Aussie Outback roads. Jump into a four-wheel drive and really explore the region, or stick to the sealed roads and take in the sights along the way.
8. You might be in the middle of Australia, far from the coastal beaches, but that doesn't mean swimming is totally out of the question. Surrounded by towering walls, Ormiston Gorge is a great place for a dip and scenic walk.
9. Situated 132 kilometres from Alice Springs in the West MacDonnell Ranges, Glen Helen Gorge offers a great overnight spot with plenty of natural attractions, a swimming spot, and an abundance of local wildlife.
10. For swimming, picnicking, walking and camping, take a visit to Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is surrounded by stunning red cliffs, a sandy creek and plenty of options for walkers with its connection to the famous Larapinta Trail Walk.
11. The sky is one of the best vantage points to appreciate the vastness of Uluru and its surrounds. For a truly unforgettable view of this landscape, an open-door helicopter ride is bound to impress.
12. For a sky-high experience that's a little different, a sunrise hot-air balloon ride over the red landscape is bound to impress as you peacefully drift with the wind.
13. To immerse yourself in the ecology, culture and astronomy of the centre of Australia, Earth Sanctuary offer award-winning day and evening tours. From delicious lunch and dinner options, to astronomy tours, this is one experience that'll leave you captivated.
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Some of the activities require an appropriate level of fitness and stamina.