A trip to the red centre is an unforgettable experience

When planning a trip to Australia, a trip to the spectacular Uluru should be included in your itinerary. Uluru is the largest sandstone monolith in the world and is also known as Ayers Rock. The gateway to the area is the wilderness town of Alice Springs.

With a population of around 27 000, Alice Springs is located in Australia’s Northern Territory and is a long way from anywhere. It’s worth allowing enough time to get there, given the long distances, and it’s best to drive between destinations in the area.

Alice Springs is the heart of the entire Red Centre, and a good place to start your exploration of an ancient, truly Australian soul landscape. Indigenous people have lived in the Alice Springs landscape for more than 22,000 years, and Aboriginal culture is still very much alive.

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Culture and spectacular landscapes in Uluru

A walk around this red landmark is an absolute must when travelling in Australia, but the region offers much more to experience. As the sun sets, the starry sky comes into view and you can marvel at the magnificent glow of the Milky Way.

Out in the wild, you should at least visit the spectacular Field of Lights, where some 50,000 lights shine together with the desert sky. Afterwards, enjoy a three-course dinner for four hours under the stars of the “Sounds of Silence” in the Uluru landscape.

You can also visit Aboriginal art galleries and the cultural centre or learn local crafts such as traditional painting. You can also learn about painting traditions.

Uluru, Australia
Uluru, Australia

Exploring in the Uluru area

There are also scenic flights over Uluru to see the whole of this vast red country. If you want to try something new, there are plenty of options. For example, you can ride a camel around Uluru or go on a motorbike or Segway safari.

The region’s hotels and resorts are close to Uluru, where you can also treat yourself to a range of treatments or massages – and, of course, good food.

Things to do and see in Alice Springs

The Alice Springs area also offers plenty of activities for tourists, including camel rides in the desert, desert reptiles at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre and wounded or orphaned kangaroos at the Kangaroo Wildlife Sanctuary.

Hot air ballooning in the high skies of Alice Springs is an experience you’ll never forget. There’s no better way to start the day in the great outdoors than admiring the sunrise and red centre from the air.

The starry sky from the desert is spectacular, and becomes clearer the further you are from the city lights. Near Alice Springs is the Earth Sanctuary, one of the best places to admire the starry sky in the Southern Hemisphere. Group tours are available, and include snacks and drinks.

Alice Springs, Australia
Uluru, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an indigenous land, jointly managed by its traditional Anangu owners and the Australian National Parks. The area is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name Kata Tjuta means “many heads” and is a sacred site for local Aboriginal Anangu people who have lived in the area for over 22,000 years. It is an important site in their spiritual life, and your visit will take you through its sacred history and Dreamtime stories.

Things to see in nearby areas too

Only about 40 kilometres from Uluru is the Kata Tjuta rock formation, which consists of 36 huge dome-shaped rock ridges. Kata Tjuta is also known as The Olgas.

The best way to explore the area is to walk one of the many walking trails in the area. It is important to remember to follow the trails, stick to the marked routes and bring enough water. There are guided walks in groups, and you can also take a scenic flight over the area to see both Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Uluru, Australia

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