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The Red Centre: Australia’s Heart


Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Going on an Aussie adventure usually means one of two things; Melbourne, Sydney and The Great Ocean Road or the ever-popular and most beautiful East Coast of Australia which is peppered with glorious islands and a myriad of adrenaline-pumping activities.
The sad thing is, is that there is so much more to Australia than just the East Coast adventure or a journey further south. 
Litchfield Waterfall Northern Territory

What or where is The Red Centre?

You could be forgiven for not ever hearing of the Red Centre. So let us tell you all about it…
The Red Centre is located in the Northern Territory and is referred to as the heart of Australia and its outback. Australia’s Northern Territory itself really is a state like no other. It stretches from the scenic Uluru in the south, right up north to Darwin. It encompasses two very unique and contrasting regions, one of which is known as “The Red Centre”. The other is known as the “Top End” which is drenched in lush wetlands, glorious rivers and magical waterfalls.
King's CanyonThe Red Centre is aptly named, as it is home to a vast desert which is warmly coloured a deep, warm red/gold sand. The area itself is a treasure chest of Australia’s most beautiful and breath-taking sights: Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta and The Olgas, and the King’s Canyon. 

Things to do at The Red Centre

There is much to do at The Red Centre, and a camera is a definite must. Here are a couple of things we wholeheartedly recommend to EVERYONE travelling to Australia who is open to adventure.

The Ghan TrainVisit Alice Springs

Alice Springs is a famous town located in the centre of Australia. In fact – geographically - Alice Springs marks the exact centre of Australia.  The area basks in a rich history, having been colonised in the early 1870s.  The best way to get there (in our humble opinion), is by The Ghan, which is a train that goes from Adelaide to Darwin. Hop off at Alice Springs and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were back in the 1950s and featuring in the film “A Town Called Alice”, as it is in that precise town the film was shot. You can also visit the Royal Flying Doctors & The School of the Air, where you will get insight into what it is like to grow up and live in such an isolated place.

Road to UluruAyers Rock

You cannot visit the Red Centre without witnessing Ayers Rock, which is also known as Uluru, with your own eyes. In fact, Ayers Rock is one of the main reasons people visit the Red Centre. It is located about 4 hours from Alice Springs, right smack-bang in the middle of the region - and it is nothing short of a sight to behold. 
For those of you who live under a rock and are not familiar with what Ayers Rock looks like, it takes the form of a single, red, island-mountain. Once there, you can step back and take in the sheer size of the “rock”, or you can take a guided trek around its base and learn about the landscape and culture of the area…yes it is actually THAT big! If trekking isn’t your thing, you can hop on a Harley Davidson and take a ride around the rock. 
Indeed, you cannot visit Ayers Rock without treating yourself to the Sounds of Silence experience. Here, you can dine under the canopy of the desert night, listen to authentic stories from a local storyteller, and listen to the eerie sound of the didgeridoo.
While you’re at it, you can also enjoy a spot of hot air ballooning…

Visit Australia’s Red Centre

So why not do Australia with a difference? Our Oz expert, Kathryn, can help you on your merry way, ensuring that you make the most of your Aussie adventure! Give Kathryn a call today on 01-8047188 to book your holiday to Australia!
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