Australia's Red Centre is the heart of Outback Australia where you find Uluru, Australia's most famous rock monolith, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and the town of Alice Springs. The Red Centre takes its name from the uniquely reddish soil found in the area and in the varying orange-red hues of Uluru. Discover Lambert Centre, which is the geographical centre of Australia, marked by a matching flag to the one on Parliament House in Canberra


Alice Springs
The outback town of Alice Springs is the gateway for exploring the Red Centre. Visit the Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre, Desert Park, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Telegraph Station and the School of the Air. Experience a camel ride from the frontier camel farm along the sandy bed of the Todd River or combine a ride with a meal on the “take a camel to dinner” tour.

Uluru
Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock or The Rock) is a large rock formation in central Australia, in the Northern Territory. It is located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, 350 km southwest of Alice Springs. Uluru rises 348 meters from the desert. It is the world's most famous monolith, yet it is estimated that at least two-thirds of the Rock lies beneath the surface. The spectacular landscape and fascinating plants and animals of Uluru are a source of wonder and inspiration.

The Rock is arkose, a course-grained sandstone rich in feldspar at least 2.5 km thick. Uplifting and folding between 400-300 millions years ago turned the sedimentary layers nearly 90 degrees to their present position. The surface has then been eroded. Depending on the time of day and the atmospheric conditions, the rock can dramatically change color, anything from blue to violet to glowing red ! Viewing is spectacular at sunset and sunrise as the arc of the sun casts the Rock in the most amazing shades and colors.

On 26 October 1985, the Australian government returned ownership of Uluṟu to the local Pitjantjatjara Aborigines, with one of the conditions being that the Anangu would lease it back to the National Parks and Wildlife for 99 years and that it would be jointly managed. The Aboriginal community of Mutitjulu (pop. approx. 300) is near the western end of Uluru. From Uluru it is 17 km by road to the tourist town of Yulara (pop. 3,000), which is situated just outside of the National Park.

The Aborigines believe that there it is hollow below ground, and that there is an energy source that they call 'Tjukurpa' the dream time.A variety of Aborigine legends account for the existence of Uluru and its many cracks and fissures. One tells of serpent beings who waged many wars around Uluṟu, scarring the rock. Another myth recounts that two tribes of ancestral spirits were invited to a feast, but were distracted by the beautiful Sleepy Lizard Women and did not show up. In response, the angry hosts sang evil into a mud sculpture that came to life as the dingo. There followed a great battle, which ended in the deaths of the leaders of both tribes. The earth itself rose up in grief at the bloodshed — this is Uluru.

The local Anangu do not climb Uluru because of its great spiritual significance. They request that visitors not climb the rock, partly due to the path crossing a sacred traditional dreaming track, and also a sense of responsibility for the safety of visitors to their land.

Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta, also known as Mount Olga (or colloquially as The Olgas), are large rock formations located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, 30 km from Uluru. These domes cover 21.68 km2 of Kata Tjuta National Park and are a magnificent sight. These rock formations are a remarkable group of 36 domes (now only 28), made from an mixture of Granite, Basalt and Mudstone, no one is entirely sure how these three rock types have been mixed together, but anything is possible over such a long period of time. They are about 25 km from Uluru in the Northern Territory of Australia. The tallest of the group, Mount Olga, stands 545.4 m in height (197.3 m higher than Uluru).

The Pitjantjajara name Kata Tjuta means 'many heads'. The site is as sacred to the Indigenous people as Uluru. There are many Pitjantjatjara Dreamtime legends associated with this place and indeed everything in the vicinity including of course Uluru. A number of legends surround the great snake Wanambi who is said to live on the summit of Mount Olga and only comes down during the dry season.

There are two walks that you can take around the Olgas. The Valley of the Winds Walk is along a 7km track that circles several of the Olgas. If the temperature is due to be 36 degrees or more then this walk is closed from 11am at the Kalpa Lookout, so get there early to avoid disappointment. It is also best to walk early in the morning as it makes a more comfortable walk. The other walk that is available is the Olga Gorge Walk (Tatintjawiya), which is a 2km walk into the beautiful gorge.

Kings Canyon
Set within Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon features ancient sandstone walls, modeled by the elements and rising up 100m to a plateau of rocky domes. This scenic landscape of rugged ranges, rock-holes, and moist gorges act as a refuge for many plants and animals, thus making the Park a significant conservation area as well as a major attraction of central Australia. Watarrka National Park is also home to many waterholes and areas of lush vegetation, which contain more than 600 plant species, 100 bird species, and 60 species of reptiles.

The park is located about 330km southwest of Alice Springs and can be reached by 4WD vehicles. Major walkways include The Kings Creek Walk, which is a 1.3km walk leading to the Kings Creek lookout point and The Kings Canyon Walk, a 6km walk leading to the stunning views of the buttressed domes of the Lost City and the Garden of Eden. There is also The Kathleen Springs Walk, a 2.6km walk leading to a spring-fed waterhole and The Giles Track, which is a 22km overnight walk traversing the top of the range from Kathleen Springs to Kings Canyon