Things To Do in Central Australia

Central Australia is a fantastic choice for your next vacation, full of beauty with historic attractions, natural sites and wildlife synonymous with Australia. If you’re thinking about travelling to Central Australia and don’t want to miss a thing, we’ve compiled a list of things to do throughout the region. 


Red Centre Bucket List

Undoubtedly, the highlight of your trip to the Red Centre will be a visit to Uluru. This breathtaking natural heritage listed site provides travellers with an unforgettable spiritual experience with its ancient landscapes and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. While there are plenty of things to do around Uluru, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Kata Tjuta, which is arguably just as magnificent as the famous Uluru with 36 domes that span 20 square kilometres!

Of course, a trip to the Red Centre wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Alice Springs, the bustling town in the centre of Australia where you’ll find museums, galleries, natural attractions and fine dining experiences not to be missed.

Some other not to miss locations include the mighty Kings Canyon within the Watarrka National Park, as well as the West and East MacDonnell Ranges which features beautiful gorges and waterholes.

Uluru at sunset



While you’re visiting all these beautiful places on your Red Centre bucket list, be sure to take the opportunity to discover the hikes and walks available in the area such as the Walpa Gorge walk at the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, the Kings Canyon Rim walk at Watarrka National Park, the Mount Sonder/Rutjumpa walk in the West MacDonnell Ranges as well as the Trephina Gorge and Panorama walk in the East MacDonnell Ranges. 

There are also many swimming holes to enjoy in the MacDonnell National Park that are well worth the visit, including Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge.

Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Kings Canyon

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Ormiston Gorge

For the Thrill Seekers

If you’re after something a little more adventurous, there are plenty of options when it comes to Central Australia. Take a scenic flight by helicopter, plane, glider or hot air balloon overlooking the amazing views of the West MacDonnell Ranges and the desert landscape. 

If driving is more your speed, get off the beaten track and experience the beauty of the Red Centre by road. Some roads in Central Australia are only accessible by 4 Wheel Drive, and are well worth the visit such as Ernest Giles Road, Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve, Palm Valley and Finke Gorge, Redbank Gorge and Gosse Bluff.

If you want to travel in style in something a little different, you can also experience the Red Centre by Segway, bike and even camel rides!

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Helicopter Ride over Kings Canyon - Professional Helicopter Services

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Camel Ride with views of Kata Tjuta

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Hot Air Ballooning around the MacDonnell Ranges

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Mountain Biking around Alice Springs

Arts & History

Being the heart of Australia, Central Australia has a lot to offer in terms of arts and history. From art galleries to historical sites and landmarks such as the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, the birthplace of Alice Springs, there’s plenty to see and do in Central Australia. 

To experience the local aboriginal culture, jump on a tour and be taught the ways of bush tucker, bush medicine, weaponry, story telling and art.


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