Top 10 Things to do in Red Centre, Australia

July 22, 2017 Randal Brittian

Discover the best top things to do in Red Centre, Australia including The Kangaroo Sanctuary, The Larapinta Trail, Yubu Napa Art Gallery, Uluru, Ayers Rock and the Olgas, Kings Canyon, Ormiston Gorge, Valley of the Winds, Ormiston Gorge and Pound, MacDonnell Ranges.
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1. The Kangaroo Sanctuary

Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia +61 8 8965 0038
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary

Home of the famous Kangaroo Dundee documentary series (BBC UK / National Geographic USA) Visit kangaroos in their natural habitat on a guided sunset tour.

Reviewed By Lindagreenacre - York, United Kingdom

What a privilege to visit The Kangaroo Sanctuary and be guided by the charismatic Chris Barnes. He is absolutely passionate about the aims of the Enterprise on the site which he leases from the airport. We saw two young orphan kangaroos which were kept in...MoreThank you so much for your lovely review of our Sanctuary, and the additional important advice for future visitors. We are so glad you enjoyed your tour. Kind Regards Tahnee & Brolga

2. The Larapinta Trail

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
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5 based on 414 reviews

The Larapinta Trail

Reviewed By Ros W - Melbourne, Australia

We had a wonderful time with World Expeditions. Our guides, Maddie, Earl and Rick were
always bright and cheerful. They worked non stop. They were sensitive to everyone's needs. They could not have done better.
We had a great group of people. The walking was amazing starting with Ormiston Pound and Gorge, an early night and 2.30 am wake up for the climb up Mt Sondor. Breathtaking views. We were given lots of interesting information and the opportunity to listen to the original owners of the land. The accommodation was fine and there was ample food . No one was sick or injured...not even a blister.
A highlight was everyone dancing at dawn to "Ride like the Wind". Lots of laughter.

65 Hartley St, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia +61 8 8952 2007
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5 based on 89 reviews

Yubu Napa Art Gallery

Yubu Napa Art Gallery, Studio and Gift Shop is now open at the iconic Panorama Guth Building in Hartley Street, Alice Springs. We offer a wide range of contemporary indigenous art as well as beautifully handcrafted souvenirs and gift ideas. Our onsite artist studio is a comfortable space for the artist's to paint in, offering visitors an opportunity to meet an artist and hear the stories of the artwork firsthand! We hope to see you soon at Yubu Napa, the newest Gem in Central Australia

Reviewed By JADavo - Perth, Australia

We were warmly welcomed by Karl on arrival. We spent an hour just browsing the wonderful art. The staff were outstanding with knowledge, empathy for the artists and genuine love of art. We were able to watch a magnificent piece of being created by Andrea.

4. Uluru

Uluru Rd, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory 0872, Australia 08-8956-1128
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Uluru

Palya! Welcome to Anangu land. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is Aboriginal land. It is jointly managed by its traditional owners Anangu and Parks Australia. The park is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site for its natural and cultural values. The spectacular rock formations and surrounding sand plains provide rare habitats for an incredible variety of plants and animals. Anangu invite you to visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to learn more about their land, beliefs and culture.

Reviewed By vtowngirl - California

We spent a couple days here. If you truly want the full experience, please go to the Cultural Center first! You will learn about the relationship between Uluru and the the native peoples. You will learn stories about the rock which will make viewing much more interesting and enjoyable. The rock itself is beautiful and the sunrise and sunset transforms it before your eyes. The pictographs are fascinating. You must see Uluru both up close and from a distance. There are hiking trails around the rock (the one that goes up the rock is discouraged as it is a sacred place and the Aboriginals feel it disrespectful). Take lots of water, wear good shoes, sunscreen, insect repellant & keep your eyes open!

5. Ayers Rock and the Olgas

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia +61 8 8956 1128
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Ayers Rock and the Olgas

Kata Tjuta is Pitjantjatjara meaning ‘many heads’. This spectacular landform lies about 50 kilometres drive from Uluru and Yulara. This area is an Anangu men’s site and is sacred under Tjukurpa(traditional law). Everyone is welcome and encouraged to visit this place but as with all areas of the park, please stay on the marked tracks.

Reviewed By Lisa F - Darwin

Also Amazing! Be prepared for flies, lots & lots of flies. Impressive rock formations. Again give plenty of time to explore. There is a good viewing platform on the way

6. Kings Canyon

Watarrka National Park, Red Centre, Northern Territory | Via Luritja Road Or Larapinta Drive, Northern Territory, Australia +61 8 8956 7460
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Kings Canyon

Located in Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon known for its 100–meter-high sheer cliff walls. There are a variety of walks, the most popular is the Rim Walk which is a 3-4 hour walk with a steep start. Kings Creek Walk is a gentle walk at the base of the Canyon which takes about an hour. Please note that in hot weather where the forecast is to be 36 degrees celsius and above, there are access restrictions to some walks.

Reviewed By Trinigasman - Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom

The Kings Canyon Rim walk was a highlight of our trip to the Red Center. We walked with a group (so were limited to the pace of the slowest member) and it took about three hours. We were sceptical about the need to carry 3 litres of water for the walk but we did end up drinking most of it. After a short but steep ascent the scenery along the route is fantastic walking through colourful stratified rock formations with great views over the rim into the Canyon itself. At the top end of the Canyon you descend into a beautiful densely vegetated oasis (water hole) called the Garden of Eden. A nice place for a break in the walk but unfortunately no swimming is allowed. I would certainly recommend this as an add on to your trip to Uluru.

7. Ormiston Gorge

Namatjira Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
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Ormiston Gorge

Reviewed By brisvegas1954 - Brisbane

About 75 minutes from Alice Springs along all bitumen roads this location was a highlight of our visit to the West McDonnell Ranges area. The camp grounds are extremely well maintained and the kiosk offered a great range of food options including items made by the operator. We had a steak Sandwich which was very reasonably priced and was the best I have ever had. The swimming area was very popular especially with young families. A definite place to visit if you are in the area.

8. Valley of the Winds

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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Valley of the Winds

Reviewed By Dave H - Toowoomba, Australia

This was a wonderful experience, the track was very challenging in the heat. We started our walk early in the morning but the sun soon heated us up. It wouldn't be too wise to start the trek mid morning unless you are well prepared.
The scenery and rocks are spectacular. Its a long drive from Ayers Rock resort and we encountered wild camels along the way. Make sure you have a fly net or aerogard, plenty of water and sunscreen. Go for it!!

9. Ormiston Gorge and Pound

West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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Ormiston Gorge and Pound

Reviewed By Maria F - Sydney, Australia

Ormiston Gorge is one of the many places in the Western MacDonnells that you MUST visit if you're in this area. It's surprising that 5 "Rivers" pass through the Alice Springs area and 3 have permanent surface water (the other rivers, as the locals say,...MoreHello Maria F, thank you for your review of Ormiston Gorge in the West MacDonnell National Park. Glad you enjoyed your visit to Ormiston. For any future visitors to Ormiston Gorge, it takes approximately 1.5hrs to get there from Alice Springs.

10. MacDonnell Ranges

West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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MacDonnell Ranges

Reviewed By Lindsay R - Adelaide, Australia

We booked this tour through AAT Kings but it was actually delivered by Emu Run Tours from Alice Springs. It was a well-structured, interesting and comfortably paced full-day tour. Kimberly was the tour guide and she was excellent as her enthusiasm showed that she enjoyed her job, cared about people and did her best to make it a memorable experience for everybody.
The first stop on the tour was the memorial to the Reverend John Flynn, founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The next stop was Ellery Creek Big Hole. This was followed by Standley Chasm; not only is the chasm fascinating but the walk up to the chasm is also interesting with the adjacent rock formations and the 500 year old cycads. We also had morning tea at Standley Chasm before heading on to the Ochre Pits where we learnt about how Aboriginal people used the different coloured ochres in ceremonies, in medicines and to trade with other Aboriginal groups.
After a generous Ploughman's lunch at Glen Helen Gorge our next stop was a lookout on the West Macdonnell Ranges to admire a landscape featured regularly by famous Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira. We then started to make our way back to Alice Springs with one final stop at Simpson's Gap, another very picturesque waterhole in the Australia's red centre.
It was a good value tour for seeing many highlights of Central Australia in just one day and not too far from Alice Springs.

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