Australia’s most famous Outback Town, Alice Springs is many people’s gateway to the Red Centre. Visit local historic landmarks like the old telegraph station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service museum, and take in the views from Anzac Hill and the Alice Springs Desert Park. Slightly further afield are the rugged MacDonnell Ranges where you can take walks to spectacular gorges. Visit on the third Saturday in August and you may encounter the Henley-on-Todd Regatta.
From Alice Springs, it’s around five and a half hours’ drive to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where you can stay within sight of the great sandstone monolith for the famous sunset and sunrise views. In nearby Kings Canyon, you can get close-up edge views of the steep canyon below and visit the ‘Garden of Eden’.
Then there's Australia's Top End. Darwin is known for its sunsets and markets, and maintains a frontier aura, with the bush clamouring at the city limits. In Nitmiluk National Park, the 13 gorges of the Katherine River are a stunning sight for both day trippers and the resident crocodile.
GMT +9½ hours
Darwin 17¾ hours, Alice Springs 24 hours
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