Explore Australia’s heart, with sacred Aboriginal sites, towering gorges and the mighty Uluru monolith.

The Red Centre might not ring any bells but you’ll have heard of its showpiece – Uluru (Ayers Rock). Most experiences in the Red Centre involve flying in, seeing the sacred sandstone monolith, and flying out again. Uluru is 20 minutes from Ayers Rock Airport and can easily be combined with a stopover in Alice Springs, which has its own airport.

Alice has long been a gateway to this part of the country – you’re just a day trip from the incredible Kings Canyon Rim Walk and gorge-filled West MacDonnell Ranges – plus it has its own thriving arts scene with plenty of Aboriginal galleries to work your way through. When you’re ready for NT’s star attraction, we’ve got Uluru packages that’ll take all the guesswork out of navigating the Outback.

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A Night at Field of Light

Savour canapés and sparkling wine as the sun slowly sets over Uluru, with the sound of the didgeridoo setting the scene. Watch the coloured lights of 50,000 glass spheres illuminate the vast night sky while enjoying a three-course bushtucker-inspired buffet menu. Learn about the background and significance of the installation before following illuminated paths through the field. Return to the viewing area to enjoy a sweet treat, hot chocolate or port.

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A Town like Alice

Tour the sights of ‘The Alice’ including the historic telegraph station which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and discover how this excellent facility operates, as well as the School of the Air. At the Alice Springs Reptile Park you will see unique Central Australian reptiles, then finish the day with panoramic views of Alice Springs and the ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.

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Kings Canyon & Outback Panoramas

Rise early and journey through sandhill country from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Creek Station.After breakfast, continue to Kings Canyon and hike to the rim for superb views over Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon to lookout points for views down into the gorge. Visit the beautiful Garden of Eden oasis (3½ hours) or opt for a easier walk along the canyon creek bed (1½ hours). Visit Kings Canyon Resort before your scenic journey to Ayers Rock Resort.

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Tali Wiru

Tali Wiru means ‘beautiful dune’ in the local Anangu language and this open-air restaurant offers an  intimate dining experience under the starry Southern Desert sky. Enjoy breathtaking sunset views of Uluru and the domes of Kata Tjuta as Champagne and canapés are served around the firepit, a four-course dinner of world-class cuisine, premium Australian wine and indigenous storytelling.

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Uluru Morning Guided Base Walk

Rise early and travel to the base of Uluru for breakfast before beginning your guided six-mile base walk of Uluru as the sun rises. Learn about the landscapes and Aboriginal rock paintings and hear traditional stories as you walk from Kuniya Piti, an Uluru sacred site and continue to the Mala Walk which includes a visit into Kantju Gorge. If it’s been raining you can see water cascading over the side of Uluru. Continue along the Lungkata Walk and the Mutitjulu Waterhole before your return.

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West MacDonnell Ranges

Depart from Alice Springs on this full-day tour where you will experience the spectacular landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges, the dramatic deep red cleft of Standley Chasm, the stunning scenery of Ellery Creek Big Hole and the cultural significance of the Ochre Pits. Enjoy a Ploughman’s lunch before visiting Glen Helen Gorge and Ormiston Gorge. See the towering cliffs of quartzite at Simpsons Gap where you can spot black-footed rock wallabies.

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Get to know Uluru & the Red Centre and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.


GMT +9½ hours; the Northern Territory does not observe daylight savings time so is 8½ hours ahead of British Summer Time.


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Alice Springs: 25 hours (not including stopover time)


Majority Christian


Australia has no official language but the majority of people speak English as their first language. Approximately 250 indigenous Australia languages are spoken.

Where is Uluru & The Red Centre? Located in the heart of Australia, The Red Centre is the outback area incorporating Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs. There is an airport at Alice Springs with flights to most major Australian cities. Many visitors opt for a tour linking Alice Springs to Uluru with a stop off at Kings Canyon. Uluru is a 20-minute drive from Ayers Rock airport.

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Alice Springs Most travellers to The Red Centre stay in Alice Springs, where you’re a half day’s drive from Australia’s most famous natural landmark, Uluru. A visit to the historic Telegraph Station gives an insight to how the first European settlers set up communication lines with Australia and the rest of the world. It’s worth a look in the many Aboriginal art galleries that show how the desert landscape and wildlife has influenced the local artists.

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Uluru & Kata Tjuta Uluru is Australia’s most iconic and sacred Aboriginal site. The ancient monolith has captivated its Aboriginal guardians for thousands of years and the rest of the world since its existence was brought to light in 1873. Perhaps it’s the striking contrast it forms against the featureless desert around it, or perhaps it’s the shifting colours that transfixes visitors who rise early to watch it at sunrise and toast to it at sunset. The rocky domes of Kata Tjuta are also spectacular. Be sure to see the rocks at different times of day, as the light show can be mesmerising.

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Kings Canyon In the empty landscape of Watarrka National Park, 200 miles from both Alice Springs and Uluru, Kings Canyon is renowned for its 100-metre high, red sandstone walls and spectacular rugged scenery waiting to be explored on foot. The relatively short King Creek Walk is not too challenging (although temperatures can creep over 40˚C), while more experienced walkers can get the best views of the canyon via the more arduous Rim Walk. Other highlights include the aptly named ‘Garden of Eden’, an oasis in the middle of the dry desert.

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West MacDonnell Ranges Just west of Alice Springs, the West MacDonnell Ranges are easy to get to by sealed roads. It’s a natural playground of steep escarpments, waterholes and plenty of walking trails. Just three metres wide and 80 metres high, Standley Chasm is perhaps its most popular attraction and is a significant cultural site for the Arrernte local community.

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