About the Region
The Red Centre
Watch the rising sun light up Uluru on a dawn camel trek, then contemplate its majesty over a breakfast of billy tea and freshly baked beer bread. Walk around Uluru on the Mala or Luritja Walk with an Anangu guide and learn about how Dreamtime ancestors forged this huge sandstone icon.
Afterwards take in the steep,rounded, russet domes of nearby Kata Tjuta on the Valley of the Winds walk or take a Harley motorcycle tour. Take to the skies in a helicopter or fixed wing plane for a scenic flight and in the evening, feast on classic bush tucker and Australian wine under a star-filled desert sky.
One of Australia’s most iconic symbols of the outback environment is World Heritage-listed Uluru. Right in the heart of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Red Centre, Uluru is a place that speaks of timeless folklore, rich indigenous culture and great spirituality. Take a journey into Australia’s physical and spiritual heart.
Walk around the base of Uluru with an Aboriginal guide and learn about their traditions. Follow in the footsteps of the ancestral beings and discover sacred sites.
A perfect way to wind down after an amazing day of discovery is the Sounds of Silence where you dine under the sparkling stars of the desert night sky. Here you will feel the freedom, exhilaration and wonder of the physical and spiritual heart of Australia.
Aboriginal guides are available to lead you around the base of Uluru/Ayers Rock’s surface, telling stories of great meaning to their culture. But if you’d rather explore on your own, interpretive signage also provides fascinating details of the significance of Uluru/ AyersRock and the Anangu. Uluru/Ayers Rock rises 348 metres from the desert and has a girth of 9.4km. These statistics alone assure its star role as the world’s most famous monolith, yet it is estimated that at least two-thirds of the weathered Rock lies beneath the surface. The Cultural Centre situated in the shadow of Uluru/Ayers Rock with its displays, artwork and videos that this twice World Heritage listed region has available is an important centre that will help to explain the significance from an Anangu perspective.
Kata Tjuta/The Olgas
In the shadow of Uluru/Ayers Rock to the east approximately 40kms, is the awe-inspiring Kata Tjuta/The Olgas. Rising out of the sands, these enormous domes Kata Tjuta/The Olgas, mean “many heads” to the traditional aboriginal people.
Weathered through millions of years there are 36 separate domes and the tallest is in fact 200 metres higher than Uluru. Kata Tjuta/The
Olgas provides fantastic desert walks through the rich red iridescent oranges and burnt yellows of Central Australia. Walkers of all levels can follow assorted trails, the Valley of the Winds and other areas will not have access when forecast temperatures exceed certain temperatures. Check access with the Visitor Information Centre daily.
Australia’s grand canyon. Equally as fascinating as Uluru – Kings Canyon is rapidly gaining popularity as an essential element of a holiday in the Centre. Sometimes referred to as Australia’s Grand Canyon, what makes visiting Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park so rewarding is the incredible range of sights and experiences on offer within such a concentrated area.A breathtaking walk around the rim of the canyon allows you to gaze down in awe at the sandstone chasm plunging 270 metres to the canyon floor. Venture down into the depths of the chasm, and you’ll discover luxuriant cycads around the permanent waterhole in the exotic Garden of Eden, a very aptly named oasis in the desert. Stairs and a bridge provide access into the valley of water holes and pools. There is rich plant life including River Red Gums, Bottle Brushes, Wattles, Fig Trees and an abundance of ferns giving this a real rain forest appearance, indicating that this part of Australia once had a much more tropical climate. You’ll also find the eerie beehive-shaped rock formations, appropriately called the Lost City, and which indeed resemble the ruins of some ancient Aztec city carved over time by water and wind erosion. Kings Canyon has played an important role in Aboriginal life over thousands of years.