Australia’s best landscapes series: The Red Centre

The Red Centre Way is a collection of linked roads and highways that lead to many of Central Australia’s iconic natural attractions such as Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock and the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley and the MacDonnell Ranges.

The entire road trip takes around four or five days and will allow you to experience the best of this vast desert landscape and its incredible beauty.

Lining the route out of Alice Springs is the MacDonnell Ranges, or as the traditional Aboriginal owners refer to them, Yeperenye (Caterpillar) Dreaming. This rollercoaster of ancient ranges converges on Alice Springs from east to west, creating surprises over every rise.

Of course it’s the icons of Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and Ormiston Gorge that are on every driver’s list of ‘must sees’, but take time to explore the string of national parks and attractions along the way such as Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve - a huge crater formed more than 130 million years ago. The occasional sighting of another vehicle is the only reminder that you don’t have the outback all to yourself.

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Where to stay: Longitude 131 and Bamurru Plains

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