Red Centre Holidays


The Red Centre (Alice Springs)

The Red Centre is another name for the area of desert located in the centre of the Australian. It gets its name from the spectacular stretches of red sand and rocks and is where Uluru is located.

Uluru - Ayers Rock

Uluru – Ayers Rock
Sunset in the Red Centre, Uluru

Sunset in the Red Centre, Uluru
Convenient parking at the Birdsville Hotel

Convenient parking at the Birdsville Hotel


Uluru (also Ayers Rock or The Rock) is a large rock formation in the southern part of Northern Territory, in central Australia. It is located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, 350 km southwest of Alice Springs.

Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation which is sacred to the Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the region. The area surrounding the formation is home to a plethora of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient painting. It is listed as a World Heritage Site.

Depending on the time of day and the atmospheric conditions, the rock can dramatically change colour, anything from glowing red to blue or violet. Many avid photographers set up for days to record its many changing colours, particularly around sunset. The Red Centre is definitely unique to Australia. Please note that climbing the rock is possible, but not encouraged by request of the local Aboriginal people who consider it a sacred place. For accommodation see Ayers Rock Resort.

Alice Springs

Alice Springs – The heart of the Red Centre is comprised of cavernous gorges, boundless desert landscapes, remote Aboriginal communities and a charming pioneering history.

It was established in the early 1900 by the early explorers of this vast dessert who came in search of promised rubies and gold. It remains the centre of activity in the region and a hub from which visitors can take day trips to explore the many gorges of the MacDonnell Ranges and the Old Telegraph Station. For more information about Alice Springs see


Birdsville is Australia’s ‘must visit’ town. Always noted for its wild country and isolation, it is best known for its famous pub and its annual race meeting when the population grows from 120 to 6,000 in two days. The town has one of Australia’s best “working Museums”. Great places, things to do and stay at Birsdville. Check out the information about the Birdsville Races, the Birdsville Region, and the accommodation.

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon is situated within the Watarrka National Park, and is a huge canyon with cliff faces that reach 270m high into the air. The walk around the rim of the canyon offers spectacular views. It takes 3-4 hours and during summer, should only be attempted early in the morning. On your way around the rim of the canyon you will pass the tropical pools of the Garden of Eden and the beehive rock formations of the Lost City.

If you’re looking for Red Centre Holiday Packages or Red Centre Tours that visit Uluru and Kings Canyon, you may like to visit these pages: Kimberley – Top End Air Tour | Cape York by Air Tour