Craving a change of scenery? You don’t need to jet overseas when you can take a magical road trip in Australia’s own backyard.
The epic red centre of Australia is one of the most beautiful and underrated places to visit in this vast land. Uncover the raw beauty of Uluṟu, take dips in the stunning waterholes dotted around the Northern Territory, and admire the lush valleys and towering gorges for an experience you’ll never forget.
We’ve compiled some tips straight from the locals on must-do activities when road tripping through the epic red centre.
1. Go Outback Ballooning
Locally owned and operated, a visit to Outback Balloon is a must. Experience the glorious Australian Outback from high up, in an epic experience you won’t forget anytime soon.
2. Take a hike
Experience a guided tour through the Larapinta Trail, where you can walk to the top of Euro Ridge for a view like no other.
3. Take a dip in the epic waterholes
An hour’s drive from Alice Springs is Ellery Creek Big Hole: stop for a swim, picnic, or go explore the Larapinta trail. You can even set up shop, and camp overnight.
And speaking of waterholes and overnight stays: just under an hour and half drive from Alice Springs, surrounded by the majestic MacDonnell Ranges and the stunning Glen Helen Gorge Water Hole, is the newly renovated and recently reopened Glen Helen Lodge, which is also definitely worth a visit.
4. Immerse yourself in Field of Light
At the base of Uluru is the Field of Light art installation. Created by Bruce Monroe, 50,000 solar-powered spheres illuminate the desert, creating pure magic. See the
Uluṟu-Kata Tjuta National Park site for park passes and more info.
5. Go for a sunrise ride
Take in the rich red dunes with Uluru Camel Tours. Located seven minutes drive from Uluṟu-Kata Tjuta National Park, pair up with a camel and head off on a two-and-a-half-hour trip complete with freshly baked damper at the end, served with Australian jams, tea, and coffee.
For more information on how to plan your road trip, head right here.