The main attraction of the Red Centre is, of course, Uluru, and it is every bit as awe inspiring as you can imagine. When you aren’t marvelling at the sheer size and ever-changing colours of the massive monolith from afar, you can walk or cycle around its base to see its many cracks, pits and lines up close.
Each crevice plays a significant role in the creation stories of the local Anangu people, the traditional owners of Uluru, Kata Tjuta (also known as the Olgas) and you can hear them told at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park’s fantastic Cultural Centre.
Uluru is best accessed from Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, where you can learn to throw boomerangs, watch Wakagetti dancers and take dot-painting workshops. The resort has plenty of accommodation for all budgets.
Travel to the iconic rock by Uluru Express Shuttle. Get up early for a Desert Awakenings tour to watch the sun rise over Uluru with a cooked breakfast, easily followed by a visit to the Cultural Centre and an Uluru Camel Tour over the sand dunes. Finish your day with the Sounds of Silence evening experience and a special stargazing presentation.
A few hours’ drive from Uluru, Kings Canyon is best explored early in the day to escape the heat. Test your hiking skills on the easy Creek Walk before attempting the steep Rim Walk to the top of the canyon.
Back at Kata Tjuta there are also several trails including the Valley of the Winds circuit or a shorter walk to Karu and Karingana lookouts.