Outback Australia is home to some of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see, so if you’re planning your next holiday, it’s time to think a little closer to home and plan a trip to the Red Centre. We’ve got the down-low on the best of the best places to visit.
With breathtaking views unlike anything else you’ll see in the world, the hike up to the top of Kings Canyon is an effort, but is well worth every step. As part of Watarrka National Park, the area is home to the Luritja Aboriginal people, and while visiting Kings Canyon you can learn about how they have cultivated and shaped the land. Try and catch the sunrise over Kings Canyon if you can, but no matter the time of day, the views from the canyon’s rim are something to behold.
Known in English as The Olgas, Kata Tjuta is a group of ancient rock formations in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Just 30km away from Uluru, Kata Tjuta is an area steeped in Indigenous history, with many legends about the history and creation of the area.
Like the rest of Outback Australia, the scenery is breathtaking, and its worth lacing up your hiking boots to explore on foot. There’s nowhere else on earth quite like the rock formations at Kata Tjuta.
Arguably the most famous site in Outback Australia, Uluru is a must-see destination in Australia. The UNESCO World Heritage site is surrounded by waterholes, caves, rock formations, and ancient Indigenous rock paintings.
Archaeologists believe that Aboriginal people have been living in the area for over 22,000 years, so there is a lot of history to explore. A walk around Uluru will reveal the deep cultural significance of this place, as you explore and learn about the traditional landowners in a landscape like no other.
30 kilometres outside of Katherine in the Northern Territory, you’ll find Edith Falls. Set in the Nitmiluk National Park, this is the perfect place to cool off after a day of hiking around the area. The series of cascading waterfalls are an impressive sight set in the lush greenery of the park, and there’s plenty of rock formations, natural pools, and new areas to explore in between swims.
After all of the hiking, bushwalking, and climbing you’ll be doing in the Northern Territory, soothe your muscles with a visit to Mataranka Thermal Springs. Set in the Elsey National Park, the crystal clear waters light below a paperbark and palm forest, making it the ideal place to relax. The water maintains an almost constant temperature of 34C, and there’s nowhere else you can experience this sort of relaxation in such an idyllic setting.