Be inspired by the extraordinary Red Centre
Author Inspiring Journeys
Date 25 Oct. 2019
Feeling a bit flat or in need of some inspiration? We promise that there is truly nothing as inspiring as visiting the sacred land of Australia’s Red Centre, home to some of the most spectacular and unique landscapes, and oldest living culture in the world.
The Red Centre is the huge southern desert outback region of the Northern Territory that consists of just two cities, Alice Springs and Yulara. We guarantee that visiting Central Australia will spark a deep appreciation for this great diverse land we are so blessed to call home.
Incredible landscapes at every turn...
Characterised by fiery red dirt, abundant native wildlife and mesmerising rock formations, a visit to Central Australia will provide you with a truly authentic outback experience that will make you feel right at home and want to visit again and again.
Lovers of the outdoors will be in their element, with incredible scenery and natural wonders at every turn. Hike to the top of Kings Canyon for unforgettable views over Watarrka National Park, stroll through the gigantic Standley Chasm Angkerle, and walk around the base of Uluru, Australia’s most iconic and sacred natural wonder.
The ancient indigenous culture of the Anangu Aboriginal people and their connection to the region is what makes the Red Centre such a sacred and deeply spiritual place. Increasingly, people from all around the world are visiting the region to learn more about what is believed to be the oldest surviving culture in the world.
When you travel to Australia’s heartland with Inspiring Journeys, you will not only discover the iconic sites, you will also forge connections with locals and hear their stories, learn about the history and culture of the region through immersive encounters, and truly delve into the soul of what makes each place special. But lovers of the finer things won’t be forgotten, as you will stay in bespoke accommodation and enjoy unique dining experiences that allow you to truly relax and unwind after long yet enriching days of exploring.
On arrival into the Red Centre, prepare to deep dive into the rich culture of the Traditional Owners, the Anangu, with a guided walk through the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge. You’ll learn about Tjukurpa, the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the local Aboriginal people and their ancestors and understand the connection to the land through the Traditional Owners themselves.
Picture this. Your glass is filled with sparkling wine and you are enjoying canapes and the blissful company of your fellow travellers and Journey Director. You take note of the changing colour of the sky as the sun sets slowly over Uluru, from a vivid blue to soft pinks and purples that look too dreamy to be real. This is a bucket list experience that we are passionate about bringing to life for our guests. Equally as special is experiencing an Uluru sunrise from the sunrise viewing area; brand new perspective and a dreamy palette of ever changing colours.
For those who love an adventure, the six-kilometre Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the ultimate exploration of the most rugged of destinations. Located around three hours from Uluru, the majestic chasm was formed over millions of years of erosion, slicing the earth 270 metres deep. Best explored by foot, as you venture around the rim, the landscape is filled with waterholes, palm forests, native animals and an amazing array of native flora, and highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’, and the hidden oasis of the ‘Garden of Eden.’
The West MacDonnell Ranges are an incredible example of an ancient landscape that has been sculpted over time by the elements and harsh climate. With your Journey Director, you will discover the iconic Standley Chasm Angkerle and Simpsons Gap, truly unique natural wonders characterised by the vibrant ochre cliff faces and flourishing flora and fauna.
Award-winning boutique accommodation
After enriching yet long days of adventuring and exploring in the heat of the Red Centre, we have handpicked the best accommodation for you that isn’t just a place to rest your head, but an experience that becomes a part of your Central Australia story.
The deluxe spa rooms at the Kings Canyon Resort are the definition of outback luxury. Jump into the spacious spa bath to take in the scenic views of the beautiful rock escarpment out of the full-length window. Perfect time to pop the champagne!
Unique dining experiences
Travelling not only opens your eyes to breathtaking destinations and fascinating cultures, it also introduces you to unique flavours and an array of amazing local cuisine that we will guarantee will forge an even deeper connection to the community you are visiting.
Set in the wilderness under a canopy of the Southern Night sky, be treated to a unique dining experience, Under a Desert Moon. Enjoy sparkling wine and canapés before being taken to a hidden location where your table under the stars awaits. You'll be treated to a delicious four course dinner, prepared from fresh produce and ingredients unique to the Australian Outback, and paired with wines. Become acquainted with new and exciting flavours of the Outback.
When to visit the Red Centre
Although Uluru and the surrounding Red Centre natural wonders are incredible at any time of the year, the high temperatures of the Central Australian outback Summer can be unbearable and unpleasant for those who prefer a milder climate. The best time to visit is from April to September, with cooler days and average maximum temperatures of 20°C and 30 °C. The colours of Uluru also become more vibrant during this time, making for ideal photo opportunities – no filters required.
Prepare your camera, you are guaranteed to snap some incredible photos that will be treasured for years to come. The Australian outback is the ultimate backdrop.
With departures running from April through to October, discover the full Outback Australia: The Colour of Red itinerary to find out more about this incredible journey.