The enlightening wonders of Australia’s Red Centre

The enlightening wonders of Australia’s Red Centre

The Australian outback is utterly unique and one place where this is most clear is in Northern Territory’s Red Centre. If you love to travel, a visit to central Australia’s outback landscape is a must-do. From the rugged topography of Alice Springs to the cool rock pools of Kings Canyon, Scenic’s handcrafted journeys through the Northern Territory’s Red Centre will evoke in you a sense of wonder and newfound respect for this immense continent we call home. 

The beating heart of the country – Uluru 

You will never forget the first time you lay your eyes on the great Red Centre of Australia – a Mars-like red landscape, with wild meandering camels and rock art that dates back thousands of years. Herein lies Uluru, one of the most sacred Aboriginal sites in Australia. Formed by the shifting of geological plates, this 3.5km long and 358m tall inselberg, rising majestically in the middle of the sun-baked desert, will steal your breath away. As you admire its enormity, take a moment to remember, all of this once lay at the bottom of the ocean. 

Uluru is extremely sacred to the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu people, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Field of Light exhibition, designed by British artist Bruce Munro, is a fitting tribute to this icon. During Scenic’s handcrafted Uluru tours in the 9 Day Territory Explorer itinerary, you will have the exclusive opportunity to dine amidst this extraordinary exhibition. With Uluru as the backdrop, as the sun sets and the lights start to twinkle, you’ll enjoy canapés and authentic Australian cuisine in the open with Scenic Enrich.
Uluru, Northern Territory
Uluru Field of Light
With the included Scenic Freechoice activities, you also have the option to explore the landscape at a pace of your preference – a Harley-Davidson™ motorcycle ride for the thrill seekers, or a camel back ride for a more authentic experience. You could even view the famous monument from the air at an additional cost. 

If you found Uluru awe-inspiring, wait until you explore Kata Tjuta. These 36 massive domed rock formations, formerly known as the Olgas, are over 500 million years old and even taller than Uluru. 
Scenic Freechoice - Harley Davidson
Kata Tjuta

Australia’s most famous outback town – Alice Springs

 Located quite literally in the geographical heart of the Australian continent, Alice Springs is delightfully modern town with a diverse range of restaurants, bars, and art galleries. When you travel with Scenic, our expert Tour Director will take you on an enlightening city tour and share intriguing anecdotes about life in the Red Centre. You will also visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to learn about the birth and growth of this legendary Australian non-profit organisation that supplies medical care to remote outback communities. 

The majesty of the East MacDonnell Ranges in Alice Springs will astound you. Stretching for several hundred kilometres on both sides of the town, these mountains are home to some of the most beautiful desert scenery, including dramatic gorges and ancient Aboriginal art. A visit to the pristine oasis of Palm Valley or the magnificent Standley Chasm with Scenic Freechoice provides the perfect opportunity to capture the best holiday pictures, while Scenic’s bush BBQ with bush damper cooking and bush balladeer entertainment will give you time to slowly soak up the outback life. 
West MacDonnell Ranges

The best views over the Red Centre – The Kings Canyon 

The towering Kings Canyon, carved over millions of years, is an important part of the Red Centre and a must-visit on every itinerary. Over 300m tall sandstone pillars guard tree lined rock pools, and more than 600 species of native flora and fauna. As you take a walk along the rim of the canyon, all the way to ‘The Garden of Eden,’ a lush waterhole surrounded by rare plants, you will be amazed at the many shades of ochre and green around you. 

Scenic’s Territory Explorer itinerary includes a one-night stay at Kings Canyon, so you can fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the outback. 

One of the world’s greatest rail journeys – The Ghan

All aboard The Ghan, where you can enjoy the glorious Australian landscape while seated in the luxurious Gold Service cabin, with a drink in hand. Launched in 1929, The Ghan was originally named ‘The Afghan Express’ after the Afghan cameleers who were integral to the development of the outback economy, transporting goods, mail, water, tools and equipment to remote towns.

Scenic’s itineraries take you on an unforgettable journey on this legendary Australian railway, so you can enjoy the best views of the Red Centre from Alice Springs to Darwin, complemented by delicious regionally inspired cuisine and local wine, and the most comfortable one night stay on board. Relax in the Outback Explorer Lounge and get to know your fellow travellers over a board game and beer, before you make your way to the Queen Adelaide Restaurant for a delicious dinner. 

Take in the wondrous views from the wide picture windows and enjoy the finest Australian hospitality with all-inclusive dining, beverages, and a range of fascinating excursions at key stops. 
The Ghan
The Ghan Queen Adelaide Restaurant

Explore the Red Centre with Kathy Lette

Join Kathy Lette and the Getaway team as they explore the Red Centre at Uluru and the Field of Light exhibition: