Travel Route: Red Centre Way

Red Centre Way

There is so much for you to see and do in six days on this self-drive adventure through stunning outback landscapes, red desert sands, towering gorges and waterholes inviting you to jump in and cool off. The Red Centre Way helps you explore great national icons such as Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges.


Top 5 Things to Do

Hop on the back of a camel and unearth the spiritual centre of the Australian Outback.
Get swept away on a four-wheel drive adventure in the Rainbow Valley where the sandstone bluffs and cliffs lead you across a spectacular setting.
On your drive through Alice Springs stop by at the Desert Park where you can learn all about native animals in their natural habitat.
The Majestic Kings Canyon features 100 metre high sandstone walls and palm-filled crevices. Take the hike to the top and be rewarded by amazing bird’s eye views of the region.
Stretching for 160km west of Alice Springs, the West MacDonnell Ranges offer an abundance of beautiful waterholes including Redbank Gorge and Ellery Big Hole where you can splash around and cool off after a long day’s drive.
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Red Centre Way

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Kings Canyon



Day 1: Alice Springs to Glen Helen

Travel: 132km

Start at the Red Centre and make your way west through the West MacDonnell National Park that houses spectacular natural formations including chasms and gorges, waterholes and ochre pits all ready for you to splash, hike or drive through!

Day 2: Glen Helen to Kings Canyon

Travel: 234km

From Glen Helen head 20km west to kick off your day with a swim at Redbank Gorge pools where you can splash, float or just cruise your way through the gorge. For four-wheel drivers don’t pass up the chance to tackle the route to Gosse Bluff, an ancient impact crater where you can take in spectacular views. Finish your day in luxury by heading to Kings Canyon Resort where you can relax from the day’s adventure.

Day 3: Explore Kings Canyon

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Located only a short distance from the Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Canyon is an amazing walk for those wanting to take in stunning desert scenery. Traverse the 100m high sandstone walls on a three hour adventure or stay overnight and sleep under the stars.

Day 4: Kings Canyon to Uluru

Travel: 300km

Head to Ulu ru-Kata Tjuta National Park and take in a range of amazing sights including Mt Conner and Lake Amadeus salt plains near the Mt Conner look out. Finish your day by resting up at Ayers Rock Resort and Campgrounds which offer a range of accomodation and dining options for all budgets and tastes.

Day 5: Uluru and Kata Tjuta

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Choose to stay for a day or more and explore both Ulu ru and Kata Tjuta to learn about amazing Aboriginal history and culture. There’s also a range of tours and free daily activities.

Day 6: Uluru to Alice Springs

Travel: 445km

Head back along the Lasseter Highway and turn north onto the Stuart Highway and get started on your homestretch to Alice Springs. Along the way take a guided walk on the Salt Lakes or take one last look at Mt Conner before making the journey north. For those four-wheel driving, take the time to explore Rainbow Valley and then travel the final 100km leg to Alice Springs.

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