Central Australia, located in the “heart” of the continent, is home to the iconic monolith Uluru, or the “Big Rock”; the rugged beauty that is King’s Canyon; and the unique, lively town of Alice Springs.
The region is located in southern part of the Northern Territory, its borders being Western Australia in the west and Queensland in the east.
While it is formally recognised as part of the Northern Territory, Central Australia has numerous traits setting it apart from the Top End, such as its climate, landscape and even characters.
It is home to the massive monolith and sacred Indigenous site; the rugged beauty that is King’s Canyon and the unique, lively town of Alice Springs.
Central Australia is also rich with Indigenous culture, having a substantial Indigenous population and dozens of Aboriginal Art Centres.
Popular activities in this neck of woods include bushwalking, 4-wheel driving, camping, and learning about Australia’s Indigenous culture.
Flights are available from interstate to Alice Springs daily, and Ayers’ Rock (Uluru) even has its own airport, but some visitors choose to embark on different paths, such as doing road trips from other cities or taking the “Ghan” train, which offers leisurely journeys from Adelaide to Darwin and vice-versa.
The popular period to visit Central Australia is from April to September, when the weather is cooler.