Tick Uluru off your bucket list

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Red Cen­tre Way, NT

FOR­MERLY the “Meree­nie Loop” (so-called be­cause a part of it trav­els through the Meree­nie Val­ley), the Red Cen­tre Way stretches across the NT from Alice Springs to Uluru and be­yond. Over 1135km, the loop ticks off the ter­ri­tory’s big ticket at­trac­tions and show­cases its oth­er­worldly land­scape that’ll have you gasp­ing in dis­be­lief.

Red desert sands, spinifex and mulga for­est, lush val­leys, wa­ter­ing holes and tow­er­ing gorges, all in­ter­mix with Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and plenty of wildlife, from roos to wild camels. Kick­start your jour­ney at Aus­tralia’s most iconic out­back town, Alice Springs. From there wit­ness the unique for­ma­tion

of boul­ders that is Kata Tjuta (the Ol­gas), be­fore driv­ing four hours to the deep­est gorge in the Red Cen­tre, Kings Canyon, and its “Lost City” plateau.

But the cherry on top for most is the re­gion’s most fa­mous

land­mark, Uluru.

The iconic red mono­lith is a go-to for al­most ev­ery vis­i­tor, but to see the gi­ant rock at its most spec­tac­u­lar, wit­ness­ing a sun­set and sun­rise is es­sen­tial.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

The road to the rock for­ma­tion known as The Ol­gas in the NT.

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