Driving into the Red Centre is an adventure, coming from any direction.

The region covers from Coober Pedy in South Australia, through to the Barkly region in the Northern Territory, including Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. This is a region that demands your attention and entices you to really explore!

Your journey to The Red Centre is one of expectation and wonder. The gateways to the heart and soul of Australia’s outback, is your introduction to a region vast and rugged and one that will not disappoint. Flying into the Red Centre offers a ‘bird’s eye’ view of landscape more colourful than most expect.

Covering from Coober Pedy in South Australia to the Barkly region in the Northern Territory and the iconic Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park to the east, this is a region that demands your attention and entices you to really explore.

The Red Centre offers a surprisingly varied experience, often drawing you back time and again to enrich your memories that last a lifetime. Culturally rich and scenically diverse, each region you traverse through offers landscapes to marvel and even the amateur photographer will be delighted with what their camera or phone can capture.

To maximise your stay in The Red Centre, your first stop should be the Visitor Information Centre www.discovercentralaustralia.com in the Todd Mall for your full list of ‘what to do’. They can book tours, accommodation and offer you the best advice to make the most of your time here. Their award winning service will have you talking to a local who knows their ‘backyard’, and loves to share their passion.

More than half the land in the Northern Territory is Aboriginal owned and you need a permit to travel through. Ask the friendly staff for any further information. See the Guide-on-line for permit details.

You are spoilt for choice with attractions and adventures; and that’s just close to Alice Springs! A majestic hot air balloon ride at dawn, to a camel ride along the spine of the MacDonnell Ranges at sunset, or a stroll around the world renowned Desert Park – everyone will find a pace to suit them.


Explore the Red Centre Art Trail and the many galleries in the region, offering a huge variety of styles, colours and mediums. Each gallery is unique and often features local regional community gallery works. Purchasing a piece not only offers a lifetime memory but supports the artist and community in meaningful ways.

Guided tours can offer a personalised service to maximise your time in The Red Centre or explore on day trips heading north, south east or west; adventure at your feet – all within 100 km.

Some of the wackiest events are proud long term fun packed weekends in the Centre so make sure you check the guide for what’s on while you are here. The Centre is famous for celebrating all things fun, from boat races in the dry Todd River, to festivals celebrating all things Beanies! Always something different is on offer so join in the fun and meet some locals along the way.

Enjoy your time in this region best by making sure you are well prepared for you outback adventure. It’s a harsh environment that even the most experienced traveller should respect, so take care with simple planning and advice from the local experts.