Photographs of Central Australia
to inspire you to visit
I visited Central Australia with my husband and young kids on a Central Australian road camping trip. Although I had seen images of these great Australian icons many times before, seeing them in real life is really something special.
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Central Australia with Kids. Here I share information and inspiration on all of the awesome things we experienced in Australia’s Red Centre.
Uluru from the Sunset Viewing area – see my blog post on Uluru with Kids (Central Australia) . You need to get to the viewing area at least an hour or two before sunset as the car park fills up fast! The kids weren’t that exited about the sunset views but were easily occupied by all the red dirt and nature. I recommend bringing food, some toy cars for the dirt, and an old camera to occupy them so you can relax and enjoy the spectacle that is sunset at Uluru.
Visiting the sunRISE viewing area at sunSET ensures you get some awesome images of Uluru in sillhouette with the amazing colours of the Central Australian sky in the background. Yep – thats Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) in the background to the left!
The walking path around Uluru is flat, hard pressed dirt. Uluru is fascinating up close and changes depending at what point of its base you are standing at. I recommend hiring a pushbike and cycling around the whole of Uluru!
More images from the sunRISE viewing platform at sunSET! This viewing area has a great wooden platform with seating and in the evening, is far less crowded than the sunSET viewing area.
Standley Chasm – see my blog post on Standley Chasm with Kids (Central Australia) . I’ll let you in on a little secret, if you visit at noon, the chasm walls glow an orange red when the sun’s light shines directly on them. There is only about 90 minutes out of everyday that you can see this happen!
Wycliffe Well Holiday Park is an extremely quirky caravan park (with hotel rooms) that serves as a great stop over between Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. It’s known as the UFO capital of Australia and the UFO paraphernalia is everywhere. It’s hilarious!
There are no speed limits on some of the roads out here and it’s not advisable to drive at night due to the wildlife.
Kings Canyon Scenic Rim Walk – see my blog post on Kings Canyon Rim Walk with kids (Central Australia). This was one of the absolute highlights of our trip to Central Australia and I was really proud of myself for managing the 6km walk with our little girl in a carrier. My legs didn’t forgive me for a couple of days but it was worth it!
Views from the scenic rim walk at Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park.
Views from the OTHER side of the rim on the scenic rim walk at Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park.
Redbank Gorge – see my blog post on Redbank Gorge with Kids (Central Australia). The walk in to Redbank Gorge was really enjoyable as you walk along a dry river bed between high gorge walls. When you reach the end of the gorge there is a cold swimming hole.
I recommend carrying a floaty or inner tube into Redbank Gorge as once you reach the water hole, you can wade up the chasm and float back down in the cold water.
Walking into Redbank Gorge along a dry river bed
Ormiston Gorge – see my blog post on Ormiston Gorge with Kids (Central Australia). Ormiston gorge is amazing with heaps of sand, boulders to scramble over and a water hole to cool off in. There are camping facilities here and should I come by this way again, I will absolutely make time to spend a few days here just relaxing!
More of the beautiful Ormiston Gorge!
View from the Sunset Viewing Platform at the Kings Canyon Resort Camping area. I loved camping here. There is a pool to cool off in, the showers were hot and the toilets were clean.
Views from the second lookout on the Valley of the winds walk at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). I actually enjoyed Kata Tjuta more than Uluru as it’s less developed. Something about Kata Tjuta feels very spiritual and special. If only it’s walls could talk!
Wildflowers in Spring at Kata Tjuta – see my blog post on Kata Tjuta with Kids (The Olgas) in Central Australia
The domes of Kata Tjuta feel surprisingly cool to touch when you run your hands over them.
More Kata Tjuta!
Kata Tjuta as seen from the back of the car window as we were leaving.
Tnorala (Gosse Bluff Crater) – see my blog post on Gosse Bluff with kids (Tnorala) in Central Australia. Gosse Bluff is a fascinating crater accessible only by 4wd. It’s well worth the visit when driving the Mereenie Loops Road or Red Centre Way route between Alice Springs and Kings Canyon.
The Field of Light Art Exhibition at Yulara has been extended another year so if you have been putting off your trip to Central Australia – DO IT NOW! You do not want to miss this!
Ellery Creek Big Hole – see my blog post on Ellery Creek Big Hole with Kids (Central Australia)
Ellery Creek Big Hole is a fantastic (freezing cold) swimming hole popular with locals due to its proximity to Alice Springs.
Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) – see my blog post on The Devils Marbles with kids (Karlu Karlu) in Central Australia
You can’t miss Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) if heading to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway from the North.
Dingos at the Alice Springs Desert Park, a great nature park that I recommended visiting before you set off on your Red Centre adventure. It gives you a great insight into the nature and wildlife you can expect to find out here in Central Australia.
Alice Springs Desert Park
HOW TO GET THERE
We chose to drive to Central Australia on an epic road trip from the east coast of Australia. Alice Springs is a long drive from anywhere in Australia and you will need to do some research before you attempt it. It can be done in a standard 2WD vehicle but if you want to get off the highway and drive on some of the awesome outback roads, you will need a 4WD.
You can fly into either Alice Springs or Yulara from capital cities in Australia, and either hire a vehicle or book a tour from there.
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Where to Stay
We camped at the following places:
Big4 in Alice Springs
Glen Helen Homestead whilst we explored the outback swimming holes
Kings Canyon Resort whilst we explored Kings Canyon
Ayers Rock Resort whilst we explored Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Wycliffe Well Holiday Park when travelling between Tennant Creek and Alice Springs
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