Summer in the Red Centre 7 day itinerary

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In the Red Centre, summer means that the waterholes are full and ready for a swim. It's the ideal temperature for a night under the stars, followed by an early morning dawn over the outback. This 7-day tour will take you across the Red Centre during the summer months of November to April.

Day 1
Get your laneway coffee fix in the Todd Mall
Go to the Fan Arcade, which is located along the Todd Mall and has a leafy path. In Alice Springs, Page 27 is the place to go for brunch and coffee. This café, which is popular among residents for its all-day brekkie and antique décor, will leave you feeling energized for the day ahead.
Learn about local Aboriginal art
Alice Springs is a booming center for Aboriginal art galleries in Australia. The Araluen Cultural Precinct is an excellent place to begin learning about Central Australian artists. Todd Mall, located in the heart of town, is lined with commercial galleries that specialize in Aboriginal art. Visit Papunya Tula Artists for popular dot paintings, then continue to Mbantua Art Gallery and Cultural Museum, which specializes in art from the Utopia region and houses one of Australia's greatest collections of Aboriginal art.
Be inspired by the early pioneers
At the Royal Flying Doctor Service, step inside a full-size replica of a current PC-12 aeroplane and engage with the interactive displays. You'll learn about the legendary Australian outback service, which was founded by pioneers in 1928.
Watch the sunset from Anzac Hill
Visit the summit of Anzac Hill for panoramic views of the city. You can either drive to the top or walk up the 'Lions Walk.' As the sun sets, take in the vista of the MacDonnell Ranges, the town center, and the desert landscapes.
Day 2
Take a day trip and a dip in the West Macs
On a day trip to the West MacDonnell Ranges, bring a picnic lunch. Follow Larapinta Drive to Namatjira Drive, where you can pause for a refreshing swim and lunch at Ellery Creek Big Hole. This is one of the region's most popular and beautiful locations. Explore Simpsons Gap and take a cultural tour at Standley Chasm to make the most of your day trip. Swimming at Ormiston Gorge and Redbank Gorge is also a good idea. This is one of the best ways to cool off in the Red Centre throughout the summer.
Enjoy an Earth Sanctuary astronomy tour and dinner
On an astronomy trip with the award-winning Earth Sanctuary, you can experience the spirit of the outback. The Earth Sanctuary's remote setting will be reached by shuttle bus in time to witness a beautiful sunset over the East MacDonnell Ranges. As night descends, a sparkling canopy of stars illuminates the sky, providing the ideal atmosphere for learning about the night sky.
Day 3
Road trip Alice Springs to Uluru
As the expression goes, the journey is more important than the goal. Set off early today to drive from Alice Springs to Uluru, stopping along the way to take in the desert sights and wide open road. There are numerous lodging alternatives available, but make sure to book ahead of time.
Enjoy a bush tucker experience
At Voyages, you can sign up for a free bush tucker experience. Enjoy tasting seasonal seeds, spices, and fruits while learning about local native bush delicacies from Aboriginal employees. Learn about the history of Australia's bush meals while watching a culinary demonstration utilizing old native bush ingredients.
Wander through the Field of Light
Make sure to stop by the Field of Light, a magnificent light display created by Bruce Munro, an internationally recognized artist. Admire the spectacle under the desert night sky as you walk the trail surrounded by more than 50,000 solar-powered shimmering stems.
Day 4
Sunrise on a camel
From atop a camel, watch the sun rise over an illuminated Uluru for a unique view. Climb on for a one-hour stroll across the park and take advantage of the stunning early photo opportunities. Your guides will make a traditional breakfast of billy tea and freshly baked beer bread for you.
Circumnavigate Uluru by foot or bike
Uluru is no longer climbable since it is a sacred location for the Anangu people. Instead, join an Aboriginal-led walking tour, rent a bike near the Cultural Centre, or take a segway trip to circumnavigate the 10.6-kilometer base walk. The base of Uluru is littered with educational displays that explain the significance of the springs, waterholes, rock art caves, and ancient paintings. Spend the afternoon riding around Uluru and Kata Tjuta on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, the wind in your hair.
Enjoy a star-lit dinner in the Outback
With a 360-degree vista of Uluru and Kata Tjuta at sunset, the Sounds of Silence meal is a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Canapés will be served first, followed by a gourmet BBQ with local game, bush salads, and superb Australian wines. Finish your evening with an Aboriginal dance performance and a night sky explanation led by the resident'star talker.' At Ayers Rock Resort, you may choose from a range of restaurants for dinner, ranging from tavern-style to gourmet dining experiences.
Day 5
Head to Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), which means'many heads,' is a 500 million-year-old sequence of massive rock domes. Drive to the Kata Tjuta dune viewing location first thing in the morning. A short walk from the car park provides breathtaking panoramic views of the domes as well as a quiet spot to rest and take in the scenery's ever-changing colors.
Explore Kata Tjuta by trail
Continue on the way to Kata Tjuta and walk one of the two famous walking routes to see how ancient and imposing the domes are. The Walpa Gorge Trek is a short, simple walk that takes about an hour round trip and follows a creek to a blooming spearwood grove. The Valley of the Winds trek is a moderately tough 7.4-kilometer route that weaves around the massive domes and offers amazing views of the desert plains from two viewpoint points.
Camp at Kings Creek Station
Drive to Kings Creek Station after saying your goodbyes to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Stay in one of the station's bush tents or pitch your own tent on grassed or ungrassed grounds. Try a camel burger from Kings Creek or take a walk to the George Gill overlook for spectacular views of the hills. At Kings Creek Station, finish the day with a campfire dinner.
Day 6
Beat the heat with a sunrise Kings Canyon rim walk
Early in the morning, watch the sunrise and walk around the rim of Kings Canyon to take in awe-inspiring vistas of The Lost City's weathered, buttressed domes and the lush valley below in the Garden of Eden.
Make your way back to Alice Springs
Take the sealed road through the Stuart and Lasseter Highways if traveling in a 2WD or rental car. To drive the unsealed Ernest Giles route or the Mereenie Loop, you'll need 4WD, and the latter requires a permit.
The cool spot
Epilogue Lounge is a great place to eat and drink late into the night. The coolest spot in Alice Springs, according to Lonely Planet, it has everything you need in an eating and entertainment venue: beautiful retro décor, a vibrant atmosphere, food served all day, a decent wine list, and a wonderful location (it's right in the heart of town).
Day 7
Float above to watch the sunrise
Outback Ballooning will take you on a sunrise balloon flight if you get up early enough. On most days, you'll be able to see Australian wildlife, particularly red kangaroos, in their natural habitat as the early morning dawns over the MacDonnell Ranges. After your flight, have a picnic breakfast of muffins, carrot cake, fresh fruit, banana bread, cheese, and biscuits, accompanied by sparkling wine and fruit juice, to reflect on your morning's journey.
Spot furry, feathered and thorny wildlife at the Alice Springs Desert Park
To get to the Alice Springs Desert Park, drive to Alice Springs. The Desert Park, located on Larapinta Drive, is a must-see for all visitors to the Red Centre. You'll be able to observe the desert come to life here. In the nocturnal house, look for rare and endangered creatures before seeing the star attraction, the 'free-flying birds of prey' performance. Stroll around the park's three different habitat sections to experience the park's varied desert landscapes. Take advantage of the free instructional seminars offered throughout the day, including an Aboriginal Survival presentation. Finish up with a drink at the on-site café.
Goodbye, Alice
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