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Red Centre Way Alice Springs – Uluru – Kings Canyon

Discover Australia's icons and explore further on an unforgettable road trip along the Red Centre Way. Drive from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Watarrka National Park to see the highlights and venture further into the heart of Australia.

Take an adventure along the loop road from Alice Springs and explore the diverse landscapes of the Red Centre. Uncover the raw beauty of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka/Kings Canyon. Travel through the waterhole-dotted stretch of the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell Ranges, including a short section of unsealed road. If travelling by two-wheel drive take the completely sealed loop option instead.

To make the most of this incredible journey allow at least five days. See red desert sands, spinifex and mulga forest, lush valleys and towering gorges. Witness the red icons of the Outback change colour at sunset. Learn first-hand about the ancient living culture of the traditional Aboriginal land owners and visit the home of countless rare plants, birds and native wildlife.

Take some time to explore the internationally-renowned art galleries of Alice Springs before driving west to the gorges, waterholes and ochre pits of Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park.

Remember to plan your trip with these road safety tips before starting your Northern Territory drive adventure.

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Day 1

Alice Springs to Glen Helen

132 km

Day 2

Glen Helen to Kings Canyon

234 km

Day 3

Explore Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park

Day 4

Kings Canyon to Uluru

300 km

Day 5

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Day 6 (optional)

Uluru to Alice Springs

468 km

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