Sunrise and sunset at Uluru are breathtaking, with the Rock taking on its famous red hues. However, visiting this sacred rock is an amazing experience at any time of day.
Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are located approx 30km west of Uluru, and are a remarkable red rock formation of more than 30 round domes rising out of the flat desert. The literal translation from the Aboriginal name is 'many heads', and the tallest is said to be around 546m high.
The gateway to the Red Centre is the town of Alice Springs, flanked by the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Nearby sights to visit include Alice Springs Desert Park with its unique desert flora and fauna, and the famed Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Another treasure of this area is Kings Canyon, otherwise known as Watarrka National Park. Its dramatic, rugged bluffs and gorges shelter a world of contrasts, with ancient sandstone walls thrusting skyward to the Lost City, a plateau of weathered domes.
Head north of the Red Centre and you will experience the tropical 'Top End' of the Northern Territory. Darwin is the capital of this state and is the starting point for exploration of the national parks.
Just south of Darwin is Litchfield National Park, where you will find monsoonal rainforest, perennial spring-fed streams and waterfalls, gigantic termite mounds, weathered sandstone outcrops and historic ruins.
East of Darwin is Kakadu National Park, World Heritage listed and one of the nation's most prized cultural and ecological treasures. The stunning Twin Falls and Jim Jim Falls are just 2 of the breathtaking natural wonders. Highlights include cruising on yellow waters to spot wildlife, and a visit to Nourlangie Rock to view the Aboriginal rock art.
Just 32km south from Darwin is the Katherine region, where searing red desert gives way to the lush green of a tropical wonderland and the star attraction, Katherine Gorge, home to the freshwater crocodile and 13 spectacular gorges.
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