Located at the heart of Australia is the Central Australian region. Here visitors can find many of Australia and the Australian Aboriginal’s iconic places – such as the world famous Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). In the outback town of Alice Springs, easily reached via the Ghan railway, there are centres of Aboriginal art and culture, such as Papunya and Hermannsburg. Tourists from both Australia and abroad come to Central Australia to see the vast, natural wilderness that lies in Australia’s desert interior. For those wanting to see the true spirit of the outback, then Central Australia is a must visit destination.
The natural beauty of Central Australia is the star attraction here. The clear skies light up with the fabulous display each night, arching across the red, sandy landscape. The climate of Central Australia is arid, but there is nonetheless an range of flora and fauna unique to Australia that is evidence of the bounty of the land. The well adapted import, the camel, lives in this region alongside Australia’s native species such as kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, emus, goannas, geckos and huge eagles that soar across the desert landscape.
Alice Springs sits at the heart of Central Australia and is the unofficial capital of the region, having grown steadily since its early days when it was founded in the 19th century by Afghan and European pioneers crossing Australia’s vast inner desert. The modern town now offers a slower pace of life to the coastal capitals of Australia. Alice Springs is a modern town and provides a good base for those wanting to set out and see the nearby Uluru and Kata Tjuta, or head further afield to Tennant Creek to the north.