Central Australia remains the heartland of a large number of traditional Aboriginal communities; with continuing cultural and spiritual traditions forging a strong connection between the indigenous people and land. Visitors who have a keen interest in art should view some of the many art galleries in Alice Springs that are home to traditional Aboriginal dot paintings. Whatever particular aspect sparks interest with the visitor – Central Australia offers many opportunities to discover more about the traditional, as well as the modern day Aboriginal cultures.
The most popular destinations in the Central Australia region remain Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Visitors to these destinations have ample opportunity to see vast variety of the remarkable nature of the outback, all within an hour or two’s drive from Alice Springs. Should you desire to go a little further afield – then the Eastern and Western MacDonnell Ranges are a popular option. Here you can view Trephina Gorge, Arltunga, Simpson’s Gap, Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen and Palm Valley. Ideally, you should aim for a week to ten days to truly make the most of your tour of Central Australia.
If you have only a short time, then Alice Springs itself holds a number of unique attractions, including the Olive Pink Botanical Gardens, the Desert Park, and the Old Telegraph Station where Alice Springs was first established. To uncover the remarkable scenery and history of the outback, the Central Australian region truly is the heart and soul of the Australian continent; filled with history and cultural diversity that offers something for everyone to enjoy.