H ot, dry and harsh, Australia’s Red Centre is extremely inhospitable, and at the same time, intriguing. But as we found out over the past week in Central Australia, it is far from empty and lifeless. Dotted with patches of spinifex and eucalyptus trees, the desert is home to massive sandstone mountains as well as unique rock formations, many of which are sacred spots for the Aborigines. And underneath these layers of sand and vegetation lies an equally abundant amount of wildlife. Kangaroos, wallabies, eagles, crested parrots and all types of bizarre lizards roam freely in this vast desert.
In a desert as full of life as this, we had much to discover over the week. Starting our journey in Alice Springs, we got face to face with the area’s wildlife at the Desert Park, before getting even closer to the lizards and giants at the Reptile Center. Onboard our funky campervan, we then headed out to the West MacDonnell Ranges where we hiked through gorges, waterholes and beautiful rock formations. The last part of the trip was by far the highlight for us: a 3-day camping safari to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where we trekked around the world-famous site and learned all about the Aboriginal roots of this area.
We feasted on stunning scenery each day, from organ-shaped sandstone cliffs, to oasis-like waterholes and majestic rock formations, and yet we’ve barely covered a quarter of this massive desert. We’ll be sure to return again someday, but in the meantime, we’re sharing some of our best photos from this trip into the Red Centre, hope you enjoy them!
The world famous Uluru rising from the sands of the desert
The oddly shaped domes of Kata Tjuta
On board a hot air balloon, we saw the sun rise over Alice Springs
Standing at the edge of the impressive Kings Canyon
The sun peeks over the water at Ellery Creek in West MacDonnell
That’s us looking happy as we hike through the beautiful Ormiston Gorge
Our group of hikers trekking along the rocky trails of Kata Tjuta
Hallelujah for this beautiful day and gorgeous sight at Glen Helen Gorge
A black kite eagle soars through the skies above Alice Springs Desert Park
A yellow bearded dragon shows us its fancy scales at Alice Springs Reptile Center
My favorite reptile so far: the aptly named thorny devil
One of the many kangaroos we saw hopping freely in Alice Springs
Our trusty companion for the trip: the Britz Bushcamper, an awesome 4WD campervan that took us all over the Red Centre
Disclaimer: Thanks to Tourism Northern Territory for making this trip possible! While the trip was sponsored, all opinions expresses above are our own.