Australia’s Red Centre in Photos

Posted on October 16, 2012 by

Hot, 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

Sunrise over Alice Springs

On board a hot air balloon, we saw the sun rise over Alice Springs

Over the edge of Kings Canyon

Standing at the edge of the impressive Kings Canyon

Sun peeking over gorge

The sun peeks over the water at Ellery Creek in West MacDonnell

Us in Ormiston Gorge

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

Glen Helen Gorge

Hallelujah for this beautiful day and gorgeous sight at Glen Helen Gorge

Eagle in Alice Springs Desert Park

A black kite eagle soars through the skies above Alice Springs Desert Park

A bearded dragon

A yellow bearded dragon shows us its fancy scales at Alice Springs Reptile Center

A thorny devil in the desert park

My favorite reptile so far: the aptly named thorny devil

A kangaroo

One of the many kangaroos we saw hopping freely in Alice Springs

Our trusty ride

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.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

12 Responses to “Australia’s Red Centre in Photos”

  1. Gordon Lethbridge October 16, 2012 9:08 am #

    Great photos. I love the one of the black kite. I'm heading out to Northern Territories next year and I hope I come back with some equally special photographs

    • Nellie October 22, 2012 5:51 am #

      Thanks Gordon! Alberto took all these photos. He took the shot of the black kite in the desert park – plenty of photo opps there! Have fun in the Northern Territories!

  2. Sarah Wills October 24, 2012 10:08 am #

    Great photos! I just got back from Central Australia a few weeks ago and it is by far one of the most amazing places! Uluru is just magical. Looks like you had just as much fun as I did!

    • Nellie February 4, 2013 12:50 pm #

      Yes, we absolutely loved it! The red color of the desert just fires up the whole landscape. We hope to go back soon!

  3. Yeity January 16, 2013 9:39 pm #

    Tell us next time you hit up Uluru and we'll make you your very own Akubra hat. So many left over corks on our counter that we'll make one for Alberto too! Apparently they're in trend this fashion season.

    • @WildJunket February 4, 2013 12:47 pm #

      hey Yeity, thanks for the kind offer! We wish we'd connected earlier, that would have been so cool!

  4. Jocelyn May 22, 2013 6:33 am #

    What wonderful pictures! We just finished up a little more than a week in the Red Centre and LOVED every second of it! I'd rank it as one of my top trips, and you captured it all perfectly here!


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