Even if you're not usually rocked by geology, put aside any reservations until you visit Uluru. 384 metres high, 10 kilometres in circumference, and concealing caves, cascades and rock art in its folds, this sandstone giant is at the heart of Australia in more ways than one.
The Intrepid Group were the first travel company to advise against climbing the worlds’ biggest rock because of its sacred significance to local Indigenous cultures. Besides, trust us when we say the views are better from down below. That Indigenous connection to country runs deep here, and its something we want to show you through a range of intercultural exchanges and experiences. We can take you from Uluru to Alice Springs, or if you prefer, Alice Springs to Uluru – it’s up to you! Either way, we’ll immerse you in the region’s rich history and give you a mind blowing Australian experience.
If you're wondering what the difference is between 'Ayers Rock' and Uluru, both names in fact refer to the same iconic landmark. The name was officially changed to its Indigenous title, Uluru, in 1993 to recognise the Red Rock's significance to Aboriginal Australians. Visit and learn the unique stories behind Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka that really bring these places to life.
Get a unique insight into this land through the eyes of Australia’s rich Indigenous culture. Intrepid works closely with Indigenous communities to develop ethical and authentic experiences that benefit communities and travellers alike.
A grouping of 36 giant red rock domes located 25 kilometres east of Uluru. The tallest of Kata Tjuta's 'many heads' rises almost 550 metres above the surrounding plain.
An enormous gorge home to an all-natural Amphitheatre, 'Lost City', Garden of Eden and year-round waterhole. The undisputed highlight of Watarrka National Park.
A sandy-beached oasis tucked between two ridges. This picturesque swimming spot was carved out of the rock after thousands of years of flooding, and the overlapping concentric circles etched into the surrounding cliffs are a reminder of just how ancient this place really is.
One of the more convenient destinations in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Here the towering wall of the Simpsons Range is split by a narrow band of water, and the dried up creek bed leading into the gap is filled with twisted Ghost Gums.
Tips for travelling in the Red Centre
Don’t underestimate the size of the Outback. Alice Springs’ airport might only be 13 kilometres away, but Alice Springs to Uluru is 463 kilometres. If you’re looking at a trip that flies in or out of Yulara (the closest airport to Uluru), you might be able to arrange flight for the same day the tour starts of finishes. If you're flying in or out of Alice Springs, you'll need to arrive the day before, and book outbound flights for the day after the trip finishes. Contact us for help with accommodation in Alice Springs before and/or after your trip.
The Red Centre isn't blisteringly hot all year. From June to August the weather actually gets cold at night, sometimes dipping below 0° Celsius. Pack a warm jumper or jacket.