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It is clear when you visit that this remote community is proud of its pioneering history, and the locals can be as colourful and unique as the stunning landscape and natural wonders that surround it. The only city in the red centre, Alice Springs is rich with Aboriginal sacred sites and a thriving indigenous art scene. From camel riding through the deserts to traditional walkabouts, hot air ballooning, and hiking the trails, there are many ways to explore the area. Most flock to Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock to some) and nearby Kata Tjuta formations, and you’ll find jeep safaris, camp sites, and coach tours set up for your convenience. Try to catch a sunrise over the landmark if you can. It’s cooler, less crowded, and quite simply breath-taking.
If you’re expecting the heart of the Australian desert to be lifeless and dull, prepare to be surprised. Often a shock of colours, there’s far more lush greenery and life than you may expect. For some truly memorable moments, take an easy hike to the edge of Kings Canyon or the Larapinta Trail where you’ll experience the vastness of Australia in a view you’ll never forget.