Devil’s Marbles, © Can Stock Photo / Danemo
Visit Red Centre – More Sights
- Watarrka National Park – Take the Rim Walk at Kings Canyon, provided it isn’t closed during excessive heat. Visit Karrke and buy aboriginal carvings.
- West MacDonnell National Park
Finke Gorge National Park and the Finke Desert Race for motorbikes and dune buggies.
Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve
Camels Australia – 1.5 hours south of Alice Springs.
Devil’s Marbles Conservation Reserve – in the Tennant Creek area about 5 hours north of Alice Springs.
Kata Tjuta the Olgas, © Can Stock Photo / imagex
Red Centre Weather
Expect average highs in excess of 30C (85F) during the Australian summer months from September to April, with periods of extreme heat regularly exceeding 40 C (100 F). During extreme heat, walking may be prohibited at some National Parks, including Uluru. Lows during the Australian summer are comfortable. The winter months of June to August can see average lows down to 5 C (40 F). Rainfall is almost nonexistent regardless of the time of year. April would be a good time of year to visit Alice Springs for weather, however the timing of the unusual events held there is likely a more significant determinant of travel plans.
Get to the Red Centre
Nearly everyone gets to the Red Centre through Alice Springs. You can fly to Alice Springs from major cities in Australia. The Ghan train stops regularly in Alice Springs too on its continuous route between Darwin and Adelaide. The most popular tourist attraction in the Red Centre is Uluru (Ayers Rock), at a distance of about 4.5 hours by car from Alice Spring. In addition to vehicle access, there is also air service between Alice Springs and Uluru. Flights take about an hour. Due to the popularity of Uluru, direct flights from Sydney are available to Ayers Rock Airport without visiting Alice Springs. The Ghan train does not stop closer to Uluru than Alice Springs.
Uluru Stands out from Plains