Central Australia encompasses a breadth of lands that is immense in size and ancient in origins. Occupying about one sixth of Australia’s total land mass, it’s boundaries hold not only some of Australia’s unique and significant icons, but is home to a variety of contrasting landscapes, providing a unique experiences for visitors to the region.

Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges
Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges, Central Australia

When travelling through Central Australia, you pass through land that is traditionally associated with different Aboriginal language groups. As the original custodians of Central Australia, they have a unique relationship with the land, that is communicated through their art and Dreamtime stories, weaving a connection between spirit and country.

Centered on the Alice Springs and MacDonnell tourism regions, the vast Central Australia region describes an area that stretches north to encompass both the Barkly region, across the border into Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Sometimes referred to as the ‘heart of Australia‘, this immense semi-arid region is full of life and has many attractions. With it’s rich Aboriginal culture and the more modern European history, the region encapsulates the true Australian outback spirit.

Whilst here, take the time to visit many of the significant areas including Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Kings Canyon, East MacDonnell Ranges and West MacDonnell Ranges, Simpson Desert Region, Tennant Creek and Barkly Region and Alice Springs.

For a look at some approximate kilometres between destinations, check our Alice Springs Distance. Those planning to attempt any of the walking tracks, especially the extended and overnight walks are strongly advised to register with the Walker Registration Scheme.

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Redbank Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges, NT
Redbank Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges, NT.