Uluru
Uluru

Release your inner pioneer in Australia’s real outback in the Northern Territory

Grab your girl, pack your bags and set off on a romantic Red Centre adventure to discover Australia’s cultural heart. Alice Springs in Northern Territory is a thriving outback town located on the banks of the usually dry Todd River. Guess what else it has going for it? Australia’s highest number of lesbians per capita! Alice is a great starting point to an outback adventure, and it’s just a two-hour flight from every city in Australia.

The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of fame, located in Alice Springs, is a great place to discover and be inspired by some of the many women who helped open up Central Australia. The Hall of Fame is located in the Old Alice Springs Gaol and was founded in 1993 by Molly Clark of Old Andado Station.

For those wanting to get their pioneer on, reconnect with nature and experience over 50,000 years of indigenous stories, a drive to Uluru along the Explorers Way (sealed) or the iconic Red Centre Way (partially unsealed) is a great way to escape the crowds and reconnect with nature. The Explorers Way is the easiest option of the two drives and provides a sealed road stretching the 470 kilometres from Alice to Uluru.

The Red Centre Way is a popular adventure drive through the  Northern Territory

Starting in Alice Springs, it takes in many of the area’s well-known destinations such as the West MacDonnell Ranges, Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This drive travels through the beautiful and varied desert landscape where sightings of wild camels and brumbies are common. The Mereenie Loop Road section of the Red Centre Way is 260 km of gravel from Glen Helen to Kings Canyon and it is recommended visitors hire a four-wheel drive.

Rising abruptly out the red sand and spinifex, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) dominate the surrounding landscape. Uluru and Kata Tjuta hold deep spiritual significance for the traditional owners, the Anangu people. The spiritual nature of the place attracts visitors from Australia and around the world to experience the awe of the ‘rock’.

While at Uluru visitors can learn the dreamtime stories associated with Uluru from a traditional Anangu owner or watch the changing colours of Uluru during a romantic sunset with a glass of champagne in hand.

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