Sunset (or sunrise) over Uluru can be experienced eating dinner, riding a camel or simply from one of the designated viewing areas (take a glass of wine to sip). Seeing the earthy redness of Uluru slowly soak into the darkening skies traversing a gamut of rustic colours from mellow russet brown through a mauve tinge to a darkened silhouette is undoubtedly one of Australia’s great sights.Ensure that you get to Kings Canyon early to enjoy a superb half day six kilometre walk. After the first steep climb of a few hundred metres, the walking is primarily flat and unveils remarkable rock formations. Pop into nearby Kings Creek Station to get a sense of living on a cast remote cattle station.Alice Springs is a central Australian city with services to assist living in remote environments. The Royal Flying Doctor Service provides medical care to people often living hundreds of miles from the nearest facility while School of the Air (time your visit to view a lesson in action) ensures those on remote properties receive the education required of modern times. The Telegraph Station reminds visitors of the exceptional efforts to connect Australia, stringing 3,600 kilometres of cable across the centre of the country in the 19th century reducing communications times to Britain from three weeks to a day. The somewhat ironically named Todd River runs dry for 11 months of most years.
Some key tips for visiting Australia’s Red Centre.
■ The highlight times of the day are dawn and dusk, so it isn’t a place for sleeping in. The dusty environment makes for special sunrises and sunsets.
■ In the warmer months, the day temperature can approach 50°C (well over 110°F) so walk early and ensure you always have plenty of water with you.
■ Keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos, camels, eagles and (surprisingly colourful) birdlife. Good chance that you spot some Australian fauna on your travels.
■ Distances are great so drive carefully and keep the car well fuelled.
■ Take the chance to learn more of Australia’s indigenous culture, a tour to learn about the bush craft, foods, water and bush medicines of Aborigines is fascinating for the resourcefulness in living in tough conditions.
More details can be found at the Tourism NT website.