How to drive to Uluru like a pro

It’s no secret that Uluru and Kata Tjuta are amazing feats of nature. But for a journey that’s as good as the destination, be sure to check out the highlights from the Red Centre Way itinerary along the way.

About 180km from Kings Canyon is Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) – a 142.5 million year old comet impact site. About five kilometres in diameter, Tnorala is a place of special significance to its traditional owners. According to Aboriginal belief, Tnorala was formed in the creation time, when a group of women danced across the sky as the Milky Way.

Continue along the Mereenie Loop and visit Redbank Gorge. Who needs water parks when you’ve got this little gem? We hope you’ve packed your swimming gear, because you won’t want to miss a cool dip in scenery that’s out-of-this-world.

If you’re up for a detour, make a stop to a hidden hotspot called Palm Valley. If you’ve ever wondered how Jurassic Park would look if it was filmed in Monument Valley – wonder no more! This jaw-dropping camping spot is accessible by 4WD, and well worth the drive! The origin of the tropical palm trees among the rock faces has fuelled urban legends for decades.

Once you’ve made it to Alice Springs for a quick stay, continue along the Stuart Highway and check out Rainbow Valley – the perfect backdrop for a pit stop! Be sure to check out the sandstone bluffs and cliffs at dawn or dusk when the rainbow-like rock bands are at their finest.

Before you make your way back to Uluru, say ‘g’day’ to some feathered and furry friends! With an emu farm and kangaroo enclosure, Erldunda Roadhouse is perfect spot for some happy snaps while you grab a quick feed.

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