Central Desert Visitor Information
Central Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
The Central Desert is a large desert region in the southern part of the Northern Territory of Australia. It covers an area of over 280,000 square kilometres and is home to a number of Indigenous communities and natural wonders.
What to see and do in the Central Desert
- Uluru - also known as Ayers Rock, it is a large sandstone rock formation and one of Australia's most iconic landmarks
- Kata Tjuta - also known as the Olgas, it is a group of large, domed rock formations
- Kings Canyon - a deep canyon with dramatic sandstone walls and hiking trails
- MacDonnell Ranges - a series of mountain ranges with scenic drives, hikes, and swimming spots
- Indigenous culture - the Central Desert is home to a number of Indigenous communities with rich cultural traditions
Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation in the heart of the Central Desert. It is sacred to the Anangu people, who have lived in the area for over 10,000 years. Visitors can take guided walks around the base of Uluru, learn about its cultural significance, and watch spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
Kata Tjuta is a group of large, domed rock formations located about 50 kilometres west of Uluru. Visitors can take guided hikes through the valleys and gorges between the rock formations and learn about their geological and cultural significance.
Kings Canyon is located in the Watarrka National Park, about midway between Uluru and Alice Springs. It is a deep canyon with dramatic sandstone walls that rise over 100 metres above the canyon floor. Visitors can take a guided walk along the rim of the canyon or through the lush "Garden of Eden" at the base.
The MacDonnell Ranges run for over 600 kilometres through the heart of the Central Desert. There are many scenic drives and hikes throughout the ranges, as well as refreshing swimming spots like Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge.
The Central Desert is home to a number of Indigenous communities with rich cultural traditions. Visitors can learn about their art, music, and stories through guided tours and cultural experiences.
Whether you're interested in the natural beauty of the desert or the rich culture of its Indigenous communities, the Central Desert is a must-see destination for any visitor to the Northern Territory.