Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
Join a tour or drive yourself to the East MacDonnell Ranges, home to some of Central Australia’s most famous landscapes, aboriginal art and geological rock formations. In the West MacDonnell Ranges, you’ll find one of the world’s best walks, the Larapinta Trail. Finke Gorge National Park protects the Finke River, believe to be one of the oldest rivers in the world dating back to 350 million years and has a large network of walking trails, including the sandstone staircase to Kalarranga lookout.
There’s also plenty to do in and around Alice without the need for long drives and hiking boots. Learn about the Australian dessert and its inhabitants with a visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park; purchase a nocturnal experience or an encounter with the Living Dessert, learn about the region’s strong indigenous culture and admire stunning desert wildlife with expert guides in small group tours. Climb up to ANZAC Hill Memorial for a picnic lunch and take in panoramic views of the town and surrounding ranges. Stop in at the Reptile Centre or Kangaroo Sanctuary for an up-close encounter with some of the local wildlife.
Experience the history and diverse culture of Alice Springs at the Araluen Cultural Precinct; here, you’ll find the Museum of Central Australia, the Albert Namatjira Gallery, the Strehlow Research Centre, and the Araluen Arts Centre. If you’re looking for an authentic souvenir, stop in at the Thursday night markets in Todd Mall.
There are also plenty of dining options in town ranging from modern, sophisticated restaurants to those catering for visitors wanting a true outback experience and offering wild game meat (think emu and kangaroo) and native fruits and berries. For the adventurous, there’s camel rides in the desert, scenic flights, hot air ballooning and mountain biking through the rolling hills that surround the town to get the adrenalin flowing.
Located in the north eastern reaches of Western Australia on the eastern extremity of the Kimberly Region, the town of Kununurra is another Aussie town that often is overlooked as a tourism destination, despite its proximity to one of Australia’s most spectacular wilderness areas. Plenty of activities and adventures await visitors to the town. One of the more spectacular is Lake Argle, a man-made inland freshwater sea, formed by the damning of the Ord River.