About the Red Centre

At the southern end of the Northern Territory lies the vast landscapes of the Red Centre, containing some of the most spectacular  sights in the world. Alice Springs at its heart of it all, is a compact region rich in pioneer spirit and Aboriginal culture. 

The area was inhabited for at least 30,000 years by Aranda people who moved during the spring. Home to the incredible Ayers Rock, one of many Aboriginal sacred sites, Ayers Rock can be seen rising almost 350m out of the rich desert sands, and is said to be the world's second-largest monolith.

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About the Red Centre

The town of Alice Springs sits along the Todd River on the northern side of the Macdonnell Ranges. Alice Springs located in Central Australia  and sprawling  from the west of the Western Australia border and to way to  east on the Queensland border, sits in the heart of the Australia’s red Outback. This area is  an arid region consisting of several different deserts. The modern town of Alice Springs has both European and Aboriginal cultures and influences mixing together, and what began 135 years ago as a simple telegraph station has now developed into a modern low-rise metropolis.

With a  low and erratic rainfall over most of the outback, combined with rich arid soils which are usually not very fertile, inland Australia is relatively densely settled and as a result ,more than 90 percent of Australians live in urban areas on the coastline. However the outback and the history of its exploration and settlement provides Australians with a culturally valued backdrop and its natural wonders have provided a grand history for many years to come.

Much of the Red Centre’s wealth comes from mining and tourism. With many major mining areas, the Red Centre has increased considerably in size over the decades, by the vast rising employment opportunities connected with mining. Home to many of Australia’s iconic landmarks and natural wonders, tourists flock to witness Australia’s majestic Red centre each year, contributing significantly to employment in the Red centre and the Northern Territory’s Economy.

Size: 546,046 square kilometres (Britain is 245,000 km2)

Population: 28,605

Industries: Mining, and tourism

Main cities: Alice Springs (28,605), Tennants Creek (3,062), Yulara (887), Kings Canyon (100)

Top 10 things to see in the Red Centre:

  • Alice Spring
  • Uluru
  • Kings Canyon
  • Kata Tjuta
  • MacDonell Ranges
  • Devils Marbles
  • Sounds of Stalight
  • Anzac Hill
  • Watarraka National Park
  • Rainbow Valley
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