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Who’s Been To The Red Centre?

Who’s Been To The Red Centre?

Exploring Australia’s iconic destination to see Uluru and Kata Tjuta is an amazing experience and although most international visitors list this as a must visit region of their trip to Australia, so few of us have ventured there ourselves.

As it happens, I was living in London and travelling to Australia on a work trip – my role at the time was as a product development manager for British Airways holiday division. The trip was a classic ‘Highlights of Australia’ journey – Sydney, the Red Centre, and the Great Barrier Reef – a whirlwind trip that opened my eyes to the vastness of Australia and the wonderful people and experiences.

Flying into Alice Springs with Bill Peach Journeys we visited the school of the air, the telegraph station, and artist studios. Then onto Ayres Rock as it was called then. Walking around the base with a local guide we were introduced to local fauna and flora and persuaded to try barbecue witchetty grubs!  The sunsets and sunrises were wonderful – the rock changing colour with the suns intensity and the night sky went on forever with bright stars lighting our way.

All those years ago I felt cheated that I had not spent enough time in the area so when the opportunity arose, I travelled on The Ghan from Adelaide to Alice Springs where we picked up a car and drove the surprisingly long distance to Uluru. This more recent trip found me exploring the region in different ways. Motorbike rides have become a favourite, as have the slower paced camel rides; take a trip to the nearby Kata Tjuta rock formations; meet the locals for a dot painting class; witness the amazing Field of Lights art installation. Venture further afield to Kings Canyon where you can sit around the campfire at night and see extraordinary views on hikes during the day.

There are a number of places to stay in the township of Uluru from motels to 4-star hotels, I stayed at Sails in the Desert. The accommodation was comfortable and the pool inviting at the end of a long dusty day exploring.  There is also the extraordinary luxury lodge Longitude 131 – this amazing property brings you in contact with the land and her people, the all-inclusive offering when you stay in these beautifully appointed permanent tents gives you insider access to unique experiences.

For more information Travelling Places

Established in 1993, Travelling Places is a regionally based business that has kicked some huge goals in the travel industry. Located on Tamborine Mountain in the Scenic Rim, Queensland, locals drop in for a coffee and chat and to share their holiday snaps. However, their client base is all over Australia and overseas. Members of all major industry bodies and travel agency group Helloworld, the team prides themselves on friendly yet professional service.

Gina Storey, Managing Director, Travelling Places

Gina moved from central London to downtown Tamborine in the early 1990’s. With a mindset to use her knowledge of travelling the globe from two weeks of age, combined with a travel career spanning several years, she developed a world class travel agency specializing in personalized service. Gina has over 30 years in the industry and loves sharing her knowledge with her clients.

To contact Gina e: travel@travellingplaces.com.au