Central Australia, also known as the Alice Springs Region, is one of the five regions in the Northern Territory that centres on Alice Springs. Sometimes referred to as Centralia, the region is located in the southern part of the Northern Territory spanning from the west on Western Australia Border and to the east on the Queensland border.


Rich in aboriginal culture and home to Australia’s most iconic natural landmark, Uluru, the Central Australia region is a must see destination for anyone wanting to experience true outback culture. Our Central Australia travel guide helps you discover some of the best things to see and do while there.

Visiting Kings Canyon

Watarrka National Park contains the western end of the George Gill Range. This scenic landscape of rugged ranges, rockholes and gorges acts as a refuge for many plants and animals, making the Park an important conservation area and major attraction of central Australia.


Kings Canyon features ancient sandstone walls, sculptured by the elements, rising up 100m to a plateau of rocky domes.


From Kings Canyon Resort you can enjoy helicopter flights and bicycle hire.


Kings Creek Station is a working cattle/camel station with facilities for camping, accommodation and an opportunity to experience the outback either by quad (4 wheel motorbike), helicopter or camel.


Enjoy the 6km loop track that is the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. Starting and finishing at the car park, head up a steep climb (known as "heart attack" hill) to the top of the Canyon, enjoy spectacular views of Watarrka National Park. The walk takes about 3 - 4 hours.


For those seeking a less strenuous walk, enjoy the Kings Creek Walk. This walk is suitable for families and meanders along Kings Creek ending at a viewing platform with stunning views of the sheer Canyon Walls.


There is also a walking track at Kathleen Springs. This walk is recommended for families and visitors with limited mobility.


Signs along the track tell the story of centuries of Aboriginal culture and the recent cattle industry. It leads to a delightful spring-fed waterhole at the head of Kathleen Gorge. This is a cool moist place to sit and enjoy the areas tranquility.


Please note if you are travelling over the summer months, access to the Kings Canyon Rim Walk will be restricted during periods of hot weather.


On days when the temperature is forecast to be 36 degrees Celsius or above, visitors wishing to undertake the Rim Walk need to start their walk before 9.00 am.