Beyond Australia’s energetic port cities and past its enigmatic bush lands and old growth forests lie miles and acres of red dirt roads and arid land. Within Outback Australia is an even more vast and remote area traditionally called Never-Never Land.
Exploring the Red Centre
A poem by Barcroft Boake describes Never-Never Land as the place “where dead men lie,” alluding to extreme heat waves that occur in the region and have caused several fatalities in the past. It is now topographically known as Australia’s Red Centre, the most far-flung area in the Northern Territory and all of Australia. In fact, it is one of the most unique regions in the planet and is often likened to Mars.
Due to many environmental challenges that make life difficult, habitation in the Red Centre is sparse. But it is one of the continent’s most important tourist destinations, as it is home to awe-inspiring landscapes, rugged natural beauty and exotic wildlife. The Red Centre is where you can find the most famous monolith, the Uluru, the heart of Outback Australia.
Colours and Culture
Tourists can explore the Red Centre by heading down to Alice Springs, the only town in the region of sizeable population, and serves as the stepping-off point for outback adventures. The town has galleries that showcase Aboriginal culture. Aboriginal art portrays the varying colours and patterns of the region’s vast deserts and geographical features.
Camping is the best way to experience the outback, but tourists may also camp out or lodge in homesteads such as ErlDunda Roadhouse, which can also be a good jump-off point to other attractions other than the Uluru.
From a tourist’s point of view, the Red Centre is a haven for quintessential outback adventures. Other than the Uluru and Ogden, the region hosts majestic canyons and enchanting isolated springs. These azure springs snake through red clay-covered canyons, creating a stark but beautiful contrast. Driving down miles and miles of unsealed red dirt offers a unique experience, almost like a re-exploration of the past.
Being in the Red Centre is like stepping into the past. Its landscapes are unlike any other. In fact, if it wasn’t for the paved roads, grazing land, mines and tourist base camps, the region would still look like how Barcroft Boake described it in his poem.
Because humidity levels are much lower, the Red Centre has the clearest night skies on earth. Adventure-seekers go there to watch the Uluru change colours as the sun goes down and stay to witness stars light up the vast, open sky to be lulled and humbled by nature’s greatest wonders.