Five Must See Places In Central Australia For Families

Central Australia was one of our favourite places to visit so far during our travels around Australia.  Five places in Central Australia we consider to be must-see destinations are:


1. Uluru (Ayer’s Rock)

I guess this goes without saying that Uluru would make it on to the list.  The rock was much more spectacular up close than we’d expected.

Travel photography Ayers rock

(For more photos on Uluru check out Base Walk)


2. Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

The walk was long and it drizzled with rain most of the way.  It’s usually dry, but a creek ran through the path marked out for people to walk around The Olgas.  For us, that just added to the beauty of the place.  It was oh-so-spectacular!

Travel photography Kata Tjuta

(For more photos of Kata Tjuta, see Kata Tjuta in Clouds and the Valley of the Winds walk)


3. Kings Canyon

A true desert oasis – this place was breathtakingly stunning.  Although the walk is really long, we loved it!

Central Australia Garden of Eden Kings Canyon NT


4. West MacDonnell Ranges

Stunning rock formations and gorges – we had a great time floating down ice cold gorges and walking around the region.

Travel Photography Redbank Gorge


5. Gem Tree

This one is probably not on most travellers’ minds when they head to Central Australia.  However, we had a great time fossicking for garnets.  We found quite a few decent stones, and have got some great jewellery to show for it.



See some of the other must-see destinations from these family travel bloggers:


Central Australia – Wandering Photographer

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Seattle, WA, USA – Walkingon Travels

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Fethiye, Turkey – ramblecrunch

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  1. Great stuff! I always wondered if locals would recommend Uluru. It looks so amazing. I’ll add it to our list for our big trip in 2013/2014. Can’t wait!
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  2. More to add to our list of things to see in Australia. I am beginning to think we will need a year to see it all in Australia. Did you find those garnets?? Where exactly is that! Beautiful photos, thanks!
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  3. Those photos are a feast for the eye! Glad to hear that Uluru is pretty cool up close. I’ve wondered…”but how cool is it when you actually get there?!” Now I know!

  4. Great photos, especially loved the King’s Canyon one!
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  5. Everything you mentioned sounds wonderful. We’ve only been to Australia’s east coast (drove from Brisbane up to Cairns) but this makes want to go back and see more.
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  6. Great tips!
    You make me so homesick, though. This post has brought back so many fabulous memories of the traveling around central Australia I did as a kid.
    We flew into Ayres Rock, so I saw Uluru from the air — it’s just stunning.
    When I was at university, I took a trip out to central Queensland to go fossicking. I found a few small sapphires, it was so exciting!

  7. i’ve wanted to go before, but you sure made a case for going sooner!! thanks for the great travel tips!
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  9. Everything you mentioned in your post are amazing. Uluru is my one of the favorite place.

  10. I would love to travel to to Uluru. The reds in the rock are beautiful!

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  14. Interesting read, thanks for sharing. I’d love to make into central Australia at some point, i only managed parts of the East coast last time i was there. Hoping to get back next (UK) summer to explore, thanks for the insight!

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  15. these are amazing and incredible rock formations. They seem so precious and carry valuable stones and there may be gold too! however, I hope miners will not destroy them :(

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    Nice post! Thank you for this location advices and i will definitely visit them.
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  18. Yes Yes! Love the Title!

    We are heading out in 2 weeks for a month long stay with the kids, we haven’t been before but will try and take in as much as possible!
    We can hardly sleep with excitement! Thanks for the great tips.
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  19. Excellent! You’ve hit the nail on the head with those few things you have mentioned here. Must appreciate your efforts on giving such an informative post.

  20. these pictures looks amazing!!! I love the places and the views are incredible. Thanks for sharing this!

  21. Hello there! I’m from London and I would love to visit Australia soon. Thanks for sharing this interesting article. A must to my bucket list with my family!
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  22. Great review, thank you! And the gem tree looks so fantastic, the best stone I’ve seen.
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  23. waw ..really beautiful places..especially I like the ULURU rock…I will definitly visit this….

  24. Great Stuff. Don’t forget to visit Brisbane. An awesome place in my oppinion. I would also go to Gold coast with their awesome beaches. There is really a lot to do in this region.

  25. Wow what a beautiful place you have some really beautiful photos thank you for shearing this with us i would love to go and see those places

  26. Wow superb article. Although, I have visited Australia few times, I have no idea about these places. Thanks a bunch for sharing.
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  27. Nice post! Thank you for this location advices and i will definitely visit them.

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