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:

Australia

Central Australia – Wandering Photographer

Our Travel Lifestyle – Brisbane

 

Asia

Chiang Mai, northern Thailand -The Dropout Diaries

 

North America

Boston, USA – Great Family Escape

New York City, USA – A Minor Diversion

Seattle, WA, USA – Walkingon Travels

Europe and the Middle East

The Netherlands – Act of Traveling

Fethiye, Turkey – ramblecrunch

The Holy Land: Israel – The Nomadic Family

 

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Capturing The Timeless. Jarrad is a photographer, travelling Australia since 2009 with his wife and four children.

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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!

  11. Australia is really a wonderful place to explore, There are lot of fascinating attractions to see and exciting activities to enjoy,
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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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