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Melbourne to Uluru: Your Guide to a Red Centre Road Trip

Category: Inspiration, MDRTNT, Date: 24 June 2024

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If the Red Centre has always been on your bucket list, why not tick it off this dry season with an epic adventure from Melbourne to Uluru and Alice Springs? This stunning trip takes you from a bustling city scene, into the mountains, before heading toward the coast and then north to the rustic Australian outback. You’ll encounter famous landmarks such as Victoria’s Grampians, SA’s opal wonder Coober Pedy and the iconic Uluru in the NT.  

So what are you waiting for? Check out our itinerary and start planning!  

Melbourne to Horsham & Grampians National Park (approx. 300km)

Kicking off this epic adventure with one of Victoria’s most famous destinations, head to the vibrant town of Horsham, just north of the Grampians National Park. Horsham itself is a bustling town with a vibrant arts scene and striking surroundings. Pay a visit to the Horsham Regional Art Gallery or take a stroll in the beautiful botanic gardens during your stop.  

The biggest attraction of this region is the rugged sandstone mountains of the Grampians. Filled with stunning gorges, indigenous rock art, and unique rock pools, the Grampians are a natural wonder. There are plenty of great accommodation options in the area, including the pet-friendly Horsham Holiday Park.


Grampians National Park - Melbourne to Uluru / Red Centre Road Trip
Grampians National Park Credit: Tourism Australia

Horsham to Port Augusta (approx. 730km)

Heading across to South Australia, the next stop is Port Augusta. Well-known for its beautiful backdrop, Port Augusta is the ‘Gateway to the Outback’. Here you can enjoy popular attractions such as the ancient aboriginal history of the Wadlata Outback Centre, the stunning vistas of the McLennan and Watertower lookouts, and the beautiful Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, offering more than 200 hectares of low-rainfall native Australian plants. 

Port Augusta to Coober Pedy (approx. 540km)

Heading into the desert you’ll find the Opal capital of the world – Coober Pedy. This region is full of stunningly unique landscapes and incredible underground buildings. Check out the Umoona Opal Mine & Museum, try your hand at noodling or fossicking and don’t forget to take a photo with the iconic Coober Pedy sign!

Coober Pedy - Melbourne to Uluru / Red Centre Road Trip
Coober Pedy Credit: Tourism Australia

Coober Pedy to Uluru (approx. 750km)

Get ready for the next installment of this epic adventure as we head right into the Heart of Australia. Uluru in the Northern Territory is probably the country’s most iconic and sacred landmark. As you make your way to the Centre, take in the deep red earth and vast open landscapes of Central Australia. When you reach Uluru, you want to savour your time in this special place. The massive sandstone monolith changes colour as the sun moves so, make sure you take in this stunning landmark at different points across the day. Sunrise and sunset at Uluru are particularly magical.  

Some unforgettable experiences at Uluru include the sunset camel tours, Fields of Light display and Sounds of Silence dining experience. For more amazing experiences, check out Discover Central Australia.

Uluru to Kings Canyon (approx. 320km)

Continuing on your Red Centre adventure, the next stop is the stunning natural wonder of Kings Canyon in Wararrka National Park. These magnificent sandstone cliffs are surrounded by over 600 species of native plants. While you’re here, explore the iconic Kings Canyon Rim Walk down to the Garden of Eden. This beautiful rock hole provides a 360° panoramic view over the red sand dunes.  

If you want to stay overnight and continue exploring the National Park, Discovery Parks have a great resort just around the corner!

Ellery Creek, West MacDonnell National Park - Melbourne to Uluru / Red Centre Road Trip
Ellery Creek, West MacDonnell National Park Credit: Tourism Australia

Kings Canyon to Alice Springs (approx. 330km)

No trip to the Red Centre is complete without exploring the vibrant outback capital of Alice Springs. Here you can embrace the beauty of the outback! Discover the unique flora & fauna of the Alice Springs Desert Park and the Reptile Centre. Explore the majestic watering holes of the West Macdonnell Ranges such as Redbank, Ormiston Gorges, and Ellery Creek Big Hole. There is no shortage of amazing things to see and do in this region, be sure to check out the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre for more! 

If you’re looking to extend your road trip, why not head north on the Stuart Highway and explore other NT gems such as Karlu, Karlu (Devils Marbles) in Tennant Creek, Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park or Darwin, the Top End’s vibrant capital! Plan your Top End road trip with Tourism Top End.

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