Every Australian feels the pull of the Red Centre, yet many of us leave it until we retire to visit. There are so many active adventures on offer, it pays to get out there sooner. Uluru, located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, 460km south-west of Alice Springs, is best enjoyed while you’re fighting fit.
For everyone: A sunset drink overlooking Uluru is a right of passage for every Australian. APT (www.aptouring.com.au) offers a half-day tour including the base walk and sunset drinks from $115 per person.
For more adventure, take a 2.5hr Camel to Sunset camel-train tour around the Rock (www.ananguwaai.com.au), from $99 per person. Both Uluru and Kata Tjuta, just 42km away, can be visited in one day, especially if you start with a dawn base walk around Uluru (10.6km circumnavigation, allow 3.5hrs). From October to April you can join a free ranger-guided Uluru base walk from the Mala car park at 8am daily (10am May-September), no booking required.
For the fitness freaks: Try running the Uluru base walk. Take plenty of water. Not recommended for the middle of the day.
For the less mobile: The Uluru base walk is one of the few truly wheelchair accessible activities in the Red Centre. Its level pathway gives ease of access to everyone, all the way round.