Before you begin your journey along the Red Centre Way, it’s worth checking out the thriving remote town of Alice Springs and visiting the long list of cafes and galleries on offer.
Grab a coffee to rival anything you can find in Melbourne at local spots including Watertank Café, House of Tallulah, Bean Tree Café, and Red Dog Café.
Post coffee, immerse yourself in traditional Aboriginal culture and head to one of the many galleries such as Mbantua Fine Art Gallery, Papunya Tula Artists, Yuba Napa Gallery and Studio and the Araluen Arts Centre home to the Albert Namatjira Gallery, where Albert's original paintings are still on display.
You might even want to catch some live music at Monte’s Lounge or Epilogue Lounge, where you can sit under the palms, sip a cocktail and enjoy the tunes of local talent.
There really is so much to see in Alice Springs, so stay for a few days before making your way to Uluru.
A short 18km (about 40 minutes) from Alice Springs is Simpsons Gap, known as Rungutkirpa to the local Arrernte people, and a place where you can spot native wildlife from the cliff faces above.
Go spotting at dawn or at dusk to catch a glimpse of Black-footed Rock-wallabies along the short walking track into the Gap.
If you fancy cycling, grab an eBike from town and peddle your way around. Starting opposite Flynn’s Grave, the path connects into the town bicycle path network, which is a 7km ride from the centre of Alice Springs and usually takes 1-2 hours to complete.