Central Australia

Famously known for Uluru, the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia is a desert environment with mainly dry, hot summers and cool, dry winters.



Central Australia draws tourism due to the town of Alice Springs and impressive natural attractions such as Palm Valley National Park, the West MacDonnell Ranges, the Finke Gorge and popular events like the Camel Cup.

This region is mainly dry all year round, with temperatures ranging from 20-35°C in summer and 6-20°C in winter.

Central Australia has a population of 39,317 people, approximately 16% of the total NT population. Alice Springs is one of the largest regional centres in the NT, with a population of 26,390 people.



Alice Springs has four private general practices and one Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC), that services the Aboriginal population of the town and a number of remote communities.

Ampilatwatja, Urapuntja and Pintupi Homelands are Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services that serve the remote Central Australia region. 

Alice Springs Hospital services the region with 186 beds, providing a range of general and emergency medicine, surgical and maternity services.

Learn more about Central Australia


Here you’ll find useful information on things to see and do in Central Australia and their local land councils.

Tourism Central Australia

Alice Springs Town Council

Central Land Council

MacDonnell Council


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