Welcome to Australia’s legendary Red Centre, an intriguing part of the continent that almost instantly invokes a sense of adventure. Located about 930 miles (1,496.5 km) south of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Alice Springs makes a great stop during an epic Outback road trip, whether you’re driving all the way down the Stuart Highway to Adelaide or using it as a jumping off point to visit other Red Centre hotspots like Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Kings’s Canyon (Watarrka National Park). There’s a lot going on in and around Alice Springs, an area worth visiting in its own right, plus it’s easy to reach thanks to nonstop flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Darwin, making it just a two- or three-hour hop depending on which city you’re flying from.

Cuddle Baby Kangaroos At Brolga’s Sanctuary

What began as a humble rehabilitation project for abandoned joeys (baby kangaroos) found by the roadside has since turned into an 188-acre sanctuary that’s now one of Alice Springs’ greatest attractions. A three-hour sunset tour includes pick-up (and drop-off) from your Alice Springs accommodation and a guided tour of The Kangaroo Sanctuary with Chris Barnes, aka. Brolga, himself, where you’ll get the chance to hear all about the important work he’s done, cuddle joeys wrapped sweetly in blankets, and help feed some of the older resident roos, many of whom were rescued by Brolga and his staff