Journey with us to the ancient red heart; walk parts of the famous Larapinta Trail and explore some of the lesser known parts of Central Australia. Alice Springs is the perfect starting point, introducing us to the pioneering and Aboriginal history of this beautiful area. This unique town is shaped by its mythical landscapes, shifting hues, Aboriginal culture and tough pioneering past. The surrounding area is a geological wonder of spectacular gorges, chasms and prominent waterholes that support diverse native fauna and flora. The mesmerising MacDonnell Ranges stretch east and west from the town centre and we discover ochre-red gorges, pastel-hued hills and ghostly white gum trees. Our second base is Glen Helen and we stop on route for walks at Standley Chasm, Ellery Big Hole and the Ochre Pits, still used by local Aranda people. During our stay at Glen Helen we will walk parts of Ormiston Gorge, Finke River (said to be one of the world’s oldest rivers), Roma Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge, Mt Sonder and Redbank Gorge. On our return to Alice Springs, we take in the view at Gosse Bluff and enjoy walks at Palm Valley and Hermannsburg. We then spend time in the east MacDonnell Ranges based at the Ross River Homestead and enjoy walks at Emily Gap, Trephina Gorge and Arltunga historical reserve (officially Central Australia's first town). You may like to extend your time in the centre with a trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.