When most people think of exploring Australia, they think of the classic journey up the east coast, from Melbourne to Cairns, or perhaps a visit to Perth on the coast of Western Australia. But why not delve a little deeper and set your sights on exploring the lesser-trodden path of inland Australia?

From the bush to the even more remote outback, there’s a whole other world to discover in this sparsely populated area of the country – the majority of the country, in fact. So, why not make it your mission to see beyond the glistening coastline and uncover more of Australia’s interior. Wherever it is you’re travelling from, take a look at some flight comparison websites and start planning your trip to one of these must-see areas of central Australia.

The Bush: Checking out Australia’s Interior

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

It would be impossible to talk about Australia’s interior without mentioning Uluru. Formerly known as Ayers Rock, this huge sandstone monolith protrudes from the Northern Territory’s Red Centre and is a sight to behold. You can no longer climb Uluru, but people still travel from miles around to see the sacred indigenous rock.

Alice Springs

The nearest big town to Uluru, Alice Springs is still hugely remote and is considered to be the gateway to much of the area’s Red Centre. Head out to explore the Alice Springs Desert Park, get a taste of authentic Australia at The Kangaroo Sanctuary and soak up the stunning, rusty landscape of Ormiston Gorge.

Finke Gorge National Park

This mesmerising national park is the epitome of rural Australia. Conjure up an image of the outback and it’s highly likely it’ll look just like Finke Gorge National Park, one of the country’s most exceptional wilderness reserves. This is where you’ll find the impressive Palm Valley, home to a hugely diverse range of plant species, including the red cabbage palms. The Finke River runs through the park, thought to be one of the oldest rivers in the world.

Simpson Desert Regional Reserve

A vast outback landscape in northern South Australia, the Simpson Desert Regional Reserve is an area of the country that only the most experienced of adventurers should look to explore. You need a permit to enter the park and, once you’re in there, you need to be entirely self-sufficient when it comes to transport, camping and food. It’s a 4×4 enthusiast’s dream and takes at least four days to drive across.

Nitmiluk National Park

Previously known as Katherine Gorge National Park, the staggeringly beautiful Nitmiluk National Park can be found in Australia’s Northern Territory. Far greener than some of the other locations we’ve mentioned, the Katherine River cuts through the park, creating 13 spectacular gorges, including Katherine Gorge itself. Visit the cascading Edith Falls, take to the water on a canoe ride or set off for an adventure on foot along one of the many hiking trails.

Had you heard of all of these places before? Where would you like to visit next? Hopefully now you’ve got a taste to explore beyond the usual destinations and have the desire to journey further into the bush and beyond.