Alice SpringsAustralia

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Whether you want to experience the natural beauty of Australia's Red Centre or explore the history of the area, this outback town offers a unique Aussie experience.

Alice Springs is a small town in the very centre of Australia. It is surrounded by desert and scrubland on all sides and is an equal 1500 kilometres (930 miles) from Darwin in the north and Adelaide in the south. The town was founded as far back as the 1870s, but the population remained low until it became a major staging area for soldiers during the Second World War. It’s the primary transport hub and distribution centre for Central Australia, but still feels as far from the rest of the world as you can possibly get.

Fill up on water, pack some lunch, and head out to explore the MacDonnell Ranges. The ridges and gorges are dotted with watering holes and sacred Aboriginal sites. Walk a leg of the Larapinta Trail to see some of its more spectacular areas or even take a few weeks to tackle the entire 223 kilometre (139 mile) trail. If that’s a bit too extreme, tour the desert on camel back or jump on a quad bike.

For one of the best views in the region, climb Mount Gillen. It’s a tough trek and should be avoided at the peak of summer, but getting to the summit is well worth the effort. Learn about local flora and fauna at Alice Springs Desert Park. For a closer look at some of Central Australia’s most fascinating creatures, check out the Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

Any history buffs should head to one of the town’s many museums. Drop by the Aboriginal Australia Culture Centre to learn about native Australians or spend a couple of hours browsing the collection at the Adelaide House Museum. Art lovers should note that Alice Springs is a centre of indigenous art, with several galleries scattered around town. Be sure to check out the collection at the Araluen Arts and Cultural Centre.

Alice Springs is a town at the heart of a region like no other. Surrounded by the red deserts of Central Australia and home to some excellent cultural institutions, it’s not a place you’ll forget.

Top hotels in Alice Springs

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
4 out of 5
82 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
AU$139
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in Desert Springs, this golf hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs Golf Club and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,391 reviews)

"Had a very comfortable stay - room was clean and the hotel staff friendly"…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec. 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
4.5 out of 5
93 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
AU$116
per night
Mar 12 - Mar 13

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs Golf Club and Heavitree Gap. Royal Flying ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,570 reviews)

"Pool area was good. Our rooms floor in the bedroom was dirty."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb. 2020

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Diplomat Motel Alice Springs
Diplomat Motel Alice Springs
3.5 out of 5
20 Gregory Terrace, Corner Hartley St and Gregory Terra, Alice Springs, NT
AU$55
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

Situated in Alice Springs, this motel is steps away from Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery, Todd Mall and Adelaide House. Alice Springs Reptile Centre ...

3.9/5Good! (862 reviews)

"My only problem was that there was no railing to assist access to the pool. As someone with a recent knee replacement looking to do some of my therapy in the water, (also looking forward to a cool down in the water) it was disappointing."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020

Diplomat Motel Alice Springs

Popular activities in Alice Springs

Alice Springs Desert Park
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Alice Springs Desert Park

4.5/5(61 reviews)

Discover nocturnal creatures of the desert, learn the survival skills of the Arrernte people and walk alongside kangaroos and emus in this nature park. 

Larapinta Trail
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Larapinta Trail

4.5/5(42 reviews)

Hike over rocky gorges to secluded waterholes and up the slopes of Mount Sonder, then Camp beneath the stars and wake for a desert sunrise. 

Simpsons Gap
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Simpsons Gap

4.5/5(77 reviews)

Picturesque cliffs and a waterhole surrounded by bush mark the entrance to the West MacDonnell Ranges. Enjoy views back over Alice Springs and across the ranges.

Alice Springs School of the Air
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Alice Springs School of the Air

4.5/5(41 reviews)

Visit a school with a very unique classroom design at this innovative education centre, which brings radio lessons to children all over the Australian desert.

Anzac Hill
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Anzac Hill

4.5/5(115 reviews)

Arrive at this lookout point at sunset to see Alice Springs as you’ve never seen it before, spread out far below against the pinks and reds of the evening sky. 

Alice Springs Reptile Centre
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre

4.5/5(49 reviews)

Discover a world of crocodiles, lizards and snakes in this fascinating eco-tourism attraction, where you can see some of Australia’s most famous animals.

Top activities in Alice Springs

Uluru Adventure Day Tour from Alice Springs
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Uluru Adventure Day Tour from Alice Springs

96% of travellers recommend
AU$245
Per adult
Full Day Uluru & Kata Tjuta Tour with Barbecue Dinner
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Full Day Uluru & Kata Tjuta Tour with Barbecue Dinner

100% of travellers recommend
AU$225
Per adult
City Afternoon Tour
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City Afternoon Tour

90% of travellers recommend
AU$110
Per adult
Uluru & Alice Springs 1-Way Transfer
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Uluru & Alice Springs 1-Way Transfer

74% of travellers recommend
AU$145
Per adult
Alice Springs Adventure Rentals - 10 Day Rental - 4WD Camper rentals
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Alice Springs Adventure Rentals - 10 Day Rental - 4WD Camper rentals

AU$383
Per adult
Full-Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour with Lunch
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Full-Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour with Lunch

90% of travellers recommend
AU$139
Per adult

Reviews of Alice Springs

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3 - Okay 20%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

Alice Springs is a unique town.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 20, 2020

To many beggars and bludgers

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 25, 2019

Alice Springs was lovely to visit, so different to what I had expected. There is a lot to do in the immediate area, a car would be a must, taxis are expensive even on a short stay like ours. But loved the different culture of Alice Springs

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 7, 2019

Is a small town, for sure, but is a viable jumping off point for many of the region's sights

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 10, 2019

The Sunday markets in the mall were great to look through.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Oct 5, 2019

Spectacular but sad. Friendly but unsafe. A real contradiction of cultures.

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