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Alice Springs

Known for Shopping, Dining and Deserts

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.

How do you get to Alice Springs?

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.

Activities in Alice Springs

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

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Explore this fantastic group of museums and galleries to experience the unique history, art and indigenous culture of the Alice Springs region.

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Day 1: Leave Alice Springs and listen as your guide describes the geography of the outback. Arrive at the world-famous Uluru. Take a few photos before traveling to a camel farm, where you have the opportunity to ride one of these versatile working animals.

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Take a journey through the open expanse of the Australian Outback to see some of the continent's most incredible sights. Day 1: Alice Springs Get started with a transfer to your Alice Springs hotel, where you can settle in and enjoy some free time in the town.

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Come face-to-face with Central Australia's most iconic attractions on this 3-day getaway. Treat yourself to a staggering Uluru sunrise and sunset. Get your hiking shoes on to meander through the red rock mounds of Kata Tjuta and explore the formations and towering rock faces of Kings Canyon.

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See the immense landmarks, sacred sites, and spectacular terrain of the Red Centre on this 4-day tour. Day 1: On arrival at Alice Springs Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12 noon).

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Venture into the wilderness of the Red Centre to see the vast landscape and iconic scenery that helped to define Australia's pioneer spirit. See historic outposts left by European colonists on their expeditions across the continent and incredible landmarks that inspired native people for millennia.

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Spend 4 exciting days exploring the best of Central Australia and the world-famous Uluru (Ayers Rock). Marvel at a breathtaking sunrise and sunset at the rock. Hike through Kata Tjuta and the red rocks of Kings Canyon. Discover the remote wilderness of MacDonnell National Park.

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