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If you're planning an adventure through the heart of Australia, then consider basing yourself in Alice Springs to make the most of the many activities surrounding; from a visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, to experience the world's largest monolith, or to discover the many swimming holes and national park surrounding, the choice is yours.

Alice Springs has many walking and cycling paths spilling directly out of the town centre, taking you through vast wildlife and dramatic gorges nearby. Set up camp at one of the many spots in West MacDonnell National Park and familiarise yourself with the natural wonders of the land.

Alice Springs offers a variety of ways to explore the region, from hot air ballooning over the expansive landscape to 4WD tours through the West MacDonnell Ranges. Or for an authentic desert experience, tours on camelback will bring you up close and personal with native wildlife like red kangaroos and wallabies. Beyond outdoor activities, the town also has a variety of shopping options making it an excellent stop for souvenirs or to pick up a piece of Aboriginal art from one of the many local galleries. After a day of adventuring, choose from the dining and nightlife options scattered along Todd Street. Stop by Epilogue Lounge and enjoy a drink at sunset on the rooftop, or discover the choice of dining and entertainment options at Lasseters Casino.

For families, Alice Springs brings a choice of wildlife sanctuaries nearby like the Alice Springs Reptile Centre where kids can feed reptiles and even handle pythons or the Kangaroo Sanctuary to learn more about kangaroos. Most national parks can be accessed directly by car, spend a day going from one swimming hole to another, starting at Ellery Creek Big Hole, then to Ormiston Gorge.

Alice Springs is a great central destination to experience Australia's Red Centre, with so many activities and tours available departing directly out of town. Whether it's a short stay or extended stay, choose your travel style and explore the diversity of what the region has to offer.

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The central location of Alice Springs acts as a great starting point to take a tour to explore the area. Choose your preferred travel style between camping, bushwalking, hot air ballooning, or camelback, and get set for the choice of adventures.

Starting with Indigenous tours, explore Australia’s rich history with Aboriginal cultural tours and stories of the Arrernte people, the traditional owners of Mpwante (Alice Springs). For a complete experience camp under the stars in the hinterland with an Aboriginal guide welcoming you into the local community and sharing their culture and customs.

For an adrenaline hit, take a helicopter joyride over the MacDonnell Ranges and explore the incredible desert landscape and rock formations from above. Down on land take a cycle tour, quad bike or trek across the terrain and visit the many waterfalls in close distance of Alice Springs.

For something unique to the desert, enjoy a tour on camelback, guiding you to the scenic Temple Bar Gap. Choose the best time of day to suit you, between morning, afternoon or sunset and experience first-hand local wildlife like wallabies, kangaroos and native birds. The Alice Springs Desert Park also provides a choice of tours to experience the incredible wildlife and the Alice Springs Reptile Centre gives you the chance to view reptiles in a more controlled environment - feed lizards and handle pythons.

Alice Springs is the perfect base to take a tour to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Here you’ll have a chance to explore Uluru (Ayers Rock), sacred sandstone that began forming around 550 million years ago and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) about 360 kilometres southwest made up of 36 red-rock formations. Depending on your trip duration, there are many tours to choose from ranging in lengths of time, with some longer journeys even taking you to Darwin.

While Alice Springs provides its very own entertainment, when you’re ready for something more, there are a variety of tours available departing directly out of town. Uncover the incredible scenery and natural sites surrounding and make the most of Australia's stunning red landscape all with a local tour guide leading the way.

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Alice Springs would have to be the most idyllic place to experience Australia’s dramatic landscape and connect with the land. The crisp air in the morning will revitalise your lungs as you wake up to the active wildlife surrounding you. The contrast of the red earth and blue sky will leave you in awe, a reminder of life's most simple pleasures.

 

Alice Springs climate is perfect to pitch a tent in, so opt to set up camp in town at one of the many campgrounds. It's also a great long-term option for those wanting to spend some time in Central Australia and have a base. Alice Springs Tourist Park has a choice of accommodation options along with shady camping spots and facilities to use. If you’re planning to camp in Alice Springs be mindful of the strong connection locals have to the land, and the critical role tourists have in maintaining the land, therefore leave no trail left behind and be respectful of your surroundings.

 

Outside of Alice Springs, as a starting point, the West MacDonnell National Park is made up of gorges and swimming holes as well as local campgrounds. Choose between a powered or unpowered site with fixed tents, barbecues and toilets. Or for a more remote experience, East MacDonnell Ranges has its own charm, with modern and clean amenities to use.

 

To set up camp near the water venture to Finke River, with camping facilities in the Finke Gorge National Park or in the town of Hermannsburg. Finke River is considered to be one of the world’s oldest rivers with weathered rock surrounding it; it paves its way all the way through to northern South Australia.

 

Whether you choose to set up camp in Alice Springs or venture to one of the many natural attractions, camping around Alice Springs is an incredible way to connect with the land and take in the scenery.

 

The experience of setting up camp for the night amongst the trees with no light obstruction and a sky full of stars is something you’ll never forget.

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Get off the beaten track and explore the wilderness of Alice Springs in a 4WD. Ease your way into the journey starting with a trip to Erldunda Roadhouse, which can also be accessed by 2WD. Grab a bite to eat at the roadhouse and make the most of the emu farm and kangaroo enclosure; a quintessentially Australian experience. The roadhouse is about two hours south of Alice Springs and on the journey you’ll pass by Rainbow Valley conservation centre. If you decide to turn off, it’s officially time to change your wheels to a 4WD. The optimum time for a visit is at sunrise or sunset to watch the sandstone bluffs light up, as the sky fills with colour. The sandstones ochre red takes on the light of the sky and reflects shades of orange and purple. Here you’ll also find Mushroom Rock which has been carved out by the elements over millions of years. Take the Claypan walk during wildflower season to see the detail and colours of the delicate flowers below you come to life.

 

Next up is Redbank Gorge and we’re stepping it up a notch with an unsealed road, so high clearance vehicles are best. Two hours from Alice Springs take an adventure through West MacDonnell National Park and reach the beautiful water hole of Redbank Gorge, perfect for a hot day. Take a detour on your way and stop off in Palm Valley, only accessible by 4WD. The dramatic landscape here has been likened to Jurassic Park so why not stay a bit longer and camp for a night or two and embrace this spectacular landscape.

 

The next stop is Tnorala (Gosse Bluff), set between Palm Valley and Redbank Gorge. Tnorala is a place of particular significance to the traditional owners of the land as almost 142.5 million years ago a comet impacted the site. This impressive space is about 5 kilometres in diameter and is even more dramatic from above.

 

Whether you choose to go alone or take one of the many tours departing from Alice Springs, make sure you check out these 4WD highlights during your stay.

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Just as the birds begin to sing and first light peaks through, float across Alice Springs into the sky on hot air balloon. Experience the view from above of the West MacDonnell Ranges made up of red desert, national park and native wildlife.

 

Tours depart directly out of Alice Springs, and hotel pickup is available so you won't need to worry about anything.

 

Discover the incredible landscape surrounding the area with only one hot air balloon operator on offer, and that’s Outback Ballooning. Outback Ballooning provides two flight durations; a 30 minute or 60-minute balloon flight. Along with a choice of fleets from 2 to 4 people or groups of 8 up to 24 people in one balloon (depending on the day). Exclusive private charters are also available on request.

 

As the morning sun comes up, watch the incredible colours fill the sky across the MacDonnell Ranges. Catch views across spinifex grass, mulga scrub and cattle stations and absorb the astonishing atmosphere. The contrasting landscape is made up of red and ochre hues and the MacDonnell Ranges act as a dramatic backdrop. Reach heights high enough to begin to understand how expansive the Australian outback is, yet remain low enough to catch a glimpse of native wildlife like red kangaroos and wallabies. On landing you’ll be treated to a choice of refreshments as your experience comes to an end.

 

This adventure is great for families; however, the experience is not recommended for children under five, as they most often cannot see over the side of the basket. Pack your camera and be sure to capture the moment. In the winter months wear lots of layers as temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees, along with flat shoes for safety.

 

Experience the tranquillity at sunrise in a hot air balloon. As the rest of the town only just begins to rise, watch your surroundings come to life as you float above and across the land at dawn; an adventure you’ll never forget.

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Travellers flock to the Australian outback for many reasons, one of them being the fossicking opportunities! The Northern Territory is renowned for having a wide array of high-quality gemstones and minerals just waiting to be found. Not only is it a fun way to see the area, but you may find amethyst, gold, garnet, or one of the various other treasures here. Here are some of the top fossicking locations near Alice Springs.

Located around 100km east of Alice Springs is the historic town of Arltunga. Arltunga is best known for the discovery of alluvial gold in a dry creek bed there in 1887, and now attracts plenty of visitors who want to fossick for gold. The fossicking area is located just outside of the reserve, and you must obtain a permit beforehand. When you tire of panning for gold, you can also explore the remains of old mines, miners camps, and preserved stone buildings.

Head north-east from Alice for around 150km, and you will find yourself at Hart’s Range. The central Hart’s Range fossicking area is home to the abandoned mica mines of Mount Palma. There are plenty of mullock heaps to search for garnets, pegmatite, and other gems. There are several mines in this area, and each one is home to an exciting array of unique discoveries. Head to Benstead Mine for smoky quartz, Painted Canyon Mine for blue quartz, and Spotted Tiger Mine for muscovite and garnet, to name just a few options.

Harts Range West is another popular, mineral-rich fossicking area. Enjoy the spectacular view of the mountainous backdrop as you hunt. The main find here is Almandine Garnet – a deep red form of garnet. Here you may find well-shaped specimens, measuring up to a few centimetres in diameter.

Mud Tank Zircon Field also lies in the Harts Range area and is well known in the fossicking community for its zircon – a semi-precious Australian gemstone. Discover zircons in an array of different colours, including orange, light brown, pink, purple, and yellow. Apatite, magnetite, and martite can also be found here. 

image alt Tours 3-Day Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) via Kings Canyon Tour
Alice Springs, Australia
Immerse yourself in the ancient landscapes of Uluru and Kata Tjuta on a three-day tour from Alice Springs. You'll see the highlights of Uluru (Ayers Rock), including the unforgettable sights of an Uluru sunset and sunrise, and have the opportunity to walk the rim of the magnificent Kings Canyon.
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Alice Springs, concludes Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
Travel by luxury bus on this one way transfer from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Learn more about the flora and fauna as well as the natural and geological history of this classic Northern Territory desert scenery as you pass outback stations. Take an optional Camel ride (own expense) and stop to take photos of Mount Conner, the third monolith of Central Australia.
image alt Tours 2-Day Uluru (Ayers Rock), Camel Farm and Kata Tjuta Trip from Alice Springs
Alice Springs, Australia
Experience the wonder and mystery of Uluru and Kata Tjuta on a two-day tour from Alice Springs. You'll see all the highlights of Uluru (Ayers Rock), including the unforgettable sights of an Uluru sunset and sunrise. You'll also travel by luxury coach and stay at your choice of budget, standard or superior accommodation.
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Alice Springs or Ayers Rock, Northern Territory
See the best of the Red Centre on a three-day camping safari from Alice Springs. Discover the heart and soul of this rugged country, with Dreamtime legends, panoramic landscapes and stunning natural beauty. See Uluru (Ayers Rock) change color in the sunrise, be awed by the grandeur Kings Canyon and marvel at the round domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), as you camp out for a true outback experience. Enjoy meals and camping accommodations with a 'Basix' option or upgrade 'Original'. Round-trip transport included from Alice Springs or Ayers Rock.

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Alice Springs, Australia
A short transfer from all accommodation in Alice Springs to Undoolya Station, only 17km east of the town centre. This is the oldest working cattle station in the Northern Territory and Outback Quad Adventures are the sole operators on the station.
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Alice Springs, concludes Ayers Rock, Australia

Your two day independent coach tour includes the highlights of Uluru (Ayers Rock) National Park. Travel by luxury coach from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock and experience the majesty of this monolith and the neighboring Olgas.

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Alice Springs, Australia
At the very heart of Australia lies the historic town of Alice Springs - the pioneering gateway to a mysterious land of natural monuments, colorful outback culture and ancient Dreamtime lore. On this half-day afternoon tour you will visit the School of the Air, the Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service as well as take in spectacular views of the West MacDonnell ranges from Anzac Hill.
image alt Tours 3-Day Uluru Camping Tour from Alice Springs Including Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon
Northern Territory, Australia
Take a 3-day camping tour from Alice Springs including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. Experience the best of the Australian outback as you camp under the stars and visit some of Australia's best kept secrets; George Gill Range, the Garden of Eden and the Valley of the Winds. If that's not enough, immerse yourself in the culture as you taste Kangaroo and Camel and discover the local Indigenous way of life from local guides. This tour is suitable for passengers 18 to 49.
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Katherine, Australia
Experience Mataranka Hot Springs, Devils Marbles and Edith Falls on this 2-day tour from Alice Springs to Darwin. Immerse yourself in the culture of the area and discover the history of the Indigenous inhabitants of the area as your professional guide travels with you along the way. This tour has an age requirement of 18 to 49 years.
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Northern Territory, Australia
Experience the best of Kings Canyon, Uluru, Devils Marbles, Mataranka Thermal Springs and Edith Falls on this 5-day camping tour from Alice Springs to Darwin. Immerse yourself in the culture as you discover the history of the Indigenous communities on an guided interpretive walk at the base of Uluru, take a spectacular Kings Canyon rim walk, enjoy a camel ride, and relax in the warm waters of Mataranka Thermal Springs.

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Northern Territory, Australia
Join our one-hour camel tour during your stay in Alice Springs. Camel rides in Alice Springs are a great family-friendly activity. This gentle camel ride starts from the camel farm at Pyndan Camel Tracks located 20-minutes by road from Alice Springs. Once on the back of your camel, your experienced guide will lead you into White Gums Station following a flat clay track along an avenue of Iron Bark and Mulga trees before climbing a slight incline for sweeping views across the MacDonell Ranges– a great place for a photo on your camel. Along the way, spot kangaroos, wallabies, birds and other wildlife. This is a great experience for ages. Free transfers from outside your hotel's reception departs 30 minutes prior to tour.
image alt Tours 3-Day Alice Springs to Alice Springs Tour Including Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and Uluru
Northern Territory, Australia
Explore Australia's Red Centre on a 3-day camping tour departing and returning to Alice Spings. You'll visit Kings Canyon and enjoy a hike through the red dome sandstone domes, visit Kata Tjuta, and see the sunset over Uluru. Rise early the next morning to watch an amazing sunrise before embarking on a walk around the base of Uluru. You'll travel by a comfortable 21-seat air-conditioned bus, camp overnight in swags under the outback sky, and your experienced guide will make sure you have lots of fun along the way.
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Alice Springs, Australia
Sit back and relax as you take a 6-hour bus transfer from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Resort. With daily departures and a local driver and guide, you'll enjoy a convenient, comfortable, and informative way to get to your resort destination in the Northern Territory.
image alt Tours 3-Day Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Camping Tour Including Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon
Northern Territory, Australia
Explore Australia's red center on this three day camping tour departing from Alice Springs and finishing in Ayers Rock. You'll visit Kings Canyon and enjoy a hike through the red dome sandstone domes, visit Kata Tjuta and see the sunset over Uluru. Rise early the next morning to watch an amazing sunrise before embarking on a walk around the base of Uluru then finishing in Ayers Rock on day three at 10am. You'll travel by a comfortable 21-seat air-conditioned bus, camp overnight in swags under the outback sky, and enjoy expert commentary along the way from your professional guide.
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Alice Springs, Australia
Explore the Palm Valley area on a full-day tour from Alice Springs, and take an off-road excursion to see rock pools and rugged outback landscapes by 4WD. The tour includes a delicious lunch and a visit to the Hermannsburg Aboriginal community, combining relaxation and history in one of Central Australia’s most celebrated river oases.
image alt Tours 2-Day Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kings Canyon Tour from Alice Springs
Alice Springs, Australia
Experience the wonder and mystery of Uluru and Kings Canyon on a two-day tour from Alice Springs. You'll see all the highlights of Uluru (Ayers Rock), including the unforgettable sights of Uluru at sunset. You'll also travel by luxury coach and stay at your choice of accommodation at Ayers Rock.
image alt Tours 3-Day Best of Australia's Red Center: Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta and Sounds of Silence Dinner
Alice Springs, Australia
See central Australia’s most famous sights on a three-day tour from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Uluru). You’ll visit the sandstone domes of Kata Tjuta (also known as the Olgas), and watch a stunning sunrise and sunset over Uluru. Get closer to Uluru’s history and mystery on a guided base tour of Ayers Rock, and learn about the rock’s importance to the Australian Aborigines at the Uluru–Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. To experience the magic of the outback at night, enjoy an unforgettable evening of fine food and entertainment under the stars at the Sounds of Silence dinner. Choose from budget, standard or superior accommodation to suit your preference.
image alt Tours 5-Day 4WD Journey from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock
Northern Territory, Australia
This rich and immersive journey will take you off the beaten track in an intimate small group setting. You’ll travel in luxury 4WD vehicles and stay in boutique retreats, lodges and resorts with gourmet cuisine to match. This journey offers the perfect balance of freedom from the stress of holiday planning, and just enough flexibility to shape your journey with a choice of optional experiences. Your expert Travel Director and Driver Guide will take care of everything so you can sit back and be inspired by the journey.
image alt Tours 6-Day Rock 2 Water Trip Alice Springs or Uluru to Adelaide
Northern Territory, Australia
Discover the Red Centre and the South Australian Outback with an all-inclusive small-group tour. During these 6 days, walk through Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), enjoy sunrise at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and an Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset, visit an Opal mine and a Kangaroo Orphanage in Coober Pedy. Hike through the spectacular Flinders Ranges.

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Northern Territory, Australia
Float above the outback desert on this exciting hot air balloon adventure! Rise before dawn and watch your balloon inflate in the early rays of daybreak, before boarding your balloon and heading aloft. Drift over this barren landscape and spot wildlife from the air. Enjoy light refreshments including sparkling wine and fruit juice at the landing site. This is a great way to see the Outback.

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