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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.