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Look out to Alice Springs' vast backyard to discover a playground of stunning nature parks, tempting swimming holes, dramatic mountains, and narrow gorges that beg you to explore. With such outstanding natural beauty all around, it's hard to resist the temptation to explore the great outdoors. Fortunately there are plenty of exciting outdoor activities available around Alice Springs.

Leave the car behind and venture through the spectacular scenery on foot. Discover a network of bushwalking trails within the beautiful national parks and reserves that surround the town. Embark on short walks or multi-day hikes to see Aboriginal art, native flora and fauna, and unbelievable views. What better way to cool off after a walk in the desert than taking a dip in a lush natural swimming hole? Jump into tempting turquoise waters, located at various scenic spots including Glen Helen Gorge and Trephina Gorge.

This magnificent region lends itself perfectly to exploring on two wheels, with plenty of bike trails. Hire a mountain bike and grab a map of the trails, or join a guided mountain biking tour to learn about the local area from a knowledgeable guide as you ride. For those who are feeling adventurous, quad bikes are an exciting alternative to race along bush trails and mountain ranges. Join a guided tour or hire a quad bike and create your own adventure.

4-wheel drive enthusiasts will delight in the range of tracks available. Tackle the sand dunes of the spectacular Simpson Desert, or challenge yourself to the epic Binns Track, passing through some of Alice Springs' most iconic landmarks. Alternatively, join a camel tour to travel the area the same way the traditional owners did. Retrace the steps of famous explorers, before unwinding with drinks and authentic bush tucker.

See the sensational sights of the red centre from a whole new perspective with a hot air balloon ride. Watch the desert come to life as the sun rises with a wave of spectacular colours over the ranges. Helicopter and plane rides offer an alternative way to see the outback from above, with short or long flights available.