If you’re visiting Alice Springs and looking to explore the area without breaking the bank, then consider the many budget accommodation options available. Choose from a variety of hotels, motels and hostels, or experience the incredible climate and camp during your stay.
Alice Springs has a camping ground in the town centre called Alice Springs Tourist Park making it an excellent, budget alternative. It provides a choice of accommodation options for camping or caravans along with two bedroom villas or cabins to stay the night in if you prefer. The park has its own laundry, swimming pool, kids playground, amenities blocks and more. The camping area is filled with leafy, shady trees, creating a comfortable camping spot no matter what time of year it is. Hideaway from the hot sun and as the nights is often much cooler, wake up to the crisp morning air and the colourful sunrise right outside your tent. The campground is also a great place to park up your caravan with both powered and unpowered sites available. Otherwise another option for caravans is BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park, just outside of town.
If you’re thinking about staying in a hostel, Alice Springs has a few to choose from, and some with private rooms available also. Alice Springs YHA is a popular one, which used to be an outdoor movie theatre but is now home to the youth hostel. It still has kept the tradition alive however with outdoor movie screenings each night to keep travellers entertained and make the most of Alice Springs rain-free climate. Other hostels around town include Annie’s Place, Haven Backpackers Alice’s Secret Traveller’s Inn and Alice Lodge, which are all great options for budget backpackers accommodation.
For a step up from a hostel, you’ll find Alice Motor Inn, which has been recently refurbished, or Desert Motor Inn that is just a stone’s throw away from Todd Mall. Fifteen minutes outside of the town centre you’ll find White Gum Inn that also has been recently refurbished, if you prefer to stay a little further out. Otherwise, for a holiday park feel, spend some time at the BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park, which is also out of town, and further into the outback. With facilities and incredible surroundings, you’ll still be able to access Alice Springs, conveniently sitting just 4.5 kilometres out of town.
For hotel experience, without the price tag, Ibis Alice Springs brings you basic rooms with air conditioning and pool access; everything you’ll need for a comfortable yet simple stay. Its central location will make it easy for you to get around town too.
Finally, if you’re deciding whether to stay in Alice Springs or Uluru, the benefit of staying in Alice Springs is that there are far more budget accommodation options along with restaurants and bars available in the town centre. With the variety of budget accommodation options available, you'll easily be able to find something that fits in with your travel style and price range.