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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.