Cheap and cheerful or luxurious, peaceful and secluded, or at the heart of the action, the choice is yours. Choose from remote campsites, homely bed and breakfasts, elegant resorts, cattle stations, stables, and more. Stay in the lively town centre, or further afield in the ranges. Whatever your budget and your travel style, Alice Springs can promise you the perfect place to stay. Here are some of the most unique accommodation options Alice Springs has to offer.
For the luxury traveller who’s searching for one-of-a-kind accommodation, look no further than DoubleTree by Hilton. As you gaze out of the window of your gorgeous suite at a breathtaking view of the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges, you’ll almost forget that you have a heated swimming pool, state of the art fitness centre, tennis courts, restaurants, and more onsite. This combination of premium resort-style accommodation and the authentic outback atmosphere is what makes this accommodation unique.
If you’re looking to splurge a little less on somewhere to stay, there are still plenty of options. Have you ever stayed in a boutique tent bed and breakfast? Situated on the edge of the West MacDonnell Ranges, Squeaky Windmill offers just that. Sleep in a luxury eco-tent with your own front deck to enjoy the sensational surrounding scenery from, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast. When dinner time rolls around, tuck into a pre-prepared barbeque hamper.
How about staying at a working cattle station? Bond Springs Outback Retreat is a family-owned bed and breakfast, offering the rare opportunity to get close to nature with the utmost comfort. You can even enjoy a guided walking tour of the historic homestead to learn about the history of the cattle station.
If unique hostels are more your thing, choose one that’s built on the grounds of a historic outdoor movie theatre. As well as a swimming pool, air conditioning, wifi, a barbeque, and a tour desk, you can enjoy free films nightly on the large outdoor movie screen.
Some may argue that the best way to sleep in the outback is beneath the stars. Whilst there are several campsites and caravan parks in town, the most unique ones are located in the surrounding national parks. Palm Valley in Finke Gorge National Park is home to Red Cabbage Palm Trees not found anywhere else in the world, and you can camp there! Alternatively, pitch your tent by the Finke River, thought to be the oldest river in the world.
Escape the usual tourist hotspots at unique, independent instant hotels. Over the Hump offers guests a rare opportunity to stay in a beautifully decorated, self-contained stable. Enjoy visits from local kangaroos, goannas, and dingoes, and sleep in cosy, comfortable accommodation. Meanwhile, Alice Wondervan offers unique accommodation in a vintage 1970s caravan, complete with an indoor/ outdoor bathroom, wifi, Netflix, and a magnificent view of the iconic MacDonnell Ranges. Alternatively, Desert Yurt allows guests to experience glamping in the outback. Stay in a yurt complete with en-suite, a fire pit, and a pool.