Experience the many gorges, open red desert landscape and vast array of wildlife on the numerous treks surrounding Alice Springs.
If discovering land on foot is your preferred way to explore, then this town is the perfect base for you. Choose from a short walk out or an extended hike through the ranges to experience the colourful landscape of Australia’s Red Centre.
Start with the Larapinta Trail in town, which traces from town centre through to the West MacDonnell National Park. Voted by the National Geographic as one of the top trekking experiences on the planet, this walk is one that can’t be missed. Depending on your time frame, the trail can be split into 12 sections, so you can choose which areas you’d like to experience, whether it’s a seven-day hike or just a few hours, explore the many water holes and campsites set along the trail.
Once you’ve ticked off the Larapinta Trail, next up is Ormiston Pound Walk, about a two-hour drive from Alice Springs. This trail is not only about the journey, but the destination too, as it leads you into the dramatic gorge and sparkling waterhole to cool off in, which is Ormiston Gorge. The trail is moderate with a slight climb, so come prepared.
If two hours outside of town is too far, take a 45-minute drive from Alice Springs to reach the Corroboree Rock Conservation Reserve, a very sacred site. Experience the walk around the rock formations, just a short 15-minute walk but equally as stunning. Or if you want to ditch the car and stay in Alice Springs take a wander through the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, with a choice of short walking tracks showcasing views across the town centre and West MacDonnell Ranges. For something a bit longer, the Hill Walk takes about 40 minutes return and provides incredible views. The well-known Alice Springs Telegraph Station also has many historical walks departing from the landmark, try the Riverside Walk to reach the station for a glimpse of Alice Springs cute wildlife – and look out for the wallaroos hiding in the rocks.
Discover the incredible landscape and wildlife surrounding Alice Springs on the many walking trails available.