Nestled between the east and west MacDonnell Ranges, the “Alice” is known as the heart of the Australian outback. With ochre desert landscapes and breath-taking mountain ranges, Alice Springs is a nature-lovers dream come to life.
With a population just over 26,000, this outback haven is firmly intertwined with traditional Indigenous culture with many Aboriginal art galleries, traditional markets, and Alice Springs tours. Alice Springs sees nearly 500,000 tourists pass through the city every year, from young backpackers to seniors wanting to get back to nature. Come explore the red centre with animal encounters, stunning sights and delicious food all waiting for you.
This epic adventure heads into the heart of the Red Centre starts with 1 night in Adelaide before travelling overnight in Gold Service onboard the mighty Ghan. Enjoy a night in Alice Springs visiting the West MacDonnell Ranges, then see the wonders of Uluru with 3 nights at Yulara including the stunning Sounds of Silence dinner. Re-board the Ghan for another night before finishing with 1 night in Darwin.
Fly into the heart of the nation for stays in Yulara (Uluru) and Alice Springs. Enjoy sunrise and sunset over the Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), trek with camels through Uluru, take a view from above with breathtaking views and enjoy a once in a lifetime dining experience at Sounds of Silence under the Southern night skies. We then make our way into Kings Canyon where we enjoy cultural experiences, stop at Kings Creek Station before heading into Alice Springs to visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service. Finish off the tour with a bush style true outback style BBQ with a visit to Standley Chasm, driving via West Macdonnell Ranges and heading into Ormiston Gorge before flying home.
In the “Alice”, there are endless activities for all ages and mobility levels. You can start your morning with a tranquil sunrise hot air balloon adventure, or you can get up close with nature on a camel ride. After a mid-morning walk or hike, you can escape the heat in a freshwater swimming hole. If you want something more spectacular, take a private charter for a scenic flight across some of Australia’s oldest mountains and deserts.
Back on the ground, you can explore the local culture by visiting weekend markets, shows and art galleries. Consider popping into the Alice Springs Desert Park to get up and close with Australia’s cutest and deadliest animals.
Travel through history, with a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility or the School of the Air and learn about life in the outback from the locals. Take a tour of the old Stuart Town Goal built in 1907 and end your day at Anzac Hill, looking over the mountain ranges as the sunsets.
When the sun goes down on the red centre, the quirks of Alice Springs come to life. Plan your visit around one of Alice Spring’s funky festivals like the Beanie Festival, the Desert Festival or Australia’s longest light show installation at Parrtjima.
It’s no secret that the red centre is hot, so the best time to visit Alice Springs is between the months of April and June, when the climate becomes cooler. However, if you’re a lover of heat, then January is the month to go for you.
The best way to see the outback is an Alice Springs tour package. Spend a few days exploring all the red centre has to offer with peace of mind that your itinerary, accommodation and meals are sorted. On our guided tours, you’ll experience an Alice Springs holiday that you’ll never forget.
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