Alice Springs

The Beating Heart of the Outback

Once an overlooked desert outpost, Alice Springs has evolved into a thriving, close-knit town positioned close to the geographical heart of the country. Its population of 28,000 locals and six times as many tourists, enjoy all the creature comforts of a capital title, making it the perfect base for your explorations of the region, just as it was for the nation's first explorers.

Alice Springs is as much loved for the characters and events that have shaped its history as the iconic beauty of its red-sands landscape. Much more than just the gateway to Uluru, it has plenty to offer in its own right. Quirky festivals and events run throughout the year and the town has developed a vibrant tourism industry.

The Aboriginal presence is strong and engaging, with ancient cultural and spiritual connections echoing in every rock and landmark. The indigenous art galleries here are among the best in Australia and have forged a reputation as the place to shop for authentic art.

Framing the town, the MacDonnell Ranges are home to dramatic gorges, chasms and waterholes, which have long been attracting adventurers, painters and photographers from around the world. For the ultimate bush walk, join the Larapinta Trail in the West MacDonnell Ranges, a 250 kilometre trek that's been described as one of the top 10 walks in the world.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Enjoy a Desert Sunrise: Join a camel safari or hop on board a majestic hot-air balloon to watch the sun come up over the desert.
  2. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor's.
  3. Learn about Local Flora and Fauna: Alice Springs Desert Park showcases an array of wildlife, including a nocturnal exhibit.
  4. Stargazing at Alice Springs is an Astronomer’s Dream: Milky Way views are out of this world!

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Alice Springs chapter in our online Northern Territory brochure. Click here.

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