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How to Spend 1 Day in Alice Springs

How to Spend 1 Day in Alice Springs

As the gateway to some of Australia’s most iconic landscapes, Alice Springs is often passed through on the way to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the MacDonnell Ranges; however, there’s much more here than meets the eye. Here are a few ways to spend one day in Alice Springs.

Morning: Soar Over the Desert

Start your day bright and early with a hot-air balloon ride. Excursions typically depart before dawn, when the sky is starry and the air is cool, and allow you to watch sunrise over the ancient red land. With luck, you might even spot native wildlife such as red kangaroos from above. 

Alternatively, active travelers can opt for a bike tour through the outback and along some of the best bike trails in Australia. Some tours combine adventure with culture by making stops at local cafes and galleries that exhibit indigenous artists.

Afternoon: Discover the Outback

In the afternoon, discover the dispersed highlights of Alice Springs with ease on a sightseeing tour, which typically cover the historic Overland Telegraph Station, the ultra-remote Royal Flying Doctor Service base, and the School of the Air. Tours often also include a visit to Alice Springs Reptile Park and take in sweeping views of the West MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.

If you’d prefer to go off the beaten path, choose a tour of the West MacDonnell Ranges by 4WD vehicle. These tours typically visit Simpsons Gap, the Standley Chasm, and the aboriginal rock art of Emily Gap. 

Night: Ride a Camel into the Sunset

Round out your day in Alice Springs with a sunset camel ride. As you ride along red sand tracks and through forest trails, you’ll have the chance to spot native wildlife such as kangaroos and wallabies. If wildlife is your main interest, there’s also the option of an evening tour of the Alice Springs Desert Park, which increases your chances of spotting creatures such as echidna andmala (rufous-hare wallaby) as they become active after dark.

Afterward, head for the town center for dinner. Alice Springs is home to a surprisingly diverse array of restaurants, which serves everything from modern Australian cuisine to Thai and tapas.

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Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs

Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs

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Sometimes driving through a small part of the Australian Outback isn’t enough. See the desert from above on a morning hot-air balloon ride. This tour from Alice Springs gets you up in the air near dawn for a scenic ride. Spot wildlife, including the elusive Red Kangaroo, from above, take in views of the landscape, and enjoy sparkling wine afterward.
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  • 4 hours
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Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour

Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour

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Discover the legendary heart of Outback culture on this half-day highlights tour of Alice Springs. Visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station and learn how residents have adapted to ultra-remote living at the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and the School of the Air. Encounter fearsome desert creatures at the Alice Springs Reptile Park, and take in sweeping views of the West MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.
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  • 4 hours
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Alice Springs Camel Tour

Alice Springs Camel Tour

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Enjoy an authentic desert adventure right in the heart of Australia, as you ride a camel close to Alice Springs. Mount up for a thrilling circuit along red sand tracks and forest trails; and spot wild kangaroos and wallabies from your unique vantage point. Finally, stop for a memorable photo against a dramatic backdrop of the Western MacDonell Ranges.
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Alice Springs Desert Park Nocturnal Tour

Alice Springs Desert Park Nocturnal Tour

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Discover the plants, animals, and people of Australia’s central desert environments during an evening tour of the Alice Springs Desert Park. Your guide leads you on a nighttime walking tour that allows you to see creatures such as echidna and mala (rufous-hare wallaby) as they become active after dark.
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Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) Coach Transfer

Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) Coach Transfer

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Let Emu Run Experience transfer you from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Resort on our comfortable coach with air conditioning and an on board toilet.  Itinerary: Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Resort Bus Transfer We collect you from outside your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately 6am. We arrive at Yulara at approximately 11:45am and we drop you off at the Outback Pioneer Hotel at Ayers Rock Resort. Please note: no food/meals are included with this transfer service, however the bus will stop off at Erldunda Roadhouse on the way so you can purchase food there.
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  • 6 hours
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Alice Springs Desert Park General Entry Ticket

Alice Springs Desert Park General Entry Ticket

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Explore the plants, animals, and people of the desert during a self-guided visit to Alice Springs Desert Park. Learn about the arid regions of central Australia from interpretative displays and daily talks by the staff. Find out who resides in a waterhole and which critters come out at night, among other fun facts.
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