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Welcome to Alice Springs

The third-largest town in Australia’s Red Centre, Alice Springs acts as a gateway to the Northern Territory and the Outback—and to a cultural understanding of Aboriginal Australia. Colonial and Aboriginal influences are strong here, and top sights include the Alice Springs Telegraph Station (built in 1872) for history, Alice Springs Desert Park for native wildlife, and numerous museums and indigenous art galleries. Yet for most visitors, the magic happens beyond Alice Springs. The vast, culturally and geologically rich landscapes that surround Alice Springs are best experienced via the informative guided tours that leave town for a day, two—or even six. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a relatively brief four-hour drive away, tops most tours’ itineraries. The park’s crown jewel is Uluru, aka Ayers Rock, whose sheer mass and ochre hues astound even the most geology-averse. Circumambulate its base for a pilgrimage-like experience of this Aboriginal sacred site. You can even get an unforgettable view of “the Rock” on a sunrise hot-air balloon flight. Nearby, the equally impressive Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) are enormous, huddled rocks whose gorges and valleys are popular for hiking. Some tours also visit Kings Canyon, with dramatic sandstone domes, sheer red cliffs, and native wildlife. Closer to town lie the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges, and day-long tours hit highlights such as Simpsons Gap and Ellery Creek Big Hole. And serious bushwalkers can spend five nights hiking and camping along the Outback’s Larapinta Trail.

Top 10 attractions in Alice Springs

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Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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A gigantic monolith of rust-red rock looming over the desert plains of the Australian Outback, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is more than just a postcard icon—it’s the cultural, spiritual, and geographical heart of Australia, one of its most impressive natural wonders, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More
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MacDonnell Ranges

MacDonnell Ranges

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The MacDonnell Ranges are a 400-mile (644-kilometer) stretch of mountains offering spectacular views and some of the top natural attractions in Australia’s Northern Territory. Visit the ranges to experience Simpson’s Gap, Standley Chasm, and the secluded water holes of Serpentine Gorge and Ellery Creek Big Hole.More
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Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

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Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, the mighty Ayers Rock (Uluru), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. This natural wonder, comprising 36 domed red rocks looming up from the desert plains, is a spectacular sight and one of the highlights of Australia’s Red Centre.More
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Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs Desert Park

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The Alice Springs Desert Park showcases the three main desert environments in Australia. Wander through sand, woodland, and river deserts and learn about their different plant and animal inhabitants. Take the short walking route through the park or explore further afield to find kangaroos and birdlife.More
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Finke Gorge National Park

Finke Gorge National Park

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Covering around 114,000 acres (46,000 hectares) of central Australia, Finke Gorge National Park is one of the Red Centre’s most startling wilderness areas. The Finke River formed around 300 million years ago, and some sights, such as Palm Valley with its rare red cabbage palms, seem to re-create the landscapes of that lost world.More
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Standley Chasm (Angkerle Atwatye)

Standley Chasm (Angkerle Atwatye)

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Standley Chasm, also known as Angkerle Atwatye, or just Angkerle, is a place of great significance to the local Aboriginal people. A spectacular slot gorge, the deep, narrow chasm cuts through the tough quartzite of the native stone and puts on a magnificent display of color and form as the sun passes through the sky.Surrounding the chasm is a lush valley and an abundance of walking trails. A short walk from the kiosk to the chasm is particularly rewarding at midday when the sun shines directly overhead. Another walk from the kiosk heads west and climbs to a saddle with views of the area's mountains and valleys. For more avid hikers, sections 3 and 4 of the Larapinta Trail meet at Standley Chasm and can be hiked as either long day trips or overnight hikes.Standley Chasm is the easiest place to access the Chewings Ranges for those who do not wish to hike the Larapinta Trail. The Chewings Ranges are home to some of the most rare and threatened wildlife of the West MacDonnell Ranges.More
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Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre

Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre

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These days it’s commonplace for many schools to offer programs online, where you can receive a degree without ever seeing a teacher. Well, before the age of the internet, there was radio-- the means of how School of the Air in Alice Springs, Australia, nobly pioneered the idea to reach out to kids in obscure destinations without proper schools. One visit to the school premises, which is now complete with its own visitor center (Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre), and you can share a moving experience that shows how the utilization of technology we take for granted has not only brought people together, but shaped lives.Teaching primary and secondary level students since the 50’s, today students are outstretched as far as 502,000 square miles from the school. You can watch a film about the history of this truly unique school, and even listen in on live classes, which have since switched from the radio era to a highly more modernized and efficient broadband internet model. If you happen to arrive when sessions are closed, you may listen in on pre-recorded lessons, with interpreters on site to help you with translations and to field any questions.More
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Hermannsburg (Ntaria)

Hermannsburg (Ntaria)

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Around 79 miles (137 kilometers) west of Alice Springs, the settlement of Hermannsburg (Ntaria in the local language) is more than just the gateway to Finke Gorge National Park. Historic whitewashed buildings date from the 19th century, artist Albert Namatjira’s home invites visitors, and Hermannsburg potters craft unique terra-cotta.More
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Larapinta Trail

Larapinta Trail

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One of Australia’s defining long-distance walks, the Larapinta Trail runs 139 miles (223 kilometers) along the spine of central Australia’s West MacDonnell Ranges, from Alice Springs to the summit of Mt. Sonder. Each of its 12 sections can be reached by 4WD, and highlights include Ormiston Gorge, Simpsons Gap, and Ellery Creek Big Hole.More
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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In downtown Alice, the intimate Alice Springs Reptile Centre offers the chance to get up close and personal with some of the Northern Territory’s most fascinating inhabitants. The collection of over 100 reptiles includes pythons, goannas, a saltwater crocodile, and the bizarre thorny devil lizard, with interactive shows three times a day.More

Trip ideas

Uluru Tours from Alice Springs

Uluru Tours from Alice Springs

How to Spend 2 Days in Alice Springs

How to Spend 2 Days in Alice Springs

Recent reviews from experiences in Alice Springs

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Don't miss it
David_H, Jun 2021
Alice Springs Walking Tours
Great thing to do while you are in Alice Springs.
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Great Day
Jennie_D, Jun 2021
Best of Alice Springs Full Day Tour
This was a really great days outing Started in the morning trips to Simpsons gap followed by Stanley Chasm really beautiful places Next was the tourist attractions of Alice Springs.
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Enjoyable trip
Deanima_R, May 2021
Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Uluru) One Way Shuttle
The trip just fantastic and the driver very nice and helpful with lots of information to tell us about places from Alice Springs to Uluru
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Quick and easy
Allen_M, May 2021
Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Uluru) One Way Shuttle
Best way to get from Alice Springs Uluru with out any concerns highly recommend.
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Nice experience, well worth the time
Brian_Y, Apr 2021
Alice Springs Camel Tour
Overall it was a wonderful experience and a great way to see the countryside near Alice Springs.
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Highlight of our trip
John_B, Apr 2021
Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
What an amazing experience Despite an extreme fear of heights I felt safe and secure The view was amazing and staff warm and friendly I would recommend everyone do this on their trip to Alice Springs
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Getting the most from your tour
Margaret_B, Apr 2021
Alice Springs Highlights Tour
This tour allowed us the opportunity to visit a range of local activities around Alice Springs.
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A brief visit to Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Peter_S, May 2021
Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner
the drive back to Alice Springs is a bit tedious however many people doze off along the way.
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A Great 4WD Trip
Peter_S, May 2021
Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs
A good lunch and a few more walks taking in the panoramic majestic red cliffs before heading back to Alice springs.
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Good
Kev, May 2021
Alice Springs Highlights Tour
Bit of a mix up unfortunately My fault and tour people as well Thought we were doing a half day tour Alice springs but we’re dropped of in morning at dessert park which I might say was fantastic then picked up dropped back to motel which is great Received a call later on for afternoon tour of Alice but I thought we had already done half day so didn’t want to be dishonest and take another trip My mistake I guess but it would help if tour company would explain the day ahead so people like myself understand and don’t miss out on the full day
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awesome tour
Sharlene_S, Jul 2020
Alice Springs Walking Tours
Really enjoyed the tour James gave a great insight of alice springs history will defiantly recommend this tour to others
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An amazing tour for everyone
Vanny01, Mar 2020
Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner
They are full of cultural information and of the scared sure and of the area from Alice Springs to Uluru.
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LOTS TO SEE AND ENJOY ON WEST MacDONNELL RANGES DAY TRIP
michaelmC3071HZ, Dec 2019
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
This was our first visit to Alice Springs and the West MacDonnell Ranges Day trip was the highlight with lots to see (plenty of spectacular scenery) and informative comments from our driver/guide "Bluey".
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I traveled in Style
Nadia-Gray, Apr 2021
Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Uluru) One Way Shuttle
The 6 hours trip from Alice Springs to Uluru was very comfortable.
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I forgot to review this one as well...
Susan H, Aug 2017
Alice Springs Camel Tour
But our sunset camel ride was a total blast -- definitely a memorable experience and one of the highlights of our stay in Alice Springs.
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A very good tour highlighting and...
John D, Oct 2017
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
A very good tour highlighting and stopping at th best spots, about 5 or 6' in this direction from Alice Springs.
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A nice early morning flight outside...
Kjell-Ake A, Mar 2018
Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
A nice early morning flight outside Alice SPrings.
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Great trip. We enjoyed Uluru,Kata...
Thomas D, Jul 2016
2-Day Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta Trip from Alice Springs
I would stay one day longer at Alice Springs.
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Amazing!
Lauren G, Dec 2019
Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner
If you’re thinking about traveling to Alice Springs and Uluru, you must do this tour, there’s nothing else like it.
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Worth the Trip
Sunshine67537838854, Oct 2019
Alice Springs Highlights Tour
Our guide Tash took us to the RFDS, School of the Air, the original telegraph station and initial site which included Alice's Spring and ANZAC Hill.
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