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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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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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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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Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tourist Facility (RFDS Museum)

Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tourist Facility (RFDS Museum)

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The Royal Flying Doctors Service is the largest air medical response team in the world. The doctors fly an average of 40,000 miles (65,000 kilometers a day attending to sick people in the remote outback of Australia. They have 53 aircraft operating out of 21 bases with 964 staff members who attend to around 750 patients a day.More
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Anzac Hill

Anzac Hill

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Offering sweeping views over Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges, Anzac Hill is named for its war memorial commemorating World War I ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) soldiers. Known to Aboriginal people as Untyeyetweleye or Atnelkentyarliweke, the hill plays a role in the Caterpillar Dreaming and Corkwood Dreaming stories.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 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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Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre

Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre

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Established in 1951 to provide educational resources for children living in remote areas of Central Australia, the School of the Air broadcasts lessons across an area of half a million square miles (1.3 million sq. km, allowing students to study in a virtual classroom.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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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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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

Top activities in Alice Springs

Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner
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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
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Palm Valley 4WD Day Tour
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Palm Valley 4WD Day Tour

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West MacDonnell Ranges- Half Day Trip from Alice Springs
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Alice Springs Walking Tours
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Recent reviews from experiences in Alice Springs

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Excellent!!!!
Shirley_H, Jun 2022
Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
I totally enjoyed this experience and highly recommend it to all visitors to Alice Springs.
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Fantastic day out!
Shirley_H, Jun 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
I recommend this day out to any visitors to Alice Springs.
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Great introduction to Alice.
Shirley_H, Jun 2022
Alice Springs Highlights Tour
Great introduction to Alice Springs.
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Ballooning in the early morning
Jenny_S, May 2022
Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
An exciting way to view the surrounds of Alice Springs.
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Fabulous Experience!
Hannah_B, Apr 2022
Alice Springs Camel Tour
The sunset camel tour was the best fun we had in Alice Springs!
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Not Your Usual Long Bus Trip
Julie_C, May 2022
Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Uluru) One Way Shuttle
We booked this trip from Alice Springs to Uluru with AAT Kings and thought this was going to be a long road trip, 5-6 hours to reach our destination.
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Great Tour to See the Sights and Surrounds of Alice Springs
Julie_C, May 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Half - Day Tour
Our driver/guide, Mahesh provided us with a wonderful day of seeing the sights of Alice Springs and surrounds.
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A memorable experience.
Philip_A, Apr 2022
Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner
Fortunate, though, that we’d completed most of the activities before it happened so the only real downside was the 3am arrival back in Alice Springs.
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Alice Springs Walking Tour
Vikki_W, Sep 2021
Alice Springs Walking Tours
We had an awesome tour with James walking around 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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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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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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Ballooning across Mparntwe
courtney_m, Apr 2022
Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
The most memorable part of the ballooning experience was floating peaceful across Alice Springs as the sun was rising and looking down the see cows and kangaroos
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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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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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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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One for the bucket list
Robyn_M, Sep 2021
Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
A magical way to experience the outlying area of Alice springs and a beautiful sunrise.
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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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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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What is Alice Springs best known for?

Alice Springs is known as the gateway to some of central Australia's most recognizable landscapes, including Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the MacDonnell Ranges. The desert town is also a gateway into Aboriginal Australia and home to many art galleries and cultural centers where you can learn about the area’s original peoples.

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How do I spend a day in Alice Springs?

With one day in Alice Springs, you can take a hot air balloon ride over the ochre-red landscape that surrounds the town; check out aboriginal art at one of the galleries on Todd Mall; visit the historic Telegraph Station; watch the sunset from Anzac Hill; and stargaze in the evening.

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Is it safe to walk around Alice Springs at night?

Yes and no. If you stick to well-trafficked areas, walking is safe, but practice caution, especially after 10pm. Note that Alice Springs has a high crime rate relative to other Australian towns of its size, and tourists have been victims of incidents of harassment, robberies, and physical violence.

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How far is Uluru from Alice Springs?

While Alice Springs is the gateway to Uluru, it is still a fair distance—about 280 miles (450 kilometers). It will take you at least 5.5 hours to drive from Alice Springs to Uluru, but you can break up the trip with stops at places such as Kings Canyon along the way.

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How do I get to Kings Canyon from Alice Springs?

From Alice Springs, take the Mereenie Loop Road (5.5 hours), Ernest Giles Road (5.5 hours), or Stuart and Lasseter Highway (5 hours) to Kings Canyon. The Stuart Highway, Lasseter Highway, and Luritja Road are paved, but you’ll need a four-wheel drive on unpaved Mereenie Loop Road and Larapinta Drive.

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How long should you stay in Alice Springs?

Two or three days is enough time in Alice Springs. It allows you to visit a few museums, galleries, and historic spots and take a day trip to MacDonnell Ranges. However, if you plan to use Alice Springs as a base for a trip to Uluru, you will need more time.

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