Alice Springs

Arrival guide to Alice Springs

Alice Springs is the closest large town to the geographical centre of Australia. It is located in an area colloquially known as the ‘Red Centre’, a name that describes the red sand deserts that make the land so distinctive in this region. The town is actually the same distance from Adelaide as it is from Darwin.

Alice Springs was originally set up as a telegraph station in the 1870s to service the line that stretched from Adelaide to Darwin. The indigenous Arrernte people of the area have, however, lived here for thousands of years. The town is bisected by the normally dry Todd River. Local lore says that if you see the Todd River flow three times then you’ll stay for life. The MacDonnell Ranges are another notable landmark on the edge of town.

From ANZAC Hill, a short walk from the heart of town, you get an excellent panoramic view over the town and further to the MacDonnell Ranges

To have made it to Alice Springs you would have travelled either overland from Adelaide or Darwin; or flown from major Australian capital cities. Most visitors to Alice Springs are also heading further still to see Uluru (Ayers Rock) – the large rock monolith that rises from the relatively flat plains in. Tourism is the biggest industry in town with most services catering to domestic and international travellers.

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    5 Day Red Centre Outback Camping TourSpend five days exploring the most breathtaking sites of Australia’s Red Centre on our outback camping tour.
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    Spend five days exploring the most breathtaking sites of Australia’s Red Centre on our outback camping tour.

    $1,595
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    2 Day Premium Uluru and Kings Canyon TourJoin our friendly local tour guide on this two-day Uluru and Kings Canyon Tour. See some of the most wondrous sites right here in the Aussie outback, sleep at the luxury resort, Sails in the Desert, and eat under the stars!
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    Join our friendly local tour guide on this two-day Uluru and Kings Canyon Tour. See some of the most wondrous sites right here in the Aussie outback, sleep at the luxury resort, Sails in the Desert, and eat under the stars!

    $1,199
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    1 Day Palm Valley TourHidden amidst the rugged Finke Gorge National Park, Palm Valley is one of the most impressive destinations in Central Australia.
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    Hidden amidst the rugged Finke Gorge National Park, Palm Valley is one of the most impressive destinations in Central Australia.

    $175
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    1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges TourExperience the spectacular outback scenery of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
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    Experience the spectacular outback scenery of the West MacDonnell Ranges.

    $175
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    5 Day 4WD Black Cockatoo Dreaming Red Centre TourExplore Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and West MacDonnell Ranges on our 5 day in-depth adventure in the heart of Australia's outback.
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    Explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and West MacDonnell Ranges on our 5 day in-depth adventure in the heart of Australia’s outback.

    $1,995
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    4 Day 4WD Uluru TourExperience the wonders of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta and (Kings Canyon), we'll give you the opportunity to really experience the desert - driving on dirt roads, avoiding the crowds and sleeping at our remote private bush camps. Our 4-day tour from ...
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    Experience the wonders of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta and (Kings Canyon), we’ll give you the opportunity to really experience the desert – driving on dirt roads, avoiding the crowds and sleeping at our remote private bush camps. Our 4-day tour from Ayers Rock or Alice Springs finishing in Ayers Rock.

    $1,595
  • Kings Canyon group hiking the Kings Canyon rim walk on our Uluru tours.
    3 Day Uluru TourThis three-day Uluru adventure trip experience features private campsites . Travel in an air-conditioned minibus and absorb the fascinating information of the area and its people provided by your experienced guide. Hike, and explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta a...
    Brand:Budget

    This three-day Uluru adventure trip experience features private campsites . Travel in an air-conditioned minibus and absorb the fascinating information of the area and its people provided by your experienced guide. Hike, and explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon.

    $995
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