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.

  • 1 Day Palm Valley Tour

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

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

    $175
    Trip Styles:Comfort
  • 1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour

    Experience the spectacular outback scenery of the West MacDonnell Ranges.

    Experience the spectacular outback scenery of the West MacDonnell Ranges.

    $175
    Trip Styles:Budget
  • Walking Uluru with tour guide in Uluru on our Northern Territory tours.

    5 Day 4WD Black Cockatoo Dreaming Red Centre Tour

    Explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and West MacDonnell Ranges on our 5 day in-depth adventure in the heart of Australia's outback.

    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
    Trip Styles:Comfort
  • Couple sitting at Uluru on our Northern Territory tours.

    4 Day 4WD Uluru Tour (finish Ayers Rock)

    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 ...

    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.

    $965
    Trip Styles:Budget
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