Alice Springs is a town in the heart of Australia. Situated near the MacDonnell ranges halfway between Adelaide and Darwin. The outback surrounds Alice, where you can find vast desert landscapes and boundless starry skies when joining an Alice Springs tour. With Aboriginal artwork woven throughout, there are also plenty of activities for people who love nature – from floating on freshwater lakes or exploring awe-inspiring mountains. Alice Springs is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for an immersive outback experience. The landscape of this part of Australia is unlike any other, with sub-tropical grasslands and stunning national parks all within driving distance. It is also home to many unique wildlife creatures, making it a must-see destination for anyone wanting an up-close view of Australian life.
How to get to Alice Springs
Alice Springs can be reached by plane or bus from any major city in Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth & Darwin. If you are coming by air then you will most likely land at Alice Springs Airport (ASP) which has regular flights arriving from these cities as well as some regional towns throughout Central Australia. If travelling by bus make sure you book your transport in advance for the best price. There are several companies that run daily services to Alice Springs.
Where to stay in Alice Springs
If you plan on staying overnight or longer then there are several options available for all budgets. Hotels range from budget-friendly backpacker hostels to full-service resorts. There are also many caravan parks with powered and unpowered sites starting from as low as $10 AUD. We recommend that you book your stay ahead of time, especially during peak season (Summer) or special events such as The Henley On Todd Regatta, Camel Races, The Finke Desert Race, Camel Cup & Country Music Festival throughout the year. If you are on a tight budget you can find backpacker hostels as low as $24 AUD. If a hotel is more your style then you will have to pay anywhere from $140 AUD upwards. When you travel to Alice Springs, it is best practice not to leave your itinerary too open-ended as the distances within Central Australia are vast and travelling from one destination to another can take time!
Must do activities and tours in Alice Springs
There are a vast array of things to do in and around Alice Springs including exploring Simpsons Gap, Kings Canyon, Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, the Olgas, Palm Valley, the MacDonnell Ranges or best of all take a sunrise and/or set camel tour at Uluru (Ayers Rock). You can also enjoy sightseeing flights over key landmarks or take a scenic flight around the region. There are so many Alice Springs tours to choose from. If travelling by air is not for you then there are desert adventure tours, horse riding, 4WD outback tours, jeep safaris. Try your hand at golfing at one of two local courses or shop at one of Alice Springs’ markets. If you are more of an adventurer at heart then camel safaris and hot air ballooning. For those who enjoy relaxing, there are many resorts that offer spa treatments as well as an opportunity to swim in the pool or relax by the spa. For the foodies, there are plenty of places to eat in Alice Springs. You can try bush tucker or sample some authentic Aboriginal cuisine. There are numerous cafes and restaurants to choose from so there is something for everyone.