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Alice SpringsAustralia

Whether you want to experience the natural beauty of Australia's Red Center or explore the history of the area, this outback town offers a unique Aussie experience.

Alice Springs is a small town in the very center of Australia. It is surrounded by desert and scrubland on all sides and is an equal 930 miles (1500 kilometers) from Darwin in the north and Adelaide in the south. The town was founded as far back as the 1870s, but the population remained low until it became a major staging area for soldiers during the Second World War. It’s the primary transport hub and distribution center for Central Australia, but still feels as far from the rest of the world as you can possibly get.

Fill up on water, pack some lunch, and head out to explore the MacDonnell Ranges. The ridges and gorges are dotted with watering holes and sacred Aboriginal sites. Walk a leg of the Larapinta Trail to see some of its more spectacular areas or even take a few weeks to tackle the entire 139 mile (223 kilometer) trail. If that’s a bit too extreme, tour the desert on camel back or jump on a quad bike.

For one of the best views in the region, climb Mount Gillen. It’s a tough trek and should be avoided at the peak of summer, but getting to the summit is well worth the effort. Learn about local flora and fauna at Alice Springs Desert Park. For a closer look at some of Central Australia’s most fascinating creatures, check out the Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

Any history buffs should head to one of the town’s many museums. Drop by the Aboriginal Australia Culture Centre to learn about native Australians or spend a couple of hours browsing the collection at the Adelaide House Museum. Art lovers should note that Alice Springs is a center of indigenous art, with several galleries scattered around town. Be sure to check out the collection at the Araluen Arts and Cultural Centre.

Alice Springs is a town at the heart of a region like no other. Surrounded by the red deserts of Central Australia and home to some excellent cultural institutions, it’s not a place you’ll forget.

Top Hotels in Alice Springs

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
4.5 out of 5
82 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
CA $124
per night
Apr 11 - Apr 12

Situated in the entertainment district, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs Golf Club and Alice Springs ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,404 reviews)

"Great new rooms. Plenty of space onsite. Range of food options to chose from. Staff were hugely helpful."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
4.5 out of 5
93 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs Golf Club and Heavitree Gap. Royal Flying ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,589 reviews)

"This is a very nice hotel to stay. The breakfast is good."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 27, 2020

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Desert Palms Alice Springs
Desert Palms Alice Springs
3.5 out of 5
74 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
CA $77
per night
Apr 11 - Apr 12

Situated in Desert Springs, this golf motel is within a 10-minute walk of Alice Springs Golf Club and Alice Springs Convention Centre. Australian Aboriginal ...

4.1/5Very Good! (682 reviews)

"We really enjoyed our stay at the Desert Palms Alice Springs and would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to stay in Alice. The location is a 20 minute walk from the town centre, and a 10 minute walk in the other direction to Lasseters Casino, which has a number of Restaurants to choose from. ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 27, 2020

Desert Palms Alice Springs

Popular things to do in Alice Springs

Alice Springs Desert Park
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Alice Springs Desert Park

4/5(5 reviews)

Discover nocturnal creatures of the desert, learn the survival skills of the Arrernte people and walk alongside kangaroos and emus in this nature park. 

Larapinta Trail
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Larapinta Trail

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Hike over rocky gorges to secluded waterholes and up the slopes of Mount Sonder, then Camp beneath the stars and wake for a desert sunrise. 

Simpsons Gap
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Simpsons Gap

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Picturesque cliffs and a waterhole surrounded by bush mark the entrance to the West MacDonnell Ranges. Enjoy views back over Alice Springs and across the ranges.

Alice Springs School of the Air
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Alice Springs School of the Air

5/5(1 review)

Visit a school with a very unique classroom design at this innovative education centre, which brings radio lessons to children all over the Australian desert.

Anzac Hill
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Anzac Hill

4/5(8 reviews)

Arrive at this lookout point at sunset to see Alice Springs as you’ve never seen it before, spread out far below against the pinks and reds of the evening sky. 

Alice Springs Reptile Centre
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre

5/5(4 reviews)

See some of the Northern Territory’s reptiles including saltwater crocodiles, enormous perentie goannas and desert-adapted thorny devils.

Top activities in Alice Springs

3-Day Ayers Rock Adventure Trip
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3-Day Ayers Rock Adventure Trip

100% of travellers recommend
CA $357
Per adult
3-Day Uluru Adventure Safari
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3-Day Uluru Adventure Safari

80% of travellers recommend
CA $722
Per adult
3-Day Uluru Adventure Explorer
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3-Day Uluru Adventure Explorer

CA $592
Per adult
Outback Cycling Mountain Bike Tour SUNRISE
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Outback Cycling Mountain Bike Tour SUNRISE

CA $137
Per adult
4-Day Kata Tjuta, Uluru & Kings Canyon Tour
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4-Day Kata Tjuta, Uluru & Kings Canyon Tour

CA $1,274
Per adult
2-Day Uluru & Kata Tjuta Tour
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2-Day Uluru & Kata Tjuta Tour

CA $723
Per adult

Reviews of Alice Springs

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Sep 25, 2019

It's a strange town . Half the Commerce's are closed on Monday and Tuesday. Lots of abandoned units downtown. .it is unfortunate to see the aboriginal population being so destitute and many with issues with alcohol. Not their fault.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jun 22, 2019

I've wanted to visit since reading A Town Like Alice when I was a kid. It was great to finally get there though it probably wasn',t the same as when the book was written.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 31, 2019

Didnt spend a lot of time here. Went on tour to Uluru.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 2, 2018

An interesting town. Especially enjoyed the Pioneer Women's Centre and Gaol. Very interesting and informative

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