With access to stunning national parks and one of the world's most popular walking trails, Alice Springs is the place to be if you want to get out there and experience nature first hand.
The beaten track
The Larapinta Trail may be one of the most spectacular and challenging walking trails in the world, but it also offers a number of short walk options, with multiple access points along the way.
Try the 10 km trek from Ormiston Gorge to Finke River. Nestled amongst the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, one of Alice Springs best-known national parks, this section can easily be walked in a day. The track will take you past high limestone cliffs and on to the Finke River, dating back 250 million years.
The region is a great place to spend a few hours immersed in nature. The diverse wildlife and unique flora surrounding the gorges and swimming holes makes it a walker's paradise. Nearby Finke Gorge National Park also hosts a half-day walk through the exotic flora of Palm Valley, culminating in the spectacular views from Kalarranga Lookout.
Located just 4 km north of Alice Springs is the historic Telegraph Station. This picturesque reserve marks the original site of the first European settlement. It’s ideal for walking and can be accessed from the highway via a walking or cycling track. Guided tours are available.
Closer to town are the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. Stroll through 16 hectares of themed plantings and surrounding bushland where you’ll find over 250 central Australian plant species, not to mention the black-footed rock wallaby, western bowerbirds, and a multitude of butterflies and birds.