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Alice Springs & Surrounds

Map showing the Alice Springs and Surrounds region in the NT

Stunning landscapes, remote communities, and a unique pioneering history create a diverse and exhilarating destination to explore.

A thriving, spirited outback centre, Alice Springs is as famous for the personality of its locals and contemporary and traditional art as the natural wonders, including the stunning Larapinta Trail and the MacDonnell Ranges, which surround it.

Top 10 region awarded to The Red Centre, Australia. Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2019

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How can a place be so dramatic and serene at the same time?! @_aswewander recently dropped in at Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the West MacDonnell Ranges' many swimming holes. Located roughly 90 kilometres west of #AliceSprings, you're sure to feel worlds away from the daily hustle and bustle at this magnificent spot. With the Red Centre currently experiencing glorious spring temperatures, it's the ultimate time for an outback adventure. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Luke and Jess! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The #LarapintaTrail is one of @Australia's finest walks, situated just out of #AliceSprings and spanning 223kms across the West MacDonnell Ranges. This long distance walking track is divided into 12 sections that each take one or two days to walk. Described by @AustralianGeographic as "one of the world's best long-distance arid-zone walks", this spectacular desert trek traverses the ridgelines of the mountain ranges from east to west. From the big blue skies that offer a stunning contrast against the sunburned landscape of the ranges, to some of the most spectacular geological formations in the region, this trail truly showcases the diversity of the Red Centre. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @wetookaholiday! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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You're looking bloomin' beautiful here, Palm Valley! Welcome to Finke Gorge National Park in central @Australia. Apart from the adventure of driving along the oldest river in the world, Palm Valley hosts a maze of sandstone amphitheatres, pinnacles and gorges and is home to the Red Cabbage Palm after which the valley is named. Fun fact: this particular species of palm is only found in this area! It takes roughly 2 hours to get here from #AliceSprings and you'll need a four-wheel drive vehicle 👉 if you don't have one, there are tour operators that can take you on a guided tour 👌 There are a number of walking trails, ranging from short to long and a campground if you're keen to stay overnight and explore for longer! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@dubstamatic. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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When Nat from finance says there's free cake in the staff kitchen late in the arvo... 😜 The annual Red Centre Bird Festival is currently in full swing here in #AliceSprings with a number of activities on offer such as photography tours, field trips and talks by bird specialists. Keen birdwatchers will be amazed by the wide variety of bird-life in Central Australia, including incredible iconic species such as the Spinifex Pigeon, Dusky Grasswren, Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Bourke’s Parrot and Mulga Parrot. If you can't make it for the festival, be sure to drop in at the @AliceSpringsDesertPark where you can witness the free-flying birds of prey and a variety of native wildlife daily. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@pitat2! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The Devils Marbles (#KarluKarlu) are best described as a photography site that offers a very Aussie spin on an almost Stonehenge-style location 👌 Consisting of a large number of granite boulders scattered randomly across a wide valley, they're mind-boggling examples of erosion and time. This 1,802 hectare reserve extends along both sides of the Stuart Highway and is roughly 400 kilometres north of #AliceSprings. Stay overnight at the nearby campground to see the large boulders change colour in the early morning light and setting sun, or alternatively book in at the Devils Marbles Hotel, just 8 kilometres away. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @saltytravellers! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Saturday morning brunch, NT style! Discover the rugged landscapes, wildlife, and Aboriginal and pastoral histories of the East MacDonnell Ranges at Trephina Gorge Nature Park. Located 85 kilometres east of #AliceSprings, the park is a handy distance for a day or a longer trip, and is known for its short walks, epic views and endless natural beauty. Experienced walkers can complete the Trephina Ridgetop Trail to John Hayes Rockhole and take in sweeping views of the East MacDonnell Ranges. The park has a campground with caravan sites, fire pits, picnic areas and toilets. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @we_who_roam! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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There's nothing like sleeping in a swag in the outback, wrapped up in a blanket of stars... ✨ ​@milymiss recently had the “most amazing experience" on a guided tour with @intrepidtravel, describing the night sky as “like nothing I've ever seen before!" Departing from #AliceSprings, this 4 day adventure is great for those who are short on time but want to see as much as possible in central @Australia. You'll witness #Uluru at sunrise and sunset, wander through the gigantic domes of #KataTjuta, hike along the towering rim of #KingsCanyon and discover the outback waterholes in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Candice! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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If you're planning a trip on #TheGhan with @journeybeyondrail, you're going to love the dinner experience under the stars and the sprawling gum trees at a truly historic location: the old #AliceSprings Telegraph Station, which appropriately for passengers on the modern train, was used to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide. Sit back and relax while chatting to new-found friends, wander over for a camel ride or inspect the old telegraph station and its fascinating museum pieces. As the sun goes down, you'll be treated to a delicious three-course meal, along with the lively sounds of a country singer and a star talk by a local astronomer. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@scottslawinski! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The essential NT road-trip: #AliceSprings to the #DevilsMarbles (#KarluKarlu) 🙌 A drive through our country’s heart is one every Australian should make! ​The Devils Marbles are piles of huge, and some not so huge, red and orange-coloured granite boulders, which look as though they’ve been dropped in the middle of the outback. In 1870, while surveying for the Overland Telegraph line, surveyor John Ross named the boulders the “Devils Marbles”, stating “This is the Devil’s country; he’s even emptied his bag of marbles around the place!” They're known as Karlu Karlu to the traditional owners – the Warumungu, Kaytetye, Alyawarra and Warlpiri people, which translates to 'round boulders'. These formations come into their own at sunrise and sunset, when the soft light illuminates the changing colours of the granite, transforming them from stunning pinks to bright reds. Stay overnight at the bush campground or alternatively, you can find Devils Marbles Hotel 8 kilometres down the road. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ettas_travels! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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