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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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#Netflix and chill, NT style 🙌 This sweet set-up was created by @elisecook who recently road-tripped from #Darwin to #AliceSprings. Following the trail blazed in the 1860's by the first explorers to successfully cross @Australia from north to south, you'll be driving past striking natural wonders, historic outback pubs and towns brimming with culture and activity. On your travels you’ll hit the Territory’s star attractions, including World Heritage-listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta, spectacular Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and the waterfalls and waterholes of Litchfield National Park. As far as road-trips go, they don't get much better than this one! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise. #SeeAustralia

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It's found on postcards and in paintings, and if the light is right when you visit, it takes your breath away... yep, we're talking about Ormiston Gorge. Out of all the gaps and gorges in the West MacDonnell Ranges, it has to be one of the most impressive 💛 Whilst the gorge is famous for its waterhole, one of the other very special things about this place is that it showcases the spectacular geology and landforms of the area. Ormiston, along with Ellery Creek Big Hole, is a popular spot for outback swimming, hiking and camping, and is located an easy hour and half drive west of #AliceSprings.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @iiiiiona!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Twinkle, twinkle, little star... how bright you are in the Red Centre! Ellery Creek Big Hole, only an hours' drive from #AliceSprings, offers the perfect combo: epic scenery and a great spot for a dip! With little to no light pollution in the area, you can pitch your tent in the nearby campground and see the stars like you've never seen them before ✨ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @nickjoyce_. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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It's looking bloomin' beautiful at the @AliceSpringsDesertPark! Spring has certainly sprung in the Red Centre with wildflowers popping up all over the region. Located just 10 minutes' drive from the centre of #AliceSprings, the wildlife park is the ultimate place to learn more about native flora and fauna. If you time it right, you can sit in on a free-flying bird experience, listen to an aboriginal survival presentation or organise a close encounter with a wedge-tailed eagle. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @hm_weir! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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A room with a view, NT style 😍 @powershala recently escaped to Ruby Gap Nature Park, a remote piece of wilderness in the East MacDonnell Ranges near #AliceSprings. Fun fact: It was the site of Central Australia's first mining rush in 1886 after 'rubies' were found in the riverbed! After 18 months, it was figured out that the gems were merely high-grade garnets 🙊These days it's the ultimate spot to pitch your tent and go bush-walking. Access to this little-visited park is via Arltunga Historical Reserve and a four-wheel drive vehicle is a must - but it's well worth the effort to get here! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Max and Faye. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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We're coming to you from a beautiful 27 degree day in the Red Centre... summer isn't far away, folks! We can't wait for the water to warm up at Ellery Creek Big Hole, #AliceSprings' very own outback-style beach just an hour out of town. @karaegg recently captured this unique perspective of the waterhole, framed by ancient red cliffs and native bush land. Spot the people at the far end! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Kara. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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It's easy to see why it's called #KingsCanyon 👑 Located midway between #Uluru and #AliceSprings, you'll find this natural wonder at the western end of the George Gill Range in Watarrka National Park. The canyon's sandstone walls were formed from small cracks that have eroded over millions of years to create these magnificent cliffs 🙌 The lush, sheltered creek below is a refuge for many plants and animals. The best way to explore the canyon is on foot with two walking trails to pick from; including the longer, more challenging Rim Walk and the easier Kings Creek Walk at the base of the canyon.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @shantal_indo!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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When you can see the light at the end of the tunnel on a #Friday arvo 😜 A relatively short and easy drive from #AliceSprings, Standley Chasm cuts through the tough quartzite to form a natural alleyway. Thousands of years' worth of surging flood waters are responsible for this beautiful site, which is best seen around noon on a sunny day when the high walls light up. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @alanaauld! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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As the name suggests, Ellery Creek Big Hole is one big ol’ waterhole that is surrounded by red cliffs and native trees. The sight we see today is thanks to thousands of years of floods that have carved the formation into the rock 🙌 It's easy to while away most of the day here with a number of walking trails available, excellent croc-free swimming and a picnic area. Located just 90 kilometres from #AliceSprings, it's one of many stunning stops along the West MacDonnell Ranges.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @lucyd3e! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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