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Alice Springs & Surrounds

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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.

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#Uluru, is that you? Nup, it's #MountConner! This mysterious monolith fools a lot of visitors driving up from #AliceSprings, who spot it on the horizon 100 kilometres east of Uluru. After a surge of excitement, they soon realise that this rock actually looks quite different from Uluru's famous silhouette! Locals call it 'Fool-uru' 😜 If you're keen to see it up close, you can join a tour with @CurtinSprings, the owners of the surrounding cattle station. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @bebeyondborders! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Where can you get one of the best views in #AliceSprings, you ask? From a hot air balloon, of course! Take in the changing colours on a sunrise flight with @outback_ballooning as you float high over the outback 👌 On most days you'll be able to spot wildlife down below, particularly red kangaroos, in their natural environment. Your balloon experience will finish with a glass of sparkling in the middle of the bush with some yummy baked goods 😎 What a way to start the day! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jeffcolhoun. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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@KingsCanyon Resort's deluxe spa rooms take bath time to a whole new level 🙌 Located roughly half way between #AliceSprings and #Uluru, we guarantee there's no better spot to sit back and soak up your outback surrounds...especially if you've just finished hiking the #KingsCanyon Rim Walk! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @a_isforaileen 👍 #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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What are your plans for the long weekend? How's 'bout this... 1️⃣ Jump in a 4WD 2️⃣ Head south from #AliceSprings along the Stuart Highway 3️⃣ Swap the bitumen for a red sandy road lined with majestic Desert Oaks and roll up at this natural Red Centre wonder. Sold? Then you'd better add Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve to your central @Australia bucket-list, stat! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @thenevernever 👍 #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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What if we told you it was only a 15 minute walk to this spot? Nup, we're not kidding! The Ormiston Gorge Ghost Gum lookout walk shows off the spectacular rock formations and native flora of the area including a lone Ghost Gum perfect for photo ops, perched atop a rust-red quartzite cliff. Down below you'll find a permanent waterhole that's great for a dip over the warmer months and a campground and kiosk not far away. Home to a number of geological wonders, the West MacDonnell National Park is a must for your #AliceSprings travel itinerary 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @tscharke! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Poolside drinks with epic views of the MacDonnell Ranges? Um, yes please! 🍹This oasis in the outback (aka @LassetersAu) is not only a great place to stay while you're in #AliceSprings, it's also an awesome spot to take advantage of the sunshine and enjoy some pool time ☀️ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @savvy_social!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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High red cliffs, a large waterhole and a sandy creek fringed by gums makes Ellery Creek Big Hole one of the most striking waterholes in the West MacDonnell Ranges. The water can get pretty chilly, but over the warmer months you'll find that the temperature is just right for a dip 👌 This outback 'beach' is only an hours' drive from #AliceSprings, making it the ultimate day trip destination! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @bern_m1. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The Red Centre is a mecca for walking and hiking enthusiasts 👣 From short walks to overnight trails, the region offers the chance to explore magnificent gorges, lush waterholes and striking red desert. The West MacDonnell Ranges are no exception...not only famous for the world-class #LarapintaTrail, they're also known for their epic day hikes! The lesser known Ormiston Pound walk is a 3-4 hour trail, located 130km west of #AliceSprings, that completes a full circuit, meandering the slopes, dropping into the flat expanse of the Pound and returning along Ormiston Gorge via the main waterhole. The views are nothing short of extraordinary! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @tom.cowey! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Sometimes you've just gotta sit back and take it all in, hey @alyce_claire! Massive geological forces created the towering red walls of Ormiston Gorge and Pound, located 130km west of #AliceSprings in the West MacDonnell Ranges. It's a magnificent spot to visit year round, particularly over the warmer months when you can take full advantage of the permanent waterhole. The cooler months are great for exploring the nearby walking trails, including the Ormiston Pound Walk. There's a campground 10 minutes' walk away and a small kiosk on site. If you're not keen on camping, @glenhelenhomestead is only a short drive up the road 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Alyce! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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