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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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The @Colbybrownphotography IG takeover continues... One of best ways to experience a new location is from the air. The unique perspective it brings can truly be incredible. When I visited #AliceSprings for the first time, I knew I wanted to get up in the air to see the West MacDonnell Ranges. For this I connected with @Outback_Ballooning, who took us up one morning. Luckily for us, the weather was perfect and we were greeted with one of the most amazing sunrises I had seen in a while! #NTaustralia #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Date night in the outback! 😍 This sweet set-up was created by @elisecook who road-tripped from #Darwin to #AliceSprings. During Elise's time in the Red Centre she ventured out to the West MacDonnell Ranges and stopped at Ormiston Gorge, an outback oasis home to a permanent freshwater waterhole and epic towering red walls. The West MacDonnell National Park/Tjoritja stretches 161 kilometres west of Alice Springs and is an incredible example of an ancient landscape sculptured over time by the climatic elements. Swimming holes, walking trails and camping are the main highlights of the area and well worth sticking around for a few days to experience. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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If you're travelling through the West MacDonnell Ranges, don't forget to make a stop at Standley Chasm, where the rock appears to have been split by a giant pick-axe! A relatively short and easy drive from #AliceSprings, the chasm cuts through the tough quartzite to form a natural alleyway. It was created by surging flood waters over thousands of years and is an important cultural site for Western Arrernte women. If you're keen to learn more, you can join a half day tour with @angkerlestandleychasm that includes authentic cross-cultural presentations, bush tucker and art workshops. Our tip: visit at noon when the sun is right over head - this is when the chasm really lights up!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @talman.  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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This is what peak hour looks like in the Red Centre! 😜🐪 Spot kangaroos and birds, watch the ranges glow under sunset skies and take in the peace of the desert on a camel ride through the Ilparpa Valley with @pyndan_camel_tracks, just outside of #AliceSprings. The camels are gentle and well trained, thanks to ‘camel man’ Marcus, who’s been working with them for 30 years. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @talman!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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G'day from #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 🙌  Soaring 270 metres above sea level, areas of the canyon plummet to the Garden of Eden where lush, plants thrive along the line of the permanent rock pools. The best way to explore the canyon is on foot with two walking trails to pick from; the longer, more challenging Rim Walk and the easier Kings Creek Walk at the base of the canyon.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mooski_adventures! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Our New Year's resolution? Spend more time hanging out at waterholes!  High red cliffs, a large swimming hole and a sandy creek lined by gums makes Ormiston Gorge one of the prettiest spots for a dip in the West MacDonnell National Park. Only 90 minutes drive west of #AliceSprings, this place is ripe for summer exploration. You’ll also find swimming holes at Ellery Creek Big Hole and Redbank Gorge (where you can float through ancient gorge walls) in the park. And, because we're in the Red Centre... we can guarantee it's completely safe to swim here 🐊👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @traveloutbackaustralia! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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To celebrate 2018 we're bringing you our Top 10 posts for the year... here's your 3rd favourite photo!  #Netflix and chill, NT style 🙌 This sweet set-up was created by @elisecook who 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 NT's star attractions, including Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. As far as road-trips go, they don't get much better than this one! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise 👍

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We're halfway there... Here's your 5th favourite photo for 2018!  As far as head shots go, we think Sebastian has his down pat... 😜 Sebastian lives at @thekangaroosanctuary where their main mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned baby kangaroos back into the wild. Kangaroos who can’t be returned to their native habitat are released into the 188 acre property. If you'd like to meet Sebastian and his mates you can book a sunset tour of the Sanctuary, which is just a short drive from #AliceSprings in @visitcentralaus. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @thekangaroosanctuary! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve is a place of great cultural significance to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people, as well as a site of international scientific interest. The reserve is best known for its large crater, created approximately 142 million years ago, when a huge comet struck Central Australia, leaving one of the biggest impact craters in the world. There is a short walk to a lookout on an adjacent ridge and a longer loop walk which provides a higher vantage point and impressive views of the crater. The Reserve is about 175 kilometres west of #AliceSprings - a 4WD is recommended for the last five kilometres of the drive. Photo: Shaana McNaught / Video: @danarosalie #NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

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