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Alice Springs & Surrounds

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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"All abooooard!" You can explore the outback in style with @pyndan_camel_tracks and get to know these quirky characters on a one hour tour just outside of #AliceSprings 🐪 Sit back and admire the view as these gentle giants take you through a beautiful valley, surrounded by mountain ranges. Many travellers are quite surprised by how relaxing a ride can be! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Julia and Marcus! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Ready, steady... glow ☀️ As you can see, midday is one of the best times to visit Standley Chasm, 50 kilometres west of #AliceSprings. The stunning sandstone walls are lit up by the reflecting sunlight, creating a breathtaking display of rich colour an hour either side of noon. The easy 20 minute walk to the chasm takes you through a lush gully, dotted with ancient ferns and cycads that have survived in the shadow of the arid hills from a long-gone wetter age. There's a small kiosk near the carpark where you can grab a coffee and a bite to eat upon your return. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @merrancourtney!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Are you a big fan of nature with a healthy side of swimming? If so, you're going to love the West MacDonnell Ranges! Including this stunner of a spot: Glen Helen Gorge 👌 Just five minutes' walk from here you'll find @glenhelenhomestead, a great base for all your exploring adventures west of #AliceSprings. They offer a range of accommodation options and an outback restaurant; all right next to one of the oldest rivers in the world, the Finke. Whether you've only got time for a day trip or are looking to stay longer, this gorge-ous spot is a must-do! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @explore_the_world_around. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Just a pile of rocks? No way, the #DevilsMarbles (#KarluKarlu) are so much more! Travellers on the Stuart Highway (the main road connecting #Darwin and #AliceSprings) can expect to see a range of the Territory's amazing natural landscapes, including these gigantic granite boulders scattered across a valley an hour south of #TennantCreek. There's a bush campground and several walking trails to check out so you can stay and witness these geological wonders at sunrise and sunset 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @cleocohen! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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When you think of a sandy beach and stunning swimming spot, we bet you don't think of the Red Centre! Ellery Creek Big Hole exceeds all expectations with towering red gorge walls and a permanent waterhole perfect for a dip over the summer months ☀️ Thousands of years of massive floods have carved out this beautiful waterhole and unlocked some amazing geology. Located just an hours' drive west of #AliceSprings in the West MacDonnell Ranges, it's the ultimate day-trip destination. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @anda_ontour! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Nature can sometimes make you feel small in the best possible way ✨  Ellery Creek Big Hole, only an hours' drive from #AliceSprings, offers the perfect combo: epic scenery and a great spot for a dip! With magnificent rolling mountain ranges and a number of easily accessible swimming gorges, the West MacDonnell Ranges are not to be missed when visiting the Red Centre. If you're short on time you can do them as a day trip but we'd recommend taking a bit longer! There are plenty of camp grounds along the way or alternatively you can stay at @glenhelenhomestead 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @lauraalycebell!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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If you haven’t got much time in #AliceSprings, this is the perfect place to visit to give you a taste of the West MacDonnell Ranges 👍 Simpsons Gap, just 17 kilometres from town, is a stunning gorge carved out of the ranges by Roe Creek, where water flows through a small gap in the mountains. There's a handful of walking trails, all varying in length, for those looking to explore more, or alternatively you can simply just sit and enjoy the view. Be sure to keep an eye out for the local black-footed rock wallabies that live all around the rocky slopes on either side of the creek! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @aj_zammit! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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What's the best way to see #KingsCanyon, you ask? Put on your best walking shoes and do the 6 kilometre Rim Walk! 👟 The hiking trail will reward you with magnificent views of the Canyon rim, the amazing weathered domes of ‘The Lost City’ and an outback oasis known as the ‘Garden of Eden’. If you're visiting the Red Centre, make sure you include a stay at this stunning natural icon, conveniently located halfway between #AliceSprings and #Uluru. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @pascaldelepine!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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A tent already pitched and all you have to do is enjoy the scenery? Sounds good to us! With the gorge only a few minutes walk from @glenhelenhomestead, there's no way you can miss seeing a spectacular sunrise over the towering red mountain ranges 🌄 Located 135 kilometres west of #AliceSprings, Glen Helen Gorge is the ultimate base to explore the surrounding West MacDonnell Ranges. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @lauraalycebell!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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