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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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Penny and Derek look pretty pleased with their #Easter haul! 🐣 No trip to the NT is complete without a kangaroo experience, and you won’t find any better than the globally renowned Kangaroo Sanctuary in #AliceSprings. Made famous by the documentary series Kangaroo Dundee, and no. 1 on @tripadvisor's list of things to do in the unofficial outback capital, the Sanctuary is truly an inspiration. Join Brolga, the sanctuary's owner, as he looks after his huge mob of rescued kangaroos, while educating and encouraging visitors about caring for injured wildlife. The Sanctuary can only be visited on a pre-booked tour that runs from Tuesday to Friday. Get in quick - tours fill up fast!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @TheKangarooSanctuary.  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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You'll think you’ve lost your marbles at this unique outback stop! The oddly shaped, gravity-defying rock formations of the #DevilsMarbles (#KarluKarlu) are unlike anything else 🙌 Follow the walkways and find out via the information boards how the granite formations have withstood the forces of wind and rain, unlike the surrounding sandstone. 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. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @raffaelemerler! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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In desperate need of a #weekend adventure? Why not wander through the incredible Standley Chasm! This Red Centre jewel is a must do, offering breathtaking scenes with it’s rich red rock and hosting walking tracks for all levels. The chasm is only 30 minutes' drive west of #AliceSprings and is one of the many spectacular nature stops in the West MacDonnell Ranges - a region perfect for exploring over a couple of days! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @traveloutbackaustralia. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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If you haven't been to the Red Centre before it might surprise you how many spectacular swimming spots there are around #AliceSprings!  @emmaclaire____ stopped by Ellery Creek Big Hole, a stunning waterhole roughly 90 kilometres from town, in the mighty Ellery Creek which cuts through a gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Massive floods over thousands of years have carved out this permanent waterhole and unlocked some amazing geology. While it might be starting to cool down interstate, it was still a balmy 35 degrees celsius in Alice Springs today.... the perfect temperature to enjoy a dip with a picnic 😍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Emma! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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@Parrtjimaaustralia - A Festival in Light starts in #AliceSprings today ✨ Swipe across for day vs night 🤩 This annual free festival is the only authentic Aboriginal light event of its kind with 10 nights of light installations from a number of aboriginal artists set against the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. Alongside the artworks you can enjoy a program packed full of live talks, events and music by local and national musicians. Wondering what the name means? Local, senior Arrernte people chose the name 'Parrtjima' (pronounced Parr-Chee-Ma) as it suggests shedding both light and understanding on a subject. #NTaustralia #SeeAustralia #Parrtjima

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Rainbow Valley certainly lives up to its name 😍🌈 An easy day trip from #AliceSprings, this colourful location is renowned for its sandstone bluffs and cliffs with different bands of naturally painted rock. Best accessed by a four-wheel drive vehicle, this lesser known geological wonder is particularly stunning in the early morning light or late afternoon when it changes from ochre red to orange and purple. The short walk around the clay pan is well worth it, especially in wildflower season. The reserve is on the traditional lands of the Upper Southern Arrernte people and is known to them as Wurre. There’s a small campground on site with picnic tables, barbecues and toilets if you’re keen to stick around and experience sunrise and sunset. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @emmaclaire____! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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It's not hard to see why the Rim Walk at #KingsCanyon is one of the most famous hikes in the Red Centre! The six kilometre circuit walk traces the rim of the canyon for much of the hike before descending into the lush 'Garden of Eden' and back up to the top again through the intriguing sandstone domes of the 'Lost City'. Located in Watarrka National Park, roughly halfway between #Uluru and #AliceSprings, Kings Canyon is one of the many must-do stops along the iconic Red Centre Way drive route. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @anaisplr! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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This little guy sure knows his best angles 😍 @mandihefflinger described her second visit to @TheKangarooSanctuary “just as magical as the first." There’s no better way to meet @Australia's most famous locals than a sunset tour at the sanctuary where you can cuddle and feed a baby kangaroo. The main mission for the sanctuary, based just outside of #AliceSprings, is to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned baby kangaroos back into the wild. Those who can’t be return to the wild are released into their 188 acre property. Tours run from Tuesday to Friday. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Mandi. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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By gorge, you've done it Glen Helen 🤩 @jaydidphoto snapped this stunning shot at #sunrise, describing the landscape in the Red Centre as “mind-boggling to comprehend." A 1.5 hour drive from #AliceSprings, @glenhelenlodge is the ultimate base for exploring the West MacDonnell Ranges and is located just a few minutes' walk from this beautiful gorge. The lodge offers various accommodation options, along with a restaurant and bar. You'll also find Ormiston Gorge, Redbank Gorge, the Ochre Pits and Ellery Creek Big Hole all within easy driving distance. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Jay! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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