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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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These towering red walls can be found at Simpsons Gap, just 18 kilometres west of #AliceSprings in the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges. There are several short walks that show off the area’s native plants and wildlife. ​Our tip: Head here just before sunset; not only does the gap light up as the sun hits it, but you might also spot one of the local black-footed rock wallabies that call the area home. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @whichwaynow._.. ​ #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Have you always been fascinated by the night sky? 💫 With thousands of visible stars, the Red Centre offers some of the best night-time views in the world! Located ​15 minutes south of #AliceSprings, on 100 acres of desert wilderness overlooking the spectacular East MacDonnell Ranges, the Earth Sanctuary (@sanctuary_nt) offers a variety of tours dedicated to ecology, culture and astronomy. Their incredible observatory (pictured here) is situated on an ancient sand dune - here you’ll explore the Southern night sky with an experienced sky guide, laser pointer and telescope. While you're waiting to visit, you can check out their Aussie TV show, Outback Brothers, airing on Channel 9 every Saturday. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @sanctuary_nt. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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It's hard not to fall in love with central @Australia's vibrant outback colours 🧡 This is Standley Chasm (@angkerlestandleychasm), a spectacular geological marvel just 40 minutes from #AliceSprings, and an important cultural site for Western Arrernte women. While the Chasm is worthy of a visit at any time of day, it looks most dramatic an hour either side of noon on a sunny day. This is when the light enters the chasm and the sheer walls glow from reflected sunlight. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @phoebewilcox. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Would you believe this little oasis is just one of the many stunning waterholes around #AliceSprings? Located almost smack-bang in the middle of @Australia, most people think that this iconic outback town is surrounded by just desert, but in actual fact, it's home to some of the sweetest swimming spots getting around! Redbank Gorge, pictured here, is nestled at the base of Mount Sonder in the West MacDonnell National Park. ​ It's an exciting day for Territorian's - locals can now travel freely in the NT! If you need us, we'll be out exploring our beautiful backyard 🧡 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @maxandfaye.ps. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Camping under a magnificent starry night sky - does it get much better than THIS!? 💫 @davidolennon recently shared this spectacular throwback from his time near #AliceSprings, the unofficial capital of the outback. ​Is spending a night in a billion star hotel on your bucket list? If so, don’t forget to hit the the 'save' button to add this to your Red Centre mood board! ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, David. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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@ameliakate_ recently “made the most of the desert rain" at John Hayes Rockhole, one of the many hidden gems in the East MacDonnell Ranges. This little outback oasis can be found in Trephina Gorge Nature Park and often dries up if there's been no rain for an extended period. Located just 85 kilometres east of #AliceSprings, a high clearance vehicle is recommended for the last section of road to the rockhole. For experienced walkers, it's possible to get there via the Trephina Ridgetop Walk, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding ranges. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Mimi! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #HolidayHereThisYear

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We've hit the road - next stop...an epic Red Centre adventure 🙌 🚗 Central @Australia was made for road-trips with a number of exciting drive routes linking #AliceSprings, #Uluru, #KingsCanyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges. Whether you've hired a car or brought your own, happy to stay on sealed roads or keen to try a dirt track; there's something for everyone in the Aussie outback. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @craig_busu! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Summer might be officially over but we're still chasing waterholes here in the Red Centre! @powershala recently ventured to Ormiston Gorge, one of the many spectacular swimming spots near #AliceSprings. This oasis in the middle of the West MacDonnell Ranges is as pretty as a picture with red rock walls, towering trees and a permanent pool. BYO picnic rug, book and floatie 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Max and Faye! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #HolidayHereThisYear

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Recent rainfall in the Red Centre has replenished Ellery Creek Big Hole 🙌 This massive waterhole is probably the easiest and most popular waterhole to get to from #AliceSprings. Located in the West MacDonnell National Park, it's surrounded by high red cliffs that sparkle as the sun beams down. Bring a floatie and a packed lunch for the ultimate day trip! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @maddy_mclaughlin. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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