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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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There are star-tling perks to camping at Chambers Pillar! ✨ This spectacular solitary column, located 160 kilometres from #AliceSprings, towers 50 metres above the Simpson Desert plain. The pillar was formed from sandstone deposited and worn down over 350 million years 🙌 It was an important landmark guiding the region's earliest pioneers on their way from Adelaide to Alice Springs and was first recorded in 1860. The conservation reserve is best explored on foot, and don't forget your camera! ​Follow one of the marked walking tracks to the viewing platform or past the prominent features of Chambers Pillar. Sunrise and sunset are also particularly beautiful, when the pillar glows as the rays of the sun strike its face. The historical reserve can be accessed via four-wheel drive tracks and the campground offers fire pits, picnic areas and toilets. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @markdaffey! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Only 30 minutes' drive west of #AliceSprings and nestled in the West MacDonnell Ranges, Standley Chasm was formed by floods over millions of years and is an important cultural site for Western Arrernte women. 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. While the Chasm is worthy of a visit at anytime of day, it looks most dramatic an hour either side of noon on a sunny day. This is the time of day when the light enters the chasm and the sheer walls glow from reflected sunlight. There's a small kiosk near the car park at @angkerlestandleychasm where you can grab a coffee and a bite to eat upon your return. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kunuthebus! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The West MacDonnell Ranges are famous for their postcard-like scenery 😍 Shaded by towering cliffs and ghost gums, Simpsons Gap is the first of many adventure stops just west of #AliceSprings. Water flows through a small gap in the ranges providing a sheltered haven for a range of native wildlife like the resident black footed rock wallabies. There are 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. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @wetookaholiday! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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@ellebaut recently snapped these stunning shots at Glen Helen Gorge, 90 minutes' drive from #AliceSprings. Set against a gorge-ous outback vista of towering red cliffs, the permanent waterhole is part of the Finke River - thought to be one of the oldest river systems in the world! As the weather starts to warm up here in the Red Centre, it's the ultimate spot for a cool dip. Just a short stroll from here, you'll find @glenhelenlodge 👉it's a great base to explore the surrounding West MacDonnell Ranges with various room or camping options, along with a restaurant and bar. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elle! ​ #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Need some inspo to get out of bed earlier? This should do the trick 🌅 It's not hard to see why the Rim Walk at #KingsCanyon is one of the most famous trails in the Red Centre with views like this! 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. 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. Our tip: Set your alarm and start the walk in the dark so you can watch the sun come up from the top of the canyon! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @traveloutbackaustralia. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Chambers Pillar is a spectacular solitary column towering 50 metres above the Simpson Desert plain, located 160 kilometres from #AliceSprings. The pillar was formed from sandstone deposited and worn down over 350 million years 🙌 It was an important landmark guiding the region's earliest pioneers on their way from Adelaide to Alice Springs and was first recorded in 1860. The conservation reserve is best explored on foot, and don't forget your camera! ​Follow one of the marked walking tracks to the viewing platform or past the prominent features of Chambers Pillar. Photographers should time their visit for either sunrise or sunset when the Pillar glows as the rays of the sun strike its face. Access is via four-wheel drive tracks and camping is permitted. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @conormoorephotography! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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🏖️ We're summer ready here in the Red Centre! @_aswewander have been touring around central @Australia exploring some of the NT's most epic spots! ​They recently ventured out to the West MacDonnell Ranges and stopped at Ormiston Gorge, an outback oasis home to a permanent freshwater waterhole and incredible towering red walls 😍 The West MacDonnell National Park/Tjoritja stretches 161 kilometres west of #AliceSprings and is an amazing 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, Luke and Jess! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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What better way to start your outback experience than with an early morning balloon flight 🎈 You'll get to see the desert come to life as the sun rises over the MacDonnell Ranges. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife down below, including kangaroos! Once you land, tasty treats and sparkling wine await - the perfect end to this unreal adventure if you ask us! 🥂 @Outback_ballooning run daily flights year round just outside of #AliceSprings. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_aswewander. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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How can a place be so dramatic and serene at the same time?! @_aswewander recently dropped in at Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the West MacDonnell Ranges' many swimming holes. Located roughly 90 kilometres west of #AliceSprings, you're sure to feel worlds away from the daily hustle and bustle at this magnificent spot. With the Red Centre currently experiencing glorious spring temperatures, it's the ultimate time for an outback adventure. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Luke and Jess! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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