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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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What if we told you it was only a 15 minute walk to this spot? Nup, we're not kidding! The Ormiston Gorge Ghost Gum lookout walk shows off the spectacular rock formations and native flora of the area including a lone Ghost Gum perfect for photo ops, perched atop a rust-red quartzite cliff. Down below you'll find a permanent waterhole that's great for a dip over the warmer months and a campground and kiosk not far away. Home to a number of geological wonders, the West MacDonnell National Park is a must for your #AliceSprings travel itinerary 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @tscharke! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Poolside drinks with epic views of the MacDonnell Ranges? Um, yes please! 🍹This oasis in the outback (aka @LassetersAu) is not only a great place to stay while you're in #AliceSprings, it's also an awesome spot to take advantage of the sunshine and enjoy some pool time ☀️ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @savvy_social!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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High red cliffs, a large waterhole and a sandy creek fringed by gums makes Ellery Creek Big Hole one of the most striking waterholes in the West MacDonnell Ranges. The water can get pretty chilly, but over the warmer months you'll find that the temperature is just right for a dip 👌 This outback 'beach' is only an hours' drive from #AliceSprings, making it the ultimate day trip destination! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @bern_m1. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The Red Centre is a mecca for walking and hiking enthusiasts 👣 From short walks to overnight trails, the region offers the chance to explore magnificent gorges, lush waterholes and striking red desert. The West MacDonnell Ranges are no exception...not only famous for the world-class #LarapintaTrail, they're also known for their epic day hikes! The lesser known Ormiston Pound walk is a 3-4 hour trail, located 130km west of #AliceSprings, that completes a full circuit, meandering the slopes, dropping into the flat expanse of the Pound and returning along Ormiston Gorge via the main waterhole. The views are nothing short of extraordinary! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @tom.cowey! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Sometimes you've just gotta sit back and take it all in, hey @alyce_claire! Massive geological forces created the towering red walls of Ormiston Gorge and Pound, located 130km west of #AliceSprings in the West MacDonnell Ranges. It's a magnificent spot to visit year round, particularly over the warmer months when you can take full advantage of the permanent waterhole. The cooler months are great for exploring the nearby walking trails, including the Ormiston Pound Walk. There's a campground 10 minutes' walk away and a small kiosk on site. If you're not keen on camping, @glenhelenhomestead is only a short drive up the road 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Alyce! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Okay, not sure about you, but we could look at this view all day! 🙌 When @uncinqsix recently visited Watarrka National Park, halfway between #Uluru and #AliceSprings, she laced up her walking shoes and did the #KingsCanyon Rim Walk. This 6km circuit walk takes you to the rim of the canyon, down into the 'Garden of Eden' and back up to the top again to marvel at the 360 views. Depending on how many Instagram pics you take, the hike can take around 3-4 hours! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The West MacDonnell Ranges can make you feel pretty small at times...and this, is one of those times 😍 If you're looking for somewhere lesser known, this narrow gorge an hour west of #AliceSprings certainly ticks the box! Serpentine Gorge was created by a south flowing creek which has cut through two ridges of quartzite over thousands of years.  As well as linking up with the Larapinta Trail, the gorge has some shorter walking tracks of its own, including the lookout walk with stunning views of the surrounding area. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @tom.cowey! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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While it's officially the last day of #summer in @Australia, the warm weather usually sticks around for another month or so in #RedCentreNT! That gives us some extra time to enjoy all the magnificent swimming spots around #AliceSprings, including this beauty... Ellery Creek Big Hole ☀️🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @trishcurryx! #SeeAustralia

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As you can see, epic sunsets aren't just limited to @TourismTopEnd... @visitcentralaus also knows how to put on a show! This beauty was captured a couple of days ago in #AliceSprings from ANZAC Hill, one of the best vantage points in town. With awesome views of the East and West MacDonnell Ranges and the surrounding area, it's a must-stop when visiting the unofficial capital of the outback. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @girlplusbike!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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