Alice Springs Capital of the Outback
Begin your Central Australian adventure in Alice Springs, headquarters of the outback and only a few hours’ flying time from Australian capital cities.
Nestled between the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, ‘Alice’ is famous for its beautiful desert landscapes, colourful outback characters, opportunities for adventure and a strong Aboriginal culture.
Things to do in Alice Springs
Drop in to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which supports an area of more than 7 million square kilometres. Learn about Alice Springs’ plants, animals and landscapes at the Alice Springs Desert Park or the Reptile Centre. Head just out of town to cuddle a baby kangaroo at the Kangaroo Sanctuary.
Things to see & do in Alice Springs
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- Four Wheel Driving
- Mountain Biking
What should I do with 1 day in Alice Springs?
Do I need any passes or permits to visit Alice Springs?
No passes or permits are required to visit Alice Springs.
How do I get around Alice Springs?
Alice Springs is very easy to get around. You can explore the CBD on foot, hire a car, take a taxi, ride a bike, or book a tour.
How do I get to Alice Springs?
Flying into Alice Springs Airport is the fastest option -- there are daily flights from most Australian capital cities. The popular Explorers Way driving route will take you all the way from Adelaide in South Australia to Alice Springs, and then on to Darwin. You can also take The Ghan rail journey south from Darwin or north from Adelaide.
How far is Alice Springs from Darwin?
Alice Springs is 1,496 km from Darwin. A flight from Darwin to Alice Springs takes around two hours, with flights departing daily. The full drive takes about 18 hours, we recommend taking at least 2 days.
What are the major attractions in Alice Springs?
What should I bring with me to Alice Springs?
You will probably be spending lots of time outdoors experiencing the natural wonders of the region, so pack comfortable clothing and footwear, hat, sunscreen, plenty of water and a camera. If you forget to pack something, don't worry, you'll be able to find almost anything you need in Alice Springs.
When is the best time to visit Alice Springs?
Alice Springs has some of the best weather in Australia, boasting clear blue skies year-round. Remember, the desert can get very cold at night, especially from May to October, so make sure you pack for both hot and cold weather. The hottest months are December to February.
Where should I go next from Alice Springs?
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