Drift away on a hot air balloon ride
Rise early and take to the skies in a hot air balloon for a magnificent bird’s eye view of Alice Springs and the Red Centre. As you drift into an outback sunrise of pastel blues, purples and yellows, keep an eye out for native wildlife and the iconic Red Kangaroo down below.
Indulge your senses at Olive Pink Botanic Garden
Once your feet are planted firmly again on the ground, it’s time to indulge in a cooked breakfast at the Bean Tree Café which you can find nestled in the Olive Pink Botanic Garden.
It is Australia’s only arid zone botanic garden and the perfect place to relax for breakfast or lunch amongst the native surrounds. Take the time to wander along the walking trails to see the hundreds of plant species that are native to the Red Centre, or spot some of the 80 bird species which have been recorded at the park.
Be inspired by the early pioneers
Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Get amongst the interactive displays and step inside a full-sized replica of a modern PC-12 airplane, part of the exciting new collection. Gain an insight into the iconic Australian outback service established by pioneers in 1928.
There is an onsite café, where you can dine under the original verandah and enjoy the amazing blue skies Alice Springs is known for. Sit back and relax with a coffee, specially blended for the RFDS by a local coffee roaster. The Flying Doctor Coffee can be purchased from the onsite RFDS Doc Shop, so be sure to pick some up to take home with you while browsing through their other goodies.
Meet new scaley friends
Get up close and personal with some of the Northern Territory’s favourite wildlife at the Reptile Centre, which is home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia.
Here you'll meet Terry the Saltwater Crocodile, see huge perentie goannas, thorny devils, frill-neck lizards and some of the world’s most venomous snakes. Join one of the daily shows to learn more about some lizards and pythons, which is followed by a supervised handling session – a perfect photo opportunity.
Finish off your night with dinner from one of the many restaurants in town, and be sure to get a good night’s rest. You have a big day ahead tomorrow heading out of town on an overnight camping trip.