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Alice Springs explorer4-day itinerary


Alice Springs is just as far away from any beach, as it is close… or so they say. Here we do ‘beaches’ Red Centre style.

Alice Springs will surprise and delight you with lots of activities right at your doorstep. Think swimming holes, awesome rocky landscapes, amazing wildlife and great foodie hangouts. Consider timing your visit with one of the quirky festivals like the Beanie Festival or the Henley on Todd Regatta – you definitely won’t regret it.

Day 1: Alice Springs

Once you arrive in Alice, hire a car and head straight out to Simpsons Gap. Catch the sun going down and be in awe of the changing colours of the rocks. The easy walk to Simpsons Gap is a pleasant one. Keep your eyes out for the local wildlife hanging out on the rock ledges.


Days 2 & 3: Alice Springs & West MacDonnell Ranges

The next couple of days are yours to explore in and around Alice Springs. There are plenty of places within an easy drive distance. We highly recommend you explore the West MacDonnell Ranges and all the waterholes in between. Our favourites include Glen Helen, Ormiston Gorge and Ellery Creek Big Hole. Venture further and you’ll be rewarded with cool waters at Redbank Gorge.

Alice Springs has attractions suitable for everyone. Check out the Royal Flying Doctors Service, the Desert Park, School of the Air and the Araluen Cultural Precinct.

You could also choose to drive out to the Hermannsburg historic precinct, just over an hour’s drive, and discover the history behind this settlement and the importance that it holds today.


Day 4: Alice Springs

You can’t visit Alice without an early morning hot air balloon experience. With beautiful clear blue skies, red desert for days, and amazing views, the best way to see Alice and surrounds is from the peaceful floating sensation of a hot air balloon.

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