Alice Springs and the Red Centre

Alice Springs and the Red Centre


A thriving hub in the centre of Australia, Alice Springs boasts so much to see and do. Grab a mountain bike and find out why Simpson's Gap or the Alice Springs Telegraph Station's numerous mountain bike tracks are so popular with adventure-seekers, and check out the Alice Springs Desert Park or learn the history of critical services in the remote areas of the NT by visiting the Royal Flying Doctors Service facility. Check the local calendar for the latest events and festivals going on. The gateway to the Red Centre has a whole lot going on.

Alice Springs is bursting with activities waiting for you to experience, check out the School of the Air, Royal Flying Doctors Service, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre and venture out into the MacDonnell Ranges. 

Visiting the Alice Springs Desert ParkOpens external site in a new window is a must do activity for your chance to get up close and personal with local flora and fauna.

With sunny skies all year round and a calendar filled with fun and quirky events, any time of the year is a great time to visit Alice Springs, you’ll be surprised with what this buzzing town has to offer.

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Need some inspiration on what to do? Here are some of the top attractions in and around Alice Springs.

Where to go

Framed by the MacDonnell Ranges and the desert landscape, Alice Springs has all the conveniences of a modern township imbued with a rich living Aboriginal tradition and European explorer history.


Begin your outback adventure exploring historic sites, see the work of local artists in Aboriginal art galleries, join a cultural event or activity, or try one of the many adventure activities on offer in the desert landscape.

Alice Springs CBD

With so many unique historic and cultural sites to visit, you'll be spoiled for choice in The Alice.

Spend time exploring the Araluen Cultural PrecinctOpens external site for an insight into Aboriginal art and culture and European settlement; the precinct is home to Aboriginal sacred sites and trees of significance as well as art galleries, museums and the Strehlow Research Centre.

Stop in at the Royal Flying Doctors ServiceOpens external site to learn about their 24-hour life-saving operation, visit the Alice Springs School of the AirOpens external site which educates children in remote regions of Australia by radio, or wander through the Old Telegraph Station Historical ReserveOpens external site which, back in 1871, enabled the first real communication between England and Australia.

In spite of its relaxed vibe, there’s plenty to do at night with cool bars, cafes and restaurants waiting to be discovered. 

MacDonnell Ranges

No trip to Alice Springs would be complete without an adventure out into the MacDonnell Ranges. The East and West MacDonnell Ranges stretch out for hundreds of kilometres on both sides of Alice Springs.

The West MacDonnell Ranges form a natural city wall around Alice Springs and are filled with breath taking chasms, gorges and waterholes. The well-known spots to visit include Simpson’s Gap, Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen, many of which you can swim in. There are plenty of walking trails and picturesque landscape.

The East MacDonnell Ranges are popular for bush walking, camping and four-wheel driving. At Emily and Jessie Gaps you'll see a large rock painting that depicts the caterpillar dreaming of the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people. Further east is Trephina Gorge, N'Dhala Gorge and Arltunga, a ghost town that was the site of a gold rush in the 1930s.

Rainbow Valley

Rainbow Valley is renowned for its sandstone bluffs and cliffs with bands of different coloured rock.

An easy day trip from Alice Springs, it's at its most spectacular in the early morning light or late afternoon sun when it changes from ochre red to orange and purple, or after heavy rainfall, when the whole scene is reflected in the claypans.

The Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve is located about 75 kilometres south of Alice Springs and best accessed by four-wheel drive.

Quick facts



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The summer months (December to February) often reach the high 30s, but then drop down to the mid 20s in the evening. The winter months (June to August) temperatures can get very cold ranging from 20 degrees during the day to below zero at night. Spring (September to November) and Autumn (March to May) are the best time to visit Alice Springs with cooler temperatures.

Getting around

From the airport

Alice Springs airport services domestic flights only and is located 15km from the town centre. 

The taxi rank and shuttle service is located outside the terminal, the shuttle service can transfer you to and from the town, picking up and dropping off at local hotels.

In and around the city

Central Alice Springs is small enough to explore on foot. Bus and taxi services are also available, and it’s wise to use taxis at night for safety reasons. If you’re visiting the national parks, Uluru and Kata Tjuta, you’ll need to hire a car, or take a guided tour.

At the heart of Arrernte country, Alice is also the place to start from to explore the extraordinary desert icons Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) to the north; Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) to the south-west and the West MacDonnell Ranges to the east. 


Alice Springs car hire

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Getting you there

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