Glen Helen Gorge, Tjorita/West MacDonnell National Park
Glen Helen Gorge, Tjorita/West MacDonnell National Park
Alice Springs and the Red Centre

Framed by the MacDonnell Ranges and the never-ending desert landscape, Alice Springs is a thriving, spirited outback centre famous for the personality of its locals and natural wonders. The gateway to the Red Centre, sunny skies all year round and a calendar filled with events, any time of the year is a great time to visit the NT.

Flight deals

Reasons to fly with Qantas

Food and drink icon

Food and drinks on every flight

Enjoy a meal or snack every time you fly with us, as well as a range of refreshments including beer and wine.

Inflight dining
Baggage icon

Baggage included in every fare

Pack more into your trip with checked and carry-on baggage included in every fare.

Wi-Fi icon

Extensive network

We’ve introduced flights to more than 65 destinations across Australia and New Zealand to take you on that regional or Tasman break you’ve been planning.

Domestic Network
Fly Flex calendar icon

Book with confidence

We know plans change, so we've introduced further flexibility on eligible Qantas operated flights. Booking and travel dates apply.

Fly Flexible

Places to stay

Aptly named the Red centre, Alice springs is located right in the centre of Australia. The centre of Alice is lined with historic buildings, art galleries, shops and restaurants, which make it the perfect place to enjoy a stroll during the day or find a bed for the night . You’ll find everything from budget motel rooms, backpacker accomodation and campsites to luxury hotels. If you plan to book a tour, base yourself at one of the family-friendly serviced appartments to familiar chain hotels to be easily collected. If you’re visiting on business or an event at the Alice Springs Convention Centre, opt for one of the modern hotels in Desert Springs. For something different check in for a night or two on an historic working cattle station.

For an extraordinary stay in West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, then book a stay at Glen Helen Lodge to soak in the incredible beauty of the earth’s oldest landscapes. This central Australian outback region is located 130km west of Alice Springs, and is the perfect place to base yourself to see the many attractions in the surrounding areas Glen Helen and Ormiston Gorges.

At the heart of Arrernte country, Alice is also a great place to start your trip to the extraordinary desert icons of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) to the north and Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon).

Things to do

Alice Springs' striking landscapes, remote communities, and unique pioneering history create a diverse destination to explore. Begin your outback adventure exploring historic sites, see the work of local artists in Aboriginal art galleries, join a cultural event, or try one of the many adventure activities on offer in the desert landscape.

Experience the magic of the Parrtjima festival that lights up an ancient canvas like no other. Held in April, the unique festival includes a program packed full of live talks, events and music by local and national musicians.

For those who prefer an active holiday, take a walk in the Alice Springs Desert Park and get up close with diverse flora and fauna. Hikers may prefer the breathtaking Larapinta Trail - voted as one of the top trekking experiences in the world with 7 day, overnight and short walking options. Take time to explore the West MacDonnell Ranges, filled with great hiking trails and waterholes to take a refreshing dip.

At the end of the day relax and sample the produce of this vibrant town. Quirky bars and cafes, and restaurants with stunning views are just some of the attractions in the CBD. Choose from outback-inspired dishes showcasing emu, crocodile and kangaroo, native fruits and berries, or feast on cuisines from around the world.


Where to go

No Title No Description
More about the MacDonnell rangesOpens external site in a new window Ellery creek big hole

MacDonnell Ranges

The West MacDonnell Ranges form a natural city wall around Alice Springs and are filled with breathtaking chasms, gorges and waterholes. The most popular spots and walking tracks are Simpson’s Gap, Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen.

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.

More about the MacDonnell rangesOpens external site in a new window
Read more about the Rainbow ValleyOpens external site in a new window Rainbow valley desert

Rainbow Valley

Renowned for its sandstone bluffs and cliffs featuring bands of colourful rock, it's an easy day trip from Alice Springs. This amazing natural wonder is 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.

Read more about the Rainbow ValleyOpens external site in a new window
Car hire information Australia tasmania cradle mountain national park

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.

Around town: 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 a hire car or guided tour.

Car hire information

Related destinations

Search flights


Important information

Disclaimer: ^ You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.

^You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Join online now. Membership and the earning and redemption of points are subject to the  terms and conditions of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. Members will earn 6 Qantas Points per A$1 value when booking offers at Qantas Points will not be earned on cancelled or refunded bookings.

Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. To earn Qantas Points, quote your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number when booking. The ability to use Points Plus Pay is subject to meeting the minimum points requirement of 5,000 Qantas Points. Qantas Points cannot be split between two or more members occupying the same room. Some accommodation providers may not allow you to combine this offer with any other offer. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to redeem points for, or earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable). Qantas Points cannot be earned on Classic Hotel Rewards. A Classic Hotel Reward must be booked using Qantas Points only.

View full terms and conditions for earning and redeeming Qantas Points with Qantas Hotels

Disclaimer: ~ Qantas activities are provided by Viator. Conditions apply.

Disclaimer:  This offer applies to Qantas operated flights for the following dates: Australian Domestic: booked between 21 May 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 12 June 2020 and 28 February 2022. Trans-Tasman: booked between 15 October 2020 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 16 October 2020 and 28 February 2022. International: booked between 25 February 2021 and 28 February 2022, for travel between 1 November 2021 and 31 December 2022. If you decide to change the date of your travel, we'll waive the change fee. You'll need to change your flight before your scheduled date of departure and select a new travel date within 12 months of your original booking date. When you're ready to rebook, you'll also need to cover any fare increase for your new flight, if applicable. For all changes, your applicable Fare Rules and the Qantas Conditions of Carriage apply.

Disclaimer:  Meals, beverages, entertainment offerings vary between flight times. Alcohol offered during select flight times on select flights.

Disclaimer: + The number of Australian and New Zealand destinations is correct as at 7 May 2021, but is subject to change. Please check the latest Government travel restrictions for updates before booking.