Alice Springs and the Red Centre

Alice Springs and the Red Centre


Alice Springs is far more than the gateway to the Red Centre – it’s a thriving, spirited outback town famous for the personality of its locals and natural wonders.

Alice Springs is bursting with activities waiting for you to experience, hop on a mountain bike and tour through the mountain biking tracks that surround the Telegraph Station.

Visiting the Alice Springs Desert Park 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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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

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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.

In and around Alice Springs

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 Precinct 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 Service to learn about their 24-hour life-saving operation, visit the Alice Springs School of the Air which educates children in remote regions of Australia by radio, or wander through the Old Telegraph Station Historical Reserve 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. Read more on Travel Insider.Opens in a new tab or window

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.

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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. 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.

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Quick facts


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The summer months (December to February) often reach 100°F, but then drop down to the mid 60s degrees in the evening. The winter months (June to August) temperatures can get very cold ranging from the high 60s degrees during the day to below 32°F 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

Book car hire with Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty. Qantas Frequent Flyer members could earn Qantas Points with Avis and Budget.

Getting you there

Your flight with Qantas

Pack more into your trip with complimentary checked baggage allowance on every flight.

Enjoy complimentary refreshments on every QantasLink flight.

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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.

Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to 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).  

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