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Welcome to Alice Springs

The third-largest town in Australia’s Red Centre, Alice Springs acts as a gateway to the Northern Territory and the Outback—and to a cultural understanding of Aboriginal Australia. Colonial and Aboriginal influences are strong here, and top sights include the Alice Springs Telegraph Station (built in 1872) for history, Alice Springs Desert Park for native wildlife, and numerous museums and indigenous art galleries. Yet for most visitors, the magic happens beyond Alice Springs. The vast, culturally and geologically rich landscapes that surround Alice Springs are best experienced via the informative guided tours that leave town for a day, two—or even six. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a relatively brief four-hour drive away, tops most tours’ itineraries. The park’s crown jewel is Uluru, aka Ayers Rock, whose sheer mass and ochre hues astound even the most geology-averse. Circumambulate its base for a pilgrimage-like experience of this Aboriginal sacred site. You can even get an unforgettable view of “the Rock” on a sunrise hot-air balloon flight. Nearby, the equally impressive Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) are enormous, huddled rocks whose gorges and valleys are popular for hiking. Some tours also visit Kings Canyon, with dramatic sandstone domes, sheer red cliffs, and native wildlife. Closer to town lie the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges, and day-long tours hit highlights such as Simpsons Gap and Ellery Creek Big Hole. And serious bushwalkers can spend five nights hiking and camping along the Outback’s Larapinta Trail.

Top 10 attractions in Alice Springs

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Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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A gigantic monolith of rust-red rock looming over the desert plains of the Australian Outback, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is more than just a postcard icon—it’s the cultural, spiritual, and geographical heart of Australia, one of its most impressive natural wonders, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More
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Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

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Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, the mighty Ayers Rock (Uluru), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. This natural wonder, comprising 36 domed red rocks looming up from the desert plains, is a spectacular sight and one of the highlights of Australia’s Red Centre.More
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MacDonnell Ranges

MacDonnell Ranges

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The MacDonnell Ranges are a 400-mile (644-kilometer) stretch of mountains offering spectacular views and some of the top natural attractions in Australia’s Northern Territory. Visit the ranges to experience Simpson’s Gap, Standley Chasm, and the secluded water holes of Serpentine Gorge and Ellery Creek Big Hole.More
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Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon

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The red sandstone walls of Kings Canyon rise abruptly from tranquil pools and pockets of cycads and vegetation in the middle of the red centre desert.The prized activity here is the 2.5 km (1.5 mile) return Kings Creek Walk around the rim of the canyon to a lookout for fabulous views of the lush Garden of Eden.The reward for taking on the longer 4-hour walk is even better views including the rock formation known as the Lost City.The 1-hour return Kathleen Springs Walk is wheelchair-accessible and leads to a lovely waterhole.More
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Standley Chasm (Angkerle Atwatye)

Standley Chasm (Angkerle Atwatye)

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Standley Chasm, also known as Angkerle Atwatye, or just Angkerle, is a place of great significance to the local Aboriginal people. A spectacular slot gorge, the deep, narrow chasm cuts through the tough quartzite of the native stone and puts on a magnificent display of color and form as the sun passes through the sky.Surrounding the chasm is a lush valley and an abundance of walking trails. A short walk from the kiosk to the chasm is particularly rewarding at midday when the sun shines directly overhead. Another walk from the kiosk heads west and climbs to a saddle with views of the area's mountains and valleys. For more avid hikers, sections 3 and 4 of the Larapinta Trail meet at Standley Chasm and can be hiked as either long day trips or overnight hikes.Standley Chasm is the easiest place to access the Chewings Ranges for those who do not wish to hike the Larapinta Trail. The Chewings Ranges are home to some of the most rare and threatened wildlife of the West MacDonnell Ranges.More
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Ormiston Gorge

Ormiston Gorge

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One of the star attractions of central Australia’s West MacDonnell Ranges, Ormiston Gorge has stark red walls that house an almost permanent waterhole and attractive ghost gum trees. Facilities include a visitor center, a campground, and a kiosk, while the gorge forms the trailhead for sections 9 and 10 of the Larapinta Trail.More
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Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs Desert Park

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The Alice Springs Desert Park showcases the three main desert environments in Australia. Wander through sand, woodland, and river deserts and learn about their different plant and animal inhabitants. Take the short walking route through the park or explore further afield to find kangaroos and birdlife.More
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Hermannsburg (Ntaria)

Hermannsburg (Ntaria)

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Around 79 miles (137 kilometers) west of Alice Springs, the settlement of Hermannsburg (Ntaria in the local language) is more than just the gateway to Finke Gorge National Park. Historic whitewashed buildings date from the 19th century, artist Albert Namatjira’s home invites visitors, and Hermannsburg potters craft unique terra-cotta.More
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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In downtown Alice, the intimate Alice Springs Reptile Centre offers the chance to get up close and personal with some of the Northern Territory’s most fascinating inhabitants. The collection of over 100 reptiles includes pythons, goannas, a saltwater crocodile, and the bizarre thorny devil lizard, with interactive shows three times a day.More
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Anzac Hill

Anzac Hill

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Offering sweeping views over Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges, Anzac Hill is named for its war memorial commemorating World War I ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) soldiers. Known to Aboriginal people as Untyeyetweleye or Atnelkentyarliweke, the hill plays a role in the Caterpillar Dreaming and Corkwood Dreaming stories.More

Trip ideas

Uluru Tours from Alice Springs

Uluru Tours from Alice Springs

How to Spend 2 Days in Alice Springs

How to Spend 2 Days in Alice Springs

Recent reviews from experiences in Alice Springs

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One for the bucket list
Robyn_M, Sep 2021
Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
A magical way to experience the outlying area of Alice springs and a beautiful sunrise.
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Great Day
Jennie_D, Jun 2021
Best of Alice Springs Full Day Tour
This was a really great days outing Started in the morning trips to Simpsons gap followed by Stanley Chasm really beautiful places Next was the tourist attractions of Alice Springs.
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Enjoyable trip
Deanima_R, May 2021
Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Uluru) One Way Shuttle
The trip just fantastic and the driver very nice and helpful with lots of information to tell us about places from Alice Springs to Uluru
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Quick and easy
Allen_M, May 2021
Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Uluru) One Way Shuttle
Best way to get from Alice Springs Uluru with out any concerns highly recommend.
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Nice experience, well worth the time
Brian_Y, Apr 2021
Alice Springs Camel Tour
Overall it was a wonderful experience and a great way to see the countryside near Alice Springs.
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Highlight of our trip
John_B, Apr 2021
Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
What an amazing experience Despite an extreme fear of heights I felt safe and secure The view was amazing and staff warm and friendly I would recommend everyone do this on their trip to Alice Springs
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Getting the most from your tour
Margaret_B, Apr 2021
Alice Springs Highlights Tour
This tour allowed us the opportunity to visit a range of local activities around Alice Springs.
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An amazing tour for everyone
Vanny01, Mar 2020
Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner
They are full of cultural information and of the scared sure and of the area from Alice Springs to Uluru.
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Amazing!
Lauren G, Dec 2019
Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner
If you’re thinking about traveling to Alice Springs and Uluru, you must do this tour, there’s nothing else like it.
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LOTS TO SEE AND ENJOY ON WEST MacDONNELL RANGES DAY TRIP
michaelmC3071HZ, Dec 2019
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
This was our first visit to Alice Springs and the West MacDonnell Ranges Day trip was the highlight with lots to see (plenty of spectacular scenery) and informative comments from our driver/guide "Bluey".
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Worth the Trip
STEPHEN_J, Oct 2019
Alice Springs Highlights Tour
Our guide Tash took us to the RFDS, School of the Air, the original telegraph station and initial site which included Alice's Spring and ANZAC Hill.
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I forgot to review this one as well...
Susan H, Aug 2017
Alice Springs Camel Tour
But our sunset camel ride was a total blast -- definitely a memorable experience and one of the highlights of our stay in Alice Springs.
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I traveled in Style
MarieMayN_G, Apr 2021
Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Uluru) One Way Shuttle
The 6 hours trip from Alice Springs to Uluru was very comfortable.
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A very good tour highlighting and...
John D, Oct 2017
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
A very good tour highlighting and stopping at th best spots, about 5 or 6' in this direction from Alice Springs.
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Great trip. We enjoyed Uluru,Kata...
Thomas D, Jul 2016
2-Day Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta Trip from Alice Springs
I would stay one day longer at Alice Springs.
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Best excursion in six weeks of travel in AU and NZ!
Richard_F, Nov 2019
Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner
Emu's bus driver, Micheal, to and from Ayer's Rock from Alice Springs, and Freddy, our guide at the Rock, were both terrific.
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Good way to spend a spare afternoon in Alice Springs
James_N, May 2019
Alice Springs Highlights Tour
This tour of Alice Springs is a good way to occupy any spare time you might have in Alice Springs while stopping there on your way to Ayers Rock (Uluru).
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A nice early morning flight outside...
KjellAke_A, Mar 2018
Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs
A nice early morning flight outside Alice SPrings.
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Although it was an intense 3 days...
Jairo V, Sep 2016
3-Day Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) via Kings Canyon Tour
Although it was an intense 3 days tour, we certainly enjoyed all the activities included.
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This was an awesome journey through the...
Paul B, Aug 2007
Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Uluru) One Way Shuttle
This beats catching the plane from Alice Springs.
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