Alice Springs is one of the most iconic outback towns of Australia. As the gateway to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and surrounded by the MacDonnell Ranges, it’s certainly a place full of natural wonders.
Alice Springs, or The Alice as it is often referred to, has plenty to offer visitors. To the traditional owners of the land, the Arrernte people, the Alice Springs area is called Mparntwe. The shape and topographical features of the landscape are said to have been formed by three ancestral caterpillars, Yeperenye, Ntyarlke and Utnerrengatye, who moved across the landscape from Emily Gap in the MacDonnell Ranges to southeast of Alice Springs.
If you’re heading to Alice Springs, there are a few places you should endeavour to explore. Here we’ve created a list of great sites and activities to experience while staying in this incredible part of Australia:
Visit Uluru – Of course, everyone knows one of the main attractions nearby is the incredible Uluru. It’s sacred to the Aboriginal people, and is something to be taken in at sunrise or sunset as it shows off some incredible colours.
Alice Springs Desert Park – At the Desert Park you’ll be able to get up close with the creatures that live in Central Australia. The exhibits are open-air to emulate the natural environment. There are some great shows to enjoy here too, including a birds of prey show featured the majestic wedge-tailed eagle.
Immerse yourself in Aboriginal Australia – The Alice is rich in Aboriginal history, and the culture and traditions of the Arrernte people is still alive and well. Take a tour and listen to stories of the dreamtime, and check out the incredible artworks by local people.
Trek through Ormiston Gorge and Pound – Take a trek to visit Glen Helen Gorge and see where a comet crashed millions of years ago. The West MacDonnell Ranges is the perfect place to spot rock wallabies, and in the east of the ranges there are plenty of beautiful spots to go bush walking, four-wheel-driving and camping. Arltunga is an old gold rush ghost town which is fascinating to see and is well worth a visit too.
A great way to see the vast expanses of this area is via hot air balloon. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a bike ride to Simpsons Gap or join a quad bike safari across the desert.
There is so much to see and do in Alice Springs. Whether you are after adventure holiday, relaxation vacation or a trip full of natural encounters, there’s truly something for everyone in this unique and important part of Australia.