Travelling to Alice Springs
ABOUT ALICE SPRINGS
One of the most isolated towns in Australia, Alice Springs is also one of the friendliest. Here people tend to know each other’s names – it’s the kind of place where a trip to the supermarket can take twice as long if you’re a local because you have to stop and chat to everyone. It’s also nice and compact, which makes it easy to get around and navigate.
Framed by the mighty MacDonnell Ranges to the east and west, Alice resides against a backdrop of towering red stone and big blue skies. It is a place of arts and events, Aboriginal culture and adrenalin adventures, national parks and natural wonders. Arrive, explore and breathe in the magic.
The Red CentreNATS are all about the amount of fun you can have on four wheels, so it’s not surprising people usually drive from all over Australia to attend.
A road trip of a lifetime is the perfect opportunity to support affected communities as you pass through by buying fuel, supplies, souvenirs, and food and drink, as well as visiting entertainment venues and tourism attractions.
Once you’re in Alice, consider tagging on an additional adventure in the outback. The town in the heart of Australia is a good place to head off on a number of iconic road trips. Drive your own backyard and help drive Australia’s economy.
For those travelling from Darwin or Adelaide, the Explorers Way is an iconic route that slices through the centre of Australia, north to south. Its 3,016km follow the path of the first overland telegraph constructed in the 1860s and, outside the two capital cities, it maintains a feel of those pioneer days.
There are interesting sites to stop off at along the way, tiny towns and settlements steeped in history, stunning national parks if you are travelling from the Darwin region, and world-famous wine regions if you start in Adelaide.
WHERE TO STAY
Looking for something a little different?
Whether you are looking for a cheap and cheerful caravan park, self-catering unit, serviced apartment or luxury accommodation, book early!
Alice Springs offers a range of hotels, motels, hostels and camping spots. If you’re spoilt for choice, Tourism Central Australia can help. Visit discovercentralaustralia.com
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE HERE
The Red CentreNATS rule in Alice Springs when they’re on, but there are plenty of other experiences to be had in and around the region.
Turn your RedCentreNATS trip into the holiday of a lifetime in the heart of Australia. Explore fascinating historic sites, view the incredible work of local Aboriginal artists, ride a camel, quad bike or mountain bike, soar over Uluru-Kata Tjuta in a plane, helicopter or hot air balloon, discover the local flora and fauna at a wildlife park or sanctuary, or get back to nature in our stunning national parks. There’s also plenty of places to tuck into some great food and drink – you’ll be surprised at what’s on offer.
To find out more about things to do in Alice visit www.northernterritory.com
Add-on road trips
Once you’re in Alice, it’s the perfect starting point for a road trip around the Red Centre, taking in the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, pretty Ormiston Gorge, magnificent Watarrka National Park and the stunning Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park. It’s hard to comprehend so many incredible places within easy driving distance of each other.
If you’re all about the 4WD, the Tanami Track is a must. It stretches through the Tanami Desert for more than 1,000km, starting in Alice and finishing in Halls Creek, WA. Your journey must include a stop at the art centre in the remote community of Balgo, a slight detour to Lake Gregory and Lake Stretch to view the incredible freshwater wetlands, and a visit to Wolfe Creek Crater National Park to view the second-largest meteorite crater in the world.
Another epic 4WD adventure, the isolated 1,400km Gunbarrel Highway connects Victory Downs in the NT to Carnegie Station in WA, passing through a section of SA on the way. Victory Downs is about 300km from Alice. This is considered to be one of Australia’s toughest roads, so it’s only for the experienced 4WD driver. The ‘highway’ is little more than a dirt track in many places, but it’s a journey you’ll never forget.