Top attractions in Alice Springs
Top 5 things to see and do from Alice Springs
Are you making a stop in Alice Springs? Lucky you - this is one of the most remote parts of Australia, and all the better for it. You get to experience boundless nature and culture as you've most likely never seen it before. What are the essentials?
1. Ayers Rock
This huge, sacred rock is actually located 280 miles away from Alice Springs - but it's the nearest city. Make a day of it and see if you notice the rock's fabled color change.
2. Reptile Center
Now's your chance to get up close and personal with some snakes and lizards! Don't worry - there'll always be an expert supervising you.
3. Hot Air Balloon Ride
The best way to experience such vast desert? From the air, of course. And what better accompaniment than a glass of bubbly, compliments of your tour organizer?
4. School of the Air
Due to its remote location, Alice Springs is renowned for its School of the Air, making education accessible to farming and Aboriginal communities.
5. Palm Valley Safari
Ride in a jeep and follow the horizon from Alice Springs to Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal community. Your destination is Finke Gorge National Park and its Palm Valley.
Planning Your Visit
Are there any particular rules for wildlife areas?
Pets are generally not allowed. Please also exercise common sense and respect for the environment and community - don't drop litter!
What should I wear?
Temperatures in this part of the world can soar to 100 degrees and bushfires are not uncommon in the summer (December, January, February). Therefore, you should take the heat seriously - wear cool cotton, lather up plenty of sunscreen, bring a hat, and stay hydrated.
Good to know
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- Time Zone
- UTC (+09:30)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- Alice Springs can get very hot, so try to visit in April when the temperatures are bearable and tourist season is only just starting.
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What people are saying about Alice Springs
I think it is really important to explain to people coming to the area, that the cultural norms and expectations, especially around taking photos, are not what non-indigenous people might immediately understand. These places are NOT just tourist attractions, they are sacred sites. I found that some of my fellow travellers were missing this point, maybe even didn't want to know, and just wanted pretty pictures.
A great day out, really glad we went on this trip. Was well organised and we felt looked after. There were healthy refreshments at nearly every stop and provided three really good meals throughout the day. If you are lucky enough to get Eddy as your tour guide it is truly the best experience. Eddy was so interesting to listen to and his knowledge of the areas we visited and the history made it so worth it.
This was a once in a lifetime trip! We had excellent guides and the barbecue dinner was fantastic! It was a great help to know about bringing fly nets beforehand. My only comment was taking short hikes in the middle of the day. According to our guide, it was the hottest time of day! Thanks for all the extra water provided on the bus!
Interessant, entspannt aber nicht sehr anstrengend. Gut für ältere Leute. Nicht so spannend für Jüngere. Persönlich, fanden wir das Schwimmen in den Wasserbrunnen am schönsten. Auf jeden Fall empfehlenswert.
It is a great day out and includes so much! They served 3 decent meals plus several snacks, the dinner BBQ was delicious! The information provided by the guides was interesting and helpful.