Alice Springs Travel Guide
The Red Heart of Australia is a true haven, an oasis surrounded by rugged deserts and the beautiful McDonnell Range. A popular destination with people who visit Northern Territory’s big attractions such as Kings Canyon, Uluru and Simpson Desert; Alice Springs makes a great starting and finishing point to your outback tour and it’s packed with Aboriginal history. Here’s our Alice Springs travel guide.
Ultimate Alice Springs Travel Guide
Getting to Alice Springs
- Mulgas Adventures Darwin to Alice Springs Express
- Mulgas Adventures Darwin to Alice Springs via Uluru Ultimate Tour
- Qantas domestic flies direct from major Australian cities to Alice Springs.
- Virgin Australia has direct flights from Darwin and Adelaide.
- Centrally placed from the cities of Darwin and Adelaide there is a central highway connecting the 3 cities, Alice Springs is roughly 16hrs drive from either city. Gas stations and restaurants line the route.
- The Ghan is one of the most amazing train rides in the world, treating you to fine vistas of the area, it runs between Adelaide and Darwin passing Katherine and Alice Springs. It’s definitely on the pricy side of travel but it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Tips to Consider Before Touring Alice Springs
- Read the Mulgas Adventures Travel Blog
- Check out our Facebook page and post questions to get help from passengers and our tour guides
- Visit a local Visitor Centre to gather information on where to visit and what to see www.discovercentralaustralia.com
- Read up on what to pack and what to wear depending on the time of year you plan to visit www.australia.com/en/facts-and-planning/weather-in-australia/weather-in-alice-springs.html
Must Visit Places in Alice Springs – Things to do near Alice Springs
Visit the Aboriginal Art Galleries – the place has been occupied for over 30,000 years and is home to the Arrernte Aboriginals. Do visit Papunya Tula Gallery papunyatula.com.au Araluen Arts araluenartscentre.nt.gov.au and Tjanpi Desert Weavers tjanpi.com.au
Learn About the Outback Culture of Alice Springs
There are plenty of historical sites to visit and learn about the origins of Alice Springs
- Alice Springs Telegraph Station alicespringstelegraphstation.com.au
- The Royal Flying Doctor Services www.rfdsalicesprings.com.au
- Araluen Cultural Precinct araluenartscentre.nt.gov.au
- School of the Air Visitor Centre www.assoa.nt.edu.au/visitors-centre
Explore the McDonnell Range, Framing Alice Springs
The McDonnell Range spreads like a jagged fence from east to west of Alice Springs. The place is chock full of adventure with lures of hiking, swimming in freshwater ponds, 4WD thrills and campgrounds to savour.
Mulgas Adventures don’t operate tours to the McDonnell ranges but contact our team if you would like us to recommend a local tour operator.