Cycling, Simpson Gap bicycle path, West MacDonnell National Park, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Things to Do, Alice Springs & surrounds

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Stunning landscapes, remote communities, and a unique pioneering history create a diverse and exhilarating destination to both explore and absorb. 


Alice Springs is widely considered to be the spiritual heart of Australia, with rivers and ranges millions of years old and an ancient Aboriginal culture rich in art and story. 


Journey to the heart of the landscape and find red desert sands, spinifex dunes, ghost gums, rocky chasms and diverse wildlife. For those who like to get active, the breathtaking Larapinta Trail is a must. Voted by National Geographic as one of the top 20 trekking experiences to be had on the planet, it offers 7 day, overnight and short walking opportunities. 


Whether you choose to sit back and take in the beautiful scenery through the panoramic windows of The Ghan, fly high above the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges in a hot air balloon, or simply wander out into the great expanse of a spectacular national park, this region has plenty to choose from. 


In Alice Springs, stunning scenery is not just the domain of the outdoors. Visit the Araluen Cultural Precinct in town, and you’ll encounter an array of galleries, museums, sculptures and sacred sites offering a unique experience of Aboriginal art, culture and heritage. 


Dotted around town are numerous sites of historical significance to the region’s settler history, including the Old Telegraph Station Reserve, which marks the town’s important role as the mid-point of the 19th-century telegraph line running from Adelaide to Darwin. 


At the end of the day relax and sample the delights of this vibrant and diverse town. Quirky bars and cafes, and restaurants with stunning views are just some of the attractions in the CBD. Choose from outback-inspired menus featuring emu, crocodile and kangaroo, native fruits and berries, or feast on cuisines from around the world.

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