What to Do Around Alice Springs
If you’re staying in Alice Springs for a few days or have some extra time up your sleeve after the Tatts Finke Desert Race, why not check out some of the great sights and activities nearby. From hot air ballooning, helicopter rides, the kangaroo sanctuary, museums and local art galleries, there is something for everyone. We have created a list of our favourite locations for you to explore.
EXPLORING ALICE SPRINGS TOWN CENTRE
Alice Springs Desert Park
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The Alice Springs Desert Park is an award-winning attraction for the whole family to enjoy. Only 10 mins from Alice Springs’ Town Centre, the park is an inspiring portrayal of Australia’s desert environment that effortlessly blends the plants, animals and people of our arid regions. A ‘must see’ for every visitor to the Red Centre. Don’t miss the daily presentations on native animals, flora and Indigenous culture and the opportunity to experience an authentic, full of life, desert experience. (source: Discover Central Australia)
Address: Alice Springs Desert Park, 871 Larapinta Dr, Alice Springs NT 0871
Opening hours: 7.30am to 6.00pm / Closed Christmas Day 25th December. Visitors should allow 3 hours minimum to explore.
Learn more and book tickets: www.discovercentralaustralia.com/alice-springs-desert-park
Museum of Central Australia
This museum is a great place to learn about Indigenous ceremonial life, with the museum hosting an important collection of film, sound, archival records and artifacts. Here, Central Australia’s unique natural and geological history is explained from the landscape to the fascinating creatures that have inhabited it. The museum also houses a large variety of fossils and interpretive displays including an ancient Alcoota waterhole.
Address: 4 Memorial Ave, Alice Springs
Daily opening hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm / Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday
Admission: Adults – $15; Children/Concession – $10; Children under 5 years – free; Family – $40
Learn more: www.magnt.net.au/museum-of-central-australia
Alice Springs Telegraph Station
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Alice Springs Telegraph Station is the original 1871 site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs where messages were relayed between Darwin and Adelaide and also linked with an underwater cable network to London in 1872. This was the birthplace of the first real communication between Australia and England.
Just 4kms north of Alice Town Centre, you can cycle up to the Telegraph Station with bikes for hire from Outback Cycling Central in Todd Street Mall.
Address: Herbert Heritage Dr, Stuart NT
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm / Weekends: 8.00am – 5.00pm
Guided tours: Available from March to November.
Learn more and book your trip: www.alicespringstelegraphstation.com.au/
Todd Mall Markets
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The Todd Mall Markets, popular with both visitors and locals, have been running for over 20 years and are found in the heart of the Alice Springs Town Centre. Markets are open every second Sundays from February to December. You’ll find a range of crafts, clothing, art, food, jewellery, health and wellbeing products and many more.
This year the Night Markets are being held in conjunction with the Tatts Finke Desert Race Street Party on Thursday, 7th June 2018. More information on the event can be found here.
- May 27 9am to 1pm
- June 7 (Tatts Finke Desert Race Street Party and Night Markets)
- June 10 9am to 1pm
- June 17 9am to 1pm
DIDGERIDOO SHOW & WORKSHOPS
Sounds of Starlight hosted by Andrew Langford, is a didgeridoo show that includes music, interpretations of long-standing Aboriginal myths, information about its people and insight into the surrounding land of the Outback.
Sounds of Starlight Show
Dinner and show packages available with dinner at 6.00pm at Red Ochre Grill & Restaurant (opposite theatre)
When: April – November with performances 8pm – 9.30pm
- 11.00am – 11.30am Monday to Friday
- $10/ each with bookings required
Address: Sounds of Starlight, 40 Todd Mall, Alice Springs
For more information visit: www.andrewlangford.com/
Sunset at Anzac Hill
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One of the most visited landmarks in Alice Springs, Anzac Hill is not only a dedicated memorial for those who served in World War I, it provides a great outlook over Alice Springs City and surrounding ranges.
Take a picnic with you and visit at sunset to enjoy a magnificent view.
Address: Anzac Hill, Alice Springs, NT
EXPLORING OUTSIDE OF ALICE
Larapinta Trail, Alice Springs
If camping under the stars, swimming in cool waterholes and visiting sacred Aboriginal sites sounds up your alley, then the Larapinta Trail is for you. The Trail spans 223kms across West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs Telegraph Station to Mount Sonder. Depending on how adventurous you are, you can venture the whole trail in 12-14 days or take a day walk through one of the 12 sections of trail.
Fully guided tours are available, or you can tackle it yourself – ensuring you’re well equipped and have notified the relevant authorities.
For more information visit: www.discovercentralaustralia.com/larapinta-trail
Tour to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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If you have made it all the way to Alice to see the race, you must check out World Heritage Area Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is most famous for its rock formation ‘Uluru’, which you would know as the huge, red single piece sandstone. It is 9.4km in circumference and is over 340m tall above the desert plain.
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About 32km west of Uluru, lies the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. The domes cover an area of 35km2, with Mount Olga the tallest dome at 500m.
The national park is World Heritage Listed for outstanding universal natural values in 1987 and then for its outstanding universal cultural values in 1994.
Learn more at: www.parksaustralia.gov.au
If you made it to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, why not add on Kings Canyon as well? Only 3 hours north of Uluru, you can find the great canyon with 100m high sandstone walls surrounding a gully. You can trek the 6km track around the top, go four-wheel driving along the dedicated tracks or even do a camel tour.
Camping and resort-style accommodation are both available.
Find out more at: www.discovercentralaustralia.com/regions/kings-canyon