Alice Springs

Region

The area surrounding Alice Springs is a land of deep chasms and gorges carved though rust coloured ranges. The desert landscape is punctuated by unexpected oases and waterholes and ancient meteorite craters. It is home to an ancient people whose culture is alive and well.

Alice Springs sits at the junction of the East and West MacDonnell Ranges. The spectacular West MacDonnell National Park is home to many amazing natural attractions, such as Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge and Pound. The renowned Larapinta Trail runs 223 kilometres through the West MacDonnells and is one of the world’s great walks. To pioneering Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira, the West MacDonnells were his inspiration with their dramatic landscapes and ever changing hues.

Highlights of the East MacDonnell Ranges are Emily and Jessie Gaps, Trephina Gorge, Ndahla Gorge, Ruby Gap and Arltunga Historic Reserve. Arltunga was an important gold and gem prospecting area and for a while was the most important settlement in Central Australia. Now only a few restored stone buildings remain.

Hermannsburg (an historic Aboriginal settlement, and the birthplace of artist Albert Namatjira) and Palm Valley (Finke Gorge National Park) are an easy drive from Alice Springs.

Those looking to go further off the beaten track can explore the Simpson or Tanami Deserts, fossick for gems at Gemtree or Ruby Gap, or visit remote communities like Santa Teresa and Titjikala, where tours offer a chance to experience Aboriginal culture and watch artists at work.

A visit to the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, home of the monolith Uluru / Ayers Rock, situated 461 kilometres south west of Alice Springs on the traditional lands of the Anangu Aboriginal people, is an unforgettable experience.

Alice Springs

Region
West MacDonnell Ranges

West MacDonnell Ranges

Place Of Interest

MacDonnell

Running due west from Alice Springs, the West MacDonnell Ranges contain a variety of impressing and...

Uluru

Uluru/Kata Tjuta

Place Of Interest

Yulara

Uluru/Ayers Rock is Australia's most recognisable natural icon. Standing 348 metres high, the monolith has a...

Alice Springs Area

Alice Springs

Area

Alice Springs is a diverse and vibrant outback town. Situated on the banks of the Todd...

Uluru

Yulara

Area

Uluru/Ayers Rock is one of the most recognised symbols of Australia. The monolith stands 348 metres...

East MacDonnell Ranges

East MacDonnell Ranges

Place Of Interest

MacDonnell

The East MacDonnell Ranges are a hidden treasure. Stretching 100 kilometres east of Alice Springs, the...

Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Kings Canyon

Place Of Interest

MacDonnell

Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park, is located 450 kilometres south west of Alice Springs in the...

Watarrka (Kings Canyon) area

Watarrka National Park

Place Of Interest

MacDonnell

Watarrka National Park and its most famous landmark, Kings Canyon, is located 330 kilometres south west...

Simpson Desert Northern Territory

Simpson Desert

Place Of Interest

MacDonnell

The Simpson Desert stretches south from Alice Springs towards the South Australia border. Many attractions located...

MacDonnell

Area