Visiting Alice Springs
Alice Springs is the heart, the soul, the centre of Australia. This iconic outback town, rich in history and culture, has much to offer visitors to the region.
Alice Springs has many of the facilities you would expect in any Australian capital city including shops, attractions and entertainment Visitors can wonder down the Todd Mall in our CBD for some souvenir shopping and enjoy the many Indigenous art galleries. Plus there are many tourist attractions including the Alice Springs Desert Park, the Royal Flying Doctors, School of the Air and many National Parks such as the MacDonnell Ranges and Uluru – Kata Tjuta, which is about 460km from Alice Springs. Darwin is the Northern Territory's capital and is approximately 1500km from the Red Centre.
Explore this famous outback town and discover the real Australia. With many amazing sites such as the Overlander Telegraph station, the dry Todd River, Anzac Hill lookout at sunset, the Araluen Cultural Precinct, Road Transport Hall of Fame, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, the Reptile Centre and the National Women's Hall of Fame to name a few it's recommended you take 7 to 10 days to fully explore the region. But even if you can only spare three or four days to see the highlights, you’ll have a fantastic time. Be warned though, it will leave you wanting to come back again.
Alice is also well know for is many annual quirky events throughout the year. There's the Tattersalls Finke Desert Race, the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, the Assa Abloy Henley-on-Todd, the Lion Imparja Camel Cup and the Alice Desert Festival. Check out our regularly updated community calendar for a comprehensive list of Alice Springs exciting events.
Getting to Alice Springs
Alice Springs may be remote, but it's easy to get to.
Commercial passenger services include:
- Daily flights to and from major Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin, Perth and Cairns) and to Uluru (Ayer's Rock)
- Two services of the legendary Ghan train each week
- Daily express coach services to Adelaide, Darwin and Brisbane
Or you can drive here: it's a two day drive from Darwin, or a two day drive from Adelaide.
Alice Springs Airport is located approximately 16km south of the Alice Springs town centre along the Stuart Highway, and is serviced by airport minibus, taxi and backpacker pick-up services.
Both the coach and train terminals are within the Alice Springs central business district.
Travel NT is Northern Territory Government's official tourism website for visitors to the Territory. The Alice Springs section of the Travel NT website contains maps, itineraries, travel advice and lots of other information.
Tourism Central Australia is the Regional Tourism Association has listings for accommodation, car hire and other services for visitors to Alice Springs. They also run the local information centre located at 60 Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs NT.
The NT Government's Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport has information for those intending to walk the Larapinta Trail or visit the many National Parks in the region.
The official Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park website has up to date information on visiting Ayers Rock and The Olgas.
Information about road conditions is available from the Central Australian Tourism Visitor Information Centre on (08) 8952 5800 in Alice Springs, by phoning 1800 246 199 or by visiting http://www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/roadreport/.