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From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

1. From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

Be picked up from your Alice Springs accommodation at 7:45 AM and set off on a day of adventure and exploration! Enjoy the spectacular outback scenery and photo opportunities as you travel along the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at historic sites. Enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, a natural rock amphitheater that is home to endangered black-footed rock wallabies. Stop at Standley Chasm for morning tea and a leisurely stroll. At Ochre Pits, discover rock walls covered by natural colored ochre, used for sacred ceremonies of the local Aboriginal people. Ormiston Gorge is up next: a great place for a swim, or to see the towering walls of the gorge and pound, local plants and wildlife. By now, you will have certainly worked up an appetite for lunch. The next stop is at Glen Helen. The landscape here is spectacular - a towering sandstone wall is the first thing you see as you arrive. The area includes views of Mount Sonder, one of the highest points in Central Australia, which changes colors with the light.  On the way back to Alice Springs, witness the famous and enchanting Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is one of Central Australia’s most pristine, so don’t forget your swimmers in the warmer months. Visit Flynns Memorial and from October to March, you may decide to partake in an incredible Sunset Camel Ride at the Camel farm (optional, at your own expense). The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary for their immensity and the spectacular array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples on display. These mighty ranges light up in brilliant oranges and reds at sunset on the return trip to Alice Springs. Get dropped off at your accommodation in Alice Springs at approximately 5:30 PM.

Alice Springs: Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight

2. Alice Springs: Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight

Your ballooning adventure begins in the cool pre-dawn darkness as you are picked up from your accommodation in Alice Springs. During the drive to the desert launch site you will get to know the crew as they make final weather checks and explain the routine for the morning. At the launch site gas burners are used to inflate the balloons just as the sun lights up the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Once floating gently in the air you will appreciate the vast remoteness of the Australian outback. Wildlife, particularly big red kangaroos are seen nearly every day as the balloon floats above spinifex grasses, mulga scrub and cattle stations. After landing, enjoy a program designed to allow you a unique opportunity to experience the Australia bush. Most landings are in the desert, kilometers away from the nearest road. There is no traffic, no other people and no noise. The perfect place to enjoy a glass of sparkling Australian wine or if you prefer some tropical apple and guava juice. Perhaps mix the two for a delightful morning cocktail. Drinks are accompanied by a variety of muffins, biscuits, slices of cheese and fresh fruit. It's the perfect mix to enjoy before reboarding your bus to return to “town”.

From Alice Springs: Palm Valley 4WD Outback Safari + Picnic

3. From Alice Springs: Palm Valley 4WD Outback Safari + Picnic

Enjoy an exciting 1-day safari on a four-wheel drive from Alice Springs through the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges to Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal community and historic precinct. Hermannsburg is renowned for its Aboriginal art collection, in particular the works of famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira. Enjoy a leisurely tea in Hermannsburg, and then set off on your 4WD for the second half of the adventure. Travel down the bed of the Finke River, one of oldest water courses in the world, into the stunning Palm Valley. Admire the spectacular rock formations, such as the one known as the Amphitheatre, and the lush palm trees of the oasis rising out of the white sand. Keep your eyes peeled for native plants such as the cycad and the Livistonia Mariae. Enjoy a picnic lunch within the beautiful Finke Gorge National Park, and on your return journey, relax and enjoy the changing colors of the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges.

A Town Like Alice: Half-Day Tour of Alice Springs

4. A Town Like Alice: Half-Day Tour of Alice Springs

This afternoon you’ll learn how the town of Alice Springs has evolved into the central hub of the Australian outback. Your driver guide will provide details along the way as you visit historical sites and some of the essential services delivered from Alice to the community of this vast region. The first stop is the Alice Springs School of the Air which provides education to primary aged school children living on remote properties throughout the Northern Territory. Learn how this essential service is delivered via satellite across more than one million square kilometres. Alice Springs Telegraph Station: Built in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, the historic Telegraph Station is the site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. After 60 years of operation, the premises then served as a school for the local Aboriginal children. Now a historical reserve, featuring the original stone buildings and furnishings from the early 1900s, the Telegraph Station is a must to visit and learn more of the history of the Alice. Royal Flying Doctor Service: Now you’ll visit the home and headquarters of the highly respected Royal Flying Doctor Service. Delivering medical services to people who live, work and travel in remote and rural Australia, the RFDS is a critical resource for this community. Learn of its remarkable history through stories, images and their wonderful interactive museum. Alice Springs Reptile Centre: Home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre will introduce you to Terry the saltwater crocodile and let you get very close to enormous goannas and frill-neck lizards. The Gecko Cave features a large collection of gecko species from all over the Northern Territory. You’ll have lots of fun here, particularly during the afternoon show and if you’re game, try the supervised handling session. Your last stop is Anzac Hill. Originally dedicated to the many men and women who lost their lives during WWI, it now honors all those who have served in wars in which Australia has played a role.

From Alice Springs: Uluru & Kings Canyon 4-Day Outback Tour

5. From Alice Springs: Uluru & Kings Canyon 4-Day Outback Tour

Discover the beauty and ancient traditions of the Australian outback on a 4-day tour with a guide, starting from Alice Springs. Visit sites like Ayers Rock, Uluru, and Curtin Springs. Take a hike by the Kata Tjuta peaks, learn about aboriginal culture, and enjoy food and accommodation provided. Day 1 Start with pickup from your accommodation in Alice Springs at approximately 8 AM. On the way to Uluru, stop for morning tea before continuing to Ayers Rock, a journey of around 4.5 hours. Once you've arrived, enjoy lunch at the Yulara Walpa Lobby Bar. After lunch, head to the Sails in the Desert hotel to check in. Spend the rest of the day at Uluru, where you can take easy walks while learning about the site's sacred traditions and stories. In the afternoon, savor delicious drinks and canapés with a beautiful view of Uluru in the setting sun. Just after sunset, you'll be dropped off at the Sails in the Desert hotel to enjoy a 3-course dinner at the Ilkari restaurant. Day 2 Get an early start with a walk to a viewing point, where you can admire a sunrise view of Uluru while you sip a coffee or tea. Once the sun has fully risen, return to the hotel for breakfast. At 9 AM, head to Kata Tjuta to walk the Walpa Gorge trail. Take in the amazing view from the site’s viewing platform. Return to the resort for lunch, before taking part in an interactive Maruku dot-painting workshop. Learn about aboriginal art and try out the techniques for yourself. Spend the rest of the day with free leisure time. Take the chance to explore the Red Centre with a variety of optional activities (not included in the tour price), such as the Field of Lights show, a stargazing tour, a sunset camel ride, or the Sounds of Silence dining experience. Day 3 Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out at 9:30 AM for the day's adventure, with your first stop at Curtin Springs. Visit the Old Abattoir and find out how they harvest grass and produce paper products. Get access to the full range of Curtin Springs Paper products and see their gallery. After lunch in Curtin Springs, explore Kings Creek Station. On the way, stop at the Mount Conner Lookout. Finish the day with the Karrke Aboriginal tour to see, feel, and experience the aboriginal culture up close. Relax with dinner and accommodation at the luxurious Mort Conway Camp. Day 4 Start the final day of the tour with an early morning walk in the Kings Canyon National Park. Take in the awe-inspiring natural landscape of the region, and get breathtaking views with an optional helicopter flight. After lunch at Kings Canyon Resort, start making your way back to Alice Springs. Stop over at Erldunda Roadhouse to grab some afternoon tea and see emus in their natural habitat. Finally, you'll be dropped off at your accommodation in Alice Springs.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Alice Springs?

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What people are saying about Alice Springs

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 178 reviews

This was an Amazing tour with an incredibly knowledgeable tour guide. Karen spoke about all of the history and people who were important to the tribal people and development of the land. She drove excellently and was a wealth of information. A great trip! Her training guide also helped and had some knowledge to share too. My favourite Stanley chasm and Ellery creek.

This trip was wonderful! Our driver and guide, Felipe, was very nice and knowledgeable. We saw a lot and we had so much fun; also we had a morning tea and a very nice lunch. Absolutely adapt for a solo trip and it’s a perfect value of money. I very much suggest you to buy this tour!

Pick up on time and our guide Lyn was excellent through out the day. Visited several different sights which were all interesting and picturesque. Lyn gave lots of information and also prepared a lovely lunch. A very enjoyable day.

Our guide his name Philippine is very nice and humorous person and we have a nice time this trip. I will recommend to my friend thanks

Fabulous all the way.Andy,Duncan and Jason were brilliant.Couldnt have been better