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Alice Springs

Alice Springs is almost at the geographical centre of Australia, and is a 1 hour flight or a 4.5 hour drive from Ayers Rock Resort. Rich in heritage and historical sights Alice Springs offers a wealth of touring experiences.

Alice Springs


Alice Springs is almost at the geographical centre of Australia. East and west of "The Alice" are the ancient MacDonnell Ranges stretching out for 223 kilometres on both sides of Alice Springs and provide beautiful scenery for bush walking, camping and four-wheel-driving. Head southwest and take in Watarrka National Park. The Park covers 71,000 hectares and is home to Kings Canyon part of the rugged George Gill Ranges.

GETTING TO ALICE SPRINGS

Alice Springs is a 1 hour flight from Ayers Rock Resort or a 4.5 hour drive from Ayers Rock Resort.

Flying into Alice Springs and hiring a car to drive to Ayers Rock Resort is a great option for families and groups of friends, and is often more affordable. Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Resort is 450km, approximately 4.5 hours drive on sealed roads. You can also drive via Kings Canyon, which is 306km (3.5 hour drive) from Ayers Rock Resort.

Car Rental - All major national car rental companies operate out of Alice Springs. Avis, Hertz and Thrifty car rentals are also available at Ayers Rock Resort. You can choose from a range of vehicles including 4WD and standard Sedan options. Car rental prices start from as little as $104 a day and bookings can be made through the Voyages Travel Centre. Find out more about hiring a car.

Coach Transfers - Coach transfer services operate between Alice Springs, Kings Canyon, and Ayers Rock Resort. Your expert Driver Guides will provide comprehensive commentary as you pass through the beautiful rugged scenery of the outback. Coach bookings can be made through the Voyages Travel Centre. Find out more about coach transfers.

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THINGS TO SEE & DO AROUND ALICE SPRINGS

Alice Springs is rich in heritage and historical sights and has a wealth of touring experiences to offer. From touring the magnificent McDonnell Ranges, to visiting the famous Alice Springs Desert Park (encompassing one of the world's largest nocturnal houses), Anzac Hill, the Telegraph Station and the Old Ghan Train. Glimpse the Outback lifestyle by visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air.

There is no better way to explore Outback Australia than at your own pace. Start and end in Alice Springs, travel via Kings Canyon through to Ayers Rock. Or travel one-way in either direction, fly into Alice Springs and travel by 4WD or coach via Kings Canyon to Ayers Rock.

'A TOWN LIKE ALICE'

'A Town Like Alice' is a comprehensive and informative afternoon tour of the top sights of Alice Springs including the original historic Telegraph Station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Learn how this facility operates to provide a "Mantle of Safety" to the people of the outback.

Stop at the School of the Air, where sometimes we are able to listen to the children take lessons on air. The Alice Springs School of the Air provides an educational service for about 140 children living on properties or settlements covering over 1 million square kilometers of Central Australia.

Visit the largest reptile display in the Northern Territory at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre where you can see and touch unique Central Australian reptiles such as the Perentie lizard and Thorny Devil. Hand feed the lizards, play with a python, or see the latest attraction - the fantastic Saltwater Crocodile exhibit featuring underwater viewing. Finish off with panoramic views of Alice Springs and surrounding ranges from Anzac Hill lookout.

ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

Spend a few hours or more at the Alice Springs Desert Park where you will discover the natural wonders of arid Australia, including the landscapes, animals and plants, and their traditional use by Aboriginal people. See free-flying birds of prey at the Nature Theatre, rare and endangered animals in the world's most spectacular Desert Nocturnal House, and a journey into four and a half billion years of desert evolution.

PALM VALLEY

Embark on an exciting 4WD adventure along the sandy bed of the Finke River into Palm Valley. See spectacular rock formations, white sands and an oasis of rock pools and palm trees. Travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal community and historic precinct which is renowned for its Aboriginal art collection and the works of Albert Namatjira.

Drive down the bed of the Finke River, one of oldest water courses in the world, into Palm Valley. See spectacular rock forms, white sands and an oasis of rock pools and palm trees. Some plants such as the cycad and 'Livistonia Mariae' (cabbage palm) are known world-wide as relic plants and are unique to Central Australia. Visit the spectacular rock formation known as the Amphitheatre.

DRIVING DISTANCES TO ALICE SPRINGS

Alice Springs to Kings Canyon 337km - unsealed for 197km, driving time approx. 4 hours. Alternatively travel via the Stuart Highway sealed road, approx. distance 465km and 4.5 hours travelling time.

Kings Canyon to Uluru (Ayers Rock) 306km - 3.5 hour drive from Ayers Rock Resort sealed road

Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs 465km - 4.5 hours driving on sealed road

Alice Springs Town Centre

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