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Top 10 Things To Do in Alice Springs

Visit the Alice Springs Desert Park


A popular attraction for visitors is the Alice Springs Desert Park. The perfect environment to experience the flora and fauna of Central Australia and the amazing life which lives in this remote desert. You will be inspired learning about the ancient living cultures by your local Aboriginal guide and get up close and personal with many of the native animals.

Discover the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve


The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Established in 1871 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide and linking with an underwater cable network to London – England. Establishing the first real communication between Australia and England.

Enjoy the local culture and art at the Araluen Arts Centre


The Araluen Arts Centre directly across the road from the Alice Springs Tourist Park is the focal point of Alice Springs’ performing and visual arts scene, incorporating a series of art galleries and a professional theatre.

The galleries feature exhibitions from the Araluen Collection with a focus on contemporary Aboriginal art from Central Australia and both local and Australian artists. Travelling exhibitions are a key highlight of the annual visual arts program.

Be inspired by the National Road Transport Hall of Fame


The National Road Transport Hall of Fame and Ghan Museum .The Road Transport Museum incorporates, the Wall of Fame, Kenworth Dealers Hall of Fame, Old Ghan train museum and RSL War Museum. It is a large complex, please allow a couple of hours in order to view all the exhibits and displays.


Take in the natural beauty of the Olive Pink Botanical Gardens


The Olive Pink Botanic Garden is a must-see, family friendly place to visit, while learning and relaxing.

It is a significant regional, botanic garden that provides an insight into many arid-zone environments, particularly in Central Australia. There are over 600 plant species, with 40 of these declared rare or threatened. Animals such as Black-footed Rock-wallabies and Euros, and birds such as Western Bowerbirds and Grey-crowned Babblers also reside in the Garden and can be seen and enjoyed daily.

There are self-guided informative walks, a spectacular lookout (rough steps) on top of Annie Meyer Hill with views over the town, Todd River and MacDonnell Ranges, a café, toilets, shade shelters and on-site parking.

Spend an hour or two wandering around and enjoy a snack or meal at the cafe.

Explore history at the Central Australia Aviation Museum


The Central Australian Aviation Museum had its beginning in 1977. CAAM Inc. was formed, and began the long task of gathering and restoring the many displays in the museum today.

The CAAM continue to acquire items that are relevant in preserving the astonishing history of aviation in the harsh and isolated environment of Central Australia. There are a large collection of films, photographs, books, manuals, and other items; as well as an extensive collection of radio and aviation hardware.

Take a breath-taking early morning balloon ride


Outback Ballooning is Australia’s only balloon company specialising in remote Outback operations. With nearly 30 years’ experience and around 250,000 satisfied customers it is one of the largest and longest established ballooning businesses in Australia.

Try camel riding in the desert


Pyndan Camel Tracks is the only camel riding tour operator in Alice Springs. A sunset camel ride against the backdrop of the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs is a signature Red Centre experience.

Marcus ‘The Camel Man’ Williams has almost 30 years experience working with camels all over the Outback as well as in Broome, India, Malaysia and Brunei. Pyndan Camel Tracks is a family-run business and all our cameleers and camels are well trained.

Hike the Larapinta Trail


The 223km long Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences. It is also one of Australia’s newest trails and is quickly emerging as one of the most popular trails in Australia and the world. The Larapinta Trail is one of Central Australia’s most unique or spectacular attractions. The Alice Springs Tourist Park hosts a large number of walkers every year.

Helicopter over the red centre

various operators

Watch the vibrant colours and changing landscapes of the outback come to life on a flight over Alice Springs. With half-hour helicopter and plane flights or full day experiences covering Central Australia’s magnificent scenery, why not take the plunge and make your trip to Alice truly memorable.