Thanks to all our review writers from 2015. Tripadvisor has sent us one of these!!
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Thanks to all our review writers from 2015. Tripadvisor has sent us one of these!!
At Alice On Todd we recently got some very excellent news…
The world’s number 1 travel website, TripAdvisor have decided we are excellent and have placed us in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor.
We have been recognised with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence!
To say that this excites us is a small understatement and we want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the wonderful guests who have stayed with us over the past ten years and taken the time to review us on TripAdvisor.
The award itself is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers.
If you haven’t checked us out on TripAdvisor yet, click here to see what people are saying.
Or, if you’ve stayed with us recently, please feel free to rate your stay.
A HUGE thank you again to all of our loyal guests, you guys ROCK!
The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s premier bushwalking and trekking experiences. At 223km long and broken up into 12 amazing sections, this is the walk for people who enjoy the outdoors and encountering landscapes like no other.
With the exception of Standley Chasm and the Telegraph Station, the entire trail is located within the West Mac ranges and it is recommended that you will need a 4WD to access some part of the trail. How much or how little of the trail you complete is of course up to you but one of the best things about the trail is that it is free (with the exception of some camping fees here and there).
The Larapinta Trail encompasses the following sections:
There are mix of day walk options right through to extended walk options, all of them exposing you to some truly incredible sights. The best time to walk to the trail is from June – August (yep, right now!) so we suggest you start planning your trip.
Before heading out on the trail there are a number of things to keep in mind so we advise checking with the Tourism Central Australia. There is also a wealth of information available at the Larapinta Trail website – access it at www.larapintatrail.com.au.
We look forward to welcoming you back from your amazing experience in the coming months.
Thinking about a trip up the Stuart Highway this May or June?
If so, it will pay you to consider that a portion of the highway will be closed at varying times between May 20 and June 2 2013.
For more information about the road closure, please head to the Defence.gov.au website (click here to access).
If this closure is likely to leave you stuck in or around Alice during this time, be sure to call us on (08) 8953 8033 or click here to access our booking page.
Safe travels all!
Wide Open Space (May 3 – 5)
The event organisers say: “Wide Open Space is a three-day arts, music and desert culture gathering, is organised by a 100% volunteer crew and is the only event of its kind in Central Australia. For many, it provides the opportunity to experience the heart of our country for the very first time. For the people of Alice Springs, it’s a showcase of the diverse range of creative talents the town has to offer – plus it’s the best goddamned party of the year.”
For more information, head to: www.wideopenspace.net.au
Ingkerreke Commercial Mountain Bike Enduro (May 13th – 17th)
The event organisers say, “Australia's iconic Red Centre is set to host a feast of multi-day mountain biking goodness with the award-winning Ingkerreke Commercial MTB Enduro* packing in five days of incredible riding along the sweet single tracks and trails that explore the inspiring landscapes of the MacDonnell Ranges, near Alice Springs, NT.
For more information, head to: www.rapidascent.com.au
Finke Desert Race (June 8 – 10)
The event organisers say, “The Tatts Finke Desert Race is an off road, multi terrain two-day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community. The race is held each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June. “Finke” as it is commonly known, is one of the biggest annual sporting events in the Northern Territory and has the reputation of being one of the most difficult offroad courses in one of the most remote places in the world. Finke is unique and the most fun you can have with a helmet on!"
For more information, head to: www.finkedesertrace.com.au
People fortunate enough to spend time in the ‘West Mac’ Ranges seem to return from their day trips or camping experiences refreshed, relaxed and quite simply, awe inspired by the natural beauty they’ve seen.
We like to think of the West Mac Ranges as the perfect antidote to a stressful, busy city life.
If you like the idea of seeing some of the world’s most stunning landscapes and being surrounded by nothing but clean air, rock pools and unique flora and fauna, then pack your bags – the West Mac Ranges await!
The ranges themselves can be reached easily by car (4WD) and there are a number of local tour operators who also run day trips and camping experiences to the region. The time taken to reach various parts of the ranges depends on where you elect to visit but as a rough guide, to reach most areas of the ranges you will be looking at a few hours drive.
When in the West Macs we recommend checking out the following:
Closer to town there is also the opportunity to check out:
If you want more information about the West Macs, check out the following website: www.nt.gov.au/westmacs/
For more specific information regarding travel times and destinations, please contact the expert crew at Tourism Central Australia or visit www.centralaustraliantourism.com.
We look forward to welcoming you soon!
These are just OUR favourites.....
1. Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve - The Alice Springs Telegraph Station is the original site of first European Settlement in Alice Springs, established in 1872 as a part of the overlander telegraph line between Adelaide and Darwin. Located on Herbert Heritage Drive, off the North Stuart Highway. Whether you want to take a walk back in time or enjoy a bbq with the family the Telegraph Station is the spot for you. The beautiful lawns on the banks of the dry Todd River make a perfect spot to spend an afternoon relaxing under a shady tree or explore the remnants of yesteryear in the Historical Precinct. The Reserve is open between 8am - 9pm every day of the year. The Historical Precinct is open 8am-5pm daily except Christmas Day. The Historical Precinct does have an entry cost that includes a guided tour. Also located at the Entry of the Historical Precinct is a small gift shop that you can purchase a cool drink and ice-cream from.
2. Alice Springs Desert Park - Located approx 10 mins from the CBD of Alice Springs on Larapinta Drive. The Desert Park is a must see. Open daily from 7.30am to 6.00pm. Allow yourself half a day to explore the hundreds of plant species and animals local to the Red Centre. Dont forget to check out the Bird of Prey display that runs at 10am & 3.30pm daily. Enjoy a break from the heat in their airconditioned Coolamons Cafe, offering cold drinks, icecreams and daily lunch specials. They also have a fantastic Nocturnal Tour that operates of an evening, expert guides lead you by torch light through an exclusive area of the Desert Park exploring the rare animals of the Central Australian Desert. Cost of Entry is $20 per Adult and $10 per Child (5-15 years) they also have a Super Economy Pass for $55 which admits 2 Adults and up to 4 Children.
3. The Olive Pink Botanic Garden - The Olive Pink Botanic Garden is situated on the Eastern bank of the Todd River on Tunks Road. The Gardens were gazetted in 1956 by Miss Olive Pink but not opened to the public until after her death in 1985. There are a number of self-guided walks that you can take to explore the flora of Central Australia with in the gardens. Highly recommended is the Meyers Hill Walk approx 40 minutes return, this walk will introduce you to a number of Central Australian Species. Also located at the gardens is the Bean Tree Cafe, open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. The Gardens are open daily from 8am-6pm all year round with the exception of Christmas Day.
4. Alice Springs Royal Flying Doctor Service - The Visitors Center of the Alice Springs Royal Flying Doctor Service is open daily from 9am to 5pm, Sundays and Public Holidays 1pm to 5pm and closed on Christmas day. Located next to the Alice Springs Hospital. Entry into the Visitors center includes a guided tour explaining the history of the RFDS including a video. There is also a fantastic museum for you to explore, which includes a flight simulator. The RFDS Cafe is located in an historic building built in 1939 which was originally the home of first RFDS radio operator. This fabulous cafe has beautiful food and is run totally by volunteers, enjoy a cuppa and also help keep the RFDS flying and saving lives.
5. Alice Springs School of the Air - The Alice Springs School of the Air Visitors Center is located on Head Street, on the Northside of Alice Springs. The visitors center is an initiative of the school council, set up to directly support the students of the ASSOA. A short film is included in the entry fee which outlines the unique teaching methods from past to present, a fantastic insite to remote teaching. If visitoring within school hours you will be able to view live lessons . The Center is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 4.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Sundays and Public Holidays. Closed from Christmas Day thru to New Years Day and also Good Friday. Entry costs $7.50 per adult, $4.80 per child and kids under 5 are free.
6. Araluen Cultural Precinct - Includes a number of interesting spots to explore. Museum of Central Australia, Aviation Museum and Albert Namatjira Gallery. It is located on Larapinta Drive and the site was originally home to Alice Springs first aerodrome, this was established by Eddie Connellan 1939 who owned Connellan Airways. Eddie named the area Araluen after a family property near Swan Hill, Victoria. The original hanger is today the home of the Aviation Museum. The Albert Namatjira Gallery is located inside the Araluen Arts Centre. In 1999 The Museum of Central Australia was moved from the CBD into the Strehlow Building, this then completed the site of the Cultural Precinct. The Precinct is open daily from 10am - 4pm, Mon-Fri and 11pm -4pm on weekends. Cost per entry is Adults $15, Children $10, Children under 5 are free. They also offer concessions and family discounts.
7. Alice Springs Reptile Centre - Located only a few minutes from the Alice's CBD, directly opposite the Royal Flying Doctors Service. The centre is home to over 100 reptiles, housed inside and out for you to wander through and explore. A well know resident of the centre is "Terry" the saltwater crocodile, his exhibit offers fantastic close-up views providing great photo opportunities. The centre has daily talks at 11am, 1pm and 3.30pm daily, these talks offer interaction with the reptiles, if brave enough you can even hold a snake. The Reptile Centre is open daily from 9.30pm to 5.00pm.
8. Anzac Hill. Looking for a good view of Alice? Anzac Hill offers sensational views across Alice Springs and is only a short (but steep) walk from the town centre.
9. Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre - A new state of the art indoor swimming centre, offers fun for all ages. Inside it has 2 fun water slides, a heated 8 lane, 25m swimming lap pool. A second 20 metre pool includes beach entry, water fountains, toddler area, indoor spa and a lazy river, also a 4 lane learn to swim section with a disabled ramp. Outside there are 3 pools, an Olympic size swimming pool, 25m pool and a toddlers pool. Enjoy a coffee from the cafe whilst the kids enjoy a swim. The centre is open from 6am - 7pm weekdays and 9am to 7pm on weekends. Entry is $5 per Adult and $2.55 per Children with kids under 5 free. There is also a family entry rate of $13.20. Spectators are Free.
10. Alice Springs Golf Club - Enjoy a game of golf on one of the world's finest desert venues set it the foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges. Designed and constructed by golfing legend Peter Thomson and his business partner Michael Wolveridge, it is rated 53rd in Australia by the Australian Golf Digest. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the 18 hole course, clubhouse facilities and views. The club has a restaurant open Wednesday thru to Saturday from 6-9pm and on the weekends for lunch from 12-2pm