Guide to getting to know Alice Springs and it's attractions.
Alice Springs Desert Park – five minutes from town, The Alice Springs Desert Park is a Botanic Garden and Wildlife Park all rolled into one. Rather than displaying the collections by family, as is the norm with botanic gardens, the collection at the Alice Springs Desert Park is displayed by habitat. It is truly an impressive place with 10’s of thousands of cubic metres of red soil brought in to construct the desert habitat, a river habitat and a woodlands habitat forming the foundations, more is to come as the park expands into the future. For more information visit www.alicespringsdesertpark.com.au
Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) – Established in 1928 by Reverend John Flynn to link the outback to essential medical services by utilising aeroplanes now operates 21 bases and covers an area of 7 150 000 square kilometres. The Alice Springs Base was opened in 1939 and in the late 1970’s a visitor’s centre began operations. There are tours every half hour, a museum and a great little café. For more information visit http://www.flyingdoctor.org.
Overlander Steakhouse – Great place for a feed. Visit Overlanders for real Aussie tucker and lots of it. www.overlanders.com.au
Alice Springs School of the Air – View the live lessons from the ‘largest classroom in the world’ at the Alice Springs School of the Air. The school was established in 1944 to provide education to remote families via 2-way radio. For more information visit www.assoa.nt.edu.au
Alice Springs Mall – A great selection of shops, eateries and galleries await you ‘down the mall’ Get lost for an afternoon checking out the souvenirs or art and grab a bite to eat at any of the great restaurants.
Alice Springs Telegraph Station – The reason Alice Springs was settled was to provide a telegraph link between Adelaide and Darwin. This station as part of that link was established in 1872 and is still maintained in its pristine 19th century state. A great place for a barbeque it has a great grassed area perfect for kicking a footy. A very popular spot with the locals. Click here for a fact sheet.
Anzac Hill – If you want a view of Alice Springs look no further.
Road Transport Hall of Fame – The Road Transport Hall of Fame is ‘Dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Australia’s unique road transport heritage’. Winner of the converted Brolga Tourism Award 2009, it is not to be missed. For more information www.roadtransporthall.com/
Alice Springs Golf Club - Their slogan is ‘It doesn’t get any better than this….’ And they are not far wrong. With fantastic views and quality course Alice Springs golf club is a must visit destination. We especially like the 19th hole with great food and very cold beer.
Olive Pink Botanic Garden – Great place to visit. Take a walk up Spencer Hill, a wonderful collection of local flora and a great café. Highly recommended lunch venue. See www.opbg.com.au/
Western Macdonnell Ranges - Take a day and cruise out to the beautiful gorges that make up the Western Macdonnell Ranges. You simply can’t visit Alice Springs without taking this trip. There are tours available if you don’t want to drive. Ask at reception.
Alice Wanderer & Centre Sightseeing operates half and full day guided small group tours in and around Alice Springs. The Alice Wanderer has operated since 1994 and was a Brolga Tourism Award winner in 1996.
The Alice Wanderer Town Tour offers a ‘hop on - hop off’ tour with full commentary around all the major attractions of Alice Springs.
The attractions visited give a wonderful insight into the history and development of Alice Springs from the early pioneering days of the Overland Telegraph Station and the camel trains, to the establishment of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the School of the Air and the Old Ghan rail from Adelaide to Alice. The Transport Hall of Fame traces the history and development of transport within the Northern Territory which is home to the first ‘road train’. The Cultural Precinct includes the Museum of Central Australia, the Aviation Museum, the Araluen Centre and the Historic Cemetery. Other attractions visited are Panorama Guth, the Reptile Centre, the Date Gardens and the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. Clients may spend up to two days ‘Wandering’ around Alice’s attractions or they may choose to only spend part of the day visiting those attractions of their choice.
ALICE SPRINGS TOURS
Alice Springs Tours offer 1 day, small group tours to Palm Valley and Hermansburg, and Palm Valley, Wallace Rockhole and Hermansburg.
RED CENTRE DREAMING
‘Red Centre Dreaming’ Dinner and Show is a high quality Aboriginal performance by traditional and contemporary artists. Traditional dancing, weaponry, didgeridoo playing and fireside story telling are features of the show.
OUTBACK QUAD ADVENTURES
Outback Quad Adventures run safaris on Undoolya Station, the oldest working cattle station in Australia's Northern Territory. They are the only tour operators allowed on the property and have made THE INACCESSIBLE ACCESSIBLE!!!
It is a location of scenic beauty with an abundance of Outback Wildlife, at the base of the East MacDonnell Ranges, yet only 20 minutes from town.
The bikes themselves are fully automatic and require no license or experience. 12 years and over can participate and clients determine the pace. There are 3 main tours, including 2 hour tours and an overnight tour where good food, champagne and service is provided.
Forget about viewing The Australian Outback through a pane glass window!
Outback Ballooning is a family operated business since 1986. We offer early morning 30 and 60 minute balloon flight tours & packages, with daily departures from Alice Springs.
Our tours include return transfers, the balloon flight, a flight certificate and a 4 course chicken and champagne breakfast.
The balloon flight takes place to the south of Alice Springs, between the Alice Springs Airport & The 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 crosses Spinifex grasses, mulga scrub and cattle stations.
Operating since 1965, Tailormade Tours is a family-run business, specialising in personal touring for individuals and small groups. Key tours include, Half Day Western MacDonnell Ranges and Alice Springs Desert Park Tour, Town Tour and a full day 4WD Palm Valley Experience.
The Evening Outback Bush BBQ is not to be missed, giving visitors a feel for the outback and includes boomerang throwing, aboriginal culture talk, the best scotch fillet in the outback, all refreshments, entertainment by our bush balladeer and a star talk.
Charter itineraries can be organised for Ayers Rock/Uluru and the Olgas/Kata Tjuta, Alice Springs, the MacDonnell Ranges and all points in between.