Destination Name: Alice Springs & Surrounds
Vast desert plains, ancient mountain ranges, dramatic gorges and the world’s largest monolith make Central Australia one of the world’s must see destinations. You haven’t experienced Australia until you’ve been to its heart and marvelled at the results of Mother Nature’s handiwork. In Central Australia, skyscrapers are made of rock and the best show in town is the spectacle of a million stars in the night sky.
Alice Springs is the area’s headquarters and the perfect base for exploration. The town itself is well equipped with ample facilities for travellers and offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all visitors. Local attractions include an arts and cultural centre, reptile centre, Frontier Camel Farm, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and one of the best desert golf courses in the world.
The West MacDonnell Ranges with its spectacular gorges, ochre pits and deep chasms and the East MacDonnell Ranges, home to brilliant nature parks, historical reserves and breathtaking Trephina Gorge make superb day trips from Alice Springs. The Finke Gorge National Park and Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve are also only a couple of hours drive out of town.
Uluru/Ayers Rock is situated 461 kilometres south west of Alice Springs on the traditional lands of the Anangu Aboriginal people. No amount of pictures will prepare you for your first view of world’s largest monolith. It is truly an awe inspiring sight. Nearby Kata Tjuta/The Olgas (a collection of giant weathered rock domes) is also one of Australia’s most dramatic natural wonders. Kings Canyon at Watarrka National Park, a three hour drive from Uluru/Ayers Rock is equally breathtaking.
Those seeking to get right off the beaten track can take their four wheel drive into the Simpson Desert to fossick for gems at Glen Helen or Ruby Gap,
or (for a very remote trip) head out along the Tanami track in the west. A holiday to Central Australia, with its breathtaking landscape, ancient culture and world renowned natural landmarks guarantees experiences that will never, never leave you.