Welcome to Australia’s heartland. Alice Springs is the perfect starting point for a trip to Uluru – but it’s also a must-do destination in its own right.
Places to visit in Alice Springs
Known as the capital of the Red Centre, Alice Springs is the perfect base for a trip to Uluru, the West MacDonnell Ranges, Kata Tjuta, or Kings Canyon – but make sure you leave yourself time to explore the town of Alice Springs, too!
WEST MACDONNELL RANGES
Located within a few hours drive from Alice Springs, West MacDonnell National Park is known for its history and scenic beauty. Best explored on foot via many of the walking tracks that range from leisurely to adventurous. After a hike, cool off with a swim in one the park's permanent water holes.
ABORIGINAL ART GALLERIES
Alice Springs is famous for having some of the largest collections of Aboriginal art in Australia. The city's galleries are definitely worth a visit, whether you're in the market for a painting yourself or just wish to browse dot paintings and watercolours by some of the country's most popular artists.
How to get to Alice Springs
Our coaches to and from Alice Springs stop at Bus Zone, Leichhardt Tce, Outside Library, Alice Springs NT.
With more than 180 stops across the country and services in all mainland states and territories, Greyhound is Australia’s largest coach network. Here are our most popular routes to Alice Springs!
How to get around Alice Springs
Once your Greyhound bus to Alice Springs arrives at Leichhardt Terrace, you’ll find that Alice Springs is small enough for you to be able to reach most parts of town on foot. Public transport options are somewhat limited here, with regular bus services that run about every one and a half hours from Monday to Friday and on Saturday morning.
Taxis are available from the taxi rank on the corner of Todd Street and Gregory Terrace, near the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre.
Alice Springs is mostly flat except for Anzac Hill, so riding a bike is a great way to explore the town. Longhorn Bikes, a local company that rents out bicycles, operate out of most hotels and hostels in Alice Springs.
Please be aware that although Alice Springs is the closest major town to Uluru, it’s not exactly close by – Uluru is 463km (288mi) from Alice Springs. Tours are available to Uluru and the Field of Light exhibition from Alice Springs.
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