Destination Guide: Alice Springs

Alice Springs

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Things to do in Alice Springs

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.

Things to do & see 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!

Alice Springs Desert Park

Get up close and personal with the plants, birds, animals and people of Australia’s arid regions at the Alice Springs Desert Park, where the kangaroos nibble your shoelaces if you stand still too long.

Araluen Arts Centre

This is the keeping place of stories, reflecting the vitality and variety of the region with over 1,100 artworks in its collection, many of them by Aboriginal artists.

Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum

Learn the incredible underdog story of how the Royal Flying Doctor Service has helped regional Australia for almost 100 years, and look inside a replica PC12 fuselage.

West Macdonnell Ranges near Alice Springs

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 in Alice Springs

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.

Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs

Kangaroo Sanctuary

Get up close to rescued orphaned baby and adult kangaroos in this wildlife sanctuary that spans across 188 acres of natural bushland.

Accommodation in Alice Springs

Our buses are just the beginning. We’ve teamed up with the best hostel providers in Australia to offer flexible passes and packages that make it a breeze to secure quality accommodation that won’t break the bank, no matter where your journey takes you!

Popular accommodation options in Alice Springs include the Alice Springs YHA and Haven Backpacker Resort. Bookings can be made directly on partner websites.

How to get to Alice Springs

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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 5 Gregory 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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