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The sparse, desolate and massive Northern Territory of Australia is home to some of the most spectacular natural wonders in the country. From the Top End capital city of Darwin and UNESCO World Heritage Kakadu National Park, to West MacDonnell National Park, the Northern Territory is rife with adventure and wonder. For visitors to the city of Alice Springs, West MacDonnell is close by. Many choose to explore the park by way of the Larapinta Trail, preferably in the winter when temperatures make the trek more bearable.

Another notable point of interest near the city of less than 30,000 people is Finke Gorge National Park. The most popular way to enjoy this 350 million-year-old catchment area and vital Aboriginal cultural site is to bush walk. Other Alice Springs attractions also make the most of what the Northern Territory has to offer, from the fine Reptile Centre to Desert Park, a supreme environmental education facility. For a must-see day trip outside the city, head to Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park.

Alice Springs has a desert climate, with sporadic rainfall and warm to hot temperatures throughout the year.

  • Summer (November to February) 18-36°C
  • Fall (March to May) 8-32°C
  • Winter (June to August) 4-23°C
  • Spring (September to October) 10-31°C
  • Alice Springs Reptile Centre
  • Watarrka National Park
  • West MacDonnell National Park
  • Finke Gorge National Park
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Hermannsburg
  • Henley-on-Todd Regatta
  • Camel Cup
  • Finke Desert Race
  • Araluen Centre for Arts & Entertainment
  • Red Sea Restaurant
  • Hanuman Thai
  • Red Ochre Grill
  • Keller's
  • Kuniya Restaurant
  • Bar Doppio
  • Rattle ‘n' Hum
  • The Cage
  • Red Dog
  • Di Dee's

Alice Springs Hotels

Alice Springs hotels

Awesome Alice Springs

Smack bang in the red centre, Alice Springs is no spring chicken. In fact, it’s been inhabited for up to 30,000 years. Today, Alice Springs is both a tourist hub for the surrounding areas and a wonderful mix of European and Aboriginal influences. The Olive Pink Botanic Garden, for example, features native desert plants rather than the usual flowers and rolling green lawns. ... Read more »

Speaking of desert, there’s no shortage of that in the Alice. To get a taste, visit the Larapinta Trail, which is over 200km long and takes in the dusty vastness. After your walk, take a swim in Red Bank Gorge to escape the heat, as the Todd River running through town is generally dry. Alice Springs is the perfect location to unearth some secrets of the Aussie outback – although with the CIA’s satellite tracking station nearby, some things will probably remain hidden…

Alice Spring’s Top 10

10. Simpson Desert This is the Australia often depicted to the rest of the world – all red sand dunes and crazy rock formations. 5. Alice Springs Desert Park Be introduced to the flora and fauna of the surrounding deserts, but don’t use a visit as an excuse to miss the real thing.
9. Finke Gorge National Park Here’s where to really put your four-wheel-drive vehicle to the test (as opposed to those morning soccer runs…). 4. Todd Mall The focal point of the town offers a bunch of places to pick up some Aboriginal art.
8. Adelaide House See Aussie ingenuity on display with the unique air-conditioning system and bike-powered communication device. 3. Telegraph Station Historical Reserve See where the modern town began from nothing more than a humble telegraph station.
7. MacDonnell Ranges Go for a walk amongst the ranges, then take a dip in one of the many swimming holes to cool down. 2. Museum of Central Australia Come and learn about the largest bird to ever live on Earth.
6. Alice Springs Reptile Centre This is sure to keep the kids happy. Check out the dinosaur-inspired frill-necked lizards! 1. Uluru While it’s a few hours’ drive out of town, you can’t visit the Alice without going to Uluru.

Alice Springs Events

Like many things in Australia, the Camel Cup Camel Race, which takes place in July, began with a good old-fashioned Aussie bet.

At the annual Beanie Festival in July, you’ll feel left out if you’re not wearing wool on your noggin’.

Also in July, the Bass in the Dust music festival will get you dancing in the dirt and having a cracker of a time.

The Henley-on-Todd Regatta in September is the only dry river regatta in the world – the contestants have to carry their boats!

In September, the Desert Mob Art Show sees art lovers and creators from all over Australia come together to buy, sell and view Aboriginal art.

When To Go

  • With a desert climate, daytime temperatures average around 34ºC (93ºF) in summer and seldom drop below 20ºC (68ºF) in winter.
  • In winter overnight, the mercury can drop below freezing – so pack accordingly.
  • Alice Springs’ rainfall is sporadic, with November and December the rainiest months (averaging four or five rainy days per month)

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Getting Around

Pick up a free timetable from the visitor centre and use the bus to get around town.

Alternatively, hop in a taxi, which tend to assemble around the visitor centre.

There’s also the Alice Wanderer sightseeing bus, which will take you to many of the most popular attractions within Alice Springs.


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Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs
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4.2
out of 52 Reviews
93 Barrett Drive Alice Springs NT 0870

Holidaymakers looking for value-for-money comforts in the outback town of Alice Springs find suitable haven at Lassete... More hotel details

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Diplomat Motel Alice Springs
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4.6
out of 51 Reviews
20 Gregory Terrace Corner Hartley Street Alice Springs NT 0870

Known for its ambience and elegance, this hotel offers an ideal accommodation spot in Alice Springs for all types of t... More hotel details

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ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis
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3.5
out of 52 Reviews
10 Gap Road Alice Springs NT 0870

Ideally situated close to corporate hubs, educational sites and vibrant recreation destinations, ibis Styles Alice Spr... More hotel details

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Desert Palms Resort Alice Springs
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3.8
out of 52 Reviews
74 Barrett Drive Alice Springs NT 0871

Situated in the Australian Outback, Desert Palms Resort Alice Springs offers holidaymakers a tropical oasis in the mid... More hotel details

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Aurora Alice Springs
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4.1
out of 52 Reviews
11 Leichhardt Terrace Alice Springs NT 0870

The Aurora Alice Springs Hotel offers 109 basic rooms decorated in a primary colour palette. The reception, courtyard,... More hotel details

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs
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4.1
out of 52 Reviews
82 Barrett Drive Alice Springs NT 0870

TheDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs has 236 deluxe rooms and 7 suites. Each balcony overlooks the hotel pool o... More hotel details

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Glen Helen Resort
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0
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1 Namatjira Drive West MacDonnell Ranges Via Alice Springs, Alice Springs, NT 0872

Glen Helen Resort is a river view resort with comfortable accommodations that caters to backpackers and travellers in ... More hotel details

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Alice Springs Airport Motel
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4.8
out of 52 Reviews
115 Gap Road Alice Springs NT 0870

Alice Springs Airport Motel is located at the southern entrance of Alice Springs near the Gap in the MacDonnel Ranges.... More hotel details

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Best Western Elkira Resort Motel Alice Springs
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3.4
out of 51 Reviews
65 Bath Street Alice Springs NT 0870

Nestled in the magnificent McDonnell Ranges, the BEST WESTERN Elkira Resort Motel Alice Springs is ideally positioned ... More hotel details

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