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Discover the Red Centre from Alice Springs, a hub for Aboriginal art, pioneer history and quirky outback events like the Henley-on-Todd Regatta. See Uluru-Kata Tjuta on a camel or Harley Davidson or with a gourmet dune top dinner. Explore Kings Canyon, West MacDonnell Ranges, Simpson Desert and Devils Marbles on journeys like the Red Centre Way, Larapinta Trail and Explorers Highway.

What you can see in Alice Springs

Discover Aboriginal Art, pioneer history and uniquely Australian landscapes when you visit Alice Springs.

Desert Mob 2007, Alice Springs Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs. © Tourism Australia & Tourism NT
Top 10 Things to Do in Alice Springs

Top 10 Things to Do in Alice Springs

Located in the centre of Australia, Alice Springs enjoys an almost legendary status. A frontier town surrounded by vast deserts, “Alice” is a complex mix of Aboriginal and European colonial history. The stepping-off point for outback adventures, this cosmopolitan town has become a destination in its own right, with a bustling arts scene, rich cultural life and plenty to do.

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Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT
Uluru

Uluru

World Heritage-listed Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic symbols. Located in the heart of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Red Centre, Uluru is an ancient landscape, rich in Australian indigenous culture and spirituality. There are many ways to experience the majesty of Uluru and the beauty of this unique desert landscape. Take a walk with an Aboriginal guide and learn about ancient traditions and stories from the Dreamtime. See it from the skies by helicopter or hot air balloon. Ride across the ochre coloured desert on a Harley Davidson motorcycle or on the back of a camel.

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Longitude 131, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT
Red Centre Experiences and Attractions

Red Centre Experiences and Attractions

Get a taste of the experiences you can have when you explore Australia's Red Centre.

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Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, Alice Springs and Surrounds, NT
Red Centre Highlights

Red Centre Highlights

You may know it's sacred to the Aboriginal people here, and that it turns some spectacular colours at sunrise and sunset. You might not know that you can experience it through Aboriginal eyes, or that there are many other sacred and breathtaking sites here in Australia's vast centre. Uluṟu's cousin Kata Tjuṯa is just 40 kilometres away and you'll find the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon not far from Alice Springs. You might not realise that this landscape has green vegetation and lush waterholes as well as dusty red roads and huge slabs of rock. And what you won't really understand until you get here is the magic, majesty, silence and splendid isolation of Australia's Red Centre.

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Devils Marbles

Devils Marbles

The Devils Marbles are huge granite boulders scattered across a wide, shallow valley, 100 kilometres south of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.

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West MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs, NT. © Tourism NT
Weather in Alice Springs

Weather in Alice Springs

The climate of Alice Springs in Australia's Red Centre is one of extremes. Unlike the Top End of the Northern Territory which has a tropical climate, the Red Centre has a semi-arid climate. In summer (December-February), average temperatures range between 20°C and 35°C. In winter (June-August), the average temperature range is 3°C -20°C. Spring and autumn have warm days and cool evenings. Rainfall varies dramatically from year to year, but the annual average is around 286mm. Here you will find some information on temperature, rainfall and seasonal activities to help you plan your holiday in Alice Springs.

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Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon is part of the Watarrka National Park in Australia's Northern Territory. Sitting at the western end of the George Gill Range, Kings Canyon is approximately midway between Alice Springs and Uluru.

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Red Centre Way

Red Centre Way

Swim in Glen Helen Gorge and spot rock wallabies at Simpsons Gap, both in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Listen to the Dreamtime legend surrounding the comet crater of Gosse Bluff. Climb to the rim of Kings Canyon and swim in the tropical pools of the Garden of Eden. Do a dawn camel trek around Uluṟu and wander between the steep russet domes of nearby Kata Tjuṯa. Journey through red desert sands, spinifex and mulga forest. Learn about the area's Aboriginal history from the Arrernte people who have lived here for 20,000 years. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal art and pioneer history in Alice Springs. Don't miss this unforgettable adventure through Australia's ancient centre.

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Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta, formerly known as The Olgas, is a group of large ancient rock formations approximately 30 kilometres away from Uluru in Australia's Red Centre. Together these giant stone formations form the two major landmarks within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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Mountain Biking, Alice Springs, NT. © Tourism NT
Three Great Days in Alice Springs

Three Great Days in Alice Springs

Connect to rich Aboriginal traditions, awe-inspiring landscapes and pioneer history in Alice Springs, which sits just south of Australia's geographic centre. Learn about the area's first inhabitants - the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people - in the Araluen Cultural Precinct and in the vibrant art lining Todd Mall. Find out how plucky pioneers shaped the modern town in the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air. Experience an outback adventure on a camel trek or hot air balloon ride. On your final day, 4WD through the prehistoric terrain of Finke Gorge National Park, visit a huge comet crater and see where acclaimed Aboriginal painter Albert Namatjira grew up.

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What you can see near Alice Springs

From the gateway to Australia's Red Centre, explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta, the Simpson Desert or take the Explorer's Highway to Darwin.

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