Top Four Places To Visit In Alice Springs for the Day
I started a new chapter in my career, which took me to a place I always wanted to visit right in my own back yard… the middle of Australia.
What better way to start my exploration than touring one of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks, Ayers Rock (Uluru) and Kata Tjuta. There’s much to learn from my experience that I hope will help for your next trip to Alice Springs!
Stop 1: Mammoth Rock
It’s an early morning start, journeying 335km to see the mammoth rock formation. It stands 348 metres high with a 9.4km walk around the circumference. But there are options if you don’t want to walk around the base, like a scenic helicopter ride, riding around on a Harley, or on a camel ride.
Stop 2: Ayers Rock and Amadeus Lake
After experiencing the Mammoth, make your next stop to the famous Ayers Rock!
On the way to Ayers rock, I recommend stopping at Amadeus Lake. This is no ordinary Lake, as it is in the middle of Australia and it’s a salt lake. It captures just how vast this land of ours is.
Stop 3: Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta features 36 domes of sandstone rock. It is about 300 metres higher than Ayers Rock, but is just as remarkable, all while listening to the history of the Anangu people.
Stop 4: Back to Alice Springs!
While a small town, there are plenty of things to do in Alice Springs. My top 5 activities to do while here:
- Camel Riding – Camel boutique camel farm offers a sunset camel ride and view the sun setting behind the MacDonnell Ranges.
- Half-day tour called, ‘A town like Alice,’ seeing the School of the Air, the Telegraph Station, Royal Flying Doctor Service, and the Reptile Centre, where you can check out Aussie wildlife.
- Wander through the ancient landscape of Desert Park. Be inspired by ancient living cultures with local aboriginal guides, experience the free flying birds show, and if you dare, a nocturnal tour to encounter the wildlife at night.
- Annually on the second Saturday in July, make sure to go to the Camel cup – it’s quirky, iconic and full of personality!
- Henley On Todd Regatta – an annual boat race held in the first week of September in the Todd River.
Where to Stay:
I recommend the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs. It’s a 15-minute walk into town, 3-minute car journey or take in the sights by bicycle (which you can hire at the hotel). Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere watching the sunset over the MacDonnell Ranges with a drink on the deck bar. And keep an eye out for the resident peacock, Andrew!