Spotlight on the Stops: Alice Springs
28 Aug 2019
About half way between Darwin and Adelaide, in what many refer to as the Red Centre, you’ll find the iconic and stunning Alice Springs.
A thriving outback town, Alice Springs is known around the world for its unique community, nearby natural wonders, and countless accolades in travel guides the world over.
Despite being in the middle of Australia, as far from our major cities as you can possibly get, the community is a thriving community of different cultures and origins – the locals include Australian Indigenous, Pacific Islands, Americans, Europeans, African, Indian and Asian heritage.
Plenty of adventure awaits in this charming town, both around the township and in the surrounds. Making the trip on Explorer’s Way? Set aside a couple of days, and fit in as much Alice as you can!
Ride in the Skies
One of the most memorable experiences you may ever is a ride in a hot-air balloon, as you soar over the stunning desert, watching kangaroos, brumbies and camels roam. Alice Springs is home to Australia’s largest hot-air balloon – seating 24 passengers!
Image via Tourism NT / Henry Brydon
Did you know that Australia has the largest wild population of Arabian camels in the world? An unlikely iconic Aussie experience is a sunset camel ride through the Ilparpa Valley. The locals have been working with camels for 30 years to ensure it’s a comfortable and calm experience, so you can enjoy the glow of the sunset and take in the peace of the surroundngs.
Todd Hall Markets
The Todd Hall Markets never fail to deliver in its unique offerings, and eclectic blend of food, local produce, arts and crafts. Running every second Sunday from mid February to early December, it's the perfect spot to stroll through and soak up some of the local flavours.
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
You had us at kangaroos. Get up close to one of Australia's most beloved native fauna in The Kangaroo Sanctuary. A guided sunset tour will take you on a relaxing walk through the 188 acre wildlife reserve, where you'll spot sleepy plenty of the adorable animals going about their daily business.
Image via Tourism NT / Jewels Lynch
Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience
Alice Springs is one of the best places in the NT to immerse yourself in some incredible Aboriginal Culture. Karrke is about a 5.5 hour drive from Alice Springs, but the experience that awaits is well worth the trip. The Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience takes you on a short walk and walk on areas of importance in cultural knowledge about bush tucker and bush medicines used for spiritural and healing, used by the Luritja and Pertame people. You'll also observe other practices such as grinding stones, dot paintings and the making of traditional wood artefacts.
Image via Tourism NT / Archie Sartracom
There is so much to do and experience in Alice Springs and surrounds in the Northern Territory. Find out more here.
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Header image via Tourism NT / Jackson Groves