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Imagine immersing yourself in Aboriginal culture, exploring breathtakingly beautiful mountain ranges and trekking hundreds of kilometres of red dirt. For an unforgettable (and totally unique) holiday, a road trip to Alice Springs is a must.

Alice Springs, or “Alice” as locals lovingly call it, is the heart of Australia’s Northern Territory. It’s the starting point for trips to Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta, MacDonnell Ranges and more. Alice Springs is also the best place to learn about Australia’s Aboriginal heritage and art.

Getting Around Alice Springs And Beyond

The best way to explore Alice and its neighbouring attractions is by road. Why not rent a campervan from Alice Springs online prior to your trip? Book well in advance to ensure the right vehicle is available.

Don’t Miss Out On These Activities

Aboriginal Art Galleries

Alice Springs is home to Australia’s finest Aboriginal art galleries. Once you’ve picked up your campervan or motorhome, stop by Araluen Arts Centre or Papunya Tula Gallery. Australian Aboriginal art is the world’s oldest unbroken art tradition. The earliest Aboriginal rock carvings and paintings date back to over 40,000 years ago.

Larapinta Trail

 

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Larapinta Trail is a short drive from Alice Springs; hiking the 223-kilometre trail with its 12 sections is a must. Park your campervan and join one of many guided trail tours, or set out on your own if you feel comfortable doing so. Larapinta Trail features varying terrains and grades suitable for hikers of all levels.

You’ll love Larapinta’s freshwater swimming holes and breathtakingly scenic gorges and mountain peaks.

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

A visit to Alice Springs is incomplete without a trip to Uluru; there’s nothing on earth like it. The sandstone monolith is at least 550 million years old and is sacred to the Anangu people. It’s important to note climbing the rock is not permitted for cultural reasons. However, guided tours are available.

In addition to being stunning in its own right, Uluru also boasts incredible sunsets and sunrises; it’s well worth the trip.

MacDonnell Ranges

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Flanking Alice Springs are the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, stretching 644 kilometres. The ranges offer a variety of activities, from 4WD and hiking racks to camping spots and swimming holes. Park your campervan for the day in West MacDonnell Ranges and explore Simpsons Gap. Look out for rock wallabies and other native wildlife! Make your stay even more memorable by chartering a helicopter and marvel at the scenic region from above.

They say life’s a collection of experiences and memories, the best of which are often associated with travel. Alice Springs is a melting pot of hauntingly beautiful landscapes, majestic mountain ranges, and a rich Aboriginal culture. You’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere more beautiful.

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