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Alice Springs & Surrounds

Map showing the Alice Springs and Surrounds region in the NT

Stunning landscapes, remote communities, and a unique pioneering history create a diverse and exhilarating destination to explore.

A thriving, spirited outback centre, Alice Springs is as famous for the personality of its locals and contemporary and traditional art as the natural wonders, including the stunning Larapinta Trail and the MacDonnell Ranges, which surround it.

Top 10 region awarded to The Red Centre, Australia. Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2019

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The West MacDonnell Ranges are famous for their postcard-like scenery 😍 Shaded by towering cliffs and ghost gums, Simpsons Gap is the first of many adventure stops just west of #AliceSprings. Water flows through a small gap in the ranges providing a sheltered haven for a range of native wildlife like the resident black footed rock wallabies. There are a handful of walking trails, all varying in length, for those looking to explore more, or alternatively you can simply just sit and enjoy the view. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @wetookaholiday! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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@ellebaut recently snapped these stunning shots at Glen Helen Gorge, 90 minutes' drive from #AliceSprings. Set against a gorge-ous outback vista of towering red cliffs, the permanent waterhole is part of the Finke River - thought to be one of the oldest river systems in the world! As the weather starts to warm up here in the Red Centre, it's the ultimate spot for a cool dip. Just a short stroll from here, you'll find @glenhelenlodge 👉it's a great base to explore the surrounding West MacDonnell Ranges with various room or camping options, along with a restaurant and bar. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elle! ​ #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Need some inspo to get out of bed earlier? This should do the trick 🌅 It's not hard to see why the Rim Walk at #KingsCanyon is one of the most famous trails in the Red Centre with views like this! The six kilometre circuit walk traces the rim of the canyon for much of the hike before descending into the lush 'Garden of Eden' and back up to the top again. Located in Watarrka National Park, roughly halfway between #Uluru and #AliceSprings, Kings Canyon is one of the many must-do stops along the iconic Red Centre Way drive route. Our tip: Set your alarm and start the walk in the dark so you can watch the sun come up from the top of the canyon! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @traveloutbackaustralia. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Chambers Pillar is a spectacular solitary column towering 50 metres above the Simpson Desert plain, located 160 kilometres from #AliceSprings. The pillar was formed from sandstone deposited and worn down over 350 million years 🙌 It was an important landmark guiding the region's earliest pioneers on their way from Adelaide to Alice Springs and was first recorded in 1860. The conservation reserve is best explored on foot, and don't forget your camera! ​Follow one of the marked walking tracks to the viewing platform or past the prominent features of Chambers Pillar. Photographers should time their visit for either sunrise or sunset when the Pillar glows as the rays of the sun strike its face. Access is via four-wheel drive tracks and camping is permitted. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @conormoorephotography! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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🏖️ We're summer ready here in the Red Centre! @_aswewander have been touring around central @Australia exploring some of the NT's most epic spots! ​They recently ventured out to the West MacDonnell Ranges and stopped at Ormiston Gorge, an outback oasis home to a permanent freshwater waterhole and incredible towering red walls 😍 The West MacDonnell National Park/Tjoritja stretches 161 kilometres west of #AliceSprings and is an amazing example of an ancient landscape sculptured over time by the climatic elements. Swimming holes, walking trails and camping are the main highlights of the area and well worth sticking around for a few days to experience! ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Luke and Jess! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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What better way to start your outback experience than with an early morning balloon flight 🎈 You'll get to see the desert come to life as the sun rises over the MacDonnell Ranges. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife down below, including kangaroos! Once you land, tasty treats and sparkling wine await - the perfect end to this unreal adventure if you ask us! 🥂 @Outback_ballooning run daily flights year round just outside of #AliceSprings. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_aswewander. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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How can a place be so dramatic and serene at the same time?! @_aswewander recently dropped in at Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the West MacDonnell Ranges' many swimming holes. Located roughly 90 kilometres west of #AliceSprings, you're sure to feel worlds away from the daily hustle and bustle at this magnificent spot. With the Red Centre currently experiencing glorious spring temperatures, it's the ultimate time for an outback adventure. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Luke and Jess! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The #LarapintaTrail is one of @Australia's finest walks, situated just out of #AliceSprings and spanning 223kms across the West MacDonnell Ranges. This long distance walking track is divided into 12 sections that each take one or two days to walk. Described by @AustralianGeographic as "one of the world's best long-distance arid-zone walks", this spectacular desert trek traverses the ridgelines of the mountain ranges from east to west. From the big blue skies that offer a stunning contrast against the sunburned landscape of the ranges, to some of the most spectacular geological formations in the region, this trail truly showcases the diversity of the Red Centre. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @wetookaholiday! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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You're looking bloomin' beautiful here, Palm Valley! Welcome to Finke Gorge National Park in central @Australia. Apart from the adventure of driving along the oldest river in the world, Palm Valley hosts a maze of sandstone amphitheatres, pinnacles and gorges and is home to the Red Cabbage Palm after which the valley is named. Fun fact: this particular species of palm is only found in this area! It takes roughly 2 hours to get here from #AliceSprings and you'll need a four-wheel drive vehicle 👉 if you don't have one, there are tour operators that can take you on a guided tour 👌 There are a number of walking trails, ranging from short to long and a campground if you're keen to stay overnight and explore for longer! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@dubstamatic. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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