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Alice Springs & Surrounds

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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.

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It's easy to see why it's called #KingsCanyon 👑 Located midway between #Uluru and #AliceSprings, you'll find this natural wonder at the western end of the George Gill Range in Watarrka National Park. The canyon's sandstone walls were formed from small cracks that have eroded over millions of years to create these magnificent cliffs 🙌 The lush, sheltered creek below is a refuge for many plants and animals. The best way to explore the canyon is on foot with two walking trails to pick from; including the longer, more challenging Rim Walk and the easier Kings Creek Walk at the base of the canyon.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @shantal_indo!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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When you can see the light at the end of the tunnel on a #Friday arvo 😜 A relatively short and easy drive from #AliceSprings, Standley Chasm cuts through the tough quartzite to form a natural alleyway. Thousands of years' worth of surging flood waters are responsible for this beautiful site, which is best seen around noon on a sunny day when the high walls light up. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @alanaauld! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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As the name suggests, Ellery Creek Big Hole is one big ol’ waterhole that is surrounded by red cliffs and native trees. The sight we see today is thanks to thousands of years of floods that have carved the formation into the rock 🙌 It's easy to while away most of the day here with a number of walking trails available, excellent croc-free swimming and a picnic area. Located just 90 kilometres from #AliceSprings, it's one of many stunning stops along the West MacDonnell Ranges.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @lucyd3e! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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As far as head shots go, we think Sebastian has his down pat... 😜 Sebastian lives at @thekangaroosanctuary where their main mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned baby kangaroos back into the wild. Kangaroos who can’t be returned to their native habitat are released into the 188 acre property. If you'd like to meet Sebastian and his mates you can book a sunset tour of the Sanctuary, which is just a short drive from #AliceSprings in @visitcentralaus.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @thekangaroosanctuary! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The #LarapintaTrail is one of @Australia's most amazing walks, situated just out of #AliceSprings and spanning 223 kilometres across the West MacDonnell Ranges. This long distance walking track is divided into 12 sections that each take one or two days to walk. @sanj_dealwis recently explored Section 11 of the trail from Finke River to Redbank Gorge. The first part of the walk takes you across spinifex-covered hills with spectacular views of Mount Sonder, the 4th highest mountain in the NT and the final challenge of the trail. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @sanj_dealwis! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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@carmenhuter back here with another favourite memory 😊 Halfway through our road-trip from #Darwin to #AliceSprings, we found ourselves a million star hotel right next to the #DevilsMarbles (#KarluKarlu) campground. It cost nothing but filled my heart with so much love, I didn’t know what to do with it but ask my friend @melissafindley to go paint a heart for me. 💕 Afterwards, we lay on the ground for what felt like hours and did nothing but gaze at this magnificent universe. 💫 Hands up if you love to watch the Milky Way do its thing? 🙌  #NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

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It's not hard to see why @melissafindley describes Ellery Creek Big Hole as one of her "favourite spots" in the NT! This unique aerial view perfectly captures the high red cliffs, permanent freshwater waterhole and white sandy beach 🙌 Located just 90 kilometres west of #AliceSprings, nestled in the wild swimming wonderland of the West MacDonnell Ranges, it's one of the Red Centre's most accessible waterholes. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Melissa!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Welcome to Palm Valley, located within Finke National Park in central @Australia 🌴 Apart from the adventure of driving along the oldest river in the world, Palm Valley is 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 take groups here 👌 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, @lauraniejalke.

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On a recent trip to the Red Centre, @melissafindley witnessed star-tling scenes at Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve ✨ An easy day trip from #AliceSprings, Rainbow Valley is renowned for its sandstone bluffs and cliffs with different bands of coloured rock. Best accessed by four-wheel drive, this lesser known geological wonder is particularly stunning in the early morning light or late afternoon sun when it changes from ochre red to orange and purple. While there's only basic camping facilities offered here, you're in for a billion star view 😍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Melissa!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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