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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 diverse landscape, the eye-popping scenery and the easy access to well-maintained trails is why #AliceSprings is enjoying a mountain-biking boom, according to local off-road enthusiast Jenn Rajher. One of the big surprises for mountain bikers hitting the trails around the Red Centre for the first time is how varied they are and how well they’ve been organised into a series of circuits suitable for riders of varying skill, experience and fitness levels. It’s currently the perfect time of year for a MTB adventure in central @australia - winter in Alice means clear blue skies, pleasant riding temperatures and virtually no rain 🙌☀️ If you don’t have your own bike, you can hire one from @outbackcycling in the Todd Mall, and the crew here will offer sound local advice to get you started 👍 #NTaustralia #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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What if we told you that this stunning spot is only 15 minutes' drive from #AliceSprings? Shaded by towering cliffs and ghost gums, Simpsons Gap is the first of many stops along the West MacDonnell Ranges. Water flows through a small gap in the ranges here, providing a sheltered haven for a range of native wildlife like the resident black footed rock wallabies. If you're keen to stretch your legs, there are a handful of walking trails that show off the flora, fauna and geology of the area. Whether you pack an overnight bag, or plan to finish the route in one day, you'll get major bang for your driving buck in the West MacDonnell National Park. Continue onto Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge for more adventures!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @saltythebus. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Just when we thought it was officially winter, we were treated to a 28 degree celsius day here in central @Australia! ☀️ Out of all the gaps and gorges in the West MacDonnell Ranges near #AliceSprings, Ellery Creek Big Hole has to be one of the most impressive 😍 Comprised of orange and red quartzite, and formed by massive geological forces, it's not your typical swimming spot... but that's what makes it so special! Whether you pack an overnight bag, or plan to finish the route in one day, you'll get major bang for your driving buck in the West MacDonnell National Park. With its spectacular natural beauty, this park is not to be missed! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kyle_hunter. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Meet Southern Arrernte man, Peter and Luritja woman, Christine - they run a cultural tour named after the Western bowerbird, Karrke, near #KingsCanyon. Peter and Christine host groups on a walk through the bush nearby the Wanmarra Community, taking them through dreamtime stories, bush medicine and bush tucker (including the famed witchety grub), an explanation of dot painting, the process of making artefacts and weapons and the survival techniques that has allowed their people to thrive in the harshest of conditions. Located approximately 3.5 hours from #AliceSprings, Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience offer one hour tours from Wednesday to Sunday 👍 #NTaustralia #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Keen to skip the crowds and get back to nature? Discover the rugged landscapes, wildlife, and Aboriginal and pastoral histories of the East MacDonnell Ranges at Trephina Gorge Nature Park. Located 85 kilometres east of #AliceSprings, the park is a handy distance for a day or a longer trip, and is known for its short walks, epic views and endless natural beauty. Experienced walkers can complete the Trephina Ridgetop Trail to John Hayes Rockhole and take in sweeping views of the East MacDonnell Ranges. The park has a campground with caravan sites, fire pits, picnic areas and toilets. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @bertnol. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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If these magnificent rolling mountain ranges don’t inspire you to hit the road in the Red Centre, then we don’t know what will! Central @Australia is home to some of the most scenic drives in the country, including the route that takes you through the West MacDonnell Ranges, just west of #AliceSprings. @bertnol recently captured this glorious golden light at the end of the day from one of the free camp sites on Namatjira Drive. Along this stretch of road you’ll find the ultimate adventure playground; filled with spectacular swimming holes, gorges and walking trails. If you’d prefer to sleep with a roof over your head, you can stay at @glenhelenlodge and enjoy a delicious dinner. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Alex! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The hills are alive with... golden light 💛 Watarrka National Park, located roughly halfway between #AliceSprings and Uluru, is home to the George Gill Range and protects one of @Australia’s most stunning natural environments. The ranges rise out of the desert like the walls of a once-strong fortress! Time has shaped its sandstone sides, having battled the elements for more than 300 million years 🙌 The region's shining star is #KingsCanyon, a deep chasm with sheer sandstone cliffs. You can hike around its rim, or walk along the canyon floor, but the best way to get a broader view of the wider area is with a scenic helicopter tour. @Professional_Helicopters offer a few different options including the popular sunset flight! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @shaun_jeffers.  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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When the light is just right! 💜 Massive geological forces created the towering red walls of Ormiston Gorge and Pound, located within the West MacDonnell National Park, 135 kilometres west of #AliceSprings. The best way to describe the ‘Pound’ is as a huge amphitheatre surrounded by hills and ridges 🙌 The 7 kilometre long Pound walk takes you on a full circuit from the visitor centre across the rocky slopes, onto the flat floor of the pound and returns along the gorge via the main waterhole. Whether you're looking for just a day walk or are hiking the more challenging Larapinta Trail, we guarantee this spectacular trail will take your breath away! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @dubstamatic.  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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We've hit the road... next stop: an epic Red Centre adventure 🙌 🚗 Central @Australia was made for road-trips with a number of exciting drive routes linking #AliceSprings, #Uluru, #KingsCanyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges. Whether you've hired a car or brought your own, happy to stay on sealed roads or keen to try a dirt track; there's something for everyone in the Aussie outback. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @beaumicheli! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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