Top 10 Things to do in Alice Springs, Australia

September 17, 2017 Janette Largent

Stunning landscapes and a unique pioneering history create a diverse and exhilarating destination to explore. A thriving, spirited outback center, Alice Springs is as famous for the personality of its locals and traditional art as it is for the natural wonders, including the stunning Larapinta Trail and the MacDonnell Ranges surrounding it.
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1. The Kangaroo Sanctuary

Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia +61 8 8965 0038
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary

Home of the famous Kangaroo Dundee documentary series (BBC UK / National Geographic USA) Visit kangaroos in their natural habitat on a guided sunset tour.

Reviewed By Lindagreenacre - York, United Kingdom

What a privilege to visit The Kangaroo Sanctuary and be guided by the charismatic Chris Barnes. He is absolutely passionate about the aims of the Enterprise on the site which he leases from the airport. We saw two young orphan kangaroos which were kept in...MoreThank you so much for your lovely review of our Sanctuary, and the additional important advice for future visitors. We are so glad you enjoyed your tour. Kind Regards Tahnee & Brolga

2. The Larapinta TrailNorthern Territory4 powerful hiking experiences in the Red Centre

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
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The Larapinta TrailNorthern Territory4 powerful hiking experiences in the Red Centre

Reviewed By Ros W - Melbourne, Australia

We had a wonderful time with World Expeditions. Our guides, Maddie, Earl and Rick were
always bright and cheerful. They worked non stop. They were sensitive to everyone's needs. They could not have done better.
We had a great group of people. The walking was amazing starting with Ormiston Pound and Gorge, an early night and 2.30 am wake up for the climb up Mt Sondor. Breathtaking views. We were given lots of interesting information and the opportunity to listen to the original owners of the land. The accommodation was fine and there was ample food . No one was sick or injured...not even a blister.
A highlight was everyone dancing at dawn to "Ride like the Wind". Lots of laughter.

65 Hartley St, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia +61 8 8952 2007
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Yubu Napa Art Gallery

Yubu Napa Art Gallery, Studio and Gift Shop is now open at the iconic Panorama Guth Building in Hartley Street, Alice Springs. We offer a wide range of contemporary indigenous art as well as beautifully handcrafted souvenirs and gift ideas. Our onsite artist studio is a comfortable space for the artist's to paint in, offering visitors an opportunity to meet an artist and hear the stories of the artwork firsthand! We hope to see you soon at Yubu Napa, the newest Gem in Central Australia

Reviewed By JADavo - Perth, Australia

We were warmly welcomed by Karl on arrival. We spent an hour just browsing the wonderful art. The staff were outstanding with knowledge, empathy for the artists and genuine love of art. We were able to watch a magnificent piece of being created by Andrea.

4. Ormiston Gorge

Namatjira Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
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Ormiston Gorge

Reviewed By brisvegas1954 - Brisbane

About 75 minutes from Alice Springs along all bitumen roads this location was a highlight of our visit to the West McDonnell Ranges area. The camp grounds are extremely well maintained and the kiosk offered a great range of food options including items made by the operator. We had a steak Sandwich which was very reasonably priced and was the best I have ever had. The swimming area was very popular especially with young families. A definite place to visit if you are in the area.

5. Alice Springs Desert ParkNorthern TerritoryTop Family Activities in Alice Springs

Larapinta Drive | Desert Park Entrance Road, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia +61 8 8951 8707
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Alice Springs Desert ParkNorthern TerritoryTop Family Activities in Alice Springs

Alice Springs Desert Park is an inspiring portrayal of Australia’s central desert environment that effortlessly blends the plants, birds, animals and people of our arid regions within one, extraordinary tourism and conservation facility. Our ‘natural’ attraction is as distinctive as the Australian desert itself - a truly unique experience that continues to captivate and educate travellers from every corner of the globe. There’s much more to Deserts than meets the eye and our visitors are astonished by the life and beauty they discover on their journey with us.

Reviewed By MelbourneTravelr - Melbourne

We thought that this would be a simple nature reserve or scenic viewing point. We were suprised to find an extremely professional park. We stayed about 4 hours.

6. Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor CentreNorthern TerritoryTop Family Activities in Alice Springs

Alice Springs School of Air 80 Head St, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia +61 8 8951 6834
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Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor CentreNorthern TerritoryTop Family Activities in Alice Springs

History, Lifestyle & Innovation…Since 1951 when Alice Springs School of the Air was established, it has been at the forefront of developing techniques that continually enhance learning experiences of students living in remote areas of Central Australia.Immerse yourself in history, learn about outback lifestyle, discover world-class innovations and be inspired by what has been and continues to be a uniquely Australian method of education – achieved in “The World’s Largest Classroom”.

Reviewed By Jodian - Bognor Regis, United Kingdom

Didn't have any real grasp of problems of education for children in Outback despecially in earlier days. Excelllent short film and first class presentation by a so enthusisstic teacher of how works today with advantages of internet and ability for 1:1 work. School was on hoiday when we visited so you might be lucky and catch an extract of a real live class in progress.part of he entry fee goes towards the school and we also bought a few bits and pieces and also donated a book which we inscribed - a really saatisfying touch.

7. Araluen Arts CentreNorthern TerritoryTop Family Activities in Alice Springs

61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia +61 8 8951 1120
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Araluen Arts CentreNorthern TerritoryTop Family Activities in Alice Springs

The Araluen Cultural Precinct is home to some of the most significant artistic, cultural and historical experiences in Alice Springs and provides a unique visitor experience, encompassing Central Australia’s key cultural institutions and collections. In its four galleries and 500 seat theatre, the Araluen Arts Centre presents an annual program of Exhibitions, theatre, and film. The Araluen Galleries showcase the beginning and continuing development of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement, particularly of the Central and Western Desert. The Araluen Art Collection includes significant original watercolours by Albert Namatjira in his artistic response to the Central Australian landscape. A “keeping place of stories”, the Araluen Cultural Precinct offers a rich experience set amongst important Arrernte sites significant to the local Arltyerre (Dreaming) including yaye (Big sister hill), yaye akweke (Little sister hill) and a sacred 300-year-old corkwood tree.

Reviewed By WoodgateFamily - Brisbane, Australia

There is an entry fee of $15.00 per adult and this allows you access to the whole site. You are met by a staff member who explains how it all works at the entry. The art was lovely but we enjoyed the other areas more....MoreHi Woodgate Family, We are glad to hear you had a great time and got to enjoy all of the Cultural Precinct. We hope to see you again some day!

8. Road Transport Hall of Fame

2 Norris Bell Avenue, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0871, Australia +61 8 8952 7161
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Road Transport Hall of Fame

Reviewed By priddo

We were pleasantly surprized by the amount of Trucks, cars and buggys among others that were on display. The Kenworth's display was amazing. We were so impressed with the amount of information and attention to detail, this display offered, that two and a half hours just passed so quickly. You could spend half a day or more as there is so much to see. I enjoyed it as much as my husband as we wandered around seeing all the old vehicles from our era and before. Well worth the visit and close to town

9. Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

South Stuart Highway | Herbert Heritage Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia +61 8 8952 3993
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Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

Located within the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, the Telegraph Station is the birthplace of the Alice Springs township. Is is an excellent value and must see destination to add to your itinerary while visiting the Northern Territory, and situated 4km north of the Town Centre, is easily accessible for a visit. The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Established in 1871 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide and also linking with an underwater cable network to London. Consequently creating the first real communication between Australia and England. Time your visit with one of our 4 daily guided tours (included in the price of your entry). The guided tours will immerse you in the history of the Telegraph Station and the township. Most noteworthy, you will learn about how this monumental innovation that connected Australia to the rest of the World!

Reviewed By PKKC - London, United Kingdom

We went to have a look at the Telegraph station and to see how it all began for Alice Springs. We arrived just as they were closing so did not get to see in all the buildings. We did manage to see some of the...MoreHi there PKKC I'm sorry to hear you didn't make it in time for one of the guided tours. It sounds like you were able to do somewhat of a self-guided tour, however. Thanks for stopping by regardless! :) Happy and safe travels, Jenn

10. Alice Springs Reptile CentreNorthern TerritoryTop Family Activities in Alice Springs

9 Stuart Tce, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia +61 8 8952 8900
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Alice Springs Reptile CentreNorthern TerritoryTop Family Activities in Alice Springs

The Alice Springs Reptile Centre is a privately owned park which displays an extensive range of reptiles from the Northern Territory of Australia including Terry the Saltwater crocodile and large Perentie Goannas. The talk and handling sessions are a must and are at 11am, 1pm and 3.30Pm daily.

Reviewed By MalmesburyDave - Malmesbury, United Kingdom

Snakes, crocodiles are not our thing but it would be an error to miss visiting the Reptile centre. There are lots of reptiles to view before you get the chance to get up close and personal with a few of the exhibits.
After trying some times in vain to locate this or that lizard or snake who seemed to delight in camouflaging themselves in such a way that they would look like tree branches or rocks we got the call to sit and learn a little more about the creatures we had seen.
We were educated by a young lady who was able to reassure all that the bearded dragon, the blue tongued lizard and the delightful python would do us no harm as we were given the opportunity to handle them. She most certainly added much to the experience, her knowledge and advice could one day prove invaluable should you meet such creatures when least expecting it.
The exhibit provides excellent value for money and the young lady conducting the talk adds much to the occasion. Highly recommended.

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