Bucket List: Top 10 Best Things to Do in Alice Springs, Australia

What are the top tourist spots in Alice Springs?

Pyndan Camel Tracks, Alice Springs

Alice Springs Bucket List: 15 Best Places to Visit in Alice Springs (Australia)

Alice Springs is known by tourists worldwide for its stunning scenery of mountain ranges, deserts, and vast wildlife. The remote town of the Northern Territory offers some of the best things to do in Alice Springs, Australia, from riding a Camel to exploring the famous tourist spots such as the MacDonnell Ranges and the Larapinta Trail. Other than its magnificent nature, Alice Springs is also famous for its traditional and contemporary arts.

We gathered the 10 best things to do in Alice Springs, Australia, to give you a heads up.

Pynden Camel Tracks

Pyndan Camel Tracks, Alice Springs
Pyndan Camel Tracks, Alice Springs photo via FB Page

For an adventurous and memorable experience, book a camel ride tour at Pyndem Camel Tracks. The famous tourist activity is a great way to explore Alice Spring’s beautiful scenery.

Pyndem Camel Tracks offers one-hour tours suitable for all ages where tourists can enjoy the view of MacDonnell Ranges and come with refreshments after the tour.

Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs Desert Park photo via FB Page
Alice Springs Desert Park photo via FB Page

Another famous tourist attraction in Alice Springs that houses some species of its vast wildlife is the Alice Springs, Desert Park. Founded in 1997, the 1,300 hectares environmental education facility and wildlife park is the perfect place to visit if you travel with kids.

Some of the facility’s highlights include the Nature Theatre Free Flying Bird Show, Dingo Territory, and the Nocturnal House.

Alice Springs Art Trail

Artist Ann Lane from @ikuntjiartists photo via Visit Central Australia Page
Artist Ann Lane from @ikuntjiartists photo via Visit Central Australia Page

If you are an art enthusiast, then a tour of the Alice Springs Art Trail is a recommended activity to do while in Alice Springs. The outback town is the heart of cultural, art, and heritage exploration, exhibiting rare contemporary arts suitable to visitors of all ages.

The art trail consists of Aboriginal artworks, jewelry, crafts, and various events.

Araluen Cultural Precinct

Araluen Cultural Precinct by Fionas Creatve Works via Flickr CC
Araluen Cultural Precinct by Fionas Creatve Works via Flickr CC

Opened its doors in public in 1984, the Araluen Cultural Precinct is another important and must-visit structure dedicated to visual arts and Central Australia’s performance hub.

The local art museum consists of four art galleries, a 500-seater theatre showing independent and international movies, live drama, music, and dance performances.

Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Alice Springs Reptile Centre by Matthew Klein via Flcikr CC
Alice Springs Reptile Centre by Matthew Klein via Flickr CC

If you plan to go on an exciting trip together with your kids, then head to Alice Springs Reptile Centre. The facility holds the largest reptile collections in the Northern Territory and is dedicated to indigenous reptiles. During the tour, the visitors can watch a reptile show where they can hold a bearded dragon, a blue tongue lizard, and an olive python.

Museum of Central Australia

Museum of Central Australia photo by Rowena Cejas via Facebook Page
Museum of Central Australia photo by Rowena Cejas via Facebook Page

Situated at the Araluen Cultural Precinct, the Museum of Central Australia is another interesting place to visit, exhibiting the region’s natural history and the unique creatures that have once lived in the area.

The facility offers an education tour with its excellent collections of fossils, taxidermy, and the geological details of Central Australia.

Kangaroo Sanctuary

Kangaroo Sanctuary photo via FB Page
Kangaroo Sanctuary photo via FB Page

Other than a camel ride tour, another exciting tour in Alice Springs is catered by the Kangaroo Sanctuary. Founded by Chris ‘Brolga’ Brans in 2005, the 188-acre wildlife sanctuary is devoted to rescuing baby and adult kangaroos.

The sanctuary offers sunset tours where tourists can get up-close encounters with Kangaroo, and tourists can also donate to support their cause.

Emily and Jessie Gaps

Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park by Andrea Castelli via Flickr CC
Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park by Andrea Castelli via Flickr CC

For a nature tripping activity, head to one of the important and sacred sites at East MacDonnell Ranges, the Emily, and Jessie Gaps. The scenic landscape is a great way to explore Aboriginal culture and history.

In addition, there are also rock art paintings on the site, and it has an easy walk to trails.

Simpsons Gap

Simpsons Gap by Del via Flickr CC
Simpsons Gap by Del via Flickr CC

Situated on West MacDonnell Ranges at the Larapinta Trail is a dazzling natural site known as the Simpsons Gap. The area is a sacred site for the Aboriginal Arrente people featuring a scenic view with tower cliffs and a waterhole giving its enchanting vibe.

The Simpsons Gap is another famous and must-visit tourist attraction showcasing Alice Springs’s natural landscapes.

Outback Ballooning

Outback Ballooning photo via FB Page
Outback Ballooning photo via FB Page

To explore Alice Springs’s picturesque landscapes, book a ride at Outback Ballooning that will certainly make your trip unforgettable. And if you are planning to have a romantic date with your other half, Outback Ballooning also offers private charters.

During the ride, tourists can watch the stunning view of the MacDonnell Ranges, Australia’s vast wildlife, including refreshments, drinks, and snacks.

References

  • Hobbs, Top 10 Things to do in Alice Springs, Experience OZ
  • Wilkins, (2020), The Top Things to Do and See in Alice Springs, Culture Trip
  • TOP 10 MUST SEE PLACES IN ALICE SPRINGS, Travel outback Australia

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