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Alice Springs

cafe1Framed by the MacDonnell Ranges and desert landscape your outback adventure begins here in Alice Springs. Mparntwe is the Arrernte word for Alice Springs. The Arrernte people who are the traditional custodians of Alice Springs have a strong connection with the land. According to the Dreamtime the town of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges were created by the actions of several ancestral figures including the caterpillar beings Ayepe-arenye, Ntyarlke and Utnerrengatye.

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

Spend a day or a week exploring the sites in and around Alice Springs. Visit the galleries on Todd Mall, to get to know the art and stories of the local Aboriginal Arrernte people. Board the Alice Wanderer bus for a hop on hop off tour and uncover the historic site from legendary explorers, prospectors, cattlemen and pioneering women. See the animals that live in Central Australia's habitats at wildlife parks or from the basket of a hot air balloon as they roam across the spinifex plains. Wander around Australia's only arid zone botanic garden. 

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Try one of the many adventure activities on offer from riding a bike to Simpsons Gap, surveying the MacDonnell Range from the cockpit of a helicopter, or explore a working cattle station as part of a quad bike safari.

 Go further afield and join a four wheel drive tour or a camel trek across the rolling sand dunes of the Simpson Desert. Discover different Aboriginal art styles along the Tanami Track and discover the rock art, artefacts and ceremonial sites near the small Aboriginal community of St Teresa.

For desert scenery drive into the MacDonnell Ranges where the scenic gorges and history of the region will leave you with a lasting impression. Make the time to walk a section of the 223 kilometres Larapinta Trail to see the cliffs and chasms, waterholes and mountains of this extraordinary range.

The town has a lot to offer including a wide range of accommodation, excellent dining options and travel connections - there is something to suit all budgets and tastes.