Northern Territory, Alice Springs and surroundings


Called the Red Centre due to the incredible colours of the land and the gigantic red rocks, seemingly from out of nowhere, the extreme conditions and amazing views will take your breath away! Before I share with you the best activities to do or the must-see sites in the area, please carefully read the following tips:

  • If you decide to  travel by your own or with some friends (without a guide), make sure that your prepare your itinerary precisely (camp sites, how long will it take you before to see an other car, matter of water and food of course…) because you’re gonna be in the middle of no where!!
  • One of the easiest ways to travel to Alice Springs is to fly and rent a car. BUT, if you intend to drive from interstate, and experience the real Aussie outback, make sure that your car is a 4Wdrive. It’s much easier and more enjoyable!
  • And if you can, sleep in a swag under the stars. You will get the opportunity to hear and see harmless dingos and view  the clearest sky you will ever witness! Just do it!

Now, let’s talk about what you HAVE TO visit :

  • Uluru – Kata Tjuta national park: one of the most impressive and popular attractions in the Northern territory! From the sunrise to the sunset you can contemplate these amazing rock formations or, for you active types, hike and/or walk  around. You can also take a guided tour, to discover how time and evolution impacted the current site.
  • Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park): The walls of Kings Canyon are over 100 metres high, with Kings Creek at the bottom. Not for those scared of heights!!
  • MacDonnell Ranges: Spread over 644 km of a long and impressive series of mountain ranges, the McDonnell Ranges are just unbelievable.
  • Palm valley (Finke Gorge): the unique desert of oasis in NT. Palm Valley and the surrounding area is the only place in Central Australia where Red Cabbage Palms survive. The nearest specimens are 850 kilometres away in Queensland. The valley is indicative of central Australia’s tropical past, whereas the region is now largely dry

Other attractions:

  • Camel farms and horse riding
  • Hot air ballon
  • 4W drive and quad bike tour
  • Watching the stars with binoculars and explore the infinite constellations
  • The Desert park (where plants and animals deserve to be seen)



About greatoutbackaustralia

An European traveler passionate about the Australian outback.
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