Unexpected Alice Springs: a 4 day Itinerary 2023
Have fun at Alice Springs, the most important city in the outback. It will wow you with its natural marvels, unmistakable charm, and experiences that are completely out of the ordinary.
By Paige Richardson
Alice Springs, or simply “Alice,” as it is known by the locals, is the city widely regarded as the undisputed capital of the outback. Alice Springs is located in the exact center of Australia.
It is out in the middle of nowhere, for sure, but because to all of the cool cafes, galleries, and places to stay there, you may just forget how distant you are from civilized society.
What you won’t be able to miss is its unmistakable charm, which can be seen in every peculiar person you meet, in every tale recounted about “how I got here,” and at every outlandish celebration that you are fortunate enough to participate in.
Here is a guide to exploring Alice in Wonderland in only four days.
DAY 1: EXPLORING ALICE
You definitely wouldn’t anticipate to spend your first morning in the desert relaxing in the open air while drinking a cup of single-origin espresso. However, this is precisely why you should do so.
On Todd Mall, the main street in Alice Spring, you’ll find a string of worthy café contenders such as Page 27 (an Alice institution), Epilogue Lounge, café-cum-patisserie The Bakery, and The Goods, which is famous for its bottomless batch brew and a smashed avo that can compete with the best in Melbourne.
Walk up Anzac Hill to burn off some of those extra calories and take in breathtaking views of the city.
Explore the Kangaroo Sanctuary this afternoon. Chris “Brolga” Barnes, the star of the BBC series Kangaroo Dundee, rescues orphaned joeys and injured adult red ‘roos and cares for them at his 76-hectare wildlife reserve 10 kilometers (six miles) south of the city.
The Kangaroo Sanctuary is located 10 kilometers (six miles) south of the city. The sunset tour follows Chris and his colleagues as they make their nightly rounds equipped with bottles of milk for the orphaned joeys.
The joeys are very than willing to leap into your arms for a hug and a feed while you are caring for them. It is important to plan beforehand since tours can reach capacity quite quickly.
If you have timed your trip to coincide with Parrtjima, a free 10-day light festival that illuminates the city and the surrounding 300-million-year-old MacDonnell Ranges, head out into the warm night air to see Alice at its best. Parrtjima is considered the largest natural outdoor gallery in Australia.
DAY 2: ON YOUR BIKE
On day two, we challenge another common misunderstanding about Alice, which is that the landscape is completely pancake-flat and red soil extends as far as the eye can see.
In point of fact, it is a heaven for mountain bikers, since it has some of the greatest hand-built singletrack tracks to be found anywhere in the world. Stop at My Ride to rent a bicycle, and then make your way to the Telegraph Station trailhead to begin the main loop.
While your heart rate is still elevated, take a trip to the Alice Springs Desert Park, which is located approximately eight kilometers (five miles) to the west of the city.
There, you can watch birds of prey perform a daily show at the park’s Nature Theatre before exploring the park’s carefully recreated desert habitats.
On the Nocturnal Tour, which takes place after dark, you will have the opportunity to see echidnas, bilbies, and malas as they hunt for food.
WALKING AROUND THE WEST MACDONNELL RANGES ON THE THIRD DAY
The magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges National Park is a genuine inland paradise that is just waiting to be discovered. It is located around 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Alice Springs.
Before daybreak, make your way to Simpsons Gap to observe the granite peaks become a hundred different colours of red and purple. Then, continue on to Standley Chasm to explore the alleyway carved into the quartzite rock there.
Keep going until you reach Ellery Creek Big Hole, where you may have a refreshing swim in the glacier-fed waters, and then continue on to Redbank Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge, and Ormiston Gorge before making your way back to Alice Springs.
Book a day trip with Emu Run Experience if you feel more comfortable letting the professionals handle the driving.
Hanuman is the place to go for some South East Asian fusion gourmet cuisine after a long and exhausting day. The outstanding dish is the slow-cooked Madras goat curry, which is served with garam masala that is produced in-house.
A VIEW OF ALICE FROM ABOVE AND BELOW ON THE FOURTH DAY
Have you been informed?
It is one of the most artistic places in the world, and it has more art galleries (per capita) than any other town or city in Australia. Alice Springs is located in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Get up early and go on an expedition in a hot-air balloon to get an aerial perspective of the desert environment that surrounds Alice Springs.
After being picked up from your hotel in the wee hours of the morning by Outback Ballooning, you will be driven around 15 kilometers (nine miles) south of town, where you will gently wake with the morning light.
Relax as you float serenely over the ancient Owen Springs Reserve, which was once used as a cattle station, and through the craggy caterpillar mountains, taking in the never-ending vistas of the spinifex- and red-dirt-tufted desert carpet below.
Make good use of the spare time you have in the afternoon to explore the many amazing art galleries that Alice has to offer.
Start your tour with the Araluen Arts Centre, which is home to a number of galleries showcasing Central Australian Aboriginal art as well as the most extensive collection of works by the illustrious Albert Namatjira.
The Todd Mall is home to a number of other galleries, including Papunya Tula Artists and Mbantua Gallery. Additionally, Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Tangentyere Artists offer gorgeous hand-crafted baskets, blankets, textiles, and jewelry in the mall.
After the sun has set, make your way to the Earth Sanctuary to take part in their world-famous Astronomy Tour and get a glimpse of the outback sky in all of its unimaginably vast and crystal-clear glory.
Before getting a closer look at the planets in one of the sanctuary’s cosmic geodesic domes, you may get your bearings in the sky with the assistance of their knowledgeable “sky guides,” who will point out recognized constellations in the southern night sky and constellations of the zodiac.
Your four-day journey through Alice will come to a satisfying conclusion with this activity.
Topic: Unexpected Alice Springs
I am arguably the most popular Australian writer of all time. I am from the town of Karrinyup in rural Western Australia. When I was young, I was fascinated by the unique landscape of Australia, and I decided to support himself by writing books about the Australian landscape.
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