Strap into your Alice Springs 4WD Hire and head off on your amazing outback adventure! Alice Springs is the iconic Australian top end town that’s the gateway to the spectacular red centre. Its beauty has mesmerised millions of visitors across the globe. Alice Springs is a truly unique holiday destination that‘s bursting with breathtaking scenery and complimented by a rich cultural heritage that’s intertwined with the land dating back thousands of years. The Mereenie Loop is a popular self drive route that takes you from Alice Springs to Uluru.
UluruUluru is a six hour drive from Alice Springs itself with the Red Centre Way the most popular driving route as it takes in all of the top attractions including: Alice Springs, the West MacDonnell Range National Park, Finke Gorge National Park and Uluru. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular and you must see both while you are visiting Uluru.
Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)Here there are 36 monoliths to enjoy all of which look most stunning at sunrise and sunset. The Olgas are a very sacred site for its traditional people the Anangu but visitors can still enjoy the scenery on the two major walking trails – the Walpa George Walk and The Valley of the Winds Trail.
Kings CanyonPart of the Watarrka National Park in the MacDonnell Ranges, Kings Canyon is quite majestic with sandstone walls soaring 100m high and scenic palms-growing all along Kings Creek below. It too is a sacred indigenous area but offers visitors three major walking trails from which to enjoy the scenic landscape – Kings Creek Walk, Kings Canyon Rim Walk and the overnight trek- the Giles Track.
Indigenous Art and CultureAlice Springs is a wealth of indigenous art and culture. Learn the art of dot painting from the traditional owners of Uluru the Anangu and take home your very own masterpiece.
East and West MacDonnell RangesAlice Springs is framed by the magnificent MacDonnell ranges to the east and west. They hold much significance for the indigenous peoples of the area and were in fact often the depicted in the famous indigenous Australian Artist Albert Namatijira’s work. The West MacDonnell National Park is a day trip from Alice Springs. The photo opportunities are amazing with spectacular gorges, stunning red earth, chasms, waterholes and more.
West MacDonnell National ParkOf course you can spend days in such an amazing place as the West MacDonnell ranges; however we have picked out the main highlights that are just not to be missed – many of which are situated along the Larapinta Trail.
Simpsons GapA short drive in your Alice Springs 4×4 rental will take you to this spectacular gap in the towering Simpsons mountain range that is home to a beautiful waterhole. There are several excellent walks here where you can explore the native flora and fauna including the nocturnal black footed rock wallaby. Ghost Gum Walk is 40 minutes return and offers an amazing view into the gorge. Cassia Hill Walk is around 1.5km loop and when you reach the top gives a spectacular view into the north end of the gap. The Woodland Trail is a much longer walk at 17kms and showcases natural shrubs and flora as well as being home to the brush tail possum.
Ochre PitsThe colours in the ochre are breathtaking and range from gold through to crimson. The multicoloured rock layers are of cultural significance to the Western Arrernte people.
Standley ChasmOwned and operated by the Aboriginal peoples, the best time to see this amazing landscape in all its colourful glory is one hour before or after midday. The walk is around 40 mins return and there are spring fed pools and wildlife to see along the way.
Larapinta TrailStretching for over 200km in total this amazing walk can take several days and is best tackled in winter when the weather is cooler. Sites to see along the trail include: Simpsons Gap, Finke River, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek Bighole, Ochre Pits and Ormiston Pound. There are a number of stunning gorges too including Redbank and Glen Helen.
Ormiston GorgeThese soaring red earth walls serve to remind just how unique the Australian outback is. The rugged cliffs are complimented by the sparkling blue of the waterhole.
Grosse BluffA huge crater that was thought to be formed originally by an asteroid millions of years ago and has eroded over time. The drive to the bluff is also enjoyable – featuring beautiful red earth synonymous with the outback
Haasts BluffThis is one for your Alice Springs 4WD hire as it is only accessible by 4WD.The changing colours in the sunlight are mesmerising. The area is home to some remote Indigenous communities including the Luritja and Pintupi people.
East MacDonnell National ParkAlthough the east is not as popular with tourists as the west, if you have the time to visit you are in for a treat with interesting walking tracks, camping spots under the stars and beaut swimming holes. Must see sights include:
Emily/Jesse Gaps– known as the Dreaming Trail- features some Aboriginal artwork too.
Corroboree Rock – spectacular standing column of grey Dolomite that contrasts with the red earth of the outback.
Trephina Gorge– towering quartzite cliffs- there are camping grounds range guided activities and swimming spots. The red ghost gums are very picturesque and a favourite with photographers.
Alice Springs Desert ParkA truly unforgettable experience where you can see an amazing array of desert flora and fauna – over 400 plants and 200 animals. Local Indigenous guides will take you on a tour of the park and explain the cultural significance of the land and its inhabitants. Kangaroos, dingos, eagle encounters, nocturnal animal tours and nature theatre presentations are just a few of the things you can expect on your visit. There are three exciting desert habitat areas to explore too showcasing rivers, sand and woodlands.
Palm ValleyThe picturesque Palm Valley is situated within the Fink Gorge National Park and is the only place within central Australia where the Red Cabbage Palm Tree is known to grow. You will need your Alice Springs 4WD hire to visit the valley as the track leading to it is only accessible by 4WD. Camping, bushwalking and 4WDing are all on offer within the National Park with a 4WD route map available.
Undoolya StationThis is a popular outback stop where you can enjoy a unique quad bike tour of the oldest working cattle station in the Northern territory. If a quad bike is not your style there are also 4WD tours with either morning or afternoon tea included.
Rainbow Valley Conservation ReserveImpressive sandstone cliffs dominate the landscape here. Named after the changing colours in the ochre -reds, purples and oranges. Early morning and late afternoon are the best viewing times.
Telegraph StationAn extremely historically significant site where the first European settlement in Alice Springs was established back in 1872 for communication between Darwin and Adelaide. Part of a network of 12 stations in the Overland Telegraph Line, it was in operation for 60 years before being converted into a school for Indigenous children.
Camping and Accommodation in Alice Springs and SurroundsThe outback caters for all travel styles whether it be camping, motel or luxurious resort accommodation. There are numerous camp facilities in the National Park and on the cattle stations as well as cabins and caravan facilities in tourist parks in the area. If camping in remote areas always check the availability of water, gas etc before you embark.
Useful Links:http:// www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/ parks