Adventures Australia

48 HOURS IN ALICE SPRINGS: HOW TO HAVE THE BEST TIME IN THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK

Drone shot of Ellery Creek Big Hole Gorge

So you have just landed in the Australian Outback, the Red Centre or Alice Springs – whatever you want to call it you have arrived and you are in for one jam packed weekend. Just make sure you have packed sunscreen, a floppy hat and enough space on your memory card to capture the beauty that awaits you.

Day 1. Morning: The Town of Alice Springs

The town of Alice Springs should be your first stop after you have dumped your bags at the hotel. Here you can get a feel for the town, grab some food and even check out some of the local Aboriginal artwork that’s on sale. The town isn’t very big, you can easily walk up and down the main strip with a coffee in hand.

We stayed at the Lasseters Hotel which is conveniently located, has beautiful views of the MacDonnell Ranges and the best bit, there’s a giant pool waiting for you to cool down in.

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Day 1. Noon/Early Afternoon: Helicopter Ride Over Incredible Gorges

The first time we jumped into a helicopter was right here in the Northern Territory. Though we recommend you make a day of it and plan a road trip out to Glen Helen’s Gorge (where we flew) there are multiple locations if you are restricted to just Alice Springs.

Cost: Starts from $70pp

Read More: Flying Over Australia’s Red Centre in a Helicopter

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Day 1: Late Afternoon: Camel Riding In A Red Dirt Valley

Just wow – honestly this was one of the highlights of our entire trip in Alice Springs and a great way to end the first day of your weekend. If you are flying in midday we suggest you book a sunset ride to truly take in the reds and oranges of the dirt below you.

Cost: $70pp

Read More: Camel Riding in the Australian Outback

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Day 2. Morning: Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise

So unfortunately we could not do the hot air balloon ride at sunrise. We wanted to do it so desperately that we attempted three times with one of  the tries resulting in the 4am wake up call, the drive out to the site and a no from the pilot due to high winds. However, this should not stop you from adding it to your bucket list as from what we saw, it will be nothing short of breathtaking.

Cost: $390 pp

Day 2: Afternoon: Cycle to Where Alice Springs Began

We rented a couple of bikes from Outback Cycling and headed out towards the Old Telegraph Center, the birth place of Alice Springs. Cycling along the Todd River offered so many picture opportunities along the way, the biggest being the river itself as it was bone dry!

After getting a tour of the Telegraph Centre you just have to pause your day to try some local flavors from Kungkas Can Cook with a handmade vegetarian picnic – yum!

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Day 2: Evening: End Your Night With A Unique Natural Light Show

The Parrtjima Festival started in 2016 with tentative plans to run every year in late September. If you are heading to Alice Springs during Spring then make sure you head to this free event to experience a truly unique natural light show as the MacDonnell Ranges are turned into a landscape of local Indigenous artwork.

Read More: Parrtjima: A Festival in Light in Alice Springs

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Day 3: Road trip of the Surrounding Areas

If you have more than 48 hours you have to do a road trip of the surrounding areas to see the magnificent national parks. There are so many within half an hour to three hours drive all as beautiful as the next. If you feel like the drive we also recommend doing the 5.5 hour trip to see Ayers Rock – we have still yet to visit this massive monolith but it is for sure on our list!

Read More: Australian Road trip: Alice Springs & Surrounds

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Alice Springs Rainbow Valley

Stephen and Jess signoff 

Thanks to Tourism Northern Territory for kindly inviting Flying the Nest to experience Alice Springs. As always, all opinions are our own.

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  • The Aussie outback is so amazing; your photos have captured it so well! Beautiful X

  • Jeanette

    At some point I would love to get out there. I would love to take a camel ride, that would be amazing.

  • Pam W

    My son really wants to visit Australia. Alice Springs is definitely on his bucket list to visit when he gets a chance.

  • I have some friends in Australia and I would love to visit one day

    • That’s great news (another excuse to come down) where abouts are they?

      • Absolutely, in Perth

  • That looks like such a fun experience. I would love a chance to check out the Australian Outback and ride a camel too!

  • This sounded like such a lovely adventure. The outback really is unique and I’d be excited to see the landscape by helicopter.

    • The outback is such a stunning place, so much variey 🙂

  • Rebecca Swenor

    It sounds like you had an amazing time in Alice Springs. The camel ride and helicopter ride would be a lot of fun. The natural light show at the Parrtjima Festivalwould would be gorgeous to see. Thanks for sharing your 48 hours with everyone.

  • This is totally what I would call adventure and totally worth travel and enjoyment! Love it!

  • Taty Pradilla

    I am beyond jealous about you visiting Australia. The photos are magnificent! You were not joking about s packed weekend

  • Wow, this is quite a method of getting lots of activities in in a very little amount of time.
    I would be thrilled to do any one of these exciting ventures.

  • Dee

    Wow that a cool and peaceful experience. I have hard about Alice Springs but never knew to much about it. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

  • Lauren Marie Happel

    What an awesome expierence! That looks like so much fun!

  • rika agustini

    Looks so cool! I really want to visit Australia! Thanks for sharing great pics

  • Chrishelle Ebner

    Oh my goodness a hot air balloon ride over the desert, that looks amazing. I would love to spend a few days in Alice Springs.

  • chubskulit

    This would be a dream come true for me! Australia is one of the many places I want to visit and explore.

  • Adrienne

    It looks beautiful there – straight out of a movie! I have always wanted to visit a desert location!