The Outback Way - Australia's Longest Shortcut

Alice Springs

Main Sites & Attractions
  • Alice Springs Desert Park, an amazing display of desert flora, fauna and ecology
  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station – a superbly restored heritage site and display
  • Alice Springs Reptile Centre, a large display of reptiles and a new fossil cave display
  • Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame, celebrating the role of women in Australia's development
  • National Road Transport Hall of fame, a huge display of truck, rail and transport memorabilia
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre & Café
  • Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta and MacDonnell Ranges
  • Day trips to Palm Valley/ Hermmansberg community through the West Macdonnel Ranges.

Things To Do
  • Visit some of the 'must see' places of interest, especially those listed above
  • Stroll through the indigenous art galleries in and around Todd Mall
  • View Alice Springs & the MacDonnell's from Anzac Hill, overlooking the town
  • Take a tour to Standley Chasm & Simpson Gap in the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Take a day trip to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olga's)
  • Go on a cattle station or quad bike tour, exploring the outback lifestyle & landscapes
  • Take an Aboriginal Dreamtime and Bushtucker Tour for an insight to a fascinating culture
  • Enjoy a superb meal at one of the many restaurants, hotels and cafes
  • Take a self-guided walk along the Charles or Todd Rivers or a heritage walk around town
  • Rent a bike and take a ride to scenic sites, along river banks and to local shops
  • Hire a 4WD and explore the MacDonnells, Chambers Pillar, Old Andado and Arltunga
  • Take an early morning hot-air balloon ride for a majestic view of the vast surrounds
  • Have a counter-meal in one of the many pubs and meet some of the local characters
  • Take a camel tour, camping out on an isolated riverbank, just like the explorers years ago
  • Take a day trip to one of the many Parks & Reserves (refer to the table below)

A wide selection of hotel, motel, lodges, B&B and caravan park facilities are available. Travellers should contact the Central Australia Visitor Information Centre (details shown below) for assistance.

Visitor Information
Contact the Central Australia Visitor Information Centre on 1800 645 199 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Visitor Information Centre is in the Heart of the Alice Springs Todd St Mall  or view the website This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Traveller Amenities
Accommodation, ambulance, police, fire, hospital, pharmacies, health practitioners, post office, RAC, schools, shopping, library, internet café's, casino, hotels, motels, lodges, B&B's, camping & caravan parks, restaurants & cafes, fuel / LPG, vehicle repair services, land & air tour operators, vehicle hire.

Website Links
Central Australia Tourism:
Central  Australia Parks:

Time / Distance From Alice Springs 
 Arltunga Historic Reserve  105km  1hr 15min
 Ayers Rock / Uluru  461km  4hr 45min
 Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve  155km  2hr 15min
 Corroboree Rock  47km  30min
 Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve  403km  4hr
 Ellery Creek Bighole Nature Park  96km  1hr
 Finke Gorge National Park (Palm Valley)  146km  2hr 30min
 Glen Helen Gorge Nature Park  132km  1hr 15min
 Mt Olga / Kata Tjuta  500km  5hr 15min
 N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park  80km  1hr
 Ormiston Gorge & Pound National Park  130km  1hr 15min
 Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve  97km  1hr 45min
 Serpentine Gorge Nature Park  102km  1hr
 Simpsons Gap Nature Park  17km  20min
 Standley Chasm  50km  30min
 Trephina Gorge  76km  45min
 Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)  331km  4hr