Found in the centre of Australia, Alice Springs is the main town in the Red Centre.

Alice Springs is the largest remote town in the Northern Territory and one of the best times to visit is between March to May. You’ll still get the warm days, and you’ll also have the cool nights sweeping in. The seasons also change between April and May! So, the rain will start to slow down during your visit in these months.

What can I do in Alice Springs?

Alice Springs is a popular destination where travellers will stay overnight or for up to three days. When you stay for a few days, you’ll have the freedom to do day trips to other Red Centre destinations.

A popular day trip from Alice Springs is the Uluru tour! You get up and close to Uluru, learn more about the Anangu people and their traditions, and see the stunning sunset at Uluru. Before sunset, you see the incredible giant domed rock formations known as Kata Tjuta. You’ll even go on guided cultural walks on the Mala walking trail and the Mutitjulu Waterhole.

Spend a day and head to the West MacDonnell Ranges which is only an hour away! The area has incredible waterholes, rivers, and ancient rock formations. You can do a one day tour and see attractions like Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen Homestead, and Ellery Creek Big Hole to name a few.

Or if you’ve only got a short time in Alice Springs, here are a few ideas of what you can do.

If you love your wildlife, you should go to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. You’ll reptiles like goannas, thorny devils, and frill necked lizards.

Or you can walk around the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. You can do some of the short walking tracks and grab some food from the cafe. There are ancient landscapes, plant adaptions, gardens, and desert dunes to see inside the Botanic Gardens.

About a three hour drive, you’ll be standing in front of a giant, flat top mountain called Mount Conner. About the same size as Uluru, Mount Conner is slightly shorter but covers more area than Uluru.

You’ll find Alice Springs is the best town to stay in when you want to explore the Red Centre in the Northern Territory. You have Uluru and the West MacDonnell Ranges making perfect day trips. Or even exploring all the fascinating flora in the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens.

When you come to Alice Springs between March to May, ensure you bring warm clothes for the evenings. But also light clothing for the days, especially if you’re planning on doing walks as the days are still warm!

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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