Why should you go to Alice Springs in your campervan? If you haven’t explored the heart of the central Australian Outback, then you’re missing out on a lot of things. It might be time to check out what Alice Springs can offer travellers like you.
The MacDonnel Ranges cover east to west of Alice Springs with two parallel groups of mountains. You can explore the ranges yourself, although it might be safer to do it with a guide and avoid poisonous lizards and snakes.
Observing the Wildlife
Alice Springs Desert Park serves as home to burrowing frogs, crocodiles, owls, and some rare birds. You can even stop by the Nocturnal House and be charmed by some adorable night-loving species, such as the mala and bilby.
If you love speed, feel free to indulge in the open space around Alice Springs. There are four-wheel quad bikes that you can drive along the bush tracks, mountainsides and riverbeds You don’t even need training or a license to race.
When you just used to adorn your bedroom ceiling with glow-in-the-dark stickers and pretend that they’re stars, you don’t have to do that anymore in Alice Springs. The desert area offers you an unobstructed view of the night sky. You can bring your telescope to high places like the Jessie Gap, or just lie down and look at the sky with your bare eyes. Restaurants are also found in the area, where you can eat and enjoy the stars at the same time.
Playing with the Kangaroos
Have you always dreamed of hopping with the kangaroos? You can tour Brolga’s sanctuary, the one documented on BBC’s “Kangaroo Dundee, but only by appointment. The tours are only conducted at sunset, when the animals are up from their slumber.
Take in the view of Alice Springs from above, while you’re in a hot air balloon. Watch the sky turn gold as you fly over the MacDonnell Ranges. Make sure not to miss the red kangaroos hopping everywhere. You can even choose a 30-minute or an hour-long flight with bubbly wine and a picnic breakfast.
If you’d love to see some indigenous desert art, visit Araluen Arts Centre, Muk Muk, Mbantua Gallery, and Papunya Tula Artists. The Araluen is home to several galleries hosting the biggest Albert Namajitra collection and some central Australian Aboriginal art.
School of the Air
This is considered as the biggest classroom in the world that started in 1951. It accommodates about 120 students in an area spanning over a million square kilometres. Live lessons are available from 8am to 3pm on school days.
Central Australia is home to over a million wild camels. You can’t say that you have really gone to Alice Springs without a single camel ride. You might find some great camels in the Pyndan Camel Tracks, and choose between one-hour rides in the afternoon and half-day morning rides.
A trip to Ayers Rock is the most in demand day trip in Alice Springs. The sandstone formation, called as Uluru by the Aboriginal people, is a magnificent view at sunrise or sunset. If you want to enjoy it even more, you can ride a helicopter to see more of the formation.