With a population of just 29,000, Alice Springs is one of the smaller destinations that you can visit on one of our Australia tour holidays, whether you choose our Wonders of Australia or Visions of Australia tour. That doesn’t mean to say however, that you’ll be short of things to do during your time there, with this fascinating town in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre offering some of the most unique and unforgettable experiences you will ever encounter.
Perhaps one of Australia’s most famous landmarks, no trip to Australia is complete without a visit to this astounding natural wonder. Witness the splendour of the rock’s ever changing colours within its desert surroundings as the sun rises and sets, with the changing sunlight transforming the rock through a glorious spectrum. You can also explore the rock, examining the luminous sandstone rock up close, and enjoy a tour which highlights its cultural importance to the Aborigines.
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Within the town of Alice Springs itself is a fantastic attraction for all those who love wildlife – the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Get up close and personal with reptiles of all kinds, with many native to Australia, including geckos, bearded dragons, venomous snakes and even a gigantic 3.3m seawater crocodile. For those feeling brave, you can also handle some of the reptiles during the frequent demonstrations, which include the opportunity to wear a python around your neck. If you’re seeking a new experience without leaving the boundaries of the town, the Reptile Centre is exciting, fun and educational.
Royal Flying Doctor Service Base
One of the things that Alice Springs is most famous for is that it has one of the regional bases for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which helps to save lives in some of the most remote parts of Australia. The town also has a museum dedicated to educating people on the history of the service as well as how it works today, with the museum’s displays, interactive information portals and state of the art facilities providing visitors with an excellent all-round experience. Items of particular interest include the medical equipment used from the inception of the service in the 1930s, as well as a chance to find out how the pilots were trained with a flight simulator on display.
Alice Springs Desert Park
As Alice Springs is found in the heart of the desert, it makes the perfect base from which to explore this captivating environment which you may only come across once in a lifetime, and with the Desert Park just 2.5km out of town, it couldn’t be easier to discover the delights of the surrounding desert. The park brings together the very best of the desert and allows you to meet the wildlife of central Australia living within their natural habitats, set amongst some truly stunning scenery. Don’t miss the park’s fantastic birds of prey show, where you can watch native birds such as the wedge-tailed eagle gracefully flying through the air.
The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.
Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.
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