Things to do in Alice Springs
They say the outback can send you bonkers - how else can you explain the Henley-on-Todd, the annual sailing and rowing regatta held on a dry riverbed in Alice Springs every September? Imagine pirate ships powered on foot and firing flour bombs and people paddling canoes with sand shovels. Then there’s the bathtub boats – BYO goggles to protect yourself from the manmade duststorm.
If you’re fascinated by reptiles, Alice Springs Reptile Centre has the largest reptile exhibit in central Australia. Think giant goannas to frill neck lizards and thorny devils along with pythons and some of the world’s deadliest snakes including the inland taipan, king brown and death adder. Is your skin crawling yet? Better to see them here than out in the bush. While you might sooner picture camels in the deserts of Jordan, there are more than one million wild camels roaming central Australia, making no trip to the Red Centre complete without a camel ride. We won’t talk about the camel burgers on offer but we will say the best time to take a camel ride is at sunset when the red desert is at its most vibrant.
And where better to try wrapping your lips around a didgeridoo than in the Red Centre? There’s the 90-minute Didgeridoo Show Outback on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights in Todd Mall and free didgeridoo-playing workshops on weekdays in Sounds of Starlight Theatre.
Stranger things have happened but it gets cold in Alice Springs in winter so it’s a good idea to pack a beanie, especially if you are in town during the annual Beanie Festival in June when competition heats up to see who can create the wildest and wackiest beanie in all the land – true story! For more of our fave sights in Alice Springs, read on.
One of Australia’s most recognisable icons, Uluru is rich in natural beauty and spiritual significance. Make sure you catch the changing colours of the monolith throughout the day.
Lace up your walking shoes, the Larapinta Trail is an epic 223-kilometre trek across varying outback terrain from Alice Springs and along the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Learn all about the interconnecting worlds of the land, flora, fauna and indigenous inhabitants at the fascinating Alice Springs Desert Park as you journey through 3 different habitats.
The most famous chasm in the West MacDonnell Ranges is Simpsons Gap near Alice Springs where there is a prominent waterhole amid stunning natural sights and walks.
Get your shopping fix in Todd Mall and take advantage of the free wi-fi while you check out the street entertainment at the twice-monthly Sunday markets. Alice Spring’s local hangout is also the spot for foodies.