Alice Springs and Central Australia are the heart of Australia. You can spend weeks here exploring. Contact the great people at Tourism Central Australia for suggestions. A few of our favourites tips from the locals are given below.
Alice Springs Telegraph Station. The overland telegraph. One of Australia's greatest seldom told stories. Bigger than the NBN and the reason Burke and Wills died in the desert (did you know that?!). A beautiful picnic area, kiosk and fascinating historic precinct. Also perhaps the best home made vanilla slice you've ever had! Only 5 minutes drive or 10 minutes ride from the centre of town. In fact we reckon you could ride there faster than you could drive there. And there's a bike path all the way from town along the stunning Todd River.
The lovely people at the Telegraph Station are offering a special deal for all competitors and their accompanying persons for the whole weekend. Just $6 entry to any one of the four guided tours each day: 9.30 am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm. Just show your number or event program to claim your discount.
Alice Springs Desert Park. Not to be missed! An amazing display of flora and fauna. One of the worlds best bird shows, twice daily. Awesome talks on everything you want to know about Central Australia. Learn about bush tucker, bush medicine, weird and wonderful animals and plants. See their nocturnal house or even take a nocturnal tour of their night enclosure.
Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Check out the local wildlife. Fantastic reptile show and display. You can hold a big snake if you want to!
Alice Springs Cinema. Four screens in air conditioned comfort with all the latest movies. Relax and take in a movie after your ride.
Simpsons Gap. About 15 minutes drive from town. Or even better, there's a brilliant bike path from Flynn's Grave all the way there which links to the town network of bike paths. One of the iconic gaps in the West MacDonnell ranges. You can even go for a bit of a dip there if you want.
Standley Chasm. One of Australia's most famous natural sites. A narrow gorge cutting through the ranges. Red rocks which almost seem alive. About 40 km from town. Take this in on an afternoon tour of the closer West Macs sites.
Trephina Gorge and the East MacDonnell Ranges. A hidden gem. It's a well kept secret that the locals head out east more often than west to go camping.
Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka. If you're staying longer then you might want to head down to Uluru and surrounds. Some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and a wonderful cultural centre. Learn a few new things about our country. You can even hire a bike and cycle around the rock! It's a completely lovely flat and smooth 15 km circuit, ideal for all the family. Talk to the friendly people at Outback Cycling.