Alice Springs landscape

The very centre of Australia keeps the heart of the nation beating with culture, heritage, pride, and wonder. There are countless ways to discover the magic of Alice Springs and Central Australia. But even in a quick two days, visitors can get a sense of it all - here’s how:

DAY 1

Rise with the sun in a hot air balloon

Greet the day with a sunrise spectacular. Jump in a hot-air balloon and soar to get a bird’s eye view of the unforgettable landscape of the Outback. Your balloon will rise with the sun, showing kangaroos, brumbies, and more waking up in the heart of the country. Book your tour today!

Hot air balloon in Alice Springs

Treat yourself to bush tucker

Get a taste of life in the Outback - literally. Sample an incredible mix of native fruits, berries and meats – the authentic bush tucker of the Northern Territory. With the MacDonnell Ranges in the background, this will be a feast for your eyes as much as it is for your stomach.

Bush Tucker

Light up the night at Parrtjima - A Festival in Light

The heart of Australia will glow during the fourth year of this annual event! An unparalleled amalgamation of light, art, music, discussion, and overall celebration of everything that goes into ‘Indigenous Art,’ Parrtjima - A Festival in Light is nothing short of mesmerising. New installations to this year’s festival range from an illuminated tunnel welcoming guests to the festival space, a series of over-sized sculptures that tell the lesser-known social history of First Nations station workers and their language of the land, and a an interactive and maze for children.

2018 Parrtjima TourismNT entry

DAY 2

Take on Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park

This wondrous National Park stretches for 161 kilometres west of Alice Springs. Take the scenic drive - just a bit longer than an hour - from Alice Springs to the geological wonder of Ellery Creek Big Hole. This part of the West MacDonnells has been shaped by thousands of years of floods; today, what remains is an ideal location for walking, swimming, and packing a picnic.

Water hole

Meet the neighbours

On the way back to town, discover another way to connect with nature during the day at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get to know the animal, plant, and human inhabitants of the Red Centre in a safe, respectful, fascinating way that's only available in Alice Springs. Get your photo taken in a special animal encounter or spend time learning more about how the Arrernte language of the Aboriginal people of this area connects land, animals, and plants in this region.

Animal encounter

Desert Park by day, Parrtjima - A Festival in Light by night

Return to the festival hub to see everything you didn’t get to see, hear, watch, or interact with on the previous night. Head to Todd Mall, the main street of Alice Springs, to see the special series of sculptured large-scale moths which to deepen the understanding of the story of Country and the Arrernte relationship to the physical and spiritual world.

2018 Parrtjima TourismNT caterpillar

Raise a glass to Alice Springs

Top off your 48 hours in the Red Centre with a hearty bite and cheeky wine at one of Alice Springs’ favourite local spots Epilogue Lounge. Located in Todd Mall, this restaurant and bar can be preceded by a little souvenir shopping. But be sure to make it to Epilogue Lounge in time for sunset, as the rooftop bar will put you in perfect view of the technicolour sunset and glistening Outback night sky.

Sunset over Alice Springs