Things to do in alice springs

Alice Springs is the heart of Australia. You can spend weeks here exploring. Contact the great people at Tourism Central Australia for suggestions. A few of our favourite tips from the locals are given below.

PARRTJIMA

OC Easter 2020 riders are in for an absolute treat! Coincidently, Parrtjima (A Festival in Light) falls between 3 -12 April 2020.

“Parrtjima is the only authentic First Nations festival of its kind, showcasing the oldest continuous cultures on earth through the newest technology – all on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas in the Red Centre. Parrtjima celebrates the ways in which artists can evolve and experiment with different styles and materials, while staying true to the ancient philosophy of connection and Country.

Set against the backdrop of the MacDonnell Ranges, Parrtjima is held on Mparntwe (Alice Springs), which always was and always will be part of the Arrernte people. Mparntwe is connected to the estates of Antulye and Irlpme, as well as a network of custodians who hold rights and responsibilities for these areas. A group of which guide and help create Parrtjima. Together they invite visitors to come and experience Parrtjima, and gain a deeper understanding of, and connection to, country and Arrernte culture.

Held across two event precincts over 10 nights, the free event includes incredible artwork and light installations alongside a 10-night public program of interactive workshops, music, films and talks.”

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.

Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre

Visit the original Alice Springs working base (circa 1939) to learn more about this unique service. The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a non-profit organisation, with 100% of all profits made from tours, purchases in the café and from our online store going straight to the replenishment of aircraft and medical equipment.

Simpsons Gap

This gap is about a 20 minute 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. This is one of the iconic gaps in the West MacDonnell ranges.

Standley Chasm

One of Australia's most famous natural sites just 40km from town. A narrow gorge cutting through the ranges. Red rocks which almost seem alive. There is a cafe with delicious scones, too!

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 in the region 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 us at Outback Cycling.