Uluru's breathtaking next-door neighbour and it's only a cool 3-hour drive away. Like Uluru, Kings Canyon is a natural wonder full of scenic walks and astonishing landscapes. In truth, it's not something that you can do in 1 day from Alice Springs. If you're looking at other incredible places to visit while you're over this way then Kings Canyon is it. It's got similar rugged and red terrain as Uluru, but with tall towering ridges that you can walk along. Kings Canyon Rim Walk is one of the more popular hiking trails. It will take you 3 or 4 hours to complete but comes with amazing views of the surrounding landscape.
Coober Pedy is a mining town south of Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway. It's a quirky underground town, and where most of the world's opals come from. It's a surreal place that will feel like a ghost town at first because 70% of the population lives underground. This is how they escape the blistering heat and harsh environment. It's a unique and crazy place to explore as you work your way through the tunnels and see how these people live.
It is a 6-hour drive from Alice Springs, so tough to do as a return journey, but still a great place to stop on your Australian Outback adventure.
How to Get to Alice Springs
The most remote city in Australia is surprisingly easy to reach...if you want to make it easy. The simplest way to get to Alice Springs is to fly. This is also the most expensive route and you will likely need to rent a car when you get there. Qantas are the only ones who make the trip to Alice Springs so they set the rates. Book your flight to Alice Springs here.
A different way, which is more of an adventure and the way we did it, is an epic road trip. We drove 2,500 km from Cairns when we made our way to Alice Springs, but you can drive from Adelaide in 16 short hours. From anywhere else in Australia it will take you at least 3 days to reach because it's so remote. Fuel also gets more and more expensive the further you get into the Outback. Don't let that deter you though. It's a fun and free adventure that you will never forget.
The final option, if you don't want to drive, is to get the Whimit Greyhound. You can only get this from Adelaide or Darwin.
How To Travel Around The Red Centre
Once you've made it to Alice Springs, what's the best way to get around? Well, if you've driven there then you can keep on driving. For the ultimate freedom you will need a 4WD, because this way nothing is out of reach. Visiting in a 2WD will put limitations on places you can reach yourself. To get to some places you will need to book Alice Springs Tours to fill any gaps that you can't get to.
If you've flown, or taken the Greyhound Whimit then you will need to rent a vehicle. We haven't done this in Alice Springs, so we don't know any reputable companies to go with. The only advice we can give is not to book at the airport when you land. This will be overpriced. Instead, make your way into town via taxi and then rent a vehicle from there.
Best Time Of Year To Visit Alice Springs
The Australian Outback is an unforgiving place if you're there at the wrong time. If you're planning a trip and want everything to be perfect, then you will want to time this well. The best time to visit Alice Springs is Autumn, which is from March to May. This time of year is perfect because the days will still be warm, but not unbearably hot, and the nights are cool. It means you can comfortably explore all the national parks and historical sites.
We hope this guide to the best Alice Springs day trips helps you plan an epic road trip around the Red Centre. There are a lot of natural wonders to see here, and it's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture of this land's first inhabitants. Check out our Northern Territory Itinerary for more awesome places you can see. This is perfect if you're looking to visit somewhere like Litchfield or Kakadu National Park.