Getting There

ABOUT ALICE SPRINGS

Your Red CentreNATS experience of a lifetime is found in the heart of Australia, in Alice Springs. Explore historic sites, see the work of local artists in Aboriginal art galleries, join a cultural event or activity, or try one of the many iconic nature and adventure activities on offer in the stunning desert landscape of Central Australia.

GETTING THERE

One of the most memorable aspects of Red CentreNATS is the journey to get there. Whether as an entrant or a visitor driving to Red CentreNATS is a Road Trip of a lifetime.

Entrants from around Australia often arrange to drive in convoy. To find a convoy near you the best place to connect with drivers is the Red CentreNATS Entrants Private Facebook Group or Facebook page.

If you’re coming from Darwin we recommend you check out the Hot100 Convoy. There’s fuel vouchers and prizes to be won by teaming up with this fun crew.

QantasVirgin and Air North are the three major airlines that service Alice Springs regularly. Together they offer daily flight routes and connections to most capital cities.

The Alice Springs airport is located 14 km from the Alice Springs CBD. Expect to pay $30.00 for a trip between Alice Springs Airport and the Alice CBD district.

For those looking for a longer and more adventurous journey to Red CentreNATS, the Explorers Way from Adelaide to Darwin is an iconic journey literally through the centre of Australia that originated from the first overland telegraph in the 1860’s.

Covering a similar journey but with service and style, The Ghan also travels to Alice Springs from both Adelaide and Darwin along one of the world’s most famous train routes.

WHERE TO STAY

Whether you are looking for a cheap and cheerful caravan park, or luxury accommodation at Lasseters Casino, we suggest to book it in early!

Alice Springs offers a wide range of hotels, motels, backpackers and camping spots, but if you’re looking to book somewhere, we suggest visiting Tourism Central Australia who can assist with your booking.

 

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE HERE

Our friends at Tourism NT have compiled a range of insider tips, tricks and suggestions for how to best experience Alice Springs. While there are enough amazing experiences in the Alice Springs region to last you half a lifetime, here are five of their best suggestions to make your journey to Red CentreNATS one that you never forget:

Hear the Yeperenye (Caterpillar) story of the Western Arrernte people and discover the fascinating spiritual origins of the MacDonnell Ranges.

If you’re looking for Australia’s spiritual home, then you’ve come to the right place. In the Arrernte Aboriginal people’s Dreamtime story, this region was created by giant caterpillars. These creatures became the stunning ridges of the East and West Macdonnell Ranges that shelter the town of Alice Springs. Learn More.

The small but lively centre of Alice Springs has a big reputation for Aboriginal artwork and one of the oldest living traditions in the world.

You may have heard the small centre of Alice Springs has a big reputation for Aboriginal art. Set foot in one of the town’s many and diverse art galleries, and be welcomed into one of the oldest living traditions in the world. Learn More.

Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park stretches for 161 kilometres west of Alice Springs. Explore and appreciate the scenic beauty and history of the area on foot, swim in a waterhole, or pitch a tent for a longer stay.

Take a dip in the cold waters of one the park’s permanent water holes. The larger water holes include Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge, Redbank Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge. Learn More.

Discover picturesque gorges, lush watering holes and striking red desert. From short walks to overnight trails, Alice Springs has got you covered.

If ever there was a place to spend your time outdoors, it’s the Red Centre of Australia. Learn more.