Central Australia, also known as the Alice Springs Region, is one of the five regions in the Northern Territory that centres on Alice Springs. Sometimes referred to as Centralia, the region is located in the southern part of the Northern Territory spanning from the west on Western Australia Border and to the east on the Queensland border.

 

Rich in aboriginal culture and home to Australia’s most iconic natural landmark, Uluru, the Central Australia region is a must see destination for anyone wanting to experience true outback culture. Our Central Australia travel guide helps you discover some of the best things to see and do while there.



Alice Springs Wildlife


Larapinta Trail

The 223km long Larapinta Trail is one of Australia's most spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences. It is also one Australia's newest trails and is quickly emerging as one of the most popular trails in Australia and the world. The Larapinta Trail is one of Central Australia's most unique and spectacular attractions. The Trail can be completed in sections.

Alice Springs Desert Park.

 

Nestled at the base of the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges and just 10 minutes drive from the Post Office, the Alice Springs Desert Park is closely connected to the local Arrernte people and embraces parts of the Akngwelye and Yeperenye Altyerre (Wild Dog and Caterpillar) dreaming stories. The stories and history of the Arrernte people, together with the pants and animals they nurtured, are told through the interpretation and creation of three distinct desert habitats – Desert Rivers, Sand Country and Woodland. The Park's meticulous re-creation of these habitats allows visitors to experience desert life as it really is, every day, at their own pace. Interactive guide presentations, a free flying bird show and the opportunity to see endangered animals in the Nocturnal House are some of the highlights.

 

Centre Bush Bus Tour of the Alice Springs Kangaroo Sanctuary

Enjoy a guided sunset tour to the home of Brolga and his kangaroo family as seen on 'Kangaroo Dundee' (BBC / Animal Planet). The Sanctuary is a 90 acre wildlife reserve and was the film location for Kangaroo Dundee.

 

The Sanctuary is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a guided sunset tour of approximately 2.5 hours. Bookings are essential - the tour includes transfers from your hotel/hostel. Experience a leisurely walk through the bush as the kangaroos wake from their day-time sleep. Meet the characters of Kangaroo Dundee such as Ella and Nigel, and 'mad as a cut snake' Roger.


The Sanctuary is a place to celebrate the beauty of the red kangaroo - an Australian icon. Learn about the significance of the kangaroo and other wildlife seen through the eyes of our aboriginal friends.

 

Trail Station - Alice Springs Telegraph Station

The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, it is the best preserved of the 12 stations along the Overland Telegraph Line.

 

Construction of this Telegraph Station began in 1871. The township of Alice Springs takes its name from the waterhole a short distance to the east of the Station buildings. This Telegraph Station operated for 60 years, and then served as a school for Aboriginal children. The Station was protected as a Historical Reserve in 1963, and a number of stone buildings have now been restored. These buildings house furnishings and artifacts from early last century, and are preserved as an historic display.

 

West MacDonnell Ranges

This vast and spectacular section of the MacDonnell Ranges, located west of Alice Springs, is an outstanding example of an ancient landscape sculptured over time by climatic elements. Cool scenic gorges are important refuges for a collection of plants and animals, many of which are found only here and some are relicts of a bygone era of tropical forests. There are many opportunities for visitors to explore and appreciate the scenic beauty and history of the area. Features of the landscape are significant in the stories of Western Arrernte Aboriginal culture, and have existed for many thousands of years.

 

East MacDonnell Ranges

Explore the East MacDonnell Ranges and you'll discover an unrealised treasure of Central Australia.

Places like Jessie Gap, Corroboree Rock, and N'Dhala Gorge are all of great cultural significance to the Arrernte people. The beauty of these sites and others, such as Trephina Gorge, makes a trip to the East MacDonnell Ranges more than worthwhile.