Located in Litchfield Park. We took a dip in the natural pool at the base of Wangi Falls, the most famous sight in the park. At the base of the falls there is a lake of hot springs naturally heated by the sun. You can enjoy a hike through the rainforest, or take a 4x4 to the other nearby waterfalls, Sandy Creek Falls and Surprise Falls.
This small hill, in Alice Springs, is the best viewpoint in the city. It is not difficult to climb, although the heat can suffocate you and make it more complicated than it is. For me it is one of the must-sees in the city, on the other hand, does not seem very interesting, touristically speaking.
You have to go down a path of just over one kilometre through the forest, part of Florence Falls, to reach Buley Rockhole, an irregular succession of small natural pools among the rocks of Florence Creek. The atmosphere is festive, with whole families filling the pools, and intrepid young people diving from the rocks into the small lagoons. Definitely worth a visit!
There are 135 steps leading to the natural swimming pool next to the waterfall surrounded by tropical forest. After a refreshing dip, you'll have to climb back up! But along the way there are plenty of opportunities to pause and admire the scenery or watch the wallabies that fill the area, seemingly indifferent to visitors.
Located about 3 kilometres from the centre of Alice Springs, this park is a place where you can see a wide variety of the flora and fauna of Central Australia in one place. You can admire several species of birds, kangaroos, and emus. Lizards, snakes and arachnids can also be seen, in houses. I particularly enjoyed the room devoted to nocturnal mammals, including some rare specimens like the ghost bat. There are scheduled exhibitions of free-flying birds of prey and demonstrations of Aboriginal tools and techniques. There's also a series of audio guides available, and a souvenir shop.
There are several hiking options in Uluru but the most interesting, and also the longest, is the 10km path around the rock, well-maintained with signs marking the holy places where photography is forbidden. You can see all sorts of interesting things along the way: paintings, holes, caves, furrows that look like they were made by human hands, sacred places, and more.
Not to be missed, especially if you're travelling with children! This park raises awareness of crocodiles (several hundred individuals are kept on the premises), and allows you to feed them at certain times of day. A guided tour explains the characteristics of different species, and how to hold the muzzled young ones. There are also plenty of other animals, mainly local species - birds, monkeys, cats, turtles, snakes, buffalo ... I recommend visiting the Museum in the main building, which is full of information on the biology and the behaviour of crocodiles. If you like being in contact with these living fossils, you can find some crocodile skin products on sale in the shop (bags, belts, the whole skin, etc).
It was Second World War soldiers who found the hot springs that flow here, and they planted the palm trees and developed the site for an R&R spot. However, it didn't last long: when officers found the soldiers' discovery, they moved them to a more remote headquarters, and the thermal baths became reserved for officers only. Today, Mataranka, located in Elsey National Park, is a very popular tourist resort. A campsite close to the springs welcomes visitors, who have the chance to rent canoes to navigate the river.
The annual two-week Darwin Festival (usually in August) is meant to discover the art and culture of the region's aboriginal peoples. I had the opportunity to visit for a day and there were many specialized art galleries. Several buses and excursions make the trip and go through the different stores. There are many concerts, markets, and exhibitions organized in the city center or nearby. You shouldn't miss the evening presentation of Indian dances in the botanical garden, with decorations created for the occasion. It's a dazzling experience and is perfectly integrated by the dancer's representation.
During the long drive between Alice Springs and Ayers Rock, you need to take some stops to stretch your legs, relax and enjoy the views of the desert. It is almost compulsory to stop at this authentic Australian desert oasis. You can walk through the farm and see camels, kangaroos, horses, llamas and wallabies. You can even enjoy camel rides, a drink at the café and buy an Aboriginal boomerang in the shop. The farm is located on the right side of the road in the direction of Ayers Rock, about 200 km. from Alice. A couple of posters on the road will tell you that you're getting close.
This gorge, in the West Macdonnell Range Call (130 km west of Alice Springs), is arguably the most important in the area. You can find the only hotel in this national park here. You can choose a private or shared room. Right place if we want to take a dip, the waters of this river are permanent.
If you want a railway adventure down under, then you can't miss the legendary Ghan, which runs through the centre of Australia. Its construction wasn't easy. The decision to build it was taken in in the nineteenth century, but the first part that links Darwin to Alice Springs, was only finished in 1928, and the second, from Alice to Adelaide, only in 2004. The name is a tribute to the Afghan camel drivers in the late nineteenth century who helped to explore the interior of the country.
This is the easiest path in Kings Canyon, you can walk it in less than an hour and it is suitable for people with disabilities. It runs along Kings Creek, the creek that gives name to Kings Canyon. The route is very well explained, with lots of information on the flora, fauna and information about the significance of the park for Aboriginal Australians. Halfway, there are very interesting rock formations, which I think are the most picturesque things in Kings Canyon. At the end of the tour there is a viewpoint where you can admire the canyon from its bottom. It's amazing to be there, especially late in the afternoon, when the only company you have is the silence of the desert ...... well, that and the Australian flies, who almost deserve a separate chapter. At first it's funny to see people walking through the desert with a mosquito net over their head, but you soon understand what it's all about. Flies are simply tireless and extremely uncomfortable. You can spend hours trying to scare the same fly over and over again and it will continue looking for ways to get into your ears, mouth and eyes.
We have arrived at the first important stop, if we were to decide to visit the West Macdonnell Mountain Range. Situated just 17 kilometers west of Alice Springs, so it could very well be a bike ride from the city (in fact there is a specific trail for this type of excursion).
I thought this was the most amazing part of the West Macdonnell Range (a little over 130 kilometers from Alice Springs). It is a throat like many others in the region, but this one is the only one that has a path which takes you to a vantage point to see it from another place above. If you like to walk, we have a tour called Ghost Gum Walk, around 30 minutes walking through the throat (you have to cross the river).
They have a large, well-maintained collection of snakes and reptiles and friendly and knowledgeable staff. Kids will definitely enjoy a visit here! Burt, the famous crocodile from Crocodile Dundee, lives here. You can feed the reptiles and crocodiles, or swim with them in the "Cage of Death" (we didn't). It's a bit expensive, though: $30 per person, and you can see everything in a couple of hours.