The Australian Outback: Alice Springs & Beyond

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Stepping off the plane to the dry heat of the iconic Australian Outback was a nice little introduction to what lay ahead: sun, heat, and plenty o’ scenery. Having always longed to visit the centre of Australia and experience the true Aussie outback, I was quite literally skipping across the tarmac to collect my bag off the carousel and speedily make my way into town, ready for the adventurous week that lay ahead. After a quick stop at the supermarket for some road trip snacks I was ready, camera in hand, to explore Alice Springs and surrounds.
Alice Springs West MacDonnell Ranges Northern Territory

Alice Springs

This small town lies quite precisely in the heart of Australia, making it an iconic stop for those travelling through the what is known as “the red centre”. This is a great hub to explore the nearby West MacDonnell Ranges, Finke Gorge National Park and further afield to the iconic Uluru – an absolute must see when visiting Australia!

If you have a couple of days to base yourself in Alice Springs, be sure to check out the Alice Springs Dessert Park if you’re interested in wildlife. Here you can view a wide range of native birds, nocturnal animals and all sorts of creepy crawlies in their natural habitat (thankfully the snakes and spiders are kept well away behind glass!)

If you’re more interested in getting outdoors to explore the many nature reserves on offer, then be sure to head straight for the iconic “West Macs” and don’t let yourself miss out on Glen Helen Gorge, a fantastic chance to take a dip and escape the heat.

For accommodation, I checked into Lassaters which was a good move considering the heat wave that constantly overcame me (I’m referring to the pool of course!)

Sunrise and sunsets are particularly beautiful in central Australia, with the best way to view these being by hot air balloon. Unfortunately the winds were too heavy for me to get in the air, but this is a great way to splurge on that someone special!

West Macdonnell Ranges Northern Territory Australia West Macdonnell Ranges West Macdonnell Ranges Glen Helen, Northern Territory

West MacDonnell Ranges

Using Alice Springs as a base is a great way to explore the “West Macs”, where you can enjoy great day hikes, water activities, or just cruise through outback Australia and make short stops along the way. My favourite stop throughout the West Macs on a day trip from Alice Springs was the Glen Helen Gorge, a glorious oasis to retreat to in the middle of the heat of the day.

West MacDonnell Range West Macdonnell ranges

World of Wanderlust was welcomed to Outback Australia with Tourism NT – Visit their site for more ideas on visiting the Outback!

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    Emily Schatzel
    February 12, 2016 at 2:45 am

    I’d absolutely love to visit Alice one day! I read about it on Tracks and it just seems to be absolutely amazing!

    January 16, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    These pictures look like a dream! I would love to make it to Australia someday!

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    January 5, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Alice Springs… ahhh I need to go back in Australia soon! What’s your favorite place in this country?

    January 4, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    There is nothing quite like the beauty and the HEAT of the Australian Outback 😀

    Gabi @ Books & Trips
    January 4, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Gorgeous pictures! Seeing a sunset in a hot air balloon in Central Australia should definitely make it on my bucket list!

    January 4, 2016 at 12:55 am

    I used to live in Australia but never made it here! This looks amazing – 2016 resolution to make it back perhaps?

    Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers
    January 3, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    What fabulous photos. I especially love your choice of feature photo, I’m sure the greenery and water is not what many people thing of when they think about the Australian outback.

    January 3, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    What a gorgeous country!

    January 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

    So in love with these travel photos!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    January 3, 2016 at 9:42 am

    It looks and sounds absolutely beautiful. Adding this to the list for an upcoming Australia trip!

    Thelma Day
    January 3, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I’m enjoying your lovely blog.

    January 3, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I had the best time in the Outback!

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    January 3, 2016 at 8:38 am

    This is the country I dream to visit !