Check out our suggested itinerary for a 10 day stay at the park.
In the Todd Street Mall check out the many world class Aboriginal Art Galleries and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the numerous local artisan cafes. Also, in the mall is Megafauna Central, which showcases the unique megafauna that roamed Central Australia 8 million years ago. Meet the world’s largest bird and a fearsome crocodile from the Miocene epoch. Discover fascinating fossils and catch a glimpse of palaeontologists at work in the lab. Free entry, closed Tuesdays.
In the afternoon visit the School of the Air in Head St – experience ‘The World’s Largest Classroom’ – more than 1.3 million square kilometres. Open 8.30 – 4.30 Monday-Saturday,1.30 – 4.30 Sunday and public holidays, last entry 4pm.
Then end the day with a sunset camel ride – Pyndan Camel Tracks offer daily 1-hour rides – Free transfers included to and from the park.
Ask one of our reception staff about touring the West MacDonnell Ranges, either with one of our local touring companies or take a self-drive tour to discover the many and varied gorges and swimming holes. These include Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm (entrance fees apply), the Ochre Pits and Ormiston Gorge. Or take a tour to historic Hermannsburg, the birthplace of Albert Namatjira, and Palm Valley which is the only area in Central Australia where red cabbage palms survive.
The Alice Springs Desert Park is a must do and you could easily spend the whole day here – the desert comes alive through close-up encounters with local wildlife, native plants and aboriginal culture. The nocturnal house is particularly impressive, and don’t miss the birds of prey show. There is also a cafe onsite for a bite to eat. Open daily 7.30am-6pm.
Our Park is the perfect place to take a break, unwind and catch up on the laundry!
We have 3 pools and a toddler pool that are all heated, as well as the 31-metre-long waterslide.
If you have kids, we have playgrounds, jumping pillows, games room and go-karts for hire – they won’t want to leave. If you don’t have kids, enjoy a cuppa in our adults only lounge and catch up on the latest magazines or browse the book swap. The adults only gym is next door and fully equipped and air conditioned for your comfort. Browse through our extensive range of souvenirs in our shop and pick up some brochures on the many attractions around Alice.
So just sit back and relax for the day, catch up with friends or make some new ones!
Fancy a balloon ride? Experience the breathtaking feeling of floating silently above the outback. Take a 30 or 60-minute flight – return transfers, light refreshments including sparkling wine and fruit juice. See Reception to make a booking.
The Telegraph Station is an historic museum precinct with both indoor and outdoor displays, presenting the story of the connection of Australia to the rest of the world through Telegraph Communication in 1871. The Trail Station Café is a great spot to stop for a coffee or lunch. There is also an elaborate network of mountain bike trails starting from the precinct, catering to both beginners through to advanced riders. Open 7 days 8.30am-5pm.
Finally visit Anzac Hill in the centre of town for magnificent views and amazing sunsets over Alice Springs. Park your car at Anzac oval and take the ANZAC walk along the river behind the Senior Citizens rooms in Wills Tce to the RSL club in Schwarz Cres – you will find commemorative plaques from many of the wars along the way. Walk up the hill, if you’re feeling energetic, and down the steps back to your car. Otherwise drive up the hill, see the plaques along the way, and admire the ANZAC memorial which was unveiled on ANZAC day 1934.
Journey out the Ross Highway to the East MacDonnell Ranges. Rich in pastoral and mining history the East Macs have a lot to offer those who have the time to explore off the beaten track. Sites include Trephina Gorge, N’Dhala Gorge, Arltunga Historical Reserve and the Ross River Homestead. We do have a local tour company that operates tours out here, as well as tours to Chambers Pillar or Rainbow Valley. Enquire with our Reception staff.
Visit Stuart Terrace in town where you will find the Reptile Centre, Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Women’s Museum of Australia. Head to the Reptile Centre if you want a hands-on wildlife experience as they have an extensive range of reptiles, many of which you can get up close and personal with. Discover the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in this historic building and share the triumphs and tragedies of this remarkable program. They also have a cafe where you can grab some lunch. At the Women’s Museum of Australia you can learn about the work, hardships, lifestyles and triumphs of the region’s pioneering women.
The Olive Pink Botanic Garden is a beautiful oasis in the heart of Alice Springs. Open daily from 8am-6pm you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, morning or afternoon tea at the Bean Tree Cafe. Then wander freely along the many paths exploring some of the 600 Central Australian plant species, watch the birds, and follow the lovely themed walks around the garden.
Araluen Cultural Precinct on Larapinta Drive is the premier location to experience Central Australian Art and Culture. It provides a holistic insight into the living history of Central Australia. Included is the Museum of Central Australia, Central Aviation Museum, Central Craft and the Araluen Arts Centre. The new Yaye’s Cafe is open daily 8am-4pm and the centre is open daily 10am-4pm.
Finke River Adventures is a fun way to explore The Finke, Palm Valley and beyond. “Travel along our own tracks where few others have ever been, we are uniquely licensed to show you places of extraordinary beauty and cultural importance. We use ATV vehicles and work with local Aboriginal guides (when available).” Full and half day tours available.
Then visit the Kangaroo Sanctuary for a guided sunset tour. The sanctuary is the home of Brolga, star of Kangaroo Dundee. Bookings are essential and includes free transfer. (Closed between December 1 and February 1 each year).
Take a wander around the National Road Transport Hall of Fame – Australia’s tribute to the men, women and machines of the road transport industry. This is a volunteer-based project dedicated to the preservation of our unique road transport heritage. Located just next door is the Old Ghan Train Railway Museum which has the Alice Springs Miniature Railway that is a delight for both children and adults. You can get a bite to eat here as well in their cafe. Open daily 9am-5pm.
Our friendly reception staff can book any tours for you and you will be picked up and dropped off at the front entrance.
We also have bikes for hire if you would like to cycle into town along the path that follows the Todd River.
And don’t forget to check out our nightly entertainment and children’s activities! Enjoy your stay with us at BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park in the Red Centre!