Alice Springs & MacDonnell Yulara Attractions - Alice Springs, NT

Alice Springs & MacDonnell Yulara Attractions

Spectacular MacDonnell Ranges are at the heart of this region. Explorer John McDougal Stuart passed through here 50 km west of where the town Alice Springs now stands on his great trek north in 1860.

The “Alice” located at the very centre of Australia was immortalized in 1950 in Nevil Shute’s novel “A Town like Alice”.


Principal attractions include Aritunga Historical Reserve, the site of an old mining town where gold was found in 1887, Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve, home to Chambers Pillar, a solitary sandstone column is all that remains of ancient hills eroded over millions of years, Finke Gorge National Park, home to Palm Valley Oasis, Henbury Meteorite Crater and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) first explored by Ernest Giles in 1872, spectacular Standley Chasm and Ayers Rock (Uluru). Yulara, a luxurious tourist resort, Kings Canyon, and Watarrka National Park, are also principal attractions of this region.

Watarrka is at the western end of the curiously domed plateau of George Gill Range, named after Ernest Giles’ brother-in-law. Kings Canyon is central Australia’s deepest and most incredible gorge, its red walls rising to a grand height of 270 metres. Here oases like waterholes are never completely dry and palms, cycads, ferns, figs and cypress pines grow round pools and moist gullies.


Alice Springs, NT, 870