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Alice Springs Self-Drive

4 Day Self-Drive Package

Alice Springs, MacDonnell Range, Anzac Hill, Adelaide House, National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame, Telegraph Station, Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air. Tour with Hotel Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers. Departs from Alice Springs. Themes include: Northern Territory, holiday packages, Departs from Alice Springs, Fly-Drive Car, Returns to Alice Springs. + Show more

Package Includes

  • 3 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
  • 3 nights good standard Alice Springs hotel (luxury upgrades available)
  • Northern Territory Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
  • Relax all the hard work has been taken out of your Self-Drive Holiday. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and the security of this popular DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Itinerary. 

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  MacDonnell Ranges   Anzac Hill   Royal Flying Doctor Service   School of the Air
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Set in the Red Centre, wrapped comfortably in the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges - surrounded for hundreds of kilometres by red sandy deserts and the wonder of nature, is Alice Springs. Close to stupendous gorges and the geographical/gravitational centre of Australia, Alice is the nearest town to every beach in the island continent! Meet the colourful characters of the town, hear tales of how the MacDonnells were formed by giant caterpillars in the Aboriginal Dreamtime; discover heritage and colonial history and see camel races, fossickers and hear tales of outback pioneers and the amazing humour of the people of Alice Springs who have boat races on the bed of the dry Todd River.

Self-Drive Tour from Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.

Self-Drive Alice Springs

Todd River (only runs in 'the wet', annual boat races in the dry), "Theryurre" aka Alice Springs (the original semi-permanent waterhole in the (often dry) Todd River after which the town was named), Rainbow Valley Cultural Tours (be guided with your own vehicle, by a traditional owner, to secret rock art sites in Rainbow Valley), Aviation Museum (old planes and importance of flight to Red Centre), Alice Springs Memorial Cemetery (resting places of Olive Pink, anthropologist and early Aboriginal rights campaigner(1884 - 1975), Harold Lasseter (1880-1931) who discovered, lost and never recovered the massive, elusive reef of gold called Lasseters Reef) and famous Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira (1902 - 1959), Olive Pink Botanic Garden (arid zone botanic garden, walk trails, 500 plant species, bush tucker and medicinal plants, cafe, easy climb Meyers Hill for views), Museum of Central Australia (self guided tour talked by a paleontologist, natural history, mega fauna recalled (massive birds and horse sized wombats) fossils, meteorites), Strehlow Research Centre, (from Hermannsburg Mission, documents, sound recordings film, genealogies and Aboriginal artifacts), Reptile Centre (massive, patterned, shy, tree climbing perentie lizards, colourful thorny devils, blue tongue and bearded lizards, pythons and other creatures), Telegraph Station Historical Reserve (historic (1870's - 1932) part of the Overland Telegraph Line connecting Australia, see info in the PO/Telegraph Office telling how the lonely, isolated outpost initially received mail every six to eight weeks by camel, Station Masters Residence (explore Central Australia's once grandest home, built in 1888) some 450 ha parkland, bbq, walk trails, original station cemetery), School of the Air (guided tour of the biggest classroom in the world(1.3 million sq km), first Australian School of the Air, live broadcasts to some 140 remote students), John Flynn Grave Historical Preserve (site of grave of much honoured John Flynn (1888 - 1951) "Flynn of the Inland"; instigator of the Royal Flying Doctor Service to the outback. In 1927 Flynn "coerced" a founder of QANTAS to operate the aerial ambulance out of Cloncurry, Queensland. QANTAS charged 2 bob (20 cents) a mile flown to carry a pilot and four passengers for up to 600 miles in mostly uncharted country (so that maximum flight cost was 60 quid per plane. Navigation was by fence lines, river beds and familiar landmarks and in its first year 50 flights carried 225 passengers to 26 destinations) The Mbantua Cultural Museum and Gallery (displays of art and culture), Adelaide House (first ever stone building in Alice complete with early air-conditioning system, old communications system including original bike-powered radio for communications),

Self- Drive Tours from Alice Springs

We highly recommend that you consider one of our extended packages that take you out of Alice Springs and self-drive touring throughout Northern Territory.
Alice Springs Desert Park (quote from Sir David Attenborough - "there is no Zoo or Wildlife Park in the world that can match it" - so allow at least half a day if possible to explore the 1300 hectares of amazing desert landscapes; discover Sand Country, Woodlands and Desert Rivers, a Nocturnal House, exhibition centre and Nature Theatre, cafe and rest rooms. Easy walk trails, plants, birds, frogs, fish, kangaroos, emus, nocturnal reptiles, mammals birds and invertebrates, free flying birds of prey demonstration, bush medicine, clay and gypsum earths and salt pans. Aboriginal Survival, water gathering, food gathering and the important distinctions of the roles of the sexes in survival of the Arrernte traditional owners of country), Old Timer's Traeger Museum (begin to get an idea of where and why the outback sense of humour developed - if you couldn't laugh sometimes, you would cry - in politically correct speak Old Timers Museum is part of an "aged persons village" - imagine 'pedalling a bike' in order to talk to someone 'over the air' - Alfred Traeger invented the pedal radio and made communication with the outside world possible, imagine winding a wheel to make wooden drums go around to wring out the washing, imagine waiting for the camel to walk to town with the mail; in the mid 20th century, John Blakeman saw Central Australian history disappearing and collected paraphernalia and photos from settlement days and items of interest; see fossils, Aboriginal artefacts, wagons, carts, historic household goods, items from pastoral stations, mining and early settlers and outback pioneers), The Residency (learn of early administrative history of the region in the grand historic house of the Government Representative to Central Australia (1927- 1970's), National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame (worth a couple of hours - trials and tribulations of 'ladies who settled', artefacts, and histories, 3m x 2.5m quilt with stories of the first women to........enter Parliament.... to star in a film.... the first Indigenous woman elected to Australian Federal Parliament.... to become a Methodist Minister.... be a doctor in the RAAF and many more firsts, Cafe, gift shop in old gaol), ANZAC Hill (sunset. a good time to pay homage at the highest point in town, stark hilltop with ANZAC memorial - vistas across town, MacDonnell Ranges), annual Alice Springs Beanie Festival (beanie makers from around the world create cute, crazy and seriously chic beanies in competition, - exhibitions, craft, food, drinks, stalls, concerts all in a brilliant bush party atmosphere).

Keeping to the hard top all the way, take the Larapinta Drive and the Namatjira Drive; perhaps see camels and you take in amazing rugged mountain views en route, some 133 km west of Alice Springs to Glen Helen Gorge (a long time in the making, sandstone was deposited on quartz in the massive inland sea area some 500 million years ago; movements and quakes shifted the grounds and over the eons, time and tide of the Finke River cut through the range to create the most stunning gorge Glen Helen and remains a semi permanent waterhole and swimming hole, black footed wallabies, walk tracks to explore with sunsets colouring the world of cliffs, river desert and mountains "perfect"), Glen Helen Lodge (368 ha Nature Park, stupendous gorge views, large deep waterhole of importance to original owners of the country the Arrernte people, quaint, restored riverside homestead, historical artefacts, excellent cafe/restaurant for lunch and bar). Watch the colours of the world change along the ranges as the sun sets in the west as you drive back to Alice Springs .

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Alice Springs Self-Drive Tour Road Trip
Alice Springs Township
Exploring Standley Chasm
Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
Exploring Rainbow Valley by 4WD
Palm Valley
Red Centre Storytelling
Learn about the Royal Flying Doctor Service
Alice Springs sunset

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Alice Springs Self-Drive 4 Day Self-Drive Package
$ 264 *

*Starting holiday costs per person, two share, for low seasons (A$). Seasonal surcharges apply outside of low season. As prices vary based on travel dates, be flexible with dates to get the for the best deals! Vehicle Hire conditions apply (request Vehicle Hire Inclusions Sheet, also provided with Costings). Subject to limited availability at these prices, after which higher prices apply, book now.  See Important Information before booking. © DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Booking Code: mp74

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