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What should I know before visiting Alice Springs?
Alice Springs isn’t all that close to Uluru
When many people think of taking a trip to Alice Springs, they also consider taking a side trip to the famous Uluru. However, it takes about six hours to reach Uluru by car from Alice Springs. If you’d like to see Uluru between your return flights to Alice Springs, book a cheap flight through Webjet from Alice Springs Airport (ASP) to Uluru.
Alice Springs is the perfect destination for both budget and luxury travellers
There is a wide range of luxury desert resorts and accommodation all around Alice Springs. However, there are also plenty of budget-friendly hotels, as well as affordable (and even free) campgrounds. Book your hotel through Webjet, add a rental car to pick up after your flights to Alice Springs, then sleep under the stars at one of the campgrounds on the outskirts of town.
Be cautious while hiking
Alice Springs is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts thanks to the abundance of trails and national parks that border the city. Always exercise caution if you’re planning on using your cheap flights to Alice Springs for hiking or other outdoor activities. Be sure to keep plenty of water with you as Alice Springs is infamous for its dry desert heat, especially in summer. Also be on the lookout for wildlife; since Alice Springs is in the heart of the Outback, it typically has more snakes and spiders than other cities in Australia.
What can you do in Alice Springs over the weekend?
Olive Pink Botanic Garden
The Olive Pink Botanic Garden offers a unique experience compared to many other botanic gardens around Australia. It showcases the arid desert landscape of the Red Centre and plants native to the region. The garden was the brainchild of local botanist Olive Pink, and she spent several decades curating an eclectic collection of plants and flowers. Visit the gardens between your return flights to Alice Springs to enjoy walking trails and desert flora interspersed with pieces of Aboriginal art. For an extra special experience, book tickets to Alice Springs for September 2020 when the gardens will host an opera based on stories of local people.
Araluen Cultural Precinct
The Red Centre is home to a rich Indigenous culture that you can experience after arriving on airfare to Alice Springs. One of the best places to immerse yourself in this culture is at the Araluen Cultural Precinct in the centre of town. The Precinct is made up of several attractions, many of which relate to Aboriginal arts and culture. Some of the sites include the Araluen Arts Centre, Albert Namatjira Gallery, Central Australia Aviation Museum, and Museum of Central Australia. Visiting the Araluen Cultural Precinct is a great way to learn about different aspects of local culture after your flights to Alice Springs.
West MacDonnell Ranges
The West MacDonnell Ranges are located about 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the centre of Alice Springs. If you are hoping to explore the beautiful and diverse landscapes of the Red Centre, plan a day trip to the West MacDonnells when you have return flights to Alice Springs. Overall, the MacDonnell Ranges cover an area of almost four million hectares, so there is a lot to see and do!. Throughout the mountain range, there are dozens of hiking trails and many examples of Aboriginal rock art. While exploring the West MacDonnell Ranges after your flights to Alice Springs, some must-see landmarks are Simpsons Gap, Glen Helen Gorge, and Standley Chasm.
When is the best time to visit Alice Springs?
If you’re hoping to take advantage of the various outdoor activities of the Red Centre, book your tickets to Alice Springs for travel in spring or autumn. The region experiences moderate weather during these seasons, with daytime temperatures of about 25 to 30°C. Temperatures during the winter can be even more comfortable for hiking and outdoor activities, as it is typically about 20°C during the day. However, nighttime temperatures in the winter can dip to about 4°C, so be sure to pack plenty of layers for departing on your flights to Alice Springs. Because of its cooler temperatures, winter is the high season in the Red Centre. If you plan to book airfare to Alice Springs in winter, be sure to lock in your accommodation early to get the best price. Summer is often considered the worst time of year to plan cheap flights to Alice Springs due to its oppressive heat. Temperatures can soar to above 40°C during the day. If you book flights to Alice Springs for a summer visit, take additional precautions when spending time outdoors. Carry extra water with you, wear a strong sunscreen and a hat, and avoid hiking during the hours when the sun is at its highest.