Alice Springs is the heart of Central Australia. Alice Springs 4WD Hire helps you to experience a true outback adventure holiday exploring the rugged landscape, discovering hidden tracks and sights that 2WD vehicles just can’t access. The land tells the story of a rich history and culture, and presents breathtaking scenery at every turn. Enjoy a true nature experience camping out under the stars or see this magnificent countryside with the added comfort of luxurious accommodation – the choice is yours.
Some of the must-do sights include:
Uluru/ Mereenie Loop
To really experience the Australian outback, get off the beaten track with Alice Springs 4WD Rentals and drive from Alice Springs to Uluru via the Red Centre Way (this was previously known as the Mereenie Loop). At a distance of approximately 700kms, we suggest two overnight stops along the way – at the West MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon.
Highlights of Uluru and surrounds:
Uluru/Kata National Park
– home to the great monolith
Sunrise/Sunset Camel Ride
– see the rock in all its amazing glory, the colours providing magnificent photo opportunities. Wander through the red earthy sands soaking up the work of Mother Nature
The Olgas also known as Kata Tjuta – situated 40km west of Uluru you can hike around the magnificent rock domes here. Watch the mesmerising glow at sunrise and sunset. Numerous trails for hikers of all abilities
-astounding beauty in soaring sandstone cliff faces. A 6km rim walk will reward you with stunning canyon views. Enjoy the unique dining experience under a desert moon at the Kings Canyon Resort
is the heart of Central Australia. Alice Springs 4WD Hire helps you to experience a true outback adventure holiday exploring the rugged landscape, discovering hidden tracks and sights that 2WD vehicles just can’t access. The land tells the story of a rich history and culture, and presents breathtaking scenery at every turn. Enjoy a true nature experience camping out under the stars or see this magnificent countryside with the added comfort of luxurious accommodation – the choice is yours.
East and West MacDonnell Ranges
Situated either side of Alice Springs, the East and West MacDonnell Ranges offer spectacular outback scenery, parts of which can only be accessed via 4WD. The 644km mountain ranges offer breathtaking scenery including stunning gaps and gorges. These ranges are a famous landmark in the top end that were often depicted in the paintings of the famous Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira. The West MacDonnell Ranges are most frequented by visitors; however the East ranges are not to be missed as they hold some real gems within.
West MacDonnell National Park
The Larapinta Trail stretches through approximately 223km of the park. It takes approximately 20 days to walk the full trail, with some parts only accessible via 4WD. The trail is quite challenging, however walkers of varying abilities can join and leave the trail through a number of trailheads
Camping out at night under a sea of stars (ask about Alice Springs Camper Hire)
Watching the black footed rock wallabies at dusk at Simpsons Gap
Swimming in the waterholes at Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge, Red Bank Gorge and Ellery Creek Big Hole
The Ochre Pits
– stunning coloured rock formations that hold cultural significance for the indigenous peoples.
Standley Chasm Walk
– marvel at the deep red sandstone cleft that has formed over millions of years by floodwaters; see the stunning flora and fauna of the area as well as the sparkling spring-fed pools. The chasm is best viewed around midday to enjoy the spectacular reflection of the sun upon the rocks
– approximately 175km west of Alice Springs you’ll find Grosse Bluff or Tnorala. This formation is thought to be the result of an impact crater millions of years ago. The site is sacred to the West Australian Indigenous peoples, take the time to hear the stories as they are fascinating and will enhance your visit here.
– this site can be reached by 4WD only, via the Namatijira Drive. The area is the home of the Luritja and Pintupi people. Stunning colour changes are viewed on the mountain according to the time of day and the surrounds include dramatic red sand hills and desert oaks.
East MacDonnell National Park
The Emily and Jesse Gaps Nature Park
– one of the first sights you will see upon entering the East MacDonnell National Park. This area is home to fascinating Aboriginal rock art and sacred sites
– featuring dark grey dolomite, the rock is of great significance to the aboriginal people. It’s appearance makes it look like an obelisk
– renowned as an excellent camping area featuring a 4WD only camp ground and swimming hole. See rock art, hike walking trails and the outback’s most photographed Ghost Gum.
An alternate 4WD day tour in this area offers a scenic drive from behind the ranges. Start at the Binnis track; turn off into N’Dhala Gorge, travel across the Ross River along to the Ross River Homestead
The Alice Springs Desert Park
A popular tourist spot that is best described as a safari zoo. Within this amazing attraction you can explore three types of desert areas including: Desert Rivers, Sand Country and Woodlands. Discover some of the area’s fascinating native plants and animals. See the nocturnal creatures at the nocturnal theatre, enjoy a nature presentation and learn about Aboriginal survival techniques
Located 123kms south west of Alice Springs and situated within the Finke Gorge National Park, Palm Valley is a stunning rainforest that is home to Central Australia’s only Red Cabbage Palm. There are also numerous species of rare plant life here. The track to Palm Valley is accessible in your Alice Springs 4×4 Hire – make sure you also take the route down the Finke River to the Illamurta Springs
Enjoy a quad bike (or 4WD) adventure tour of the Northern Territory’s oldest working cattle station. The station has been operating since the 1800s and the homestead building stands proudly as one of the first buildings constructed in Central Australia.
Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
An excellent day trip from Alice, Rainbow Valley features stunning sandstone cliffs, bluffs featuring sections of different coloured rock. Simply breathtaking at sunrise and sunset where you will see a spectrum of colours including ochre red, orange and purple. Take a relaxing walk around the area exploring the spectacular desert oak and head to the foot of the bluff to see Mushroom Rock with its naturally formed tunnel.
Famous for being the birthplace of Alice Springs, it signifies the first European Settlement here. Its origins lie in communication- it was here that telegraph messages were relayed between Darwin and Adelaide in 1871. Take a step back in time, grab a delicious bite to eat at The Trail Station Cafe and then enjoy a scenic walk or mountain bike ride along the trails. Section one of the Larapinta Trail starts here at the station.
Camping and Accommodation in Alice Springs and Surrounds
Choose from a wide array of accommodation in Alice Springs and its surrounds. For the camper there are caravan and tourist parks that offer camping grounds and cabins, while the facilities at the numerous National Parks and reserves vary greatly. Some offer hot showers and gas barbecues while in others you may need to take your own supply of drinking water. Check beforehand the specific requirements when organising your stay.
At Alice Springs 4WD Hire, we understand some travellers prefer numerous stars attached to their accommodation; that’s fine too as there are plenty of different motels, boutique B&Bs and even farm stays to choose from.
http:// www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/ parks
Alice Springs 4WD Hire
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Some sections of roads are suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Take plenty of water on all Outback Trips. Check distances and driving conditions and ensure you have adequate fuel at all times. Remember Outback Rule “Number 1” – if your Vehicle breaks down you MUST stay with your Vehicle for safety reasons. Required driving times for 4WD on unsealed roads are longer, ensure you allow adequate time. During the ‘wet season’ from October to April, vehicles cannot access the 4WD only / unsealed roads. Plan your itinerary in advance to avoid disappointment.