Car Rental Alice Springs Airport
As the first stop en route to the infamous Uluru, Alice Springs attracts visitors from every corner of the globe in search of an ancient cultural experience on par with a visit to the Pyramids of Giza or Andean Mountains. Known as the headquarters of the outback, Australia’s ‘Red Centre’, or simply ‘Alice’ by the locals, Alice Springs is sure to awaken the senses with its awe-inspiring desert landscape, stirring tales, and thrilling wildlife encounters.
Dubbed Australia’s spiritual hub, Alice Springs is home to the native Arrernte people, a group of Aboriginal Australians whose sacred tales from the Dreamtime are expressed in spectacular fashion through art, narrative, and perhaps most pertinently - the land itself.
If not to marvel at the beauty of the Australian outback, visit Alice Springs to gain an understanding and appreciation of the world’s longest surviving civilisation.
Hiring a car is a must to explore the best that Alice Springs has to offer
Of course, no visit to Alice would be complete without a day trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage landmark recognised for its unmeasurable geological, spiritual, and cultural significance. This epic monolith is situated 450 kilometres northeast of Alice Springs, as such, car hire is the logical choice for transport from the outback’s capital. The park itself is accessible via Yulara, a small township situated 10 minutes by car from the entry station. Without anywhere to stay in the park itself, Yulara is the closest accommodation option for those less willing to drive the 450-kilometre road back to Alice in a single day.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was established in 1958 under the original title ‘Ayers Rock’, named after Sir Henry Ayers, the Chief Secretary of South Australia at the time. It wasn’t until 1993 that the park was officially handed back to its original custodians, and promptly renamed to Uluru, a word symbolic of the local Anagu people’s way of life. In 2019, greater leaps were made to protect this landmark by officially closing the Uluru climb.
But don’t let that stop you from a visit, there’s still plenty to see and do at Uluru. Grab your hiking boots and walk one of the six established tracks around the park or visit a surrounding Aboriginal art gallery where you’ll find local artists painting masterful creations. As darkness descends, don’t miss out on the Field of Light art installation, where over 50,000 spindles of light illuminate an enormous open-air space equating to the size of seven football fields. Here, enjoy an exclusive dining experience under the uninterrupted outback sky (available from April 2022).
Whatever your plans for Alice Springs, be sure to reserve a hire car and a day or two to visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Kick up some dust in your hire car
Although small in size, Alice Springs is a modern oasis in the heart of the Australian outback, offering every amenity you’ll need for a relaxing stay. Campers will delight in the few green-laden campsites in and around Alice, where visitors from all over gather to boast about their worldly adventures over a BBQ under the stars. Despite its size, car hire is still recommended to get around Alice Springs, especially if you’re tempted by a swim in the waterholes of the famous West MacDonnell Ranges.
The West MacDonnell National Park is located about a 20-minute drive from Alice Springs airport, offering picture-perfect natural scenery, alluring waterholes, and a sense of isolation many visitors crave from a visit to the Australian outback. Pack your hire car with a picnic lunch, plenty of water, and a bathing suit to make the very best of park highlights such as Ellery Green Big Hole, one of the most popular sites for camping and swimming around Alice Springs.
As the headquarters of Australia’s Red Centre, Alice Springs is a launchpad to an adventure of a lifetime, providing visitors with the opportunity to witness subjects of thousand-year-old tales first-hand. As such, a trip to Alice Springs frequents bucket lists of adventure-hungry nomads everywhere.