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Alice Springs motorhome rental - start your Outback adventure

In the heart of Australia lies a city with a story to tell. Alice Springs calls to travellers with a sense of adventure and a curiosity about the mighty Outback. Upon arrival, you will be struck by the heat, red dust and intense remoteness of the city - and ready to explore. Refer to our Outback itinerary to do just that, and chop and change as you see fit to make the most of the time you have.

You can also drive to Alice instead and pick up a campervan in another city - try Darwin or Adelaide.

Welcome to Alice Springs

A commercial and cultural centre for the residents of the legendary Outback, Alice Springs is a vastly important outpost to this rugged and remote part of the Australian interior. More than a quarter of a million people live here and while you would not describe this town as pretty, you can see the attraction. It feels otherworldly and offers a gateway to arid, expansive landscapes that can send the imagination off into dreamland. Take a couple of days to have a look around and enjoy some cultural sights before you submit to the pull of the unknown.

Accommodation in Alice Springs

If you plan to pick up your motorhome rental as soon as you touch down in Alice, there are campgrounds and holiday parks on the outskirts of town ready to host your group of any size. Book ahead to ensure you don’t miss out on the grounds of choice. Hot tip: You can score some free pancakes if you stay at MacDonnell Range Holiday Park on any given Sunday.


If you’d prefer a couple of nights in the city before picking up your rental, The Alice is well equipped to house visitors with options to suit any budget. You should be able to find a cheap bed at the numerous hostels in the city. Try Alice Lodge Backpackers or Annie’s Place. Bed and Breakfasts tend to be located more towards the suburbs but don’t worry - the city isn’t large enough to get too far away from downtown. If you’re looking for luxury, top end chains located in the city and near the river such as Chifley and Lasseters offer four and five-star accommodation.

Notable events in Alice Springs

Small community events keep Alice Springs thriving all year long - local theatre, night markets, park playgroups, school fundraisers, yoga classes, etc - but there are a few annual events to look forward to:

 

April: Heritage Week - Learn about Alice Springs’ history, both native and pioneering.

April: XXXX Gold Alice Springs Cup Carnival - Enjoy five days of Outback racing at its finest, mixed with a lot of partying and fashion.

July: Lasseters Camel Cup - Enjoy this annual one-day carnival that puts camels through their paces.

September: Alice Desert Festival - Celebrate the region and its rich cultural landscape.

Dining out in Alice Springs

The Alice does not want for places to eat and drink. Dine quick and cheap at one of the many pizza and takeaway places. McDonald's always has your back but if you’re looking for a nice local option, try La Casalinga. Sit down at one of the numerous restaurants at Todd Mall: Sporties is your quintessential sports pub; or try Overlanders Steakhouse and get into the spirit of the Outback. Dine on steak from many an Australian animal - beef, croc, camel, emu or kangaroo.

You can also have a pint or two at Todd Mall or nearly any of the hotels in town - most are equipped with bars. Just don’t go walking around with it - public drinking is illegal here.

Alice Springs – The Geography, The Culture, The People

Alice Springs is central to everything in Australia, yet a long way from anything! A frontier town, its residents have learned to make do with what they have and have formed a rugged and resourceful group, who welcome those venturing that far inland. The community they have carved out of the dry and beautiful outback is becoming better connected to the outside world, but the ethos remains. The pioneering spirit of the community brings intrepid travellers to the town to hire campervans or cars and set off on their own adventure.

The original owners of the land are the Arrente people, and their culture, traditions and languages are part of everyday life in Alice Springs. The nearby Uluru and Kata Tjuta rock formations are sacred sites for aboriginal people, and tourists are invited to respectfully explore these and learn about the way of life for those who have called Australia home for many thousands of years.

Exploring Alice Springs And Its Surrounds

There are many ways to explore and things to do in the desert landscapes surrounding Alice Springs. Why not hop aboard a camel for a unique half-day journey? If dromedaries aren’t your thing, there are always quad bikes or motorcycles, as well as foot power. For a great overview, book a trip in a hot air balloon and see the interesting places and spaces from above.

 

Anzac Hill, high on the list of essential places to visit, overlooks the town centre and is a wonderful spot to get a view of the sunset or sunrise, or panoramic views of the town during the day. A war memorial on top pays tribute to those who served during World War I, and other wars involving Australia. Walk up the goat track or drive up Anzac Hill Road.

 

The Museum of Central Australia has a variety of exhibits on the natural and social history of the region, or the Araluen Arts and Cultural Centre which has galleries, a theatre and cinema to showcase local and aboriginal art. History can be further explored at the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve on the edge of town. This represents the very early stages of settlement in the area, and guided tours are available if you want to take a break from driving your camper hire.

 

Red Hot Arts

 

Alice Springs is one of the most unique destinations in Australia and you’ll want to spend at least a day or two here during your motorhome trip to get a lay of the land. One way to get insight into the region’s culture and society is to pay a visit to Red Hot Arts. Fostering innovation, collaboration, development, and entrepreneurship in this remote Northern Territory outpost, Red Hot Arts is a great place to engage with the local community. Whether you’re a budding artist or someone who’s never picked up a paintbrush or stepped foot on a stage, there will be something for you at this cultural hub. Take a look at the events schedule to catch one of the many performances on offer at Red Hot Arts, or sign yourself up for a workshop to learn about anything from creative writing to handloom weaving. And if you’re in town around August and September, don’t miss their annual Alice Desert Festival.

 

Where: 67 Bath St, Alice Springs

Open hours: Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm


Alice Springs School of the Air - ASSOA

ASSOA - Alice Springs School of the Air - is the world’s largest classroom. Covering 1.3 million square kilometers (or 502,000 square miles), this learning facility ensures school-age children all over the region get the same learning opportunities as those in major cities around the country. Originally, this was achieved through radio, but today makes use of the advent of the Internet to remain in contact with children aged four to 13 throughout the expansive Outback. When you visit Alice Springs on your motorhome trip, you can learn more about this ground-breaking learning system, view live lessons, and watch a short film on the history of the school. Your ticket price will even assist with student learning.

 

Where: 80 Head Street, Alice Springs NT
Open hours: Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 4.30pm, Sundays and public holidays 1.30pm - 4.30pm

 

Transport - Alice Springs

Public buses in Alice Springs run from Monday to Saturday, excluding public holidays. There is an extensive network covering the town and suburbs, colour coded to make getting around simple. The interchange is located on Railway Terrace.

There are plenty of airport shuttle options for those travelling by air, and tour buses like the Alice Wanderer visiting attractions such as Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Flights land and go to major Australian cities such as Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

Greyhound buses connect Alice Springs with Darwin to the north and Adelaide to the south.

Rent a campervan for easy accommodation and the ability to travel on your own schedule.

Weather in Alice Springs

Hot and dry is the usual weather forecast, although in winter (June, July and August) it can be quite cold when the sun is not out - temperatures occasionally drop to freezing at night. It is classified as an arid desert climate, which means rainfall is rare and the amount can vary widely from year to year. Bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen, as clouds are not a common sight.

Alice Springs not your location of choice in Australia? Consider other options including a campervan hire from Canberra, Tasmania campervan rental or a rental from Cairns, Newcastle, or Brisbane.

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Motorhome hire options in Alice Springs

Despite its small size, Alice Springs has a wide selection of campervan rentals from which to choose. Simply type your preferred dates into Motorhome Republic’s search engine and filter by group size, vehicle preference and even price. Opt for a well known international brand like Apollo, Britz, Maui Motorhomes or Mighty Campers, or try a local option. Book through us to get a great deal and enjoy 24/7 customer service.

Tips for driving a motorhome in the Outback

Avoid problems on the road by arming yourself with as much knowledge as possible before heading off:

  • Service stations in the Outback are few and far between. Fill up whenever you get the chance and carry an extra supply of fuel and water to be safe.

  • Opt for a 4WD if you plan to go offroading, otherwise stick to sealed roads.

  • Avoid driving at night - wildlife running out onto the road is a real danger.

  • Full cover insurance is recommended. Check with your supplier about coverage rules, etc.

  • Check out our Australia driving guide to get familiar with the nation’s road rules.

  • Download our handy road trip app to help you on your way.

Plan your motorhome road trip from Alice Springs

A trip to Australia isn’t complete without experiencing the Red Centre. Fly into Alice Springs, to begin your Australian Outback adventure of a lifetime.

 

“The Alice” is a remote, colourful city characterised by red dust and rugged features. It’s a lively place full of personality, culture and history, and the gateway city to the Outback and renowned Uluru desert rock. Experience this city in all its unique glory, and then grab your motorhome rental and hit the desert road.

 

In this guide, you’ll find out what to do in the area, fun annual festivities to plan around and where to head next in your campervan hire. Plus, find more motorhome travel tips including information on local campsites, dump stations, and rest stops, on the ‘On the Road’ tab to the right of this page.

 

 

The small town of Alice Springs is the perfect hub for exploring the Red Centre.

 

Itineraries beginning or ending in Alice Springs

Located in the heartland of Australia, Alice Springs is your gateway to the Red Centre. Grab your motorhome rental from the city and head north or south for one memorable road trip.

 

Red Centre Adventure: Adelaide to Darwin: (or Darwin to Adelaide)

 

Start from the tip top of Australia in Darwin, the southern coast in Adelaide, or smack dab in the middle of the desert in Alice Springs for a once-in-a-lifetime experience through the Red Centre. Take as little as 18 days or as many as 36 for this outback adventure. Traverse the Australian desert and visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for a must-see sunset (and sunrise) at Uluru, a famed and sacred red rock in the middle of nowhere. You can stare in awe at ancient cave paintings, walk through the desert on the back of a camel, get your adrenaline pumping on a quad bike tour and much more when you opt for this fantastic route. If you make your way towards Darwin, stop by Katherine Gorge and Kakadu National Park, both exquisite natural landscapes where you can kayak, swim, camp, hike and more. Cruising south to Adelaide? Swing through Port Augusta visiting Wadlata Outback Centre and don’t miss cellar door hopping through Barossa Valley vineyards, an hour north of the state capital.

 

Don’t forget to read up on safety tips for driving through the Outback.

Annual Events in Alice Springs

This desert city is host to some of the coolest festivals in Australia. Try to time your visit to match up with one of the following events:

 

An art exhibition that awards one winner the Alice Prize. The winning national contemporary artist is chosen on opening night and their work is displayed for a month long at the Araluen Arts Centre. This event occurs every 2 years.

 

Celebrate the day Northern Territorians split from the Commonwealth governance with an explosion of fun. Hosted at the Anzac Oval, visitors can enjoy a free concert, chow down at food stalls and finish the night off with a massive firework display.

 

This annual fest allows attendees to encounter a futuristic utopia that stimulates guests with new experiences over three weeks. It’s a pop-up venue offering live entertainment, workshops, and food and drink.

 

Racing fans love the Red Centre NATS fest that features on and off-track competitions, and entertainment for 5 days held at the Alice Springs Inland Dragway and Blatherskite Park.

 

One of the coolest festivals happening in the Australian desert is the Parrtjima Light Festival, showcasing new artistic technology techniques using 300-million year old rocks as the canvas.

 

 

Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is hands down the Australian Outback’s most iconic sight.

Image: Joanna Penn

What to do in Alice Springs

Spend a few days adventuring around Alice Springs. Here are a few activities worth checking out during your trip:

 

Cultural experience

 

The history in the area is mind-blowing. Start by visiting the Australian Aboriginal art galleries to hear stories dating back 30,000 years and see rock carvings, body painting and ground designs. Then drop by Papunya Tula gallery and Araluen Arts Centre, followed by a stop at the Sounds of Starlight for a didgeridoo performance or book a workshop to learn to play the indigenous instrument.

 

Nature

 

Spend hours in the desert exploring national parks and learning about the Red Centre’s flora and fauna. Experience a desert oasis in Palm Valley, located in Finke Gorge National Park. Head there to hike, swim, camp, or book a 4WD adventure. It will take an entire day to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, but it’s worth it! Catch a sunset at Uluru, the sacred red rock and stay for a night of mind-blowing star gazing.

 

Outdoor Activities

 

Exploring the outdoors is why most tourists visit the Red Centre and the activities are endless. For a sweeping view of the city and MacDonnell Ranges climb up Anzac Hill or book a helicopter or hot air balloon ride to see the ranges from above. If you’re heading to Uluru, make sure to stop by Kings Canyon to find mesmerising red rock faces alongside dense palm forests where you can hike, book a camel or quad bike tour or a helicopter ride. It’s also a great spot to catch a sunrise or sunset.

 

 

Food

 

Enjoy a wide-variety of international cuisine in Alice Springs including Indian, Italian and wild game meats such as crocodile, camel and kangaroo. Here’s a list of the best restaurants in town:

 

Explore Alice Springs

Right at the heart of the spectacular Australian Outback lies Alice Springs, the gateway to a land of wide open skies, and never-ending horizon. As the starting point for many fantastic adventures, we’ve put together a range of great activities and accommodation options to help you with your Alice Springs motorhome rental holiday planning.

 

Outback Ballooning

 

While the Australian Outback is incredibly impressive from the land, it’s even better from the air. Soar through the wide open skies of Alice Springs with Outback Ballooning and see the landscape from a whole new angle. Operating since 1986, Outback Ballooning is Australia’s longest running hot air balloon company, so you know you’re in excellent hands. Booking is flexible, and each balloon in the fleet can take between 2 and 20 passengers, perfect for groups, families or just you and your loved one. Refreshments are offered as part of your booking, and guests can choose between flights of 30-minutes or 60-minutes in length. Pick up your Alice Springs motorhome rental and stop for a spectacular hot air balloon ride with Outback Ballooning.

 

Where: We will pick you up from your Alice Springs accommodation!
Opening hours: Operating every day, weather permitting. Does not offer flights on 25th Dec, 26th Dec, or 1st Jan.

 

Kings Canyon Resort

 

At the heart of Australia lies the Kings Canyon, an impressive 100-meter deep red-rock chasm with several hiking trails and uncountable photo opportunities. Take a night off from your Alice Springs motorhome rental and experience the canyon in all its wonder by staying at the Kings Canyon Resort. The Kings Canyon Resort offers guests the ideal spot for exploring the canyon and the greater Watarrka National Park, and with a range of accommodation options and prices, it’s suitable for all budgets. The beautiful resort rooms are private with ensuites and cozy lounge areas, but if you’re happy with the backpacker lifestyle, dorm rooms with shared bathrooms are also available.

 

Where: Kings Canyon Resort, Luritja Road, Watarrka National Park, Northern Territory, 0872, Australia
Phone: +1 716 276 0078

 

Pyndan Camel Tracks

 

Explore the breathtaking Australian Outback from atop a friendly camel. Pyndan Camel Tracks provides 1-hour camel treks in the Outback, with the West MacDonnell Ranges on the horizon and the sun setting across the famous red Simpson Desert. Marcus ‘The Camel Man’ Williams’ love of camels dates back to the early 1980s, and since then his tourism endeavour has grown into an award-winning Outback experience. When you book a tour with The Camel Man, you’ll trek through one of Australia’s most wild and rugged locations, spot native animals such as kangaroos and dingos, and return to your Alice Springs motorhome rental with fantastic knowledge of these quirky creatures, and an an amazing story to tell.

 

Where: 21259 Jane Road, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870, Australia
Tour times: 12 noon, 2.30pm and sunset.

 

The Outback is an awe-inspiring place but it’s also very remote - make sure you’re well prepared before leaving Alice Springs.

 

Helpful motorhome tips for your Alice Springs road trip

Read on for more information and articles to make your motorhome adventure one you’ll never forget.

 

  • Alice Springs city guide

For more information on what to do in Alice Springs and what vehicle to select for your holiday, read on.

 

  • Advice for the Outback

This harsh environment is not for the ill-equipped or last second planners. Learn from Allan Whiting of Outback Travel Australia for safety tips on how to survive the Outback.

 

  • National Park Tours

Love visiting national parks? Read about the top 5 Australian National Parks great for campervans.

 

  • Types of motorhome rentals

Confused about the names and different styles of campervans available to rent? You are not alone. We break it down for you in our easy guide to campervan lingo.

 

  • Winter road trips

Prefer less tourists on the open road? Try visiting in winter when you can save on motorhome rates, plus enjoy cooler weather in the typically hot sections of Australia.

 

  • Understanding Aussie slang

For help with the eccentric Aussie language, read our guide “Traveler’s Guide to Australian Slang.”

 

  • Essential guide to camping in Australia

Is this your first motorhome rental in Australia? Learn the essential tips for camping in Australia.

Alice Springs Motorhome Facts

Average rental length
January8 days
April6 days
July6 days
Average 2 berth rental price
January$306
April$292
July$322

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