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With nearly a third of its territory covered by desert and its quiet outback, Australia offers an adventurous Desert trail for everyone to discover the beauty of the landscape, desert plants, and fauna. The desert and outback are major tourist destinations, and group trips to popular sights such as ruins, springs, and Australian Aboriginals with their culture and traditions are available. One of the most accessible places to begin the Desert Trail is Alice Springs, which provides access to a variety of journeys that may be taken in groups or solo. From Sydney, there is a direct flight to Alice Springs.

Alice Springs


Popularly known as the capital of the Australian Outback, Alice Springs is a large, bold, and welcoming town that is a must-see for those looking for adventure and cultural tours. The town is close to almost everything else in the desert, making it a good site to fly into and begin one’s adventure, as well as the ideal base to explore central Australia from. The village is located 15 kilometers from the airport, concealed behind the MacDonnell Ranges, and is accessible by a spectacular gap in the ranges known as ‘Ntaripe’ by local Aboriginal people. There is a lot to see in Alice Springs, but one must-see attraction is the Desert Park. The park is a combination of a zoo, a living natural history museum, and an Aboriginal culture tour.

A visit to the Park takes you on a tour through the many varied habitats of central Australia, bringing you up close to kangaroos, emus, birds of prey, and cute cuddly animals like Malas and Antechinus. Another site to go is the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, which offers a guided tour of the reconstructed historic buildings of the first European colony, as well as a journey along the shady riverfront grounds, which are popular for picnics/BBQ.

It is stated that tourists to Alice Springs do not have time to get bored. There is usually something going on in town, such as live music, festivals, exhibitions, and bizarre events such as the Camel Cup or Beanie Festival. There are other exciting activities to try, such as a sunset camel ride, a morning balloon flight above the outback, or an outback Harley Davidson ride, to make the vacation memorable. The best time to visit Alice Springs is between April and October.


Simpson Desert

Many Simpson Desert sights on its outskirts can be reached on day trips from Alice Springs. The sandy terrain necessitates the use of a four-wheel drive vehicle. If you don’t have a vehicle or the confidence to venture out on your own, there are guided tours into Simpson Desert from Alice Springs. Such tour operators provide information about the area’s Aboriginal cultural significance. The Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, located about 75 kilometers south of Alice Springs, is one such landscape. Rainbow Valley is famous for its sandstone bluffs with bands of various colors of rocks. It is a short drive from Alice Springs and is particularly beautiful in the early morning and late afternoon light, when the landscape changes from ochre red to orange and purple.

Chambers Pillar


The Chambers Pillar, located around 130 kilometers from Alice Springs, is another landmark in the landscape. The Pillar is a 50-meter-tall column of sandstone eroded down by 350 million years of rain and wind on a desert plain. The local aboriginal people think that the pillar is the Gecko ancestor Itirkawara, who was exiled to the desert after taking a bride from the incorrect skin group. When they stopped to rest, Itirkawara transformed into a pillar and the woman into castle rock 500 meters to the north west.

Walking trails lead to the viewing platform or through the major features of Chamber Pillar. If you want to capture photos, you should go during sunrise or sunset, when the pillar sparkles when the sun rays touch the surface.

Alice Springs is also a great place to start if you want to see the Australian outback in a short amount of time. Uluru can be visited on a three-day guided tour with pre-arranged groups (Ayres Rock). You can see the ancient monolith Uluru in both early morning and late afternoon light, as well as the towering façades of Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Driving through the less populated sections of the desert allows you to take in the scenery.

Day 1 begins with a drive from Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Dome of Kata Tjuta. Then you travel to Australia’s most famous monument, Uluru (Ayres Rock). As the sun begins to sink below the horizon, you can watch the rich hues of the rock alter against the backdrop of a fiery Red Centre sunset. After a memorable day, you set up tent for the night for a well-deserved rest.

Uluru

Day 2 begins early in the morning to capture the spectacular Uluru sunrise. You can walk around Uluru’s base, learning about the area and the local Mala Aboriginal people. After the morning walk, join the group for a visit to the cave paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole at the base of Uluru. Anangu guides will relate the stories of this unique terrain and explain the art, culture, and connection to land, providing you with an unprecedented glimpse into the significance behind Anangu art and traditional culture. If you want to take some memories home with you, the Uluru Cultural Centre sells art and crafts. You will visit Watarrka National Park in the afternoon (Kings Canyon). Within the Park, you will find unique campsites where you can eat and sleep for the night.

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On day three, you arrive in the park and set out early to explore the magnificent structure of Kings Canyon. The sheer magnificence of the canyon will take your breath away as you travel past the Amphitheatre, the abandoned city, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden, and the North and South Walls. You’ll be so engrossed in the stunning beauty of the Desert Trail that you won’t know it’s time to travel back to Alice Springs to bring home memories and good times from the Australian Outback.

Australia’s scenery seems to go on forever, and there is a lot of unexplored territory waiting to be discovered. If you are an explorer at heart looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, these locations of this vast continent should be on your bucket list.


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