Alice Springs and Ayers Rock
These two famous destinations in central Australia are frequently linked in travel itineraries. They can be seen and learned about from the comfort of a guided luxury coach trip or experienced on a road trip using rental cars, permitting visitors to find their own way around the vast area. Known as, “The Red Centre”, because of the rich colored earth of the desert, this is the right place to shop for aboriginal arts and crafts.
What to See and Where to Go
- Ayer’s Rock, or Uluru, is now part of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It is a must see destination for all visitors to Australia. To witness the changing colors of this monolith, as the sun rises or sets, is a truly memorable experience. An ideal day trip could involve visiting the park and wildlife reserve during the day and ending it by viewing sunset at the Rock.
- Train lovers will be delighted with the classic trip aboard the “Ghan” from Adelaide to Alice Springs, which takes 16 hours and passes through the same areas as the Afghan camel traders used.
Alice Springs and Ayers Rock Travel Savings Tips
- Try a different type of accommodation to save some money, by staying with farmers and on cattle ranches in and around Alice Springs and Ayer’s Rock. Because of its popularity as a destination for guests, the area boasts more variety of accommodation than any other in Australia. From luxury hotels with casinos to youth hostels, motels, camping and caravan grounds, the choices are vast, and off season discounts are common if traveling outside the peak times of April to September.
- Do enough online research on the area and accommodations to have a good idea of what to expect, because an hour or two shopping around may save expensive mistakes and reveal more options. As the area is so well supplied with places to stay, competition is fierce. Make a short list of hotels, then call to see if they can beat their competitor’s prices.