Sand Art, Alice Springs Desert Park,
Alice Springs, NT
Explore the majestic Red Centre with this three-day stay in Alice Springs, combining Indigenous art and bush food experiences with wildlife encounters, camel safaris and memorable meals under the stars.
- Three-day itinerary
- Discover Aboriginal art and culture, native animals and outback adventures in the Red Centre
- Alice Springs Airport is a 15-minute drive from the centre of town
Sand Art, Alice Springs Desert Park,
After arriving at Alice Springs Airport, transfer travel 10 minutes by road to the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters. This resort offers 205 guestrooms and event facilities for up to 1,200 people. To immerse yourself in the Red Centre, book a private art experience with RT Tours Australia. Indigenous guide Bob (Penunka) Taylor will reveal some of the secret meanings behind Aboriginal art during this insightful tour of the MacDonnell Ranges, which includes the chance to meet Bob’s father, a well-known watercolour artist.
A 15-minute drive east of Alice Springs brings you to Undoolya Station and Outback Quad Adventures. Share a picnic lunch on the 1,440-square-kilometre cattle station before jumping on a quad bike for the Quad Rush tour. Follow your guide through dry riverbeds and along rugged bush tracks in the East MacDonnell Ranges on this pulse-racing two-and-a-half-hour ride.
Once you’ve freshened up back at the hotel, take a 10-minute drive to the Alice Springs Desert Park, where you’ll enjoy a welcome cocktail dinner in the Nocturnal House, a unique space surrounded by Australian native animals. Once you’ve finished your meal, take a private guided tour with a zookeeper to spot rare and endangered animals, such as the bilby and the mala, a small hare-wallaby.
Pyndan Camel Tracks, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Have breakfast at Tali restaurant at the hotel, then meet Bob Taylor in the lobby for his Mbuntua Bush Lunch Tour. This seven-hour excursion begins at 8 am and can cater for up to 18 people, with a focus on Indigenous bush foods, Aboriginal culture and the Dreamtime. Soak up the scenery of the West MacDonnell Ranges while you enjoy a 2-kilometre walk through the desert. Along the way, Bob will point out native ingredients and encourage you to taste these unique foods.
For lunch, Bob will draw on his 22 years’ experience as a chef to prepare a delicious feast in a bush setting. At the end of the tour, transfer to Pyndan Camel Tracks, a 20-minute drive from the hotel, where you’ll saddle up for a camel safari through the Ilparpa Valley. This one-hour ride offers a stunning view of the MacDonnell Ranges as the sun sets, and ends with a camel-feeding experience back at the farm.
Back in town, treat your team to a modern Australian meal at Red Ochre Grill. Take advantage of the warm weather with an alfresco dinner in the vine-covered courtyard. Taste traditional damper bread followed by local specialties such as crocodile ribs, kangaroo and barramundi, spiced with native fruits, herbs and berries. From here, it’s just a five-minute drive back to Lasseters.
Kookaburra at Alice Springs Desert Park, Alice Springs, NT
After an early breakfast at your hotel, meet zoologist and wildlife guide Mark Carter for the Alice Springs Big Day birding tour. Setting off before dawn, this private tour will introduce you to more than 100 bird species that call the desert home, as you explore a range of habitats – from woodlands to wetlands. Along with the colourful birdlife, expect to spot kangaroos, rock wallabies and thorny devils. Mark also leads photography tours through the Red Centre, so make sure you bring your camera for tips on capturing this spectacular landscape.
You can continue your birdwatching tour throughout the afternoon, or return to Lasseters for a casual lunch at Splash Poolside Cafe or an outback barbecue buffet at the adjoining Alice Springs Convention Centre.
Tonight’s farewell dinner takes place in the heritage precinct of the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, a 12-minute drive from the hotel. Dating back to 1871, this historical reserve can host gala events for up to 500 people, offering everything from casual barbecues to black-tie affairs. Enjoy drinks and canapés as the sun sets over Central Australia, before sitting down to a banquet under the stars.