WF recently went outback to Alice Springs for our October issue (flick to page 110 to see our covergirl Steph Claire Smith kill it in the red centre) – and we reckon you should too. With red orchre backdrops, diverse wildlife and rugged landscapes, it’s one of those stunning places you NEED to visit in your life.

So if you’re planning a trip to Alice Springs, here’s some inside knowledge of where to go and what to do by NT local, Todd Grierson, General Manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs.

  1. Climb Mt Gillen
    “Test your hiking skills and be rewarded with the best 360 degree views in Alice Springs. Walk early to reach the summit at sunrise during Summer – you won’t be disappointed!”
  1. Mountain bike through the Telegraph Station tracks
    “If you’re looking for an adventurous way to see the gorgeous outback scenery of Australia’s Red Centre, hire a mountain bike from Outback Cycling at the Station Cafe and seek out the trails to Spencer Hill and Wiggly’s Gorge.”
  1. Complete Stage One of the Larapinta Trail from Town to Simpson’s Gap
    “Say you have completed a section of this world renown hiking trail or if you’re looking for a challenge, Trek Larapinta have a variety of group treks from a three-day highlights tour to a sixteen-day end to end wilderness adventure trek.”
  1. Visit Alice Springs Desert Park
    “Spend a day or a few hours and be sure to check out the bird show.”
  1. Take a selfie from Anzac Hill lookout
    “The most iconic hill in town, remember our fallen comrades with stunning views of the city with mountain backdrop.”
  1. Visit the Reptile Centre, National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame and Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility
    “Stroll around town and learn something new about Aussie Outback’s rich and colourful history and hold a lizard or a snake, if you dare!
  1. Stay in a mountain-view room at DoubleTree by Hilton
    “A
    ll biases aside, we have the best service, best views of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges and Andrew, the most beautiful peacock!”
  1. Visit Ellery Creek Big Hole
    “T
    he perfect spot to enjoy a swim and a picnic. Did you know that no one knows how deep it is?”
  1. Explore the Todd Mall markets
    “Enjoy delicious market food and source your locally-made souvenirs.”
  1. Visit the Kangaroo Sanctuary
    The home of Brolga and his kangaroo family, stars of BBC UK and Nat Geo USA documentary ‘Kangaroo Dundee,’ experience the sanctuary and hold the cutest joeys on a guided sunset tour.”