There is so much to see and do in Alice Springs and Central Australia, that a week will never be enough. With the MacDonnell Ranges stretching some 400 km east and west of Alice Springs, the Devils Marbles nearly 400 km north and Uluru 465 km south west, the sheer distance means to enjoy each attraction requires travelling some distances.

Care should be taken for those driving their own vehicle or hiring a vehicle. Road conditions are very different from driving conditions in the cities and overseas. Extreme care should be taken when driving at dust and dawn, especially with the unpredictability of which way animals such as kangaroos will move. Driving at speed and swerving to miss animals or hitting the dirt has resulted in many accidents and fatalities. Take plenty of rest stops.

To assist with your planning on what to see, following table details the approximate distance in kilometres that you need to travel by road from Alice Springs:

West
West MacDonnell Range
North
East MacDonnell Ranges
South and South-West
South
Interstate

Alice Springs Distance

Distance from Alice Springs to local attractions
• Following are approximate distances by road from Alice Springs to local and regional attractions:
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps. In addition to Google maps, the Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

• West of Alice Springs
Km
Hermannsburg
— west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Drive.
126
Finke Gorge National Park / Palm Valley
— 140 km south west of Alice Springs and 20 km south of Hermannsburg. From Hermannsburg access is by 4WD only.
140
Owen Springs Reserve
— can be accessed a number of ways, via Larapinta and Namatjira Drives along the Hugh River to the Alice Valley. All routes are 4WD access
— southward along the Hugh River from Larapinta Drive, 50 km from Alice Springs, to the Old Owen Springs Homestead (ruin). Another 29.9 km to Stuart Highway, then 66 km to Alice Springs.68
— via the Stuart Highway, 66 km south of Alice Springs, to the Old Owen Springs Homestead (ruin). Another 13.8 km to Ranger Station (Emergency contact only)96
Road into Palm Valley, Finke Gorge National Park
Road into Palm Valley, Finke Gorge National Park, NT.
• West MacDonnell Range (west of Alice Springs)
Km
Alice Springs Desert Park
— west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Drive.
6
Simpsons Gap
— west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Drive, then follow the turn off.
26
Standley Chasm
— west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Drive, then follow the turn off.
50
Ellery Creek Big Hole
— west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Drive, turn on to Namatjira Drive, then follow the turn off.
98
Serpentine Gorge
— west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Drive, turn on to Namatjira Drive, then follow the turn off.
109
Ochre Pits
— west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Drive, turn on to Namatjira Drive, then follow the turn off. 121
121
Ormiston Gorge
— west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Drive, turn on to Namatjira Drive, then follow the right turn off.
145
Glen Helen Gorge / Resort and Homestead
— west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Drive, turn on to Namatjira Drive, then follow the left turn off.
142
Redbank Gorge
— west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Drive, turn on to Namatjira Drive, then follow the turn off.
167
Glen Helen Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges
Glen Helen Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges, NT.
• North of Alice Springs
Km
Aileron
— located on the Stuart Highway, about 132 km north of Alice Springs, Aileron provides a welcoming roadhouse rest stop offering meals, accommodation, supplies and fuel.
132
Wycliffe Well
— known as the “UFO Capital of Australia”, Wycliffe Well is north of Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway.
372
Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve
— north of Alice Springs, via the Stuart Highway.
393
Tennant Creek
— north of Alice Springs, via the Stuart Highway.
507.5
Mataranka
— a popular attraction with the thermal pools, located north of Alice Springs via the Stuart Highway.
1,075.2
Darwin
— north of Alice Springs via the Stuart Highway.
1,498
'Anmatjere Man' at Aileron
‘Anmatjere Man’ at Aileron.
• East MacDonnell Ranges (east of Alice Springs)
Km
Emily Gap / Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park
— east of Alice Springs along the Ross Highway. Jessie Gap is a further 8 km.
10/17
Corroboree Rock Conservation Reserve
— located east of Alice Springs, along the Ross Highway, between Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park and Trephina Gorge Nature Park.
42
Trephina Gorge Nature Park
— located east of Alice Springs along the Ross Highway
74
N’Dhala Gorge Nature Park
— located east of Alice Springs along the sealed road to Ross River Homestead, then along 11 km of 4WD track. The track crosses the Ross River several times and becomes impassable after heavy rain.
90
Arltunga Historical Reserve
— located east of Alice Springs, at the end of the Ross Highway. At the end of the sealed Ross Highway, there is a gravel road that leads north east to Arltunga. Arltunga was officially the first central Australian town, arising out of the gold rush, when alluvial gold ws discovered in a dry creek bed in 1887.
110
Ruby Gap Nature Park
— access to Ruby Gap is via the Arltunga Historical Reserve. A high clearance 4WD is essential. Heavy rains can cause the roads to become impassable. From the park entrance, there is a 5 km drive along the river bed and a 2 km walk to reach Glen Annie Gorge.
150
Wurre / Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
Wurre / Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
• South and South-West of Alice Springs
Km
Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve
— Just over 160 km south of Alice Springs along the Old South Road, on a turnoff to the west of Maryvale Station. The road is unsealed and may be closed after rain. After the Maryvale turnoff, a 4WD is required to negotiate the sand hills and rutted track.
160
Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
— about 75 km south of Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway, take the left turn onto unsealed road. 4WD recommended.
97
Stuarts Well Roadhouse
— a great place to stop and spend an hour or so, or maybe stay overnight. There is a general store for basic supplies and fuel. You can also get take-away food, fresh home cooked meals and a selection of souvenirs and Aboriginal art.
90
Henbury Meteorite Conservation Reserve / Craters
— via Stuart Highway, then turn right into the Ernest Giles Road (this part is accessible by 2WD vehicle into the Reserve, although the road conditions can change to impassable. The rest of the road through to Watarrka National Park is 4WD only).
140
Erldunda
— south of Alice Springs via Stuart Highway. Fuel, provision, accommodation. It is also the intersection where travellers heading to Uluru, turn right onto the Lasseter Highway.
200
Mount Ebenezer Roadhouse
— turning off from the Stuart Highway onto the Lasseter Highway, and some 56 km later is the Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse, providing fuel, food, accommodation and an art gallery.
256
Mount Connor (the lookout on Lasseter Hwy)
— located on private property, accessible via tours from Curtin Springs, Mt Connor is approximately 115 km east of Uluru.
340
Curtin Springs
— south-west of Alice Springs via the sealed road Stuart Highway and Lasseter Highway.
355
Yulara Tourist Village
— south-west of Alice Springs, 194 km along the Stuart Highway, then right on to the Lasseter Highway.
445
Uluru / Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— located within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and approximately 20 km beyond the Yulara Tourist Village, via the sealed road Stuart Highway and Lasseter Highway.
465
From Uluru to Kings Canyon310
Kata Tjuta
— Kata Tjuta is 32 km west of Uluru, via the sealed road Stuart Highway, Lasseter Highway and Kata Tjuta Road.
492
Kings Canyon / Watarrka National Park
— Kings Canyon is about 470 km from Alice Springs, via the sealed road Stuart Highway, Lasseter Hwy and Luritja Road. From Ayers Rock Resort it is 310 km.
470
— Kings Canyon via Ernest Giles Road – 4WD vehicle only.318
— Kings Canyon via the Mereenie Loop – 4WD vehicle only (permit is required).328
Moon over Kings Canyon
Moon over Kings Canyon / Watarrka National Park.
• South of Alice Springs (continue along the Stuart Hwy, past the Lasseter Hwy turnoff)
Km
Kulgera Roadhouse
— located about 274 km south of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway and your last stopping point before you reach the Northern Territory/South Australian border. The roadhouse is only 22 km north of border.
274
Interstate Distance to Alice Springs
Following are some approximate distances by road to Alice Springs:Km
• Adelaide1,529
• Albany2,731
• Brisbane2,833
• Broken Hill1,638
• Broome1,699
• Cairns2,168
• Darwin1,498
• Hobart2,948
• Kulgera274
• Launceston2,785
• Perth2,491
• Port Augusta1,224
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.