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Alyssa Tresider
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Family-Friendly Things To Do In Alice Springs.

A family road trip in a campervan hire is always filled with endless adventures, fun times and memorable moments when you explore Australia.


Why you should put Alice Springs on your road trip itinerary

Nestled in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs offers families a wonderful adventure-filled experience. From the breathtaking landscapes of the Red Centre, to the stunning Uluru, and rich indigenous culture, this family road trip is sure to be one to remember.

The beauty of travelling to Alice Springs in an Apollo campervan hire is that you’ll have the freedom of taking the trip on your own time, feeling the freedom of designing your own journey with the family, You’ll also have all you need in one place, and be able to enjoy caper-cooked meals under the stars with the family. Plus, with the Apollo Camper branch located in Alice Springs, it truly makes van travel easy, comfortable and stress-free.


The best 10 things to do in Alice Springs with kids

Astronomy tour at Earth Sanctuary

The first stop to hit our list of family-friendly things to do in Alice Springs is a visit to Earth Sanctuary. Earth Sanctuary is a celestial oasis for stargazing enthusiasts and adventure-loving families alike. Nestled in the heart of the outback, this sanctuary is more than just a place; it's a window to the cosmos.

By day, roam through the ancient landscape, brushing shoulders with kangaroos and wallabies, and learn about the Indigenous culture that has thrived here for millennia. As the sun dips below the horizon, the real magic unfolds. At night, the sanctuary transforms into a mesmerising astronomy haven. Lay back and gaze at the skies as expert guides decode the mysteries of the Southern Hemisphere's constellations. The state-of-the-art telescopes offer glimpses of distant galaxies and planets, while engaging stories weave science and lore into a celestial tapestry. It's not just educational, it's enchanting for the whole family.

From young explorers to seasoned sky watchers, everyone can revel in the beauty of the cosmos while enjoying a quintessential outback experience.


Connect with nature at Alice Springs Desert Park

If you and the family are looking to discover the true outback Australia and its stunning wilderness, Alice Springs Desert Park is your family-friendly spot to do just this. Nestled in the awe-inspiring Red Centre, the park is a magical blend of outback landscapes and vibrant wildlife.

While here, you can wander through three unique desert habitats, marveling at native animals like kangaroos, bilbies, and stunning birdlife. Daily presentations by passionate rangers let you get up close with reptiles and birds of prey and at night the park offers mesmerising nocturnal tours.

This place is an adventure for all ages. Kids can learn about nature in the most exciting way possible, while parents soak in the untouched beauty of Australia's desert landscapes. So, if you're seeking a unique family bonding experience with a side of education, Alice Springs Desert Park is your go-to.


Visit Kangaroo Sanctuary

Next on our list is Kangaroo Sanctuary, a kangaroo kingdom that is tucked away in the heart of Down Under.

As you step inside, you're enveloped in a rustic haven for these incredible marsupials. Here, you can get up close with kangaroos of all shapes and sizes, take guided tours where you can learn about their habits, snap some family pictures, and even cuddle orphaned joeys.

What's great about this spot is that it's a treat for everyone. The kids can enjoy watching the kangaroos go about their daily routine, while grown-ups soak in the breathtaking landscape. It's a chance for families to connect with nature in an up-close and personal way, creating memories that'll make you smile for years to come.


Ride a camel at Pyndan Camel Tracks

Nestled in the heart of desert charm, is our next family-friendly destination, Pyndan Camel Tracks. This place is a must-visit for adventurers of all ages where a serene oasis where sandy dunes meet clear blue skies invites you to come and explore.

Get ready to embark on a unique camel-riding escapade like no other. The gentle sway of the camels will transport you to a slower, more magical pace of life that you and the kids are sure to love as you journey through picturesque desert landscapes. Pyndan Camel Tracks also offers a range of other activities perfect for the entire family, from informative talks about these fascinating creatures to sunset picnics on the dunes.

So, whether you're seeking a serene ride or a fun family outing, Pyndan Camel Tracks is the ultimate destination to experience the beauty of the desert and create cherished memories together.



Discover the National Road Transport Hall of Fame

The National Road Transport Hall of Fame is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in all things road travel! It's like a pit stop of history and adventure rolled into one.

Here, you can explore an impressive collection of vintage trucks, buses, and even a few quirky vehicles that'll build your curiosity. The Hall of Fame showcases the evolution of road transport, giving you a front-row seat to how we've moved from horse-drawn wagons to cutting-edge rigs. You can dive into interactive displays, learn about legendary drivers who've navigated these roads, and even get behind the wheel in some simulators.

So, whether you're a road-trip enthusiast, a history buff, or just looking for a unique family day out, the National Road Transport Hall of Fame promises a truckload of fun and learning.


Meet the reptiles at Springs Reptile Centre 

Next on our list is the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, a place for reptile enthusiasts and curious minds alike. Nestled in the heart of Alice Springs, it's a reptilian wonderland that's here to captivate the whole family.

From slithering snakes to sun-loving lizards, you can dive into the fascinating world of these cold-blooded creatures. Here you can hold a python if you dare, or say hello to a frilled-neck lizard and witness venomous snakes up close, from a safe distance, of course! Kids will be spellbound by the live shows and interactive displays. The experienced keepers sprinkle knowledge with a dose of entertainment, making learning about reptiles an absolute blast.

So, whether you're a snake lover, a curious kid, or a family seeking some fun, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre is ready to introduce you to its scaly superstars.


Have an adventure in Tjoritja/West Macdonnell National Park

The stunning Tjoritja, also known as West Macdonnell National Park, is where adventure and natural beauty collide and the perfect destination for a family adventure you won't forget!

Here you’ll find incredible red gorges, towering ochre cliffs, and refreshing waterholes that invite you to dip in. There are hiking trails to explore, from the easy-going Ghost Gum Walk to the more challenging Ormiston Pound Trail. You can marvel at the awe-inspiring Simpsons Gap, where the rock walls seem to touch the sky, or relax at Ellery Creek Big Hole, an azure oasis in the desert.

This truly is an exciting experience for the whole family, and promises some incredible family photos and life-long memories in the desert.


Walk a section of the Larapinta Trail

Another great family-friendly thing to do in Alice Springs is a visit to the Larapinta Trail. This 223 kilometre hiking trail offers an incredible scenic journey along the aw-e-inspiring Australian Outback.

The Larapinta Trail is like a rugged, nature-lover's dream come true. You can soak up the jaw-dropping beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges, with red earth and breathtaking gorges all around. There are hikes to suit every type of traveler, making it perfect for the whole family.

The kids will be fascinated by the unique wildlife and the intriguing ancient Indigenous stories that echo through the rocks. Plus, the shorter sections are just perfect for family day hikes, so everyone can experience the magic together.

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Stroll through the Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Nestled in the heart of Alice Springs, is the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, a gorgeous botanical garden perfect for nature enthusiasts and families alike. With its vibrant desert flora and a touch of Aussie eccentricity, it’s a hidden gem worth exploring with the whole family.

When you visit the gardens you can wander along the winding paths, where you’ll stumble upon rare native plants, bird life, and maybe even a kangaroo or two. Kids can unleash their inner explorers in the dedicated play areas, while grown-ups can relish peaceful picnics surrounded by nature. The garden is also home to events and workshops that bring the community together, offering a chance to learn about Aboriginal culture and local ecology.

This is a nature-filled must-visit experience, where nature and family fun combine in the heart of Australia's rugged beauty.


Marvel at the art in the Mbantua Fine Art Gallery & Cultural Museum 

A visit to the enchanting world of the Mbantua Fine Art Gallery & Cultural Museum, will have the whole family in amazement as art and culture intertwine to create a mesmerising experience.

Explore a treasure trove of indigenous art that tells stories of ancient traditions and contemporary life. Marvel at vibrant canvases depicting dreamtime tales, intricate dot paintings, and masterful sculptures that breathe life into rich cultural heritage. You can immerse yourself in guided tours, and engage in hands-on workshops where you can try dot painting and learn the artistry that goes into these incredible creations.

What makes Mbantua truly special is its appeal to all ages. It’s a remarkable spot for families, blending education with entertainment. Kids can create their own artwork, while parents absorb the history and significance of each piece.


Ready to explore Alice Springs with Apollo?

So there you have it, our top family-friendly things to do in Alice Springs on a family campervan road trip. You can choose and book your Apollo campervan online, and then pick it up from any Apollo branch, including the one in Alice Springs, before starting your journey.

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