Drive Central Australia
Experience the history, wildlife and local craft beer brewery plus an unforgettable hot air balloon experience over the outback while staying in Alice Springs. Continue your driving Central Australia adventure to Curtin Springs for a stay before continuing to Kings Creek Station. Enjoy this unique desert station accommodation experience and base to venture out to the breathtaking Kings Canyon and your immersive Aboriginal Culture tour.
- 4 night stay in Alice Springs (2 nights start, 2 nights end)
- 9 Day Car Hire - Standard 4 Door Auto Wagon 4 Cylinder with unlimited kilometres*
- Entrance to the Alice Springs RFDS tourist facility
- Entrance to the Alice Springs School of the Air Experience
- Entrance to the National Road Transport Hall of Fame
- Entrance to the Women's Museum of Australia & Old Gaol (Sep - Dec 2021 & Feb - Mar 2022)
- Entrance to the Alice Springs Reptile Centre
- 30 minute balloon flight tour including:
- Light refreshments including sparkling wine and tropical fruit juice along with a small selection of individually wrapped snacks
- Brewery Tour with tasting paddle including:
- 4 x 100ml serves of Alice Springs Brewing Co Beer. Light snack – bar nuts & pretzels
- 20 min tour and talk on the brewery and beers
- 2 night stay at Curtin Springs Wayside Inn in a Ensuite Room including:
- 3 Day National Park Entry Fee
- 2 night stay at Kings Creek Station in a Dreamtime Escarpment Tent** including:
- cheese platter
- 2 course self-cook BBQ dinner
- drinks package
- self-cook breakfast hamper
- 1 hr Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Tour (only available for travel 1 Sep – 31 Oct 2021)
- Alice on Todd in a 1 bedroom deluxe apartment including:
- Free Wifi
- Car parking
- Quest Alice Springs in a Studio Apartment including:
- Free Wifi
- Secure off street parking
- Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs in a Guest Room including:
- Daily breakfast
- DoubleTree cookie per person
- Free WiFi
- Free parking
- Late checkout to 1pm
Please be aware flights are not included in the package price and should not be booked until your package has been confirmed. However please speak to one of our NT Now Travel Specialists for the best available fares at the time of booking. If you are booking your own flights this package begins and ends in Alice Springs.
Just 5 minutes’ drive from central Alice Springs, Alice on Todd Apartments offers fully self-contained accommodation with security gates on all entrances and free parking at your door. Flat-screen TV’s, reverse cycle air conditioning, washing machines and FREE Wi-Fi. Guests have access to the outdoor swimming pool, heated spa, games room and children’s playground.
Quest Alice Springs serviced apartment style hotel rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Alice Springs accommodation experience perfect for short or long stays. Quest Alice Springs is within close proximity to Lasseters Casino, Alice Springs Convention Centre and Golf Course and the CBD and Anzac Hill can be found just 2 kilometres from the hotel. Quest Alice Springs has 68 serviced apartments including Studio, and One, Two and Three Bedroom Apartments. Studios are the perfect alternative to a hotel room and have kitchenettes. Property facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, BBQ area and on-site reception.
Enjoy exploring the wonders of the unique city of Alice Springs while based at the modern DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs which boasts stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges. Your spacious room will offer luxurious bedding, modern interiors and internet access as well as a late check-out. For those who enjoy being active the hotel provides a 24-hour fitness centre, two tennis courts and an outdoor heated pool which overlooks the lush garden landscape. Golfing-enthusiasts need not worry as there is an 18-hole golf course located just next door.
As the first Wayside Inn in Central Australia, Curtin Springs offers a perfect base from which to visit the Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon areas. Stay a while longer and ‘peel back the layers’ by including our experiences, tours and hospitality in your travel plans. Enjoy our authentic homestyle meals, our lovely gardens and take an opportunity to unwind in what visitors refer to as an oasis. The historic Bough Shed offers the perfect place for a cold beer, hot cuppa or a meal. Take the time to look through our family history and general information about what it takes to live in such a remote place, raise a family and run a business here.
Kings Creek Station lies 36 kilometres from the magnificent Kings Canyon (Watarrka) and is set amongst majestic desert oaks. A range of supplies, meals and drinks can be bought at the station shop. You could even try one of the famous Kings Creek camel burgers. Our luxury secluded glamping tents are positioned along the escarpment and elevated to provide maximum airflow and views. These spacious and beautifully appointed tents allow you to really experience iconic Australian camping on a truly genuine but luxurious level. The focus is on comfort with quality linens and décor, king-size or twin beds, a private bathroom with a difference, luxury amenities, bathrobe and slippers, power, heating, air-conditioning and coffee machine. Lounge in the pool or on the deck with the vast desert as your backdrop and keep an eye out for wildlife that may wander into view. Stargaze the desert skies or toast marshmallows by your private fire. The self-cook bush inspired BBQ dinner and breakfast hamper will be provided to create a memorable outback dining experience. Enjoy the selection of drinks to complement your meals.
What to do:
Experience the innovative ideas that were born from isolation and the harsh environment of Central Australia and meet the reptiles that have also adapted to this environment. National Road Transport Hall of Fame - Home to Bertha - the first commercial road train. See the evolution of the Australian transport industry. Women's Museum of Australia and Old Gaol is filled with stories of the pioneering ladies that arrived in the region along with women from around the country that were the first with their achievements. At the Alice Springs Reptile Centre you have the opportunity to experience reptiles up close with loads of hands on fun for everyone. Alice Springs School of the Air Experience introduces a truly unique outback Australian icon. Enter the "World's Largest Classroom" and learn about the distinctive history and innovations for which it is world-renowned.
Visit the original RFDS Alice springs working base that commenced in 1939. See, experience and learn through the wonder of technology the heroic tales of the birth and growth of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Learn about the history and the activities of the RFDS’s pilots, engineers, doctors and nurses, and the experiences of the patients that are carried and cared for each day. Learn the importance of the RFDS to outback Australians and the medical care required to service isolated regions. John Flynn the Hologram a truly amazing experience! The pioneering holographic show forms the centrepiece of the facility as Flynn tells the story of his vision and its realisation into the RFDS of today. The new RFDS Virtual Reality is awesome!! Relive the true experience of patient Gene Hildebrand and see what it’s like to fly with an RFDS Pilot. Walk through the museum and meet Alf Traeger and Nurse Kathy thru interactive technology. Step inside a replica RFDS aircraft and feel what it is like to be a patient at 15,000 feet.
Alice Springs Brewing Co is the Red Centre's only operating brewery. All beers are brewed on site using quality ingredients from Australia and the world. Founded by long time local Kyle Pearson in 2018, ASBC strives to offer a locally made product paired with simple but flavoursome food options. Alice Springs Brewing Co is perfect for the craft beer lover who doesn't take themselves or anything too seriously!
Experience the breathtaking feeling of floating silently above the Outback as the morning light begins to illuminate the MacDonnell Ranges on this awe-inspiring outback ballooning adventure. Enjoy light refreshments & sparkling wine in the middle of nowhere! There is no turbulence or vibration as the balloon moves with the wind. With eyes closed it is impossible to tell that you are flying. It is no colder in the air than on the ground. It is a fact it is often warmer with the burners overhead and the balloon flies above the night time low level cold air temperature inversion.
Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Tours is a one-of-a-kind authentic aboriginal cultural experience. Our 1‑hour tour is a short walk and talk on areas of importance in our cultural knowledge on bush tucker and bush medicines used for spiritual and healing and a lot more, as used by the Luritja and Pertame (Southern Aranda) people. Available 1 September – 31 October 2021 only.
Location & how to get there
Alice Springs Airport (alicespringsairport.com.au) is served by Virgin Australia, Qantas and Air North with capital cities served mostly by daily flights. There are also connections to and from Ayers Rock airport as well as several regional airports, mostly within the NT.
The airport is a 15 minute drive to the centre of town. An airport shuttle meets all flights and serves all central hotels. Car hire is available direct from the airport and there are plentiful taxis available at the airport rank. Private transfers, while available are limited, especially at peak times. Alice Springs can also be reached by The Ghan, from either Darwin or Adelaide. The train station is a short walk from the town centre and a shuttle service, as well as taxis serve all arrivals/departures.
Driving to Alice Springs is scenic from whichever direction you arrive, with the trip from Darwin or Adelaide being one of the most iconic road trips in Australia. Various turn offs along the Stuart Highway lead to points along the East Coast on (mostly) sealed roads. For the adventurous and those that seek true solitude the 1126km unsealed Great Central Road, which links Yalara to Laverton in Central Australia will give you an outback experience like no other.
On sale until 30 June 2021. For travel 1 September 2021 until 31 March 2022. Pricing based on travel from 1-31 October 2021 at the Alice on Todd, seasonal supplements apply outside these dates. Blackout dates may apply and some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 1 June 2021 and may be subject to change due to availability, surcharges, fees or taxes without notice. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices are based on per person twin share. *Car hire is based on: Unlimited kilometres, Ultimate Protection for Passenger Vehicles $0 Damage Recovery Fee (DRF), Premium Protection for 4WD vehicles (FFAR), DRF $1,100 for Multi Vehicle Accident, $5,500 for Single Vehicle Accidents, Compulsory Third Party Insurance and Accidental Tyre and Windscreen Damage on non 4WD vehicles, Vehicle Registration Recovery Fee, Administration Recovery Fee, Additional Drivers, Premium Location Surcharge, product is available for renters aged 25+. **Adults only - must be over 18 years of age. Please contact us on 1800 854 897 or email@example.com to enquire. Airfares and transfers are additional unless otherwise specified. For full terms and conditions and details on our refund policy, view our booking conditions. E&OE.
*Mates Rates offer must be booked within the campaign period of 29 May – 30 September 2021 and applies to select marked packages only (view eligible packages here). Travel must occur from 1 September 2021 and by, or on, 30 April 2022. Discounts will apply as follows based on the original NT Now pricing to a maximum of $1000 off per person. Spend $500-$999 per person, receive $200 off person. Spend $1000-$1999 per person, receive $300 off person. Spend $2000-$2999 per person, receive $400 off person. Spend $3000-$3999 per person, receive $600 off person. Spend $4000-$4999 per person, receive $800 off per person. Spend $5000 or more, receive a maximum of $1000 off per person. The Mates Rates price is listed. Intra-Territory travel by NT residents is eligible. Standard NT Now conditions apply.