Flights to Alice Springs
You can fly to Alice Springs from all Australian capital cities – it’s around a three-hour flight from the east coast, around two hours form Darwin. You can also fly direct to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in around 45 minutes.
Train to Alice Springs
Alternately, take a journey with an all-inclusive rail holiday upon The Ghan from Adelaide or Darwin to Alice Springs. Great Southern Railways operates the Ghan from Adelaide north to Alice Springs, then on to Darwin twice a week; return services from Darwin to Adelaide are also twice a week. The journey takes roughly 24 hours in either direction.
Driving to Alice Springs
Alice Springs is more or less (give or take a few hundred kilometres) halfway along The Explorer’s Way is an epic trans-continental road trip from Adelaide to Darwin. For most of its 3000 or so kilometres it follows the footsteps of John McDouall Stuart, who took on the huge challenge of exploring the land in preparation for the Overland Telegraph in 1862.
The sealed route in its entirety runs sea to sea, from Adelaide north to Darwin, and if you want to drive the whole thing – allowing a few stops to explore along the way – you’ll need at least two weeks.
Alice Springs is 1540km north of Adelaide, 1513km south of Darwin on the Stuart Highway.