Whilst Alice Springs is the closest town to every beach in Australia… the distances can be considerable… and when locals and outback people talk about ‘just down the road’… the distance could be many hundred of kilometres…

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.

Alice Springs Distances

• West of Alice SpringsKm
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.

 — 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)




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96
• 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
Orche Pits
 — west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Drive, turn on to Namatjira Drive, then follow the turn off.
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

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• North of Alice SpringsKm
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
Mataranka
 — a popular attraction with the thermal pools, located north of Alice Springs via the Stuart Highway.
1075
Darwin
 — north of Alice Springs via the Stuart Highway.
1498
• East MacDonnell Range (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
• 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 / Jim’s Place
 — 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. It is also home to Dinky the Singing Dingo.
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 (Ayers Rock) / 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.

From Uluru to Kings Canyon
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310
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).
470


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328
• South of Alice SpringsKm
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

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Interstate Distance to Alice Springs

• Following are some approximate distances by road to Alice Springs:

KmKm
• Adelaide1,529• Darwin1,498
• Albany2,731• Hobart2,948
• Brisbane2,833• Kulgera274
• Broken Hill1,638• Launceston2,785
• Broome1,699• Perth2,491
• Cairns2,168• Port Augusta1,224


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