Travelling to Alice Springs

Whether you’re in a campervan, car or 4WD, getting to Alice Springs by road is easy. Well-maintained, sealed highways provide the most direct routes between the Northern Territory and cities in South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.

Alice Springs is approximately 1500km from the closest major cities of Adelaide and Darwin. The Stuart Highway from Adelaide is well-maintained and goes right through Coober Pedy, an underground town famous also for being the opal capital of the world. It continues through Tennant Creek and Katherine all the way up to Darwin. Uluru is a 5 hour drive along a sealed road with various accommodation options available for all budget requirements. If you are travelling by road from the north be sure to stop off at the Devils Marbles just outside of Tennant Creek.

Despite the vast distances, travelling to the Northern Territory by bus (coach) is easy and affordable. Major coach and tour companies run coach services between transport hubs in the Northern Territory and destinations in Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. Major routes to Alice Springs include Adelaide – Alice Springs and Townsville – Alice Springs (via Tennant Creek). Connecting services provide access to towns across the Northern Territory and to other interstate destinations.

Qantas flys direct to Alice Springs from all capital cities.
Virgin Australia also flys direct from Adelaide and Darwin to Alice Springs.

The Ghan is a unique way of travelling to Alice Springs and is becoming more popular with its luxury, relaxing travel service. The Ghan passenger service operates scheduled services to Alice Springs and there are various stop over options on the trip.

For all travel advice, please contact the friendly team at Tourism Central Australia:
Phone: 1800 645 199