Heading to the Red Centre? Here’s where the real fun begins. From camel riding to quad biking or four wheel drive escapades, there is no shortage of options to explore this wild region with. If there was ever a place to get outdoors, then this surely has got to be it, with warm weather, imposing landscapes and wide skies. Take your Alice Springs airport car hire and make a beeline for one of these frontier adventure activities.
It doesn’t get much more adventurous than this. Camel riding is a truly unique experience in a league of its own. Step back in history and retrace the steps of 19th century pioneers across the desert. Trek through the bush, along Todd River, the MacDonnell Ranges. It’s a good chance to get up close with wallabies, kangaroos, and native birds too, and sunset is a truly spectacular time to be out on camel back. Head out for an hour or for half a day – there are tours for groups as well. For camel safaris, check out the family owned Pyndan Camel Tracks. Believe it or not, there is even an annual camel race in Alice Springs – the Lasseters Cup. It has been going since 1970 at the Todd River, now with a dedicated 400m race track.
Jump on board a quad bike and race across the colours of the desert floor. Rev up and embark on a guided tour, through old cattle stations, river beds, bush trails and mountain ranges, passing by wildlife up close. You don’t need a special license to ride a quad bike – they are all automatic with a gentle learning curve.
For a little more comfort, four wheel drive options offer a higher level of comfort. Experienced local tour operators can guide you through the best of the region. South of Alice Springs lies the sprawling Simpson Desert, a veritable playground for four wheel driving with sand dunes in spades. Or the fairly new Binns Track following Alice Springs’ key landmarks and northwards to Timber Creek is another great excursion. Several businesses in Alice Springs operate off road trips specialising in the Outback.