Alice Springs sits in the very center of Australia and is in a region that is often referred to as the ‘Red Centre.’ On a trip across the Outback with my parents one of the destinations where we spent a few days was Alice Springs. We were on our way from Darwin to Kings Canyon and had some time to explore the area around Alice Springs, so we decide to rent bikes and head out into the desert. The destination for our ride was the Simpson Gap Bike Path, which is a extensive network of well maintained bike trails just outside of the center of town. It was a pretty warm day so we only spent about 6 hours on the entire ride, which included a long lunch next to a dried up riverbed. There was almost no other bikers out on the trails, and we were lucky enough to see a huge variety of plants and birds that were native to the region.

The town of Alice Springs is a cultural center for Central Australia, and is filled with great restaurants and aboriginal art galleries. I would definitely love to go back and explore much further out in the Simpson Desert on bike or on foot!

CHECK OUT: The Henley-On-Todd Regatta happens every August on the Todd River in Alice Springs. The regatta takes place on the DRY Todd River, which makes for quite a spectacle to watch. We missed this crazy event because we were not in Alice Springs in August, but the regatta sounds like heaps of fun and would be great to go to one year.