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Making Alice Springs our base or skipping it?

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Making Alice Springs our base or skipping it?

We have three weeks in Australia planned for November (2014) and would prefer to be careful about how much of that time to spend lugging our stuff through one airport after another, not to mention spending hours on security lines, waiting to board, etc. We have already carved out time for Port Douglas/GBR, Melbourne, and Sydney but think we could do one big more thing in the time we have. So we are considering flying to Alice Springs for 3 days, and while we are there, taking a one-day "Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Olgas Tour With Sunset Dinner" from Viator. Another option is to skip Alice Springs and just go to Uluru for a couple of days. Suggestions about the options are welcome, including better alternatives. Thanks!

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1. Re: Making Alice Springs our base or skipping it?

Hi,

It does all come down to your time. If you only have 3 days I would skip Alice & just do Uluru. The problem with your other itinerary is catching a bus tour down to Uluru from Alice is very time consuming as it's a long drive approx. 4+hrs one way.

For additional info on Uluru read the link below. There are plenty of attractions & activities to do around Uluru.

tripadvisor.com.au/GoListDetail-i17672-Uluru…

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2. Re: Making Alice Springs our base or skipping it?

I would skip Alice Springs and fly directly to Uluru - there are direct flights from both Cairns and Sydney so you could easily fit it in between these two places. If you are looking for flights look for Ayers Rock Airport (AYQ).

Once there hire a car so you can explore the area at your own pace (make sure you book the car in advance). Or there are many tours to choose from if you prefer.

Alice Springs is 450km from Uluru so a day trip would see you spending at least 10 hours in a bus just getting there and back and very little time actually experiencing what you went there to see - not my idea of fun.

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3. Re: Making Alice Springs our base or skipping it?

Agree with above comments. Fly to Uluru. Hire a car to make most of your time at Uluru. If you could add another day, you could drive to Kings Canyon. The Rim Walk is worth the drive from Uluru.

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5. Re: Making Alice Springs our base or skipping it?

Phew nov is a bit hot to be going to the rock, and all that walking about.

I would skip the whole place....what about kangaroo island in south australia for 3 days? Just to throw a spanner in the works...lol ♡

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6. Re: Making Alice Springs our base or skipping it?

That's like saying you want to make San Francisco your base for seeing Disneyland. Ok, not quite, but pretty close. Maybe Santa Barbara for seeing Disneyland. Absolutely fly into Uluru and stay there. As noted, this is a difficult time to visit this area - humidity will be building prior to the start of the wet season. But if that's when you'll be in Australia, then you'll just have to make the best of it.

Agree that Kings Canyon is fantastic. We did a three day tour starting and finishing in Uluru that included Kings Canyon.

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7. Re: Making Alice Springs our base or skipping it?

Although there is much to see and do at Uluru and the surrounds, I wouldn't skip Alice Springs - despite the comments above. The days in November will be long with sunlight and the drive/tour from Alice to Uluru, although long, gives visitors an appreciation of the vast distances in Central Australia and Australia in general. There is much to do/see in Alice and if you're prepared to have 3 busy days, you'd be crazy to bypass it when you are so close.

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