Alice Springs is a great location for taking scenic flights over the red centre. Alice Springs is situated right in the heart of Australia, the most famous settlement, surrounded by thousands of kilometres of outback.
Most notably to the southwest of Alice Springs is Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. This magnificent red rock, which juts out of the desert, absolutely epitomises the Central Australia experience, and is an amzaing experience to see from a scenic flight.
Uluru was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and is just 450kms from Alice Springs. Along the way, there are several other outstanding sights and landmarks.
Uluru Scenic Flights
If you wish to cover the most ground during your stay in Alice Springs, you should take a scenic flight in a helicopter or plane ride for the best scenery.
In these flights you’ll pass over many famous sights such as the West MacDonnell Ranges,the Mount Gillen ridgeline, or the spectacular Ormiston Gorge.
This includes short trips over the famous Simpsons Gap, and also the beautiful Palm Valley.
Other famous landmarks to look out for include the Owen Springs Homestead (ruins of the first cattle station in central Australia), the Ghan Railway line (the famous long-distance railway that connects north to south, splicing Australia in two), and the Oodnadatta Track (antiquated cross-country cattle route, and now home of the famous annual Finke Desert Race).
One of the most popular scenic flights to take in Alice Springs is the round trip to the awe-inspiring Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock). You’ll cross the Finke River, and then peer down onto the Kings Canyon as you head to Uluru.
After taking in the aura of this wondrous megalith, you’ll then head back to Alice Springs with the setting sun of the red desert as your backdrop.
If you choose a longer flight you can opt to have stop-offs at the national parks, as well as snacks provided.