Alice Springs Transport Heritage Centre

Lonely Planet review

At the MacDonnell siding, about 10km south of Alice and 1km west of the Stuart Hwy, are a couple of museums dedicated to big trucks and old trains. If you want to visit both the museums, consider the half-day tour , which includes entry, a guide and lunch.

The Old Ghan Rail Museum has a collection of restored Ghan locos (originally called the Afghan Express after the cameleers who forged the route). There's also the Old Ghan Tea Rooms and an ad-hoc collection of railway memorabilia in the lovely Stuart railway station.

For a truckin' good time, head to the National Road Transport Hall of Fame which has a fabulous collection of big rigs, including a few ancient road trains. Admission includes entry to the Kenworth Dealer Truck Museum. There are more than 100 restored trucks and vintage cars, including many of the outback's pioneering vehicles.