Just because you're out in the desert, doesn't mean you can't get active. Alice offers a good range of activities, including hiking over several hours or many days, camel riding and mountain biking.
Camels played an integral part in pioneering central Australia before roads and railways, and travellers can relive some of that adventure.
Cycling & Mountain Bike Riding
Bikes are the perfect way to get around Alice Springs. There are cycle paths along the Todd River to the Telegraph Station, west to the Alice Springs Desert Park and further out to Simpsons Gap. For a map of cycling and walking paths go to the visitor information centre.
Mountain-bike trails are easily accessed from town or meet up for a social sunset ride with the Central Australian Rough Riders' Club.
Climbing Mt Gillen
Climbing Mt Gillen (914m) is a popular walk for locals, but little known among visitors. That's partly because the track is unsignposted and little advertised. It's something of a local secret, but remains a favourite walk in the area. The walk begins 50m west of the grave of John Flynn, around 7km west of Alice. The track passes through a gate and then climbs (a little scrambling required) the Heavitree Range, part of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Having reached the ridge line, head west for around 500m for wonderful mountain, desert and town views. You could return the way you came, but we prefer to follow the trail that continues down the southern slopes, heading southeast and then east to the Heavitree Gap, the southern gateway to town. The entire walk covers 11km and should take 3½ to four hours.