By Plane Qantas ( tel. 13 13 13 in Australia) flies direct from Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, and Uluru. Low-cost carrier Tigerair ( tel. 02/8073 3421; www.tigerair.com) has direct flights from Melbourne and Sydney.
Alice Springs Airport (www.alicespringsairport.com.au) is about 15 km (9 1/3 miles) out of town. The airport shuttle operated by Alice Wanderer Airport Transfers ( tel. 1800/722 111 in Australia or 08/8952 2111; www.alicewanderer.com.au) meets all flights and transfers you to your Alice hotel door for A$15 per passenger for the first two passengers and then A$10 for each subsequent passenger in your group. A taxi from the airport to town is around A$35.
By Train If you are a train buff, you may want to plan a trip that takes in two of Australia’s great train journeys. From Sydney, you can get to Alice Springs by train using the Indian Pacific and Ghan trains. First take the Indian Pacific (which travels across the continent from Sydney to Perth) from Sydney to Adelaide and then change direction (and trains) to head north to Alice. Named after Afghan camel-train drivers who carried supplies in the Red Centre during the 19th century, the Ghan makes the trip from Adelaide to Alice every week, continuing to Darwin. The twice-weekly Adelaide–Alice service takes roughly 24 hours. It promises to be a very long—but memorable—journey. For information, contact Great Southern Railway ( tel. 1800/703 357 in Australia or 08/8213 4401; www.gsr.com.au).
By Bus Greyhound ( tel. 1300/473 946 in Australia or 08/8952 7888 in Alice Springs; www.greyhound.com.au) runs from Sydney via Adelaide. It’s a monster 45-hour trip, and the fare is around A$445. Unless you really love bus travel, there are better ways to get there!
By Car Alice Springs is on the Stuart Highway linking Adelaide and Darwin. Allow a very long 2 days or a more comfortable 3 days to drive from Adelaide, the same from Darwin. From Sydney, connect to the Stuart Highway via Broken Hill and Port Augusta north of Adelaide; from Cairns, head south to Townsville and then west via the town of Mount Isa to join the Stuart Highway at Tennant Creek. Both routes are long and dull. From Perth, it is even longer; drive across the Nullarbor Plain to connect with the Stuart Highway at Port Augusta. If you fancy a driving holiday of the area, check out www.travelnt.com for specific advice on routes, accommodations, and everything else you’ll need to know, including things like locations of fuel stops.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.