Car Hire at Alice Springs Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015
Whether you want to meet crocodiles in Alice Springs, witness a jaw-dropping sunset at Ayer’s Rock or enjoy the party atmosphere of Darwin’s fabulous beach markets, you can find the best car hire at Alice Springs Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Alice Springs Airport
There are five car hire companies with desks at Alice Springs Airport: Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Alice Springs Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a Shell petrol station just a 12 minute drive from Alice Springs Airport. Simply head west on Santa Teresa Road, continue on Highway 87 and take the 2nd exit onto Gap Road. The petrol station will be on the right hand side.
Driving around Alice Springs Airport
Alice Springs Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. From Alice Springs it is a 17 hour drive to Darwin and an 18 hour drive to Adelaide. The Stuart Highway from Adelaide goes right through Coober Pedy and continues through Tennant Creek and Katherine all the way up to Darwin. You can drive from Australia’s main capital cities on major roads and do not have to take remote roads unless preferred.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Alice Springs Airport.
Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park
Visit one of the most breath-taking sites in Australia – Uluru or Ayer’s Rock as we know it – and experience a sunrise or sunset like no other on earth. A guided walk around the base of the rock is well worth the effort while adventurous types can learn about Bush craft, wild food, how to make a fire and local tools. Explore the stillness and calm of the Valley of the Winds or take a dune walk through vibrant vegetation. As the sky catches fire at sun down, Uluru promises one of the most memorable and magical sights in the world.
The drive to Uluru is almost 6 hours from Alice Springs Airport, through the extraordinary Outback. Get onto Highway 87 from the airport and follow signs for State Route 4. Stay on Route 4 until you reach Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park.
At the ‘Top End’ of Australia lies scorching Darwin. Here you can gaze in trepidation at the world’s largest saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove, bird-watch in the Mangrove Swamps and mudflats, stroll the stunning waterfront lined with restaurants, bars and cafes and sample the lively atmosphere of the Mindil Beach evening markets where, as the sun sets, crowds gather to shop, sample street food and enjoy massages. Make the most of the sunshine on a beautiful sandy beach, party at one of the many festivals or get the taste-buds going in a Darwin winery.
The drive to Darwin from Alice Springs Airport is not for the feint hearted; however this 18 hour road trip will definitely be one to remember. From the airport, get on Highway 87 and from there onto National Highway 1. Follow Highway 1 all the way to Darwin.
In the heart of Australia’s Red Centre is a ruggedly beautiful town alive with mystical Aboriginal culture. Alice Springs is a great place for hikers and walkers who can head into the hills of the MacDonnell Ranges along the challenging Larapinta Trail, over plunging gorges and rolling hills past iconic ghost-white gum trees. Explore the outback’s historical Telegraph Station, take kids to the Reptile Centre, ride a camel through the desert and explore galleries filled with Aboriginal art.
It takes just 10 minutes to reach Alice Springs from the airport. Get onto Highway 87 from the airport, taking the exit onto Stuart Terrace then left onto Bath Street. Follow signs to the centre of Alice Springs.
Most of the major sights and national parks offer guest parking. Often this is free of charge. There is a good choice of open air car parks in which you can either pay and display or purchase a parking permit if you intend to stay in Australia for some time. Parking costs start at approximately $1.00 per hour. Some hotels in Alice Springs also offer free parking.
Prices subject to change