Of course traveling here is a bit of a novelty. Hundreds of kilometers of red sand desert from whichever way you're coming in, and then suddenly there is Alice Springs. Some stats: from here it is more than 1500km to Adelaide or Darwin (which are the biggest cities in reach), 2500km to Perth and 3000km to Brisbane. Alice Springs lies in the geographic centre of Australia, so you could say that it is a bit out of the way.
Arrernte Aboriginals called this place home for over 50,000 years, but Alice Springs' more recent history started in 1862 when a station of the Overland Telegraph Line (which was to link Adelaide to Darwin and Britain) was established here. The discovery of alluvial gold and use of the town as a staging base during World War 2 gradually brought more people here. Nowadays plenty of tourists make their way here, often to use it as a base to explore famous Outback sites like Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (home of Ayers Rock) from.
Nearer to town you find the Alice Springs Desert Park which is good for wildlife spotting, or Rainbow Valley with its diversity of rock and sandstones. Alice Springs is also a good place to learn about aboriginal culture, as it is home to various galleries showcasing indigenous art. Mbantua Gallery incorporates a museum exhibiting artifacts related to Aboriginal culture. In terms of museums, the Museum of Central Australia, is also well worth a visit.
If all of that is not interesting enough, might we suggest that you go ballooning, take a hike on one of the trails surrounding town, go camel riding or check out Kangaroos at the Kangaroo Sanctuary? And if you come home at the end of an exhausting day, you'll be glad to know that there are literally dozens of good bars and restaurants (serving up anything from Thai to Italian or Mexican food) in town. [Review by travelindicator]
- Alice Springs is a city in Australia's region of Northern Territory. It has a population of 28,605, is situated at an altitude of 1906ft and the best airport to fly into is ASP (Alice Springs, Alice Springs)
- The currency used in Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD)
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More Alice Springs travel resources
The most relevant resource may be the Travel NT website, while as always Wikitravel and Lonely Planet offer some good background as well. The Alice Springs town council has some more links and Australia.com covers it as well with some nice photos.
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