Alice Springs Australia
Alice Springs, located in the centre of the Australian continent, is the unofficial but undeniable capital of Australia’s vast outback. This one-of-a-kind town is rich in history and natural beauty. It’s the ideal starting point for exploring Australia’s Red Centre, which includes world-famous attractions like Kings Canyon, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta, and the MacDonnell Ranges.
Alice Springs is located in Central Australia, in the MacDonnell Ranges. It is roughly equidistant between Adelaide and Darwin and is almost at Australia’s geographical centre, approximately 1500 kilometres from any major Australian city in any direction. Mount Zeil, Australia’s highest mountain, rises to 1,525 meters from the West MacDonnell Ranges, about 200 kilometres west of Alice Springs. The town has a population of around 28,000 people, which is growing. Today, it is a thriving regional centre with a fantastic selection of tours, accommodations, and activities to suit every taste and budget.
Alice Springs’ history began in 1871 with a telegraph repeater station, one of several such stations built as part of the historic Overland Telegraph between Adelaide and Darwin. Originally known as Stuart, the name was never popular, and the town was officially renamed Alice Springs in 1933. The original dirt road to Adelaide was not replaced until 1987, making development initially slow.
Until then, travellers, including train passengers on the historic Ghan railway, took the same route north as early Scottish explorer John MacDougall Stuart, from Port Augusta in South Australia to Alice Springs via Oodnadatta and Finke in the outback. The Stuart Highway connects Adelaide and Darwin, is now a first-rate highway suitable for any vehicle.
Development in Alice Springs accelerated significantly in the 1980s. The town is a modern, moderate-sized, medium-sized municipality with many resources and facilities compared with similar Australian towns. The Ghan Railway, which first arrived in 1929, played an essential role in the town’s development. Recently, the railway line was extended north to Darwin. The resulting route from Adelaide to Darwin across the Australian continent is now regarded as one of the world’s great train journeys.
The old hospital in Adelaide House, the John Flynn Museum and Church, the Old Courthouse, the Residence, and the Stuart Town Gaol can all be found in the heart of Alice Springs. The original Telegraph Station is in a reserve just outside Alice Springs to the north. The Olive Pink Botanic Garden is an arid zone botanical garden located in the heart of town, on the eastern side of the normally dry Todd River, which runs through the town.
Alice Springs is a predominantly dry region, with magnificent cloudless blue skies from April to September. Rainfall is unpredictable and intermittent but can be expected during the warmer summer months of October to March. Temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius (104-108 degrees Fahrenheit) are typical in the summer, while overnight temperatures frequently fall below freezing in the winter (June to August). Because winter days are typically bright and sunny, this is the most popular time of year for visitors.
The Strehlow Research Centre, which houses many fascinating artefacts, has information about the Arrernte people of Alice Springs. The Araluen Arts Centre maintains an extensive collection of paintings by Aboriginal artists from the Alice Springs area, including renowned watercolour painter Albert Namatjira. Hot air ballooning, cycling, horse and camel riding, and excursions to nearby natural attractions in the MacDonnell Ranges are other activities available in and around Alice Springs. During the cooler months of May and September, Alice Springs also hosts several events and festivals.
Alice Springs has accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, ranging from backpacker hostels to luxury hotels and several good restaurants. All Australian capital cities have direct flights or buses to Alice Springs. Consider taking the luxurious Ghan train to Alice Springs, departing from Darwin, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney. Cars can be carried on the Ghan to make your transport available when you arrive in Alice Springs Australia.