Located in the heart of Australia's Red Centre, Alice Springs is framed by the MacDonnell Ranges and offers a fusion of tradition and cultures. Beginning as a humble bush town, Alice Springs was an overland telegraph repeater station in 1870 and have since grown into a modernised outback town. Known affectionately as 'The Alice' by the locals, Alice Springs is renowned for its isolated location. As times changed and plane travel throughout Australia improved, Alice Springs is now more easily reached and therefore more regularly enjoyed by international and domestic tourists alike. To survive the remoteness, the Alice Springs community has a sense of humour that is now legend with regular events such as bottomless boat races on dry riverbeds adding to the charm of this town. Amazing natural attractions such as the MacDonnell Ranges and nearby Kings Canyon and Uluru (Ayers Rock) continue to attract visitors to this unique part of the earth.
Despite its humble bush town status, Alice Springs is home to a wide range of accommodation options, modern amenities, activities and attractions. Offering accommodation options ranging from comfortable motels to modern hotels and luxury resorts, Alice Springs accommodation offers something for all tastes and budgets. Enjoying easy access to the region's most popular things to see and do, the accommodation in Alice Springs enjoys wonderful views of the landscape and is the ideal starting point for exploring landmarks such as the MacDonnell Ranges.
Not just known for its major landmarks, Alice Springs offers a wide range of things to see and do including sightseeing, activities and attractions. The Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre is a fascinating insight into the music, arts and culture of the Arrerate people and is home to the world's only Didgeridoo University. The Adelaide House Museum was Alice Springs' first hospital and now houses artefacts from the 1920s while the Alice Springs Cultural Precinct offers the picturesque Frank McEllister Park, Central Aviation Museum, Grand Circle Yeperenye Sculpture and a peaceful Memorial Cemetery. The Alice Springs Desert Park offers nocturnal and desert habitats displaying an amazing range of plants, animals and the Aboriginal way of life. The Alice Springs Reptile Centre on the other hand is all about the snakes, lizards and crocodiles of this part of the world including goannas, thorny devils, pythons, frillneck lizards and even venomous snakes.
The Alice Springs School of the Air is a fascinating aviation classroom covering 1.3 million sq km while the Royal Flying Doctor Service provides information on this longstanding outback medical service including guided tours and an interactive museum. The National Road Transport Hall of Fame pays homage to the heavy vehicles which service this remote part of the country including presentations and displays as well as the first motorised road train in the world. The National Women's Hall of Fame is home to more than 100 photos of women who changed the social landscape of Australia, housed in a heritage listed building. Old Stuart Town Gaol is located right next door to the court house and is the oldest surviving building in Alice Springs while the Frontier Camel Farm offers an entertaining attraction on the Ross Highway.