Alice Springs is located on the southern border of the Northern Territory. The town is the third largest in the state and is the geographic centre of Australia. The rural town is affectionately referred to as ‘Alice’ or ‘The Alice’ and is the closest main town to the iconic Uluru. Alice began as a repeater station for a 3200km overland telegraph line, which linked Australia to the rest of the world. Soon after, gold was discovered, and the town has been growing ever since. Now a source of cultural riches, Alice is a mecca for indigenous art, with galleries lining the streets.
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Most people visit Alice Springs to see Uluru, the world heritage listed ancient sandstone monolith. Alice Springs is also the Aboriginal Art Capital of Central Australia. Visit the Mbantua Fine Art Gallery and view some of the best examples indigenous art. Or why not head to the Alice Springs Cultural Precinct which is home to the Museum of Central Australia, the Aviation Museum and the Araluen Centre. The precinct also has a kid’s playground. Children will love the Alice Springs Reptile Centre which provides the chance to feed many of the species or Camels Australia which offers camel rides either in the yard or on a trail through James Ranges.
Alice Springs is home to some unique events. The Finke Desert Race, a 400km race for bikes, quads and cars through desert country. Henley on Todd regatta, a ‘mock’ regatta held on the sandy banks of the Todd River which a large number of tourists and locals attend annually. And the Alice Desert Festival Camel Cup, a popular camel race which has taken place every year since 1970.
There are many free things to do in Alice Springs if you are on a budget. Make the trip to Mount Gillen for sunset, you will be rewarded with 360 degree views of the Alice Springs region. For a less strenuous climb, head to the top of Anzac Hill Lookout. If you have a 4WD be sure to make the trip to Chambers Pillar which proves there are many stunning rock formations in the region. Or tour the MacDonnell Ranges for the chasms, gorges and remarkable views, and don't miss the adorable rock wallabies at Simpsons Gap.
Alice Springs is characterised as having a desert climate. Temperatures reach the scorching mid to high 30s in the summer months and temperatures can drop to as low as 4°C on a winter’s night. Annual rainfall is known to be erratic and varies dramatically from year to year. Check out the mean monthly temperatures and mean monthly rainfalls in Alice Springs here.