Alice Springs Australia
Surrounded by a red sand desert which stretches for hundreds of kilometers in all directions, Alice Springs is one of Australia’s most famous outback towns. It is the gateway to the iconic natural features of Uluṟu (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuṯa National Park.Here, stories of Australia’s history and heritage are told through a colorful cast of characters and events that include camel races, gold-diggers and outback pioneers.
Alice Springs lies in the physical and spiritual heart of Australia’s Red Centre. It is surrounded on all sides by the jagged MacDonnell Ranges, which according to the traditional owners, the Arrernte people, was formed during the Dreamtime by giant caterpillars. The Royal Geographic Society of Australia has calculated the geographical and gravitational centre of the continent at the Lambert Centre, approximately 200 kilometres south of town.
Today, the town’s upmarket hotels, restaurants, and 20000 inhabitants, continue to uphold its vibrant history. It’s also an excellent place to pick up an authentic piece of unique Aboriginal art. From here, you can join one of Australia’s most challenging walks, the Larapinta Trail; and it is the ideal place to connect with Australia’s rich Aboriginal traditions and awe-inspiring landscapes. Australia’s classic outback drive, the Red Centre Way, from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon, is one of the best ways to experience the natural wonders of this vast ancient red landscape.
The best things about Alice Springs is its quality of life:
- It’s relaxed, friendly and there’s no traffic
- People love to stop and have a chat
- The pace of life is slower
- In 10 minutes, you can be anywhere in the town
- Very few people wear suits to work – in fact, we have a saying here that only real estate agents and politicians wear business suits!
- There’s every kind of sport here you could ever want. Every second year, it’s home to the Master’s Games
- Great weather (most of the time) – so a very outdoor life style
- Very easy to make friends and have a busy social life
- It seems to have more festivals, markets and events than many cities!
- Because it’s the service centre for an area that’s the size of Western Europe, it’s got all the shops and services that you’d find in a much larger place
- And… it’s set in the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. In ten minutes, you can be out in the bush!