A Town like Alice
Alice is the Heart of the Red Centre
You'll find Alice Springs in the very heart of the Outback. It's not a city, but a town of just 28.000 people, and the largest town in Central Australia.
It may be small, but Alice is the starting point for some absolutely amazing destinations for hikers and 4 wheel drive adventurers.
There's no town like Alice.
Alice really is in the Centre of Australia
If you look down at the bottom bit of the map of Australia, in the south east, you can see Victoria. Look under that text, my home town of Melbourne is practically off the map. . That's where I am,
A long way from Alice Springs. About 2000 km as the crow flies, if a crow could fly that distance.
The best way to get to Alice is by train. Take the Ghan!
One of the Great Train Journeys of the World
If you don't fancy the 4 wheel drive, take the train. The Ghan runs from Adeliade to Darwin, an unforgettable journey from one edge of the continent to the other.. Halfway through the trip is Alice Springs. Hop off and stay for a few days before you continue to the tropical north of Australia.
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Hike the Larapinta Trail
Walkers appreciate the Larapinta Trail which runs for over 223kms along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges. It's in 12 sections, each of which involve a one or two day walk to complete.
It starts at the Old Telegraph Station on the outskirts of Alice, and meanders through ancient river beds, sheltered gorges and absolutely stunning waterholes. It then climbs the dramatic red slopes of the West MacDonnell Ranges providing panoramic views of the desert landscape below.
The Larapinta Trail is a true wilderness experience.
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It gets both hot and cold in Alice
It gets pretty hot here and rainfall varies dramatically from year to year. Because this is the desert, a hot day can quickly turn into a very cold night.
In summer, the average maximum temperature is in the high 30s (high 90s F and over), while in winter the average minimum temperature can be 7.5 Â°C (45.5 F), with an average of 12.4 nights below freezing every year.
Traditional inhabitants, the Arrernte, who have lived here for at least 50,000 years, know Alice as Mparntwe
Americans in Alice Springs
There are currently 2,000 people in the Alice Springs district who carry citizenship of the United States.. The American population is primarily associated with Pine Gap, a joint Australian and U.S. satellite tracking station, located 19 km (12 mi) south-west of Alice.
So the major holidays are celebrated here. Everyone joins in the festivities for Independence Day and Thanksgiving!
A classic novel of war, love and hope
A fascinating story.of the heat of Malaysia, where a group of English women set out on a 'Death March' and the dust of Australia, where one of the survivors goes after the war
Alice Springs SurroundsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Transport Options to Alice Springs
There are daily express coach services to and from Adelaide and Darwin servicing Alice Springs.
Alice is almost exactly in the centre of these cities, to Adelaide is 1,530 kilometres (950 mi) and to Darwin is 1,498 kilometres (931 mi).
There are daily flights from Alice Springs Airport to Adelaide, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. There are also direct flights a few times a week to Brisbane
Don't forget your hat! - Never go outside without a hat
In Australia, wear a hat. Slap your sunscreen on too and, in the peak sunlight times, cover yourself with a long shirt and sarong as well
This 3" brim hat is just what you need while in the sun.
SPF 50 sun protection rated with an ultraviolet protection factor providing the best sun protection with style.
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