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A Town like Alice

Updated on June 24, 2014

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.

Three Great Train Journeys of the World
You just can't beat a train holiday. The romance and sheer relaxation of it all is superb. Why go through the hassles involved with driving your car around ...

Alice Springs

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Sunset over AliceCamel RacesBalloon over AliceAboriginal Art GalleryThe Springs which gave Alice its name
Sunset over Alice
Sunset over Alice
Camel Races
Camel Races
Balloon over Alice
Balloon over Alice
Aboriginal Art Gallery
Aboriginal Art Gallery
The Springs which gave Alice its name
The Springs which gave Alice its name

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.

The Larapinta Trail

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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 °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 Town Like Alice (Vintage International)
A Town Like Alice (Vintage International)

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 Surrounds

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Glen Helen GorgePalm ValleyStanley ChasmStanley ChasmRainbow Valley
Glen Helen Gorge
Glen Helen Gorge
Palm Valley
Palm Valley
Stanley Chasm
Stanley Chasm
Stanley Chasm
Stanley Chasm
Rainbow Valley
Rainbow Valley

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

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      I read "A town like Alice" many many years ago. Yes I would like to go there and especially, take the train. I like train journeys, though I have never been on one as long as that.

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Not a huge fan of desert conditions, but the landscape is stunning in photographs.

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      Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Alice Springs is somewhere I would love to go, yet probably never will. I always liked this page.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Thanks you very much for this wonderful tour and amazing pictures!!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I am so there! This would be the perfect trip. This was a great introduction to what I hope will be a future adventure.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Beautiful place - I enjoyed the images more than words can say! :)

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      The Alice has some great festivals too and I really enjoyed the folk music each week. I only lived there 3 1/2 years, but your photos brought back many fond memories of the austere beauty of the area.

      Blessed by a squid angel and featured on You've Been Blessed.

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      Bill 6 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I would love to get out there one year. I love desert areas as much as seaside areas and there are so many amazing things to see out that way. Driving would be awesome, but I think my family would be bored by that so I can only see us flying there at this stage. Maybe next year!

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      What a great lens - one day I will make the trek from Perth!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      What beautiful photos of Alice, Australia! I'd love to visit!

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      Wow! Absolutely beautiful!

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      Oliversbabycarecouk 6 years ago

      Would love to go here! Great page! x

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Beautiful place to visit. Haven't been there.

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      JackieM293 6 years ago

      Glen Helen gorge is one of the most stunning places I have ever visited. Breathtaking!

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      Looks amazing. Great pictures!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Great lens and beautiful photos. :)

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Would love to go to Alice Spings and see Ayres Rock.