Alice Springs

A Paradise in the North

Popularly known as “the Alice” or simply “Alice,” Alice Springs is recognized as the third largest town in Australia’s Northern Territory geographically situated in the centre of Australia, near the border to the south of the Northern Territory. The town is the home to one of Australia’s Aboriginal groups, the Arrernte, who have lived there for thousands of years. It has a population of more than 27,000 people, 12 per cent of the territory’s total population. Alice Springs extends across the Todd River (which is usually dry) on the northern edge of MacDonnell Ranges. Because it is located in Central Australia, a region consisting of several different deserts and has an arid environment, temperature in Alice Springs can vary significantly. Temperature in Alice Springs ranges from an average of 35.6 °C during summer to an average temperature of 5.1 °C during winter.

Alice Springs is a highly recommended destination most especially to tourist interested in experiencing and learning more about aboriginal culture and traditions. The Arrernt Australian aborigines have made Central Australia including Alice Springs their home for millenniums, with strong evidences suggesting their occupation of the area dating back at more or less 30,000 years. Aboriginal Australians refer to Alice Springs as Mparntwe. Many of these people, however, also live in different communities outside Alice Springs. If you want to discover traditional Aboriginal art, Alice Springs is one of the most significant Aboriginal towns in the whole of Australia. Situated just a few kilometers south west of the historic town is the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Yulara which house the monolith Uluru/Ayers Rock. Tourists and travelers can visit the Alice Springs Cultural Precinct, enjoy an exhilarating sightsee from the Anzac Hill, and know more about the challenges and the struggles of the people who spearheaded the Alice Springs Telegraph Station also known as the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Nature and wildlife lovers can meet endangered and very rare fauna at the Desert Park or play on one of the world’s best desert golf courses.

Alice is a Wonderland

For those who are looking for more adventure, they can visit and explore the Tanami Deserts, search for beautiful and genuine gems at Ruby Gap or Glen Helen or visit communities further off such as Titjikala and Santa Theresa where Aboriginal tours offer the opportunity to experience and witness Aboriginal culture. If you want a more laidback and relaxing trip, one can watch Aboriginal Australians create artistic works and pieces or simply sit back and relax for a session of story sharing and telling. Alice Springs is known for its colorful Aboriginal culture and has the distinction of being the capital of Aboriginal art in Central Australia.

Travelers and tourists can also try Alice Spring’s exciting, long distance Larapinta Trail which runs for more than 200 kilometers through the western portion of MacDonnell National Park from Alice Springs west to Mount Sonder. Other must-see spots and destinations near the town are Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve, Palm Valley and the Finke Gorge National Park in Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal settlement teeming with history and aboriginal art and culture and the home of Australian Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira.

The town of Alice Springs is well furnished and equipped with a wide selection of facilities, tourist attractions and accommodations for an experience like no other. It is a destination every traveler and tourist in the world interested in adventure, aboriginal culture and beautiful landscapes will surely enjoy and have fun in. With a diverse of activities to do, places to visit, interesting culture to explore and experience, without a doubt, Alice Springs should be on everyone to-visit lists.

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