Population: Approx 28,000
Alice Springs sits in the heart of Central Australia and is famous for its colourful landscapes - a cobalt blue sky shrouds rich red rock and mountain ranges that stretch for hundreds of kilometres either side of the town. The heart of the Red Centre, Alice Springs is a thriving, spirited outback centre - combining a strong sense of its pioneering history with all the convenience of modern facilities. The history and heritage of Alice Springs overflow with a rich cast of outback characters - in the late 1800s and early 1900s only the most intrepid pioneers braved its rugged environment, from Afghan cameleers to flying doctors. Today, it is possible to pay homage to their legacy at various historic sites around the town. The West and East MacDonnell Ranges straddle the town and their spectacular gorges and chasms set the scene for a range of adventure activities.
Alice Springs offers all the conveniences & comforts of a modern town, with plenty of accommodation and dining options, a unique desert golf course and it's own Casino. Taxis and hire cars are readily available, making it easy to get around town. For your safety, walking at night is not recommended.
Climate: Alice Springs has a semi-arid climate. It experiences Australia's four typical seasons: summer, autumn, winter and spring, with hot summer days from December to February and surprisingly cold nights (sometimes dropping below zero) from June to August. Spring and autumn are warm throughout the day and cool at night. Please ensure you pack accordingly.
Liquor Restrictions: Drinking alcohol in public areas is not permitted and attracts penalties. Take-away alcohol is available from 2pm- 9pm on weekdays, 10am - 9pm on Saturdays and noon - 9pm on Sundays. Product restrictions apply. Photo ID must be presented.
Aboriginal Land Permits: Central Australia has several areas and sites of great significance to Aboriginal people. There are opportunities to visit these sites, however it is necessary to obtain permission and possess a travel permit before entering these areas. For more information, please contact the Central Land Council (08 8951 6211) or visit a local Visitor Information Centre.
Distances from Alice Springs: Some of the popular attractions to visit from Alice Springs and their distances are as follows; Palm Valley 157km, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) 500km, Ormiston Gorge 135km, Glen Helen Gorge 132km, Simpsons Gap 17km, Standley Chasm 50km, Uluru (Ayers Rock) 461km, Kings Canyon 471km. Please check with main roads or local visitor centre for road and vehicle conditions.