A remote town in the southern part of Australia’s Northern Territory, Alice Springs is the regional centre for this part of the country. Despite being home to fewer than 30,000 people, it has more than enough for visitors to explore, while the surrounding desert landscape has to be explored if you’re in an adventurous mood. Originally inhabited by the Arrernte Aboriginal people, Aboriginal culture is still very much alive in Alice Springs. Given its secluded nature, most regional amenities are situated in the town, which means that you won’t want for much when visiting. On the outskirts, there are numerous nature parks to go walking, while there are also plenty of places to learn about the local culture.
The main roads in the town are in excellent condition, but a hatchback might be useful for driving on minor routes as it would be slightly more powerful than an economy car.
Driving in Alice Springs
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Important things to note
By far the best road to come into Alice Springs by is the 87 Stuart Highway. It goes north to south from Darwin, the state capital.
Sandstorms are rare in the city, although in high winds, it’s important to only drive when you need to when in the surrounding desert.
In this part of Australia, when driving in the summer months, you should always bring a few bottles of water to help keep your car in check and to stave off dehydration.
Highlights & Hotspots
Alice Springs Desert Park, just outside the town, is the best place to observe local plant life. The park is also the place to be if wanting to see how plants manage to thrive in such an arid area, not to mention its importance to the Aboriginal population.
The biggest annual event in town is the Alice Show. Held every summer, it comprises of a number of things like fairground rides, food stalls, live music performances, firework displays and arts and crafts for younger visitors.
In June, the Finke Desert Race is held in and around Alice Springs. The race is an off-road rally which attracts some of the world’s best drivers driving through the town and the Aputula community, bringing in thousands of visitors in the process.
The Museum of Central Australia is by far the best museum in town. It explores thousands of years of history, going over how the landscape has changed and features a life-size replica of a local paleontological dig. Local artefacts including mammals and textiles are also on display.
Alice Springs Airport is located four miles south of the town centre. The airport has daily flights to major cities in Australia including Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and has one terminal for passengers. There are no international flights.
The airport is located just to the east of Stuart Highway, which will take you northwards towards the centre of Alice Springs.