Alice Springs Australia


"Start your Red Centre Experience here"

As you'll see from my Ayers Rock page, I think it's a great idea to start at Alice Springs for your Red Centre road trip.

Alice is the second largest town in the Northern Territory and is a real mixture between western and aboriginal cultures. It straddles the (usually dry) Todd River on the northern side of the Macdonnell ranges.

For me, Alice was a bit of a disappointment. It's no longer a small outback town - it's become a normal town and is a bit rough round the edges. It is however a good place to start your trip and pick up a hire car. My advice would be not too spend too long here but you should come for at least a day or 2.

The climate is the same as at Ayers Rock so see this page for more information on when to come and also getting here.



What to do in and around Alice Springs Australia


Here's how to spend a day or 2 in Alice

  • Check out the Aboriginal art galleries in Todd Mall
  • Feeling sporty? Take the 50km (flat) Painted Mountain Bike Tour around the local area
  • Visit the Flying Doctors Exhibition in the Visitors Centre on Stuart Terrace and visit the Telegraph station that linked Alice to Adelaide, Darwin and Great Britain
  • Enjoy lunch or a drink in the Bean Tree Cafe in the Olive Pink Botannical Gardens
  • Take a camel to dinner or for breakfast along the Todd River with views over the MacDonnell Ranges.


  • Where to stay

    We stayed in very average accommodation when we were in Alice. These however looked much more inviting:-

  • Lassiters Hotel $150
  • Crowne Plaza $200
  • Ooraminna Homestead $250 (a more authentic experience but slightly out of town)


  • Where to eat


    The following are good places to eat in Alice Springs Australia(but don't forget the Bean tree Cafe in the Botanical Gardens)

  • Overlanders Steakhouse, Hartley Road - good if you want a lot to eat!
  • Tinh and Lan Alice Vietnamese Restaurant, 1900 Heffemen Road, out towards the airport


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