Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Almost precisely in the geographical centre of Australia and located in the heart of the Red Centre, Alice Springs is a vibrant modern town with a thriving population of 28,000 people. Made famous by the Neville Shute 1950’s novel ‘A Town Like Alice’, Alice Springs is an iconic travel destination – an Australian ‘must do’!

Alice Springs has everything you require, with international standard accommodation at all levels. There are plenty of shops, from air-conditioned plazas to unique boutiques. Restaurants vary from fast food chains to five star dining.

This area of Australia is part of the territory of the Arrernte people and is known by the local names of Arrende, Yeperenye, or Mparntwe – and is connected with the caterpillar dreaming. The aboriginal presence in Alice Springs is strong. Their 40,000 year old culture and spiritual connection to this region echoes in every rock and landmark. They preserve the timeless art, songs and rituals that connect humankind with Australia’s legendary creation and pre history – The Dreamtime.

Alice Springs is located within the Northern Territory (NT), and is the second largest population centre after the NT’s capital, Darwin.

Stunning landscapes, remote communities, and a unique pioneering history create a diverse and exhilarating destination to explore. A thriving, spirited outback centre, Alice Springs is as famous for the personality of its locals and contemporary and traditional art as the natural wonders, including the stunning Larapinta Trail and the MacDonnell Ranges, which surround it.

In the heart of Australia lies Alice Springs, an oasis in the true sense of the word

Surrounded by red dirt and hauntingly beautiful mountain ranges you’ll find , a city of arts and events. Alice Springs – known to locals as simply “Alice” – is the beating heart of Australia’s Red Centre. It’s a great base for exploring the natural wonders of the Northern Territory’s outback, including , , , the West MacDonnell Ranges and their iconic , the red sands of the and the haunting sight of the . It’s also a fascinating spot to explore Australia’s Aboriginal culture.

By Stephanie Williams