Acknowledge the awesome Alice Springs



Well, this dream-like vacation destination in Australia has nothing to do with the Alice in Wonderland or her story. But, it is still fascinating because of the highlights such as the great geographical formations like the Ayers Rock and natural sights like the Reptile Centre, and cultural draws such as the Desert Art Gallery. Besides these, the name of the city itself is legendary carrying an inspirational story. The region is so named behind the consort of Charles Todd, Alice Todd who together arrived in 1865 for setting the first telegraph line. On their way in the region, they came across a stream with a waterhole called Alice Springs and this was where the first repeater station was established. Talking more about its past events, it was where Priscilla, the Queen of the Desert danced with great zeal.

Alice Springs Australia

Did you know that the town of Alice Springs is also called the Red Centre? Rightly, this refers to the presence of red rocks and red-sand desert nearby. Well, I think revealing these many facts must have triggered the thought in you of visiting this town soon. In all, for the tourists, Alice Springs is meant for relax, adventure, and marvel.

I started my journey from the Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery – among the largest Aboriginal galleries in the continent. Established in 1985 at the Todd Mall, the gallery houses over 45 works of the local Aboriginal artists along with an extensive exhibit of Aboriginal art. If you wish, you can even purchase a few of these arts that are on sale. In the same area offering similar items is the Arunta Art Gallery and Book Shop. Just amble in the Mall to spot the Adelaide House Museum – one of the ancient edifices since 1920. In its breezy interiors, know all about the great history of Alice Springs.

Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery

One of the most interesting highlights is Alice Springs Desert Park that is an award-winning park. It is the first of its kind to showcase the flora, fauna, the landscapes of the Australian deserts, and the historic living of the aboriginals. Check out the audio-video clips that reveal the legends, extinct animals, and free-flying birds of prey. You can also spot a Cafe, gift shop, BBQ, free audio guides, electric scooters, and a picnic spot.

If you are a golf friend, take yourself to the Alice Springs Golf Club – a superb desert golf course with the manicured green land that contrast with the desert as well as the MacDonnell Ranges. To visit the largest reptile collection of the Northern Territory, be at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre where you can gaze at the plethora of reptiles – huge perentie goannas, deadly snakes like taipans and dead adders, big pythons, and frilled neck lizards.

Alice Springs Golf Club

Alice Springs Telegraph Station at a distance of 10 miles is on the site of the first telegraph station that was then moved to the present site in the town. One more legend says that the location of this historical reserve was the site of the first European village. The station aims at sending mails between Darwin and Adelaide. Alice Springs School of the Air is the most admirable highlight in the town where over 150 kids are being educated who live in distant Central Australia. Through the creative technologies, these kids need not travel to reach here, but still are attending the school. This is called distance learning! Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out how it is done?

Alice Springs Telegraph Station

The Anzac Hill is one of the top attractions in Alice Springs. Undoubtedly, it is also the landmark of the town and the best spot for viewing the entire region. So, enjoy the panoramic view of the town, the great East, and the MacDonnell Ranges in the West. Being of utmost significance to the aboriginals, the Anzac Hill Memorial is also worth a visit. Nestled at Pioneer Park Alice Springs, Alice Springs Turf Club is where horse races are held for 34 times in 12 months. From April to May, take pride to watch the Central Australian racing.

The Uluru (Ayers Rock) is the top attraction here, but is not all near the Alice Springs. When you see this, you will come to know why several tourists throng this town. Drive for 4 hours to reach the Lasseter Highway and you will marvel at the Uluru – the giant and wide rock upon which one can climb for watching the spectacular sunset. Made of sandstone and holding several crystalline minerals that alter its color throughout the day, the rock is sacred to the aboriginals. During wet climate, the rock appears purple or black, while in sun, it turns out to be red or orange. The Kings Canyon at a distance of 300 km from this rock is one more eye-soothing delight amidst the deserted ambience. This is the Watarrka National Park offering many campsites.

Uluru Ayers Rock

Nestled at a distance of 160 km, the Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve accessible via only a 4D wheeler is the stunning sight of red sand, rocks, dingoes, and kangaroos. Do not plan for a day trip here as the place becomes attractive only in the late afternoon or early morning indicating the need of bush camping here.

Tip: No matter when you come, see to it that you come for at least a week as its top attractions are in the outskirts demanding 4 to 5 days.

Happy holidays in advance!

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