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Alice Springs

Alice Springs (Australia)

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  • Desert
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  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
30 km by car from Stuart HIghway
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Alice Springs

Sophie Liger Seasoned Traveller
31 written opinions

One of the most isolated towns in Australia, located in the centre of the country in the heart of Aboriginal culture.

My suggestion:
Alice Springs is not a very safe place at night, if you're a woman then avoid walking or going back to your hotel alone.
My review

Alice Springs is not a place of great interest but is a necessary place to pass through to get to Uluru, or Ayers Rock, which is several hours away by bus.

The town is located right in the middle of the desert, just like its airport's runway which is an experience in itself! You can also see the Flying Doctors centre there, which is for doctors who fly to remote farms in the region, as well as a clinic for kangaroos who are hit by vehicles and manage to survive! In Alice Springs I could really realise what it must be like to live in the Australian outback... in the middle of nowhere.

I only stayed in Alice Springs for one day before leaving to explore the Australian desert and to discover the Aboriginal culture in Kata Tjuta and Uluru, an unmissable place during your Australian journey!

View of the desert surrounding Alice Springs
Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
564 written opinions

A town nestling in the heart of the Australian continent, Alice Springs was born from an abortive gold rush. Nowadays, it's the departure point for visits to Ayers Rock. 

My suggestion:
Avoid the town during the Australian summer (December to March) when the stifling temperatures prevent you from really enjoying the splendour of the surrounding countryside.
My review

I went to Alice Springsduring aroad tripin the centre of Australia. The town fascinated me as much as it repelled me. Alice Springs is located in one of the most hostile areas of the world and at first sight looks like a charming small town, with late 19th century English colonial architecture, numerous cafes, aboriginal art galleries and tourist excursion agencies.

However, behind the facade I saw they had real social problem with the integration of the aborigines. They represent 20% of the population, have serious drug and alcohol problems, and don't appear to benefit from the local tourist industry which nonetheless is based around their art and culture.

It's a virtually obligatory stop during an Australian trip, and while there you will be hit in the face with one of the stain's on Australia's conscience. Very instructive. 

View of Alice Springs
David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

30 km to the south of Stuart Highway, which crosses Australia from end to end, Alice Springs seems to be completely alone in the vast Red Centre.

My suggestion:
From May to August, there are a great number festivals organised in Alice Springs.
My review

Alice Springs is a must see on a trip to Australia. Completely isolated from the big cities on the east coast, Alice Springs stands out for being different.

I spent one week in Alice Springs and I immediately felt very comfortable there. From there, I advise you to rent a car and explore the region. Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon are 450 km away for example. This is a short hop for a country-continent like Australia. Without needing to leave the town, I had plenty of things to do in Alice Springs. I recommend that you visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service tourist facility, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and the baby kangaroo sanctuary. You can also discover Aboriginal paintings in one of the town's art galleries. Unfortunately, the Aboriginal people that I came across in the streets were mostly adrift, in the clutches of alcoholism. A real problem here. All around the town, the ochre desert extends out of view and lends itself perfectly to your first hot air balloon flight. In terms of gastronomy, the restaurants serve emu, kangaroo, camel, and crocodile. At least you'll be eating the crocodile and not the other way round! Grub's up!

A typical restaurant in Alice Springs
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