Alice Springs Airport Motel

115 Gap Road, Alice Springs, Red Centre, 0870, Australia

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    Nice Accommodation and Good Value


    I am not sure why it is called the Airport Motel, since it is not that close to the Alice Springs airport. The name does not matter though. This is a nice place to stay at a very good price for Alice Springs (80 AUD). The owners, Steve and Karen, provide excellent service and you will not find nicer people anywhere. The Airport Motel is an older property and used to be part of the Gap View Hotel when Prince Charles and Lady Diana stayed there in 1983 (the rooms are marked with plaques). Steve and Karen are relatively new owners and are gradually upgrading the rooms. The large, clean, air-conditioned rooms with ensuite bathrooms already have a small fridge, microwave, and an electric kettle. Other facilities include a really nice pool and BBQ area, guest kitchen, guest laundry, outdoor sitting areas, and secure parking.

    The location on Gap Road is in the south part of town about a 30 minute (2.5 km) walk from the Todd Mall. A big plus is the 421 Bar Bistro in the Gap View Hotel next door. It has excellent, local-style food at reasonable prices. In fact, after I told the VT group about it, the whole group ate there several times. In addition, Piggly's (a small market with a deli) is about three blocks north of the motel on the same side of Gap Road. However, the Gap View Hotel also has a drive-through bottle shop. This attracts some undesirables at night, so I would not advise walking in the park across the street after dark. All-in-all the Airport Motel is a comfortable, friendly place to stay in Alice Springs.

    Directions: On Gap Road in the south part of town about 2.5 km (30 minute walk) from downtown and the Todd Mall

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Forum Posts

Alice Springs - how long should we stay?

by bel1979

Hello. we'll be flying to Alice Springs from Melbourne on 5th Dec (our plane arrives around 11am so we'll have time to explore Alice for the rest of that day). The next day we're planning to do one day tour to Uluru, back late evening (we've ruled out overnight tours or staying in Uluru for various reasons - mostly cost - and definitely want to do a day tour). After that, we're not sure whether to stay another day in Alice or to catch a flight to Sydney.

We were thinking of perhaps taking a day tour to Palm Valley or simply seeing more of Alice. What's your advice? I know it will be very very hot then, so perhaps staying longer or doing another tour isn't going to be that enjoyable. I realise it's also not peak season so some tours might not get minimum numbers anyway. Your thoughts would be appreciated! Thank you.

Re: Alice Springs - how long should we stay?

by unaS

In Alice one really should visit the Desert Park.

Alice has many sights and attractions. I was there for 2 nights only so I had to choose carefully. Decided that I would go to the Desert Park for a couple of hours and then on to visit the Cultural Centre to see Aboriginal art, the Telegraph Hill station and the School of the Air (special interest of mine).

Well best to lay plans, but don’t depend on them! :)
I was totally captured by the Desert Park. Ended up spending over 5 hours there, not counting the lunch I had in their nice little cafeteria.

Wonderful strolls through not-so-miniature geographical sections ("Habitats") of Australia, marvelous walk - through aviaries and a wild predators show that is not to be missed. A short movie on the evolution of Australian wild life and an interesting, if small, natural history museum. The vivarium visit was a special treat.

Wear a hat and carry water with!

Address: Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs

Directions: An easy public bus ride from Alice. Sorry I don't remember which bus, but they told me at the motel which one to take.

Have a great trip!

Re: Alice Springs - how long should we stay?

by leffe3

Check out a day trip to the King's Canyon (unless its already part of the Uluru trip). Stunning.

Re: Alice Springs - how long should we stay?

by gerrypmac

The West McDonnell Ranges is something you should spend a day doing out and back from alice springs (simpson gap, Stanby chasm, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen gorge etc). it is a scenic drive west along the base of the ranges on great sealed road with all the gorges just off the main road with all weather conventional vehicle access. The return trip gives a different perspective with the light and colours etc. The heat is the only downside at this time of the year,as you are well aware.
Ormiston Gorge is my favourite spot in the Northern territory,particulary in the late afternoon.
best wishes.

Travel Tips for Alice Springs

Alice Springs, more than meets the eye.

by QueenBeeBuzzy

Alice Springs is a very diverse and interesting place, set in beautiful desert country. If you like winter hiking this is the place to come. Walk the Larapinta Trail and experience the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. The town has a lot to offer and it is worth coming here for the history, friendly people and the stunning country. You don't even need to go far out of town to walk in the hills with stunning views. There are great walking tracks everywhere on all sides of town. And don't forget we even have a local bus service! Get a bus timetable from the town council office in the centre of town. Alice Springs weather is full of surprises. November 2008 brought huge storms and rain. The rivers ran and the waterholes are now full to the brim. All the plants are in blossom and the insects have arrived, bringing more birds in. Now is a good time to visit - if you like the heat, that is.

RECIPE Sticky Date Pudding

by pchamlis

Another great item on the Frontier Camel Tours evening menu was dessert. Chef Dieter's Sticky Date Pudding was the perfect accompaniment for a hot cup of hearty coffee....especially a hot cup of coffee with a little shot of cognac added. ; )

The recipe for Dieter's pudding, also readily published and shared by Frontier Camel Tours, is below..... Pudding:
2 tablespoons butter
180 grams castor sugar (6 ounces)
2 eggs
180 grams self-rising flour (6 ounces)
180 grams pitted dates (6 ounces)
1 cup hot water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix the dates, bi-carb, water and let stand. Cream the butter and sugar and then add the eggs, one at a time. Add the dates/water/bi-carb mixture and then fold in the flour. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

140 grams (5 ounces) brown sugar
1/2 cup cream
vanilla extract, just a bit
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon cardamom seed

Mix all ingredients, and heat gently until cream and smooth, blending constantly. Serve warm over freshly baked pudding.

Rainbow Valley

by gmg61

About one hour drive from Alice's centre, at the end of an easy sand track, Rainbow Valley is a huge block of sandstone carved by water, wind and time thus developing weird shapes and wonderful colours: red, green, ochre, brown, orange are mixed over the rock and the view is magnificent especially at sunset and sunrise, when the changing light irradiates constantly new reflections.

Alice Springs Reptile Centre

by Lildeer

The largest reptile display in the Northern Territory, this zoo will actually let you hold its inhabitants. Come to see the huge goannas and crocodiles, stay to cuddle with thorny devils, blue tongued lizards, and pythons. Extremely informative and fun tour. One of my fondest memories in Australia.

For those who like reptiles

by MJL

Alice Springs Reptile Centre houses the largest reptile display in Central Australia. We have an extensive range of reptiles including the HUGE Perentie Goanna, Frill Neck Lizards, Thorny Devils and many other fascinating lizards, LARGE and small Pythons and some of the world’s most venomous snakes such as Inland Taipans, Brown Snakes, Death Adders and Mulga (King Brown) Snakes.


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