Alice Springs Pioneer YHA

Cnr Parsons Street and Leichhardt Terrace, Alice Springs, 0870, Australia
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Train to Alice Springs

by AlbuqRay

I am planning on attending the VT survivor camp in Alice Springs in Aug 2010. Has anyone taken the train to Alice Springs? If so, which city is the better place to start?

Re: Train to Alice Springs

by margaretmcguffin

Although I have not yet done the trip on the Ghan, I can tell you that this is the only railway line to Alice Springs. Depending on what part of australia you are visiting first, you would catch the Ghan in Adelaide or Darwin and you would need to book in advance. If you are flying into Perth on the west coast, or Brisbane, sydney or Melbourne, it would be quicker and cheaper to fly to Alice Springs on QANTAS or Virgin airlines. Determined to catch the train? Fly from your point of entry to Adelaide or Darwin, then go on the Ghan

Re: Train to Alice Springs

by AlbuqRay

Thanks, Margaret! I am finding out that the trains in Australia are more expensive than the flights.

Re: Train to Alice Springs

by Mikebb

Hi Ray, flights are cheaper. Check out or just .com

Jetstar & Qantas have a sale on now.

Enjoy your trip


Re: Train to Alice Springs

by Mikebb

Ray, Greyhound bus has a special on now. You can get off and get back on.This may be the best way, you can have overnight stay at outback towns. Do not know if Greyhound pass through Cooper Pede, the Opal town - look for Fun In The Sun promotion, 15%off and option to get off & back on


Re: Train to Alice Springs

by Mikebb

Greyhound Promo Code " Fun10"

Re: Train to Alice Springs

by rosie235

I'm so looking forward to meeting you on the Camp...
don't forget to check out Tiger airways too.. although they do have weight restrictions but you can easily buy extra weight allowance.

Re: Train to Alice Springs

by AlbuqRay

Thanks for the help! Tiger does not sound bad, Rosie, but I was wanting to use some kind of ground transportation to be able to see things. Mike, I checked out Greyhound and they have some interesting packages. The Fun in the Sun packages are all on the east coast. I might be able to do one of them on a long stopover on the way back. What I am considering now is flying Quantas from Los Angeles to Darwin. After spending a couple of days there to recover from jetlag, I would take the Greyhound Croc Stopover Package to Alice Springs. If I survive the camp and VT meet, then do what Zig and Betty may be planning (2-3 days?). It's then back to Darwin to catch my flight. All the Quantas options back to LAX really require a stopover because they are so long (like 33 hours total). I have yet to figure out which option is best, but I would not mind spending a few days in the Cairns area. Anyway, those are my thoughts for now. If anyone has some more ideas, they would be appreciated.

Travel Tips for Alice Springs

Center of Outback where Things Happen

by RedEaredPanda

Alice Springs is really the start. As you fly to the desert, you can either fly into Ayer's rock or Alice Springs.. I recommend you fly into Alice Springs as one has more options for food, accomodations and tours to take to see one of the four major attractions in the desert..

The four natural wonders which are Uluru (Ayer's Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and the East and West MacDonnell Ranges are all easily accesible either by tours or by hiring a car and driving yourself. Once in Alice Springs, in a community of almost 30,000 people, just make sure you visit the one if not all four of the breathtaking natural wonders Australia and the outback has to offer... Just in case you didn't know, Uluru (Ayer's Rock) is UNESCO World Herritage protected site :)

Australian Native Aboriginal Flag

by xuessium

Extracted and condensed:
..."The aboriginal flag consists of a yellow circle (the sun) on a horizontally divided field of black (the night sky) and red (the red earth, presumably this was from a group of Northern Territory aboriginals)

An alternative explanation is that black represents the skin color of the people, red the land, and the yellow disc represents the sun.

There has never been any definite symbolism given to the colours by the flag's supposed designer, Harold Thomas. There are several different interpretations; black has been said to symbolise Aboriginal skin and the night sky. Red can either be the red desert earth of the Aboriginal blood spilt over the last 200 or so years"...

The Gemtree

by kooka3

This is definitely something you don't hear about too often in the Centre. Most people, when they head out of Alice Springs, understandably head for the famous landmarks of Uluru or King's Canyon.

However, if you want something a little different, head to Gemtree, which is 140 Kilometers north of Alice. There, you get to see what it's like to dig for gems in an authentic environment. You can't just go off on your own, though -- they conduct daily tag-a-long tours to the local gemfields. They will provide everything you need in terms of equipment and guides to help find the gems.

There is also a gemcutting service on site, so you can watch how they prepare them or you can hire someone to do it for you. There's also a huge amount of jewellery to buy, or they will mount the gems you find in settings which you pick out.

There is a 100 hectare caravan park with campfires and other amenities like showers.

You must book ahead!!! Tours and campsites fill up - don't make the trip for nothing!


by BerniShand

there are plenty of things to see in and around Alice Springs, but we hadnt time to see any of them, if we`d have allowed more time we would have visited the Desert Park, everyone l have spoken to said it was great, there are over 350 species of plant there and 120 animals

we also heard great reports of the Cultural Precinct where there are museums, arts, crafts and displays of both Aboriginal and European Settlement

School of the Air Visitors Center

by kelyeah

From the Visitor Centre discover the unique teaching methods used by the school from its founding through to the present day. A short film is available for viewing providing you with an historical overview of the school and how it operates.
Live lessons can be viewed during the school’s teaching program with the opportunity to become familiar with the radio used until 2005 when the final high-frequency radio lesson was conducted. Today, the school utilises Interactive Distance Learning - IDL technology, including satellite broadband internet to broadcast lessons to students.
If you want to observe a specific class taking place you need to contact the center for relevant information.


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