Desert Oaks Motel Alice Springs

Corner Stuart & Lasseter Highways, Erldunda, Red Centre, 0872, Australia
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What to do in Alice Springs city area?

by idy

Greetings forum folks!

I'll have 2 days free in the Alice Springs city area in Janaury, as part of a tour.

What should I do there? I'll not have my own transport. I am interested in finding places like op shops, 2nd-hand bookshops and parks/gardens to wallow in. And maybe some cheap but good eats!

Your recommendations are much appreciated!

Re: What to do in Alice Springs city area?

by MikeM2

It is a pity that you are not going to be there is August when their famous boat race takes place

see :

simply as an introduction to the place - I'm sure your trip will be successful

Re: What to do in Alice Springs city area?

by unaS

The greatest park area in the Alice imo is Desert Park.
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.

An easy 10 minute public bus ride from Alice. Sorry I don't remember which bus, but they told me at the motel which one to take.

Re: What to do in Alice Springs city area?

by Anne12

I totally agree about the Desert Park, it's wonderful.
It's a must when you visit this area.
Alice is only a small town, so you can do things rather easily. A couple of other things that won't take long to see are the Royal Flying Doctors visiting centre, this has a short video to view with a talk about this service, I think it is very interesting for Aussies as well as visitors.It's very easy to get too.
Also another one I like is the School of Air, this may not be open for January. It gives a great insight of how big Australia is and how the kids out in the middle of nowhere are educated, again this can be done quickly.
The Old Telegraph Station is another place of interest, here you can take as long as you wish to have a look around this area. They have guided tours that are well run and are interesting. This is a little further out of town, but I am sure they have a little bus that goes there.Just ask at your accommodation.
You can do all this in a day.
Browsing the Art Galleries in the main street is a nice thing to do, they have some amazing Aboriginal Art work.
Have a great time in Alice.

Re: What to do in Alice Springs city area?

by Almonds

I would thoroughly recommend the "hop on - hop off bus". It takes you to a number of places and you can stay as long as you like at each stop before catching the bus when it next comes around to go on to the next place of interest.

Travel Tips for Alice Springs

View of Alice Springs

by Kate-Me

Alice Springs had its beginnings in 1871 when a water hole was discovered there. Soon a Telegraph Station was established and began transmitting signals.

I didn't get to spend much time in Alice Springs, but I visited some Date gardens, wandered a bit in the mall, and saw the dry River bed in town with the bridge that the Aborigines often sleep under (that is, till it often floods in the wet season)! I enjoyed the aboriginal locally made souvenirs in the more quality Arts/Crafts shops.
When you've been only visiting small 'one horse towns' in the NT because that's all there is apart from Darwin, arriving in Alice Springs is like coming to a Metropolis in comparison, and is more exciting than it otherwise would be to be in a settlement again (if that makes sense!)

It's a reasonably sized city and has some very nice hotels and resorts, and of course other types of accommodation like Backpackers.

Meet the folks sitting next to you

by pchamlis

Alice Springs really IS the center of Australia. And as a crossroads, you find travelers from all over the globe as you stroll Todd Street. The entire scene is one that fosters a friendly discourse, and you'll find it very easy and natural to make friends and conversation with your fellow travelers.

And since Alice is kind of a small town, you're going to keep seeing the same people during your time there. You might as well become friends. : ) As with everywhere we visit, we enjoy meeting and becoming friends with the locals and with fellow travelers. Alice Springs was no fact it was exceptional. It was the sort of place that just made everyone feel a little more comfortable, a little more willing to open up the the people sitting next to them.

We met a lot of wonderful people in Alice Springs, and they contributed a great deal to our enjoyment of Australia. I have made email contact with quite a few of them already.

The young couple in the accompanying photo are Hans-Christian and Melanie, from Karlsruhe, Germany. They've been dating for about seven years, and I had a lot of fun needling Hans about still having trepidation about getting married. He just replied that she will be worth any wait. Hans has a point.... we all have that one right person who is always worth the wait, right? : )

Off the Beaten Track

by Kate-Me

Getting off the Beaten Track in the Ayers Rock region seems a bit tricky to me, when there's just the main highway and not many roads.
Sometimes 4WD vehicles in convoy do it as a Club trip away across country. I knew somebody who did this in NT. You need a proper, strong 4WD to do it, as you may have to contend with sand hills and other difficult terrain and you'll need to carry a lot of extra supplies, food, fuel, winch, and often CB radio with you.


by 71stuman

ANZAC (Australian New Zealand Army Corps)
Each year, on the 25th March a dawn service is held at the monument, and at 10.00am, ex-servicemen march from Todd Mall to the monument where a Remembrance Service is held.

Another intersting site to visit is

Alice Springs Reptile Centre

by northeast80

If you're into creepy crawlies then this is well worth a visit, as we were leaving they were just about to complete a new extension, it will be open now, I think it was a kind of step back in time reptile area.
As backpackers we got in for AU$7 each.
It "houses the largest reptile display in the Northern Territory" and I loved it, there were lizards, a salt water crocodile, spiders and snakes. There was a hands on session where we got to kiss lizards, hold them, I even held a black headed python.
The people also turned up at our campsite bar in the evening to let the public hold some snakes and lizards.


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 Desert Oaks Motel Alice Springs

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Address: Corner Stuart & Lasseter Highways, Erldunda, Red Centre, 0872, Australia