Alice Springs Travel Guide

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Alice Springs Highlights

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     Incredibly friendly, beautiful scenery, and wide-open spaces 

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     heat, flies 

  • In a nutshell
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     Vibrant place to base your travels into the Red Center 

Alice Springs Things to Do

  • West MacDonnell Ranges

    I visited the West MacDonnell ranges with Emu Run Tours. The day-trip consisted of visits to Flynn's Grave, Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek Bighole, Orche Pits, Ormiston Gorge & Glen Helen for A$99 tea, lunch and park entrance fee included (circa 2003). Ellery Creek Bighole is one of Central Australia's most pristine waterholes and is...

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  • Ayers Rock

    Yet another iconic site. It was certainly worth seeing, but on the day we went there, due to strong winds, you could not climb it. No problem neither of us had intended to climb it and when we saw the vertical iron ladder used to climb it, we both knew we would never have got up there anyway - fear of heights.We could not walk right round it as...

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  • The Olgas

    On our day trip to Ayers Rock we visited the Olgas. We had a walk through the centre of these beautiful mountains. It was hot on the way. On the way back a breeze had started up. The breeze was like a furnace blast and blew sand into our faces. I felt like I was having all my skin removed, but the mountains were beautiful. Quite relieved to get...

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Alice Springs Hotels

Alice Springs Restaurants

  • Such Good Falafel You'll Order it Twice

    Located inside the Todd Street Mall, next two two other food stalls which aren't anywhere near as good, Pide and Kebabs have friendly owners who obviously take a great deal of care with their kebabs.I was reminded several times by a concerned staff member that the falafel I had ordered did not contain any meat - I believe the concept of a...

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  • Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

    TV's blazing the Finke River Rally. Motorbikes standing idle in the corners. A big, bright bar with plenty on tap. $10 Quesadillas.Oh, I must be in Sporties. Located right on Main street next to Adelaide House, Sporties provides the locals with a simple convenient place to get some pub grub and a cheap lager. Quesadillas - served with fries (as is...

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  • Hearty Food in the CBD

    A pleasant restaurant right on the main mall strip with a great outdoors area cascaded by living red/green plants on the ceiling. I've got a photo to show you what I mean.This place is winning awards - the food needs to be seen to be believed. Tapas and Wine Deal - $47 for 2.More than any 3 people could eat. And such flavoursome dips! Avocado,...

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Alice Springs Nightlife

  • Nighttime Excitement

    Well there was such a great atmosphere and what you would expect right in the centre of Australia with a group of V Ters honouring Jeff (Seabiscuit) especially after the wonderful debut in the Henley-on-Todd dry riverbed annual race.There was food and drink and dancing plus a live webcam which quite a number of our VT friends in other parts of the...

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  • Gambling and Dining in NT

    Fancy 4.5 star accommodation - I'll have to stay here for at least a night, because it looks like good fun. In the mean time, I can tell you downstairs has a couple of restaurants including the Juicy Rump which was my favourite, and a couple of bar areas complete with an outside area playing all variety of cable sports. Drinks and food are cheap to...

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  • Good Old Bo's

    Bojangles, known to the locals as Bo's, is an eccentric pub located on Todd main street filled to the brim with fancy kitsch. It's piled in the corners, it's attached to the walls and it's taking the place of chairs on the floor.Highlights:A full-size stretched and dried crocdile skin.Saddles instead of seats on the bar.A burning and wrecked...

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Alice Springs Transportation

  • The Ghan Train

    The Ghan, which is short for Afghan called after the camel drivers who helped penetrate Australia red centre, train runs all the way from Darwin through Alice Springs down to Adelaide. We did the Alice to Adelaide section and slept overnight on the train. It was fun and another chance to see more red outback scenery.

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  • Warning: Central Car rentals

    BEWARE Central Car Rentals. Also known as Alice Camp'n'drive. The owner is dishonest and abusive. You are much better off sticking with the main car hire companies. The camping kit is of very poor quality. You won't sleep well at night as the swags have very thin mattresses.

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  • Greyhound Bus from Darwin to Alice...

    Before my trip to the 2010 VT Meet and Survivor Camp in 2010, I decided to fly into Darwin and use the Greyhound Croc Stopover Package to get from Darwin to Alice Springs. At 269 AUD, it was reasonably priced and included coach travel between Darwin and Alice Springs with 2 stops. One stop was optional and the other was an all inclusive stay at the...

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Alice Springs Shopping

  • Authentic Aboriginal Art

    There are several authentic aboriginal art studios around the center of the Alice Springs area. While it is highly disrespectful to take pictures of the art, I have made a quick list of the places that you'll see just walking around that were confirmed by my local friend as authentic sellers as opposed to factory-made dot paintings. I visited each...

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  • Todd Mall

    Plenty of shops in the Todd Mall, but after lunch time Saturday you'd be hard pressed to find anything open.... Aboriginal art, clothes, plenty of other stuff.

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  • Unique Cap

    I got a unique cap from one of the souvenir stalls at the Henley-on-Todd Regatta. Besides saying Henley-on-Todd Regatta, it had a bottle opener in the bill! It cost 15 AUD and would later help me meet Battle Boat Buccaneer, Michael Romeo, in Barrow Creek.

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Alice Springs Local Customs

  • Ntyarikarie Tyaneme (Caterpillar...

    The low ridge on the left side of the first picture is known as Ntyarikarie Tyaneme to the Arrernte people of Mparntwe (Alice Springs). It is one of the first sites created by the Ntyarike caterpillars. The ridge is the point where they crossed Lhere Mpantwe (the Todd River) during their travels. It is unfortunate that the "tail" of the caterpillar...

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  • Hanging Stuff in Trees

    For some reason people in Australia like to hang stuff in trees. Sometimes it is in busy places like the intersection of the Lasseter Highway and Luritja Road near Uluru. Sometimes it is in the middle of nowhere like on the Mereenie Loop Road. The stuff includes bottles, tires, clothes and even underwear.

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  • Galah - Australian Slang for a Dummy

    The Galah or the Rose-Breasted Cockatoo is a widespread bird in Australia. They are so silly and funny that if someone calls you a galah, it means you are a dummy, or maybe even a fool or idiot. The Old Ghan Museum in Alice Springs even had an outdoor "Galahliment House," where they feed the galahs and you can watch them while you eat lunch. I...

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Alice Springs Warnings and Dangers

  • Robbed in van park at Alice Springs

    There is a lot of crime happening in Alice Springs. Last night we stayed at the Big4 MacDonnell Ranges Tourist Park and had someone enter our camping trailer while we were sleeping and steal over 2000 worth of camera equipment, my bag which contained my wallet (yes with cash and all my id) mobile phone etc. The police came to the park a little...

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  • ALWAYS CARRY SUFFICIENT BOTTLED WATER

    NATIONAL PARKS when out and about in these wonderful national parks ALWAYS carry more than enough fresh bottled water...This is imperative as to get lost or seperated out here can mean disaster.. Although my visit was in the winter time the days were still very hot. There are not many places to obtain water once away from the built up areas....

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  • Tensions with the Indigenous Population

    This is an immensely complicated and painful issue for everyone involved.The background of the story is, the aboriginals in the area have for a very long time been, in my opinion, mistreated by the local people and the Australian government. Aboriginals were, until 1961, classed under the Flora and Fauna act. They had the same rights as a kangaroo...

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Alice Springs Tourist Traps

  • Newspapers not available in the morning.

    Well if you are like wisedancer you are like a bear with a sore head without your morning newspaper. You search for a papershop even walk to town if need be to discover "This is the Northern Territory mate...The Australian comes at 5pm"And that is reasonable considering where we are...right in the middle of Australia...The Red Centre. Save...

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  • Please don't climb Uluru

    By all means go and see this magnificent rock, especially at sunrise or sunset when you will get to see some beautiful changes in colour (there's a road that goes around it). It is a sacred site though.....My parents made me climb it (I hate heights!!). I had never had a nose bleed in my life, and guess what happened at the top. OK, so it could...

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  • Expensive Food

    From everything I've heard lately (my aunt is a Coach Hostess travelling constantly through the outback), the food at Yulara Resort/Ayers Rock is very expensive, to the extent that my aunt prefers to go to the supermarket (also expensive) and buy packet soup rather than face the high prices of food at the resort. If you're not prepared, you could...

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Alice Springs What to Pack

  • CARRY A GOOD INSECT AND MOSQUITO...

    I ALWAYS USE A SMALL BACKPACK THAT CARRIES MY NEEDED ITEMS.. (BELOW) THE MAIN ITEM TO CARRY IS A LARGE BOTTLE OF WATER.. MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE GOOD RELIABLE WALKING BOOTS/SHOES HERE AS A TWISTED ANKLE CAN MEAN DISASTER..DUE TO WHAT CAN BE EXTREME HEAT OUT HERE WEAR A GOOD WIDE BRIMMED HAT FOR MAXIMUM SUN PROTECTION..ANOTHER ITEM I FIND A MUST IS...

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  • Water, water and water .......

    light clothing hat or at least a cap you really need a fly-netproper shoe wear/walking shoes fly/insect repellent lip balm sun tan 30+ sun glasses spare memory on your digital camera or plenty of films tripod for a sunset pic of Uluru Never forget to buy water when leaving your accommodation for a (road) trip through the desert. During the...

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  • Outdoor Gear

    Good shoes are essential if you're going to be doing a lot of walking. Bring these with you as you may not be able to get all at some small towns, plus you'll pay lots more. Buy your film,etc in the city/larger towns before you leave. Definitely a hat with corks (even if it looks silly!) or fly/mosquito netting in some seasons, when the flies...

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Alice Springs Off The Beaten Path

  • Kings Creek Station Amenities

    Kings Creek Station also has many other amenities: bed and breakfast cabins, BBQ facilities, cafe, mini-market, gift shop, helicopter rides, camel rides, and ATV rentals. The pool looked nice but was closed because the weather was still cold.

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  • Kings Creek Station Campground

    After Uluru, the 2010 VT Survivor Camp moved to the Kings Creek Station Campground for two nights. This was a nice developed campground with running water toilets, hot water showers, dishwashing facilities, and even a swimming pool (that was closed because the weather was still cold). If you want a campfire, you need to bring your own firewood. We...

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  • Oak Valley

    I believe the initial 2010 VT Survivor Camp plan had us spending the first night at Oak Valley; however, when we got there, no one was at home to let us in (the campground is privately owned). They actually did us a favor because we went on to Rainbow Valley, which was a beautiful place. We did see some interesting things on the road to Oak Valley...

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Alice Springs Sports & Outdoors

  • Henley-on-Todd - Battle Boat...

    The grand finale of the Henley-on-Todd Regatta was the battle boat event. It was really fun to watch and hear. There were three battle boats: the Buccaneers, the Vikings and the Navy. All were armed with cannons that shot flour and confetti, high power water hoses, and water balloons. See also a videoclip of each (Buccaneers, Vikings, and Navy...

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  • Henley-on-Todd - End of the Day

    It had been a memorable day at the Henley-on-Todd Regatta, but now the sun was setting and people were leaving. The flags on Anzac Hill overlooking the Regatta were blowing gently in the breeze and the CD angel returned to her jewel sleeve.

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  • Decommissioning Seabiscuit

    Seabiscuit had a short but memorable career. Not many boats get to commemorate a fine gentleman named Jeff, be in the Henley-on-Todd Regatta, and sail along the Todd River in Alice Springs. Bob was in charge of decommissioning the small, beloved ship, and Zyg assisted.

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Alice Springs Favorites

  • 2010 VT Alice Springs Meet and Greet

    The 2010 VT Alice Springs Meet and Greet was held in the picnic shelter at the Desert Palms Resort on the evening of August 19th. We had the picnic shelter reserved but another group showed up and started using the BBQ grill and fireplace just before we got there. We had some snacks, salads and wine while we waited until they were finished. We had...

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  • Dining at 2010 VT Meet and Greet

    For those 2010 VT Alice Springs Meet and Greet attendees who had not already died of frostbite, there was plenty of delicious food (except for carmelized onions).

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  • Cooking Dinner for 2010 VT Meet and...

    Besides the nice snacks and salads, we also had a tasty picnic-style dinner at the 2010 VT Alice Springs Meet and Greet. Rosie and Deb did most of the cooking with Bob and Zyg helping. My only complaint was that there were not enough carmelized onions!

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