Population: 35,000,
Height above sea level:,660m
Latitude: -23.4200
Longitude: 133.52.00
Location:  1,500km south of Darwin
Highway: Stuart Hwy (87) 
Nearest Major Town: Darwin
Nearest Airport: Alice Springs
Touring Area: Central Australia

Alice Springs is the centre for one world's most exciting touring areas, encompassing some 100,000 square kilometres.
The Centre is best known for the enormous monolith, Ayers Rock, but 'The Rock' as it is known to locals, is merely a bonus in an array of unique attractions.
Within as few hours drive of Alice Springs you can see the spectacular Kings Canyon or the lush Palm Valley; you can explore the gorges and chasms of the MacDonnell Ranges or browse the fascinating ruins of the old Arltunga gold rush town. Closer to town are the Ewaninga Rock Carvings and Corroboree Rock, rich in aboriginal 'Dreamtime' legend, and stark reminders of Australia's rich heritage.
While the 'Dreamtime' is tangibly evident in and around Alice Springs, pioneering settlement of the harsh Central Australian environment by Europeans is also evident. The original buildings of the Alice Springs Telegraph Station (1871) are fully restored and offer an insight into the conditions and enterprise of the first residents. Near the town centre the first substantial building, the Stuart Town Gaol (1909), still stands.
The city of Alice Springs was 100 years old in Australia's bi-centennial year (1988) and was gazetted as Stuart town in 1888. In a little over a century it has grown from a handful of telegraph station employees, miners and adventurers, to a thriving city of 29,000 people. That this history and growth can be seen and felt through the original town buildings complements its individuality.
(See A Brief History of Alice Springs)
Yet Alice Springs is not only history. It is a vibrant town renowned for its zany carnivals and the life-loving people who have made their home in the heart of Australia. The Camel Cup, Henley on Todd, Bangtail Muster, Wine and Food Festival, Beerfest, Alice Springs Cup, Rodeo, and endless sporting carnivals make it a fun town. For the adventurous, Lasseters Casino provides an opportunity to try your luck on the tables or poker machines.The art lover will find galleries and museums to delight them, many displaying and selling genuine aboriginal artefacts and art.
Whatever you are seeking in an outback holiday, you will find it in, or near, Alice Springs. A browse through menus opposite will confirm this.
Over the past 10 or 15 years the quality of accommodation in Alice Springs has kept pace with its rapid growth. Major hotel and motel chains are now represented and a list will be found below.
For the sporting person there is every facility, including a golf course set adjacent to the MacDonnell Ranges, and which must be one of the prettiest settings for the game available.

Alice Springs is a destination rather than a short stop-over.
At least 1500km. from the nearest capital city, and 450 from Ayers Rock, you should set aside at least a week to explore this unique corner of the earth.

See Alice Springs Town Centre Map


See Town Centre Map

1. Adelaide House C 3
2. Anzac Hill B 5
3. Billy Goat Hill B 2
4. Civic Centre C 3
5. Cinemas C 4
6. Coles Mural A 3
7. Colocag Park C 3
8. D.D. Smith Park B 4
9. Dog Rock
     (Gnoilya Tmerga)
A 3
10. Flynn Church C 3
11. Footbridge D 5
12. Ghan Railway Station A 3
13. Hartley St. School C 3
14. Newsagency (Marrons) C 3
15. Courthouses C 4
17. Old Pioneer Theatre C 4
18. Reptile Centre B 1
19. Residency C 4
20. RFDS (Flying Doctor) B 1
21. Railway Houses A 4
22. Ross Park A 5
23. Stuart Cemetery A 2
24. Stuart Memorial B 1
25. Stuart Town Gaol B 4
26. Todd Mall C 4
27. Wilkinson Memorial C 5
15. Womens Hall of Fame C 5

Highest Point Marker
School Of The Air
Tropic of Capricorn
Telegraph Station
Gem Tree

Frontier Camel Farm
Old Timers Museum
Old Police Station
Road Transport Hall of Fame
Traeger Memorial
Chateau Hornsby
Date Gardens
Railway Museum
Rainbow Valley
Lasseters Casino
Alice Springs Golf Club
Olive Pink Botanic Garden
Emily Gap
Jessie Gap
Ross River
Corroboree Rock
Trephina Gorge
N'Dhala Gorge
Araluen Cultural Centre
Alice Springs Memorial Cemetery
Central Australian Aviation Museum
Museum of Central Australia
Desert Park
Flynn Grave
Honeymoon Gap
Standley Chasm
Lizard Rock
Ellery Creek Bighole
Ochre Pits
Redbank Gorge
Glen Helen
Mt Sonder
Gosse Bluff
Wallace Rockhole
Twin Gums

Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Kings Canyon (Watarrka)
Chambers Pillar
The Olgas (Kata Tjuta)
Overland Telegraph Line
The Ghan Railway

Agnes East
Amelia Kunoth
Bob Buck
Eddie 'EJ' Connellan
Jack Cotterill
John Flynn
Snow Kenna
Harold Lasseter
Albert Namatjira
Pearl Powell
John McDouall Stuart
D.D. Smith
Ida Standley
Len Tuit
Alfred Traeger
Sister Eileen Heath
Kurt Johannsen
Alice Prize (Art)
Alice Springs Rodeo
Alice Springs Show
Bangtail Muster
Camel Cup
Henley on Todd
A Brief History



Central Australian Tourism Industry Association
Gregory Tce. Alice Springs. NT 0870
Ph: 08 8952 5800

By car along the Stuart Hwy.from Adelaide or Tennant Creek

  • Domestic airport with daily services
  • Daily Coach or Rail service from Adelaide and Darwin.

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