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Alice Springs

Travel Guide Oceania Australia Northern Territory Alice Springs

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Introduction

alice springs at dawn

alice springs at dawn

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Alice Springs is the second largest city in the Northern Territory, Australia, after Darwin. It is located deep in the heart of the Australian Outback, close to the geographic centre of the country.

The most famous attraction near Alice Springs is Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock), an iconic, instantly-recognizable rock formation in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another nearby attraction is Watarrka National Park, best known for the impressive King's Canyon.

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Sights and Activities

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Sunset Ayers rock

Sunset Ayers rock

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is best known for Uluru (Ayers Rock), the sandstone rock formation that is Australia's best-known natural attraction. This World Heritage listed park, situated just north of the border between the Northern Territory and South Australia, also boasts the Olgas, another unique rock formation.
The Kings Canyon Park is another National Park, but both are located hours from Alice. The West and East McDonell Ranges are closer to Alice and suitable for a daytrip.

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Events and Festivals

  • Bass In The Dust - A music festival to be held on September 22, 2008.
  • Camel Cup - Ever seen a camel run? At this festival, you can see a whole bunch of them racing each other. July 12, 2008.

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Weather

Alice Springs has hot weather during the summermonths of November to March, sometimes with days on end having temperatures over 40 °C, dropping to around 20 °C at night. In winter (June to August) nights can drop below zero, while days are pleasantly warm, around 20 °C on average. Alice Springs is a dry place with some rain in most months, but mainly concentrated in a few showers. Summer sees a little bit more rain than winter.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max36.9 °C35.6 °C32.9 °C28.6 °C23.5 °C19.8 °C20 °C23.1 °C28.1 °C31.4 °C34 °C35.6 °C
Avg Min21.8 °C21 °C17.7 °C12.7 °C8.2 °C4.7 °C3.9 °C5.9 °C11 °C14.9 °C18.1 °C20.5 °C
Rainfall39.9 mm40.3 mm35.4 mm20.3 mm18.2 mm14 mm16.5 mm5.1 mm7.1 mm21.3 mm32.7 mm40.9 mm
Rain Days4.64.33.52.52.82.52.31.82.34.25.66.4

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Getting There

By Plane

Alice Springs Airport (ASP) serves Qantas flights to and from other major domestic airports, including Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, Perth and Darwin. Alliance Airlines also operates a service to and from Brisbane, while budget airline Tiger Airways Australia has just recently begun operating a Melbourne-Alice Springs flight.

By Train

The Ghan is an overland train from Adelaide to Darwin that stops in Alice Springs. It's not cheap, but it is spectacular as it passes through the Outback.

By Car

anywhere on the stuart highway

anywhere on the stuart highway

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Alice Spring is located along the Stuart Highway, which runs from Darwin to Adelaide, where it turns into the Princes Highway and continues on to Melbourne. Driving to Alice Spring from either Darwin or Adelaide is a very long trip through the Outback (about 17 and a half hours), so make sure you carry enough water and stop for fuel whenever you see a petrol station.

By Bus

Greyhound provides bus services towards the south (Adelaide) and north (Darwin) with stops in several towns on the way, including Katherine, Coober Pedy and Tennant Creek.

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Getting Around

By Car

There are plenty of companies you could choose to hire a car from, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. Car hire is often not available to drivers under 25, or if it is, it's more expensive for younger drivers.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Alice Lodge Backpackers4 Mueller Street Alice SpringsHostel82
Alice Motor Inn27 Undoolya RoadHotel-
Annie's PlaceTraeger AvenueHostel-
Desert Palms Resort74 Barrett DriveHotel-
Desert Rose Inn15 Railway TceHostel83
Haven3 Larapinta Drive Alice SpringsHostel79
Toddy's Backpackers & Budget Accommodation41 Gap RoadHOSTEL83
Kathysplace4 Cassia CourtHostel-
Alice Springs YHAParsons St / Leichhardt TceHostel84
Alice's Secret Travellers Inn6 Khalick StreetHostel-
Alice in the Territory46 Stephens RoadHostel80
Diplomat Motel20 Gregory TceHOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -23.700358
  • Longitude: 133.880889

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