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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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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.
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.
|Avg Max||36.9 °C||35.6 °C||32.9 °C||28.6 °C||23.5 °C||19.8 °C||20 °C||23.1 °C||28.1 °C||31.4 °C||34 °C||35.6 °C|
|Avg Min||21.8 °C||21 °C||17.7 °C||12.7 °C||8.2 °C||4.7 °C||3.9 °C||5.9 °C||11 °C||14.9 °C||18.1 °C||20.5 °C|
|Rainfall||39.9 mm||40.3 mm||35.4 mm||20.3 mm||18.2 mm||14 mm||16.5 mm||5.1 mm||7.1 mm||21.3 mm||32.7 mm||40.9 mm|
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. Virgin Australia also operates flights to Alice Springs from Adelaide and Darwin.
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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.
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.
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.
|Alice Lodge Backpackers||4 Mueller Street Alice Springs||Hostel||86|
|Alice Motor Inn||27 Undoolya Road||Hotel||-|
|Annie's Place||Traeger Avenue||Hostel||-|
|Desert Palms Resort||74 Barrett Drive||Hotel||-|
|Desert Rose Inn||15 Railway Tce||Hostel||84|
|Haven||3 Larapinta Drive Alice Springs||Hostel||79|
|Toddy's Backpackers & Budget Accommodation||41 Gap Road||HOSTEL||-|
|Kathysplace||4 Cassia Court||Hostel||-|
|Alice Springs YHA||Parsons St / Leichhardt Tce||Hostel||84|
|Alice's Secret Travellers Inn||6 Khalick Street||Hostel||-|
|Alice in the Territory||46 Stephens Road||Hostel||81|
|Diplomat Motel||20 Gregory Tce||HOSTEL||-|
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.
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:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
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.. 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.
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