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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 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.
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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||85|
|Alice Motor Inn||27 Undoolya Road||Hotel||76|
|Annie's Place||Traeger Avenue||Hostel||81|
|Desert Palms Resort||74 Barrett Drive||Hotel||-|
|Desert Rose Inn||15 Railway Tce||Hostel||85|
|Haven||3 Larapinta Drive Alice Springs||Hostel||83|
|Toddy's Backpackers & Budget Accommodation||41 Gap Road||HOSTEL||81|
|Kathysplace||4 Cassia Court||Hostel||-|
|Alice Springs YHA||Parsons St / Leichhardt Tce||Hostel||83|
|Alice's Secret Travellers Inn||6 Khalick Street||Hostel||78|
|Alice in the Territory||46 Stephens Road||Hostel||84|
|Diplomat Motel||20 Gregory Tce||HOSTEL||-|
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