10 reasons to visit Northern Territory’s Alice Springs


Alice Springs in Australia’s red centre has many surprises in store for visitors.

Here are 10 reasons to visit Northern Territory’s Alice Springs and with so much to see and do, you will love ticking this great location off your bucket list!

There’s much to see and do in Alice Springs and I’m sure I will add to this list over time.

The people in Alice Springs are friendly and welcoming and the lifestyle in the Red Centre is great!

Here’s 10 of my favourite things about Alice Springs.

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Unique things about Alice Springs

Alice Springs

  1. Rich red desert colours – the mountains, the rocks, the gorges and chasms and the red dust!  The colours are predominantly rich and red.  Seeing the fine sand of the desert for the first time really does take your breath away.  Outcrops of rocks are uniquely beautiful in this part of the world and during my time in Alice I photographed them all!Rainbow Valley
  2. Stunning sunsets – every night is a new colour and the colours range from deep purple tones through to bright golden yellows.  The sun setting over Mount Gillen is magnificent with a range of colours.  Sunsets never get old in this part of the world!
  3. Clear blue skies – Alice Springs has some of the clearest blue skies I’ve ever seen.  Often, not a cloud in the sky with winter days usually beautifully crisp days.
  4. Major events – Alice Springs locals are skilled at putting together fun events such as the annual Finke Desert Race where buggies and motor bikes race a challenging track through the desert, the Henley on Todd .. a race run in Todd River which is dry most of the year round and many others. Finke Desert Race
  5. The Alice Springs community – Alice Springs community has a generous heart and supports the needs of town whenever there is a need. Fundraising with charity events such as Drovers Ball, Charity Auctions, the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, the annual Camel Cup and Bangtail Muster are run by Lions and Rotary to bring in the resources for the town.Alice Springs Camel Cup
  6. The Todd River in flood – When the word goes out that the Todd is ‘coming down’, the locals drop what they’re doing and head to the river’s edge to watch the waters roll down the dry bed.  The origins of the Todd begin in the MacDonnell Ranges, where its a dry river bed most of the year.  Passing the Telegraph Station towards the centre of Alice Springs township, through the Simpson Desert and eventually flowing out into Lake Eyre in South Australia.
  7. The Telegraph Station – Historically the Telegraph Station was an important part of the settlement of Alice Springs providing the first telephone line through the Northern Territory.  It has now been developed into a museum. There are some excellent walking tracks surrounding the Telegraph Station and plenty of wildlife along the way.  Can you see the tiny wallaby in among the rocks?Rock Wallabies
  8. The Art scene – Alice Springs is a town of talent.  Artists of well-known fame such as Albert Namatjira and Rex Batterby painted Central Australian landscapes. Araluen Art Gallery has an extensive collection of these rare watercolours. Each year the Central Australian Art Society presents the Advocate Art Awards, which attracts entries from talented artists for this prestigious award.
  9. Royal Flying Doctors Museum – an important service to the outback ‘the Flying Doctors’ have saved the lives of thousands of people in remote areas.  A museum showcasing the history of the Flying Doctors and the important work they do across Australia has been built in Alice Springs and is absolutely worth a visit.
  10. The Alice Springs Desert Park – tucked under the escarpment of Mt Gillen, the Alice Springs Desert Park is on the outskirts of Alice Springs and a great place to see the desert as it should be seen.  ‘Birds of Prey’ shows throughout the day feature Kites and Eagles, cultural talks about the local indigenous desert people.  Native wildlife such as kangaroos, emus, perentes and other reptiles as well as the ‘Thorny Devil’ which is unique to the central desert region.  The Park has an extensive display of wildflowers growing throughout the park including the fabulous Sturts’ Desert Pea.Sturts Desert Pea

Alice Springs is an extraordinary place to visit and certainly one of the most enjoyable places I’ve ever lived.  I visit as often as I can and am still drawn by the intense colours of the desert.  I recommend you put Alice Springs on your ‘must visit’ list!

Perhaps you’ve already been to Alice Springs?  What did you experience?  Drop me a note below, I’d love to hear about your experiences.