Alice Springs is located approximately 1524 kilometres from Darwin & is one of Australia’s most famous outback towns.
Alice Springs (Mparntwe) is surrounded by a red sand desert which stretches for hundreds of kilometres in all directions, Alice Springs is one of Australia’s most famous outback towns. Alice Springs is located approximately 1524 kilometres from Darwin and approximately 293 kilometres north of the South Australian border. It is 576 metres above sea level and is situated on the Todd River.
Australia's "Red Centre" offers magnificent landscapes, ancient cultures as well as every day modern comforts that you would expect in a town of this size. It is a magical place where doctors make house calls by plane, visitors take camel rides to dinner or go on romantic hot air balloon rides at sunrise, locals race their bottomless boats down dry river beds or you just try your luck at Lasseters Casino.
The Todd River was first discovered and named in 1871 and only flows after heavy rains. The springs, after which the town is named lie to the north east of the town and were also discovered in 1871 by William Whitfield Mills and John Ross, surveyors for the Overland Telegraph.
Alice Springs was surveyed in 1888 and called Stuart, after the explorer, until 1933 when it was changed to Alice Springs. Before the Europeans arrived in the region, the area had been the home of the Aranda Aborigines for at least 10,000 years.
The population of Alice Springs was always small with it originally being used only as an outpost until the gold rush at Arltunga in 1902 which increased its population to about 50 people in 1927, and then with the introduction of the Central Australian Railway (The Ghan) in 1929 to 467 people.
Via Plane - Flying into Darwin from Asia- Qantas, Garuda Indonesia,Royal Brunei and from other Australian cities by Qantas or Virgin Blue. Alice Springs Airport is located approximately 16km south of the Alice Springs town centre along the Stuart Highway, and is serviced by airport minibus, taxi and backpacker pick-up services.
Train - The Ghan leaves Adelaide for Alice Springs twice a week.