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                                                  ALICE SPRINGS FACT SHEET                                            Did you know?
                                                                                                                     • Getting to Alice Springs is easy
Alice Springs sits in the heart of Central Australia and is famous for its colourful                                   - within 3 hours flying time from
landscapes - a cobalt blue sky shrouds rich red rock and mountain ranges that                                          most capital cities
stretch for hundreds of kilometres either side of the town.                                                          • Alice Springs is known as the
                                                                                                                       Aboriginal art centre of Australia
The spectacular gorges and chasms of the East and West MacDonnell Ranges,
                                                                                                                     • The Ghan stops off in Alice
combined with world-renowned drives through the iconic red landscape set the scene                                     Springs and clients can enjoy
for a range of adventure activities such as bushwalking, swimming and camping.                                         the many adventure, nature
Aboriginal art is one of the oldest cultural traditions in the world, and today is a                                   and culture activities available
                                                                                                                       before continuing on to Darwin or
thriving industry in Alice Springs - the Aboriginal art capital of Australia. Art centres in
                                                                                                                       heading south.
and around Alice are attracting more and more travellers with the standard of work
being produced. In some centres, visitors can watch the artist at work and buy pieces                                 Average temperatures
direct.                                                                                                              • Autumn, Mar-May 12C-27C
The history and heritage of Alice Springs has a rich cast of characters, from Afghan                                 • Winter, Jun-Aug 3C-20C
cameleers to pioneering women and flying doctors to our early explorers. Today,                                      • Spring, Sept-Nov 14C-30C
travellers can pay homage to their legacy at various historic sites around the town.                                 • Summer, Dec-Feb 20C-35C
                                                                                                                      Seasons and time to visit
                                                                                                                     • The local Aboriginal people
                                                                                                                       recognise up to six seasons of
                                                                                                                       the year, each with distinctive
                                                                                                                       attributes to the land and relating
                                                                                                                       to bush food’s availability.
                                                                                                                     • From July to November, the days
                                                                                                                       are clear and crisp, with daytime
                                                                                                                       temperatures ranging between
                                                                                                                       20 - 30ºC. In the summer
                                                                                                                       months this rises considerably,
                                                                                                                       making the weather perfect for
                                                                                                                       swimming in the many natural
                                                                                                                       waterholes dotted throughout the
                                                                                                                       MacDonnell Ranges.




                                                                              Painting by Emma Daniel, Karrinyarra


Fact File
• The peak visitor time is from July to November, with clear, sunny days and cool nights. The
  shoulder season is from April to June, while in the summer months, from December to March,
  the weather is warm during the day, but can still get brisk at night
                                                                                                                          For more details on Alice Springs and
• Qantas flies to and from Alice Springs daily from most capital cities, as well as Uluru (Connellan
                                                                                                                              the surrounding destinations visit
  Airport). The Ghan service operates twice a week heading north to Darwin and south to Adelaide                                                   travelnt.com
• Alice Springs is a modern outback town, rich in history and culture and home to the Arrernte
  people
                                                                                                                    FAQs
                                                                                                                    How do my clients get there?
                                                                                                                    You can get to Alice Springs by
                                                                                                                    the famous Ghan, bus, self-drive
                                                                                                                    and plane. It’s around two hours’
                                                                                                                    flying time from Darwin, Adelaide
                                                                                                                    and Cairns and three hours’ from
                                                                                                                    Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and
                                                                                                                    Sydney.
                                                                                                                    Where can my clients stay?
                                                                                                                    There’s a range of options • luxury
                                                                                                                    hotels, wilderness resorts, B&Bs,
                                                                                                                    station stays, bush camping and
                                                                                                                    backpacker hostels.
                                                                                                                    My clients love to dine out – will
                                                                                                                    they find great dining experiences
                                                                                                                    in Alice Springs?
                                                                                                                    Alice Springs has fine restaurants,
                                                                                                                    cafes and bistros as well as quirky
KEY EXPERIENCES                                                                                                     dining options that include bush
Alice Springs is best known for its nature, culture and adventure experiences.                                      tucker tasting, a gourmet campfire
                                                                                                                    meal and taking a camel to dinner.
Art Galleries                                                   Helicopter flights
                                                                                                                    Visit the dining guide on www.
Galleries such as Mbantua, Papunya Tula and                     For a more adventurous and exhilarating way
                                                                                                                    centralaustraliantourism.com.
Gallery Gondwana regularly feature exhibitions                  to see the Centre, take a helicopter ride over
from prominent and emerging Central                             the red landscape and rolling ranges. Perfect       My clients are worried about the
Australian artists. Also check out the art and                  for those on a tight schedule, this is one of the   heat – when should I tell them to
craft at Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands                   best ways to see all that the Alice has to offer.   visit?
Art Centre and the Aboriginal Art and Culture                                                                       Travel is most comfortable from
                                                                Bush tucker and camping
Centre.                                                                                                             April to November. During the
                                                                Sample traditional bush tucker, like witchetty
                                                                                                                    summer months from December
Hot Air Ballooning                                              grubs, bush tomato and quandong while
                                                                                                                    to March there are fewer crowds
A balloon flight is the perfect way to                          camping out under the stars in the outback.
                                                                                                                    and it’s the prefect time to cool
appreciate the colours of the desert at                         Camping is a must-have experience in Alice
                                                                                                                    off in natural waterholes in the
dawn. Tours include return transfers from                       Springs at any time of year.
                                                                                                                    MacDonnell Ranges. (See average
accommodation in Alice Springs and a
                                                                Larapinta Trail                                     temperature table on previous
gourmet breakfast in a bush setting.
                                                                The Larapinta Trail is a 233-kilometre walking      page)
Alice Springs Desert Park                                       track along the backbone of the West
                                                                                                                    Where can clients learn about
The Desert Park showcases the natural and                       MacDonnell Ranges, from Alice Springs to Mt
                                                                                                                    Aboriginal art and culture?
cultural environment of the Red Centre in                       Sonder. The Trail is divided into 12 sections and
                                                                                                                    At the many art and culture centres
three desert habitats. Professional guides,                     has been described as one of the top 10 walks
                                                                                                                    around Alice Springs, such as the
including local Aboriginal people, share stories                in the world.
                                                                                                                    Albert Namatjira Gallery, Gallery
of the region.
                                                                Red Centre Way tourism drive                        Gondwana, Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra
Historic tours                                                  Beginning in Alice Springs and stretching           Many Hands Art Centre, Mbantua
Alice Springs owes its existence to a cross-                    a long the West MacDonnell Ranges, the              Gallery and the Todd Mall Cultural
section of pioneers, and today travellers                       Red Centre Way links the Territory’s world-         Precinct.
can explore this heritage at the Overland                       renowned landmarks of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and
                                                                                                                    What else can my client do
Telegraph Station, the National Road Transport                  Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park.
                                                                                                                    within a few hours’ drive of Alice
Hall of Fame, the Royal Flying Doctor Service
                                                                                                                    Springs?
base and the School of the Air.
                                                                                                                    In an easy day trip, clients can self
East and West MacDonnell Ranges                                                                                     drive to nearby Hermannsburg,
Surrounding Alice Springs, the MacDonnell                                                                           Finke National Park and the East
Ranges glow red in the evening light and hide                                                                       and West MacDonnell Ranges.
gorges, chasms, walking trails and swimming                                                                         Many local tour operators also offer
holes.                                                                                                              half and full-day trips around the
                                                                                                                    region. The drive from Alice Springs
                                                                                                                    to Uluru is 440kms, or five to six
                                                                                                                    hours.




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