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Australia's interior is called The Red Center, and with the red color of the soil, you quickly see why. The sunsets add an extra red glow and that is just the icing on the cake. Already from the air you can see the red earth, and in the middle of it all you find the oasis Alice Springs, which despite its relatively small population is like a big city in the desert.

The city of Alice Springs is not one of Australia's largest, but on the other hand the sights are unique. The history of colonizing and developing the vast land area is something that one can follow around the city, which also serves as a kind of capital for the country's indigenous population, the Aborigines, whose arts and traditions, you can see several places in the city.

Institutions such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air portray the story of living in and developing life in central Australia, where there is often a long way to go to a neighbor. The sites have fine museums that provide interesting knowledge into this part of the community. In the city you can also take a shopping trip to Todd Mall or see it all from above from the top of Anzac Hill.

On an exciting drive through the countryside you can enjoy the scenery on the way to eg Ayers Rock and The Olgas, which are unforgettable rock formations. A walk around Ayers Rock or into The Olgas is one of the things that gives lasting impressions from a walk down under, and both the sunrise, sunset and the star's on a dark sky create special moods.

Other attractions

Alice Springs Railway Station

  • Alice Springs Railway Station: Many arrive to Alice Springs by the train named The Ghan, which made its first trip from Adelaide in 1929. In 2004 the track was continued to Darwin in the north and the environment around The Ghan is exciting to see.
  • Stuart Town Gaol: The construction of Alice Springs' prison and police station began in 1907. The prison was completed in 1909, and it remained in use until 1938. It is thus one of the older, preserved public buildings in the city.
  • Hartley Street School: The small and cozy school in Hartley Street was built in 1929 as the city's first school building constructed with education purposes. It is beautifully preserved as from the time it was built.

Todd Mall, Alice Springs

  • Todd Mall: Todd Mall is the name of the Alice Springs business district and pedestrian street. Here you will find shops, restaurants and also a small shopping center. There is a lovely and relaxed atmosphere on the small pedestrian street, where you can find local art and much more.
  • Central Australian Aviation Museum: Alice Springs' aviation museum is located in the city's former airport. Aircraft are on display and the museum tells the story and importance of air traffic to the development of European civilization in the Northern Territory.

John Flynn Memorial Church, Alice Springs

  • John Flynn Memorial Church: This centrally located church is named after John Flynn, who had a dream of building a cathedral in central Australia. Alice Springs is a small town, and on that scale the church is quite large.
  • Alice Springs Desert Park: Alice Spring Desert Park is a miniature version of the landscape and wildlife of central Australia. There are hiking trails in various desert landscapes which gives an impression of the area's flora, fauna and landscapes.
History overview

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    Pre European history
    Central Australia is believed to have been inhabited for tens of thousands of years, of which the local Arrente-people have been in the area for the past millennia.

    The Arrente people consisted of three groupings: Western, Eastern and Central, all living in Central Australia around the present Alice Springs and MacDonnell Ranges.

    The culture and language of the people continue to thrive today, and the Eastern and Central Arrente languages ​​are the dominant one in the region where the Arrente name of Alice Springs is Mparntwe.

    John McDouall Stuart's expeditions
    Alice Springs is located in the middle of Australia, far from all the major cities of the country. The non-Aboriginal presence in the area started with John McDouall Stuart's expedition to find the way across the Australian landmassy from south to north in 1862.

    After Stuart's voyage, a telegraph line, The Overland Telegraph Line, was constructed from Adelaide to Darwin, and the center of the telegraph station was called Alice Springs, believed to have found a water source at the exact location of the telegraph station itself. The name Alice comes from Charles Todd's wife named Alice. Charles Todd, who has given his name to the Todd River, was responsible, among other things, for the construction of the Telegraph Line in the South Australia Colony.

    The city grows
    After the construction of the telegraph station, the first citizens established themselves around it, and the settlement was called Stuart until 1933, when it was officially called Alice Springs. The town grew slightly from 1887, when gold was found east of the city, but until well into the 1900s there were only a few hundred inhabitants.

    Alice Springs was quite isolated, and for the first several years the camel caravans carried out the transport to and from the town. The isolation was broken only when the Adelaide railway line was opened in 1929. The city has grown steadily since then, and today Alice Springs is home to about 27,000 citizens.

    Alice Springs today
    The tourist industry is big in the city and there are daily flights from several of the Australian metropolitan areas. Since the beginning of 2004 it has also been possible to drive by train from Darwin in the north, which has created extra traffic and more opportunities for the tourist industry, which not least organizes trips to the magnificent scenery here in the heart of Australia, for example to Uluru Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta The Olgas.
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Top attractions

Alice Springs Telegraph Station

  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station: This is the site of the first European settlement in the area. The Overland Telegraph Line was established between Adelaide and Darwin, and the Alice Springs telegraph station is the best preserved one on the route. You can see the old building as well as the beautiful nature here.
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service: This place is home to Central Australia's Flying Medical Corps. The famous corps began their flights in 1928 and the base in Alice Springs was established in 1939.

School of the Air, Alice Springs

  • School of the Air: As the first of its kind, the School of the Air in Alice Springs began to teach remotely living children in 1951. It happened from the offices, as you can see today. The school serves as a place of education and also as a social link between children who live far apart.

Anzac Hill, Alice Springs

  • Anzac Hill: This is a monument at a centrally located vantage point. The 1934 monument was erected in memory of the fallen soldiers in World War I and name after Australian & New Zealand Army Corps. From the area around the monument there is a magnificent view of Alice Springs and the surrounding area.
Trips in the area

Simpson's Gap, Alice Springs

  • Simpson's Gap: Simpson's Gap is a mountain pass that was formed over time by the waters of the West MacDonnell Ranges. You can get off the riverbed to the Simpson's Gap itself and enjoy a beautiful hike in quite close proximity to Alice Springs.

King's Canyon, Australia

  • King's Canyon: King's Canyon is a gorge cut 300 meters/1,000 ft down into the mountain rocks by the King's Creek stream, which runs in the lush valley in the middle of the area that tourists normally visit. The mountain walls around the valley rise steeply, and you can choose to hike both through the valley and along the cliff edge around the valley.

Uluru Ayers Rock, Australia

  • Uluru Ayers Rock: This is one of the world's largest rocks, and it lies as if thrown with gigantic force into the otherwise completely flat plain. Geologically, the stone is a monolith, which means an unbroken stone, and it goes at least 6 km/3.7 mi into the ground. Today it is one of Australia's best known landmarks, and there is a lovely hiking trail around the stone.

Kata Tjuta The Olgas, Australia

  • Kata Tjuta The Olgas: A bit west of Uluru Ayers Rock you can see another of nature's wonders, namely Kata Tjuta The Olgas, which has 36 rocky rock formations with a height up to 545 meters/1,791 ft in above ground level. You can walk through parts of the rocks and it gives the right impression of the landscape.
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