Alice Springs Highlights
The thriving outback town of Alice Springs rises out of an endless expanse of red dirt and rugged ranges. What began 135 years ago as a simple telegraph station has developed into a modern low-rise metropolis. Along the way, "the Alice" has built a reputation as the regional base for hordes of visitors touring Australia's Top End and the Red Centre, from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to the Olgas.
The Alice is populated by Aussie characters (where else would you find the biggest boat race on a dry river bed?) and is a national hub for Aboriginal art, with a swag of galleries and arts-related events. And, in case all those cafes and shopping centers make you forget how isolated Alice Springs is, a number of sights serve as pertinent reminders, such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base and the School of the Air. Alice Springs also retains some fascinating relics of its pioneering days.