Outback Towns

Alice Springs

A Town like Alice is the real heart of Australia, a thousand miles from Darwin in the north and Adelaide in the south.

About Alice Springs

Alice Springs - The heart of Australia's great outback

"A Town like Alice" - a thousand miles from Darwin in the north and Adelaide in the south. It is a small town of about 26 000 people, along the usually dry Todd River, with the MacDonnel Ranges as a backdrop.

The town was laid out in 1888 not far from the Telegraph Station, built near a spring; this spring was named after Alice, the wife of Charles Todd who completed the overland telegraph line from Port Augusta to Darwin in 1872. The town was first called Stuart, after the explorer John McDouall Stuart, but got its present name in 1933.

Explore the red centre

You can see the impressive scenery in the surrounding Alice Springs area; take a camel safari and take in the immense beauty of nature spots nearby. The town also remains the supply depot of the cattle stations, mines and Aboriginal communities in the vicinity. It has all amenities that are to be expected of a modern town.

The red centre is nature's wonderland, attracting visitors from all over the world. It has spectacular gorges, like Simpson's Gap, where Roe Creek has carved out a narrow gorge with towering cliffs through Rungutjirba Range; 22 km further on is Standley Chasm with its smooth vertical walls, owned and managed by the Iwupataka Aboriginal community at the turn-off, where an entry permit needs to be bought.

Enjoy the pristine scenery

Heading east from Alice Springs, about 40 km along the road to Ross River, is Corroborree Rock, a striking dolomite hill. There is a small cave here where in the past Aboriginal people stored their sacred objects. Trephina Gorge Nature Park, about 70 km east of Alice, offers nice walks and good swimming at John Hayes Rockhole. N'Dhala Gorge, further on, features hundreds of ancient rock carvings. Further on, about 115 km from Alice Springs, is Arltunga Historical Reserve, a ghost town dating from its gold mining days from 1887 to 1913.


  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs