No Australian holiday is complete without travel to Alice Springs and the red center of the country. The Great Australian Outback has a charm and beauty that only an extremely remote region of the Northern Territory can provide and the town of Alice Springs is the epitome of this experience. Although Alice Springs is a long way from every other Australian city it is still very easy to get to. You can get there by air, rail coach or road. Yes, the distances are vast, but the extra trouble of going so far is really worth the effort. There is a domestic airport and you can fly to Alice Springs from all Australian state capitals. This is the easy way to do it. Many people come here as part of a campervan or motor home holiday and it is also a good place to start one as most of the bigger rental companies have bases here. The Ghan, which is the north south rail link across the country has regular services here from both Darwin and Adelaide and train buffs from around the world love to come here and enjoy the ride.
Alice Springs has many attractions in its own right as well as being a base for tours that originate here and take tourists to other locations like Kings Canyon, The Olga's and Ayres Rock. An early morning hot air balloon tours from Alice Springs, over the surrounding deserts and ranges is one of the most spectacular experiences that you could ever have. The MacDonnell Ranges surround the town and the ancient weathered rock formations provide spectacular viewing. Early Australian history is part and parcel of the town. The original telegraph station that was part of the line connecting Australia's east coast and the rest of the world is on display. The Royal Flying Doctors base is here as well as the school of the air and the Aboriginal Cultural Center and many other interesting displays. The town center is a great place to buy souvenirs with a distinctly Australian flavour. Aboriginal art and carvings are on sale.
Alice Springs has lots of accommodation and it comes in all standards and to suit all budgets. Backpacker hostels abound as do top of the range resorts and even a casino. Caravaners and campervan travelers from Katherine in the north, are also well catered for with several modern van parks to choose from. The town center is also full with great restaurants and cafes. You can even bring your golf clubs to Alice Springs as there is an excellent 18 hole course in the town.
If you are trying to organize an itinerary for an Australian holiday do not miss a visit to the red center and Alice Springs.
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