Visit Alice Springs

Visit Alice Springs

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 04/13/2020

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Australia is a huge country and many people coming here don’t realise exactly quite how huge it is.

What they also don’t realise is that the famous Uluru is hours away from anything. Stuck right in the middle of the Australian desert there is nothing more than the iconic Uluru. So when we’re organising tours for you to enjoy we have to collect you from the nearest town Alice Springs.

Alice Springs is a couple of hours drive away from Uluru but is a common place to set up camp when visiting the monolith. So, if you’re planning to stay in Alice Springs you should make the best of it, as this desert town has a lot of personalities to share with you.

  • Visit Galleries

    Alice Springs is renowned for its incredible art scene. Aboriginal art is the oldest living art tradition in the world, and it is alive and well in Alice Springs. Art in this region was first created in the sand on the ground, or on humans as body paintings. In the 1970s paints and canvas were introduced to the community and the rest as they say is history.

    There are many art collectives in the region where you can support local artists and purchase their works. The outback town is also home to the Albert Namatjira Gallery, where you can view works by Australia’s most famous artist. His paintings reflect his connection to his traditional lands and are well known by Australians young and old.

  • Visit Uluru and Kata Tjuta

    This popular base is the pickup location for many of our tours including both one day and multi-day tours. With nothing surrounding this gorgeous town but breathtaking nothingness and never ending landscapes, you’ll be overwhelmed by just how beautiful the trip from your accommodation to Uluru really is.

    Watch as the subtle outback landscape evolves and opens itself to the stunning formations of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. These mammoth formations seem to just pull out of the horizon as you approach, growing with each moving minute. Here you will learn more about the world’s oldest living culture and the incredible history of this miraculous land.

  • Visit Local Businesses

    Art collectives aren’t the only local businesses in Alice Springs you should visit local markets. Meet local artisans and makers, learn about where your goods are coming from and enjoy the warm and fuzzies you get from knowing you’re helping the local economy. The Todd Mall Markets run every second Sunday during the summer.

    Or, head to the School of the Air visitor centre. This is Australia’s largest distance education school and ensures young Australians receive good quality education no matter where they live. Learn about how isolated outback regions stay connected to an evolving urban world.

Alice Springs is a magnificent town that is well worth a visit. Don’t waste your chance to enjoy this area by booking accommodation only for your tour dates. Stay for a few nights, get to know the area and elevate your outback experience to be truly unforgettable.

Related article: Exploring the Garden of Eden in Kings Canyon

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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