Surrounded by red dirt and hauntingly beautiful mountain ranges you'll find Alice Springs, a small town of arts and events.
Alice Springs or Mparntwe (pronounced mm-BARN-doo-uh) is the third-largest town in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Known as Stuart until 31 August 1933, the name Alice Springs was given by surveyor William Whitfield Mills after Alice, Lady Todd (née Alice Gillam Bell), wife of the telegraph pioneer Sir Charles Todd.
Now colloquially known as 'The Alice' or simply 'Alice', the town is situated roughly in Australia's geographic centre. It is nearly equidistant from Adelaide and Darwin.
The Arrernte people have lived in the area Mparntwe for over 60,000 years.
Bucking the stereotype of an outback Northern Territory town, Alice Springs has one of the highest proportions of lesbian couples in the country.
According to the traditional Dreamtime stories of the Arrernte people, the land around Alice Springs was created by ancestral figures, two sisters, travelling boys and ancestral figures, caterpillars and wild dogs. These Dreaming stories are some of the first ever recorded in Australia.
Alice has more residents per capita with PhDs than any other town in Australia.
They call it the Red Centre for a reason. Alice is right in the middle of Australia.
Per capita, Alice Springs has the most art galleries of any town or city in Australia – making it one of the most artistic cities in the world. Who needs Paris when you've got Alice Springs?
Alice Springs is the major hub for the entire Red Centre. In fact, it services an area that’s roughly the size of France! This is why you’ll find so many shops and restaurants in town.
Alice Springs Airport (ASP) connects daily with a range of Australian capitals, so it's well served wherever you're flying in from.
There are car rental options and taxi services from the airport, along with a shuttle service directly to town.
If you’re the adventurous type, there are some spectacular self-driving routes through the Aussie outback, Priscilla Style, or you can take a romantic rail journey on the Ghan Railway from Adelaide or Darwin
You can get most places around Alice Springs in just a short walk or bike ride. For trips outside the town, either rent a car or book an experience with one of the fantastic local tour companies.
Whether you’re staying 24 hours or 24 days, you won't get bored in Alice Springs – but that's not to say you shouldn't check out the glorious surrounds.
If you want to hire a car and explore the surrounding areas, then trips to the East and West MacDonnell Ranges are absolute musts.
For more information visit our friends @ www.northernterritory.com