Alice Springs boasts a blend of colonial history and aboriginal heritage, sprinkled with splendid cosmopolitan charm. No matter whether you are an art connoisseur, an adventure buff, or you simply wish to have a memorable time in the Outback, this Australian town is sure to offer a memorable holiday experience. We have compiled a list of top attractions that must be a part of your itinerary for Alice Springs.
Alice Springs Telegraph Station
Established in 1872, this historical reserve is the first colonial settlement in Alice Springs. Besides being used as a telegraph station, this site was also used as a school for aboriginal kids. Today, this is one of the major draws in the town among history buffs. While roaming around, you would come across numerous restored structures. Visit these structures to take a closer look at almost century-old artefacts and furnishings. Free picnic areas and BBQs make it an apt spot to plan a picnic with your family.
Araluen Cultural Precinct
This premium performing and visual arts centre is an integral part of the cultural scene of Alice Springs. The centre is home to galleries where aboriginal as well as contemporary artworks are on display. One of the galleries is named after Albert Namatjira, an aboriginal artist. At this gallery, you get an opportunity to admire the paintings of Namatjira and his descendants. Araluen Cultural Precinct also features a theatre which is notable for hosting annual theatre programmes highlighted by the powerful performances of international troupes. Araluen Cultural Precinct also hosts film festivals to promote international art house films.
Alice Springs Desert Park
This is one of the prime attractions in the town. Along with being a natural history museum, it doubles up as a safari park. Here, visitors can know more about the central Australian desert environment. Woodland, a part of the Desert Park, is inhabited by kangaroos and emus. The Sand Country here is a marvellous recreation of the desert, complete with gypsum, clay and salt pans. The Nocturnal House delights one and all with its various mammals, birds, and reptiles. Cinema is another interesting section and comprises museum style galleries and an indoor theatre. It also serves as a venue to arrange private parties and corporate events.
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Reptiles are an integral part of the Alice Springs’ eco system. Alice Springs Reptile Centre, the largest reptile display in Central Australia, often lures animal lovers in hordes. Some of the most popular reptiles here are crocodiles, snakes, and lizards etc. If you have any questions related to creatures like pythons, komodo dragons, and frill-neck lizards, the staff at the Reptile Centre will happily answer them. You may also get the chance to hold some of the more friendly reptiles.