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Alice Springs Centre of Australia

Aug 17, 2007
Alice Springs is located smack in the centre of mighty Australia and is probably one of the most remote population centres in the world with few ways in or out. The nearest city is Adelaide over 1600 km away. With a population of 30 000 it is a small, fairly interesting town that can be seen in a day or so.

Most visitors are surprised by the modern appearance of Alice Springs. The bright, clear desert air gives the Outback town and its people a charge you dont find in the tropical north.

In Alice Springs, the shopping centre is actually in the middle of town.

Like the surrounding desert, night time Alice Springs initially appears lifeless. However, something can be found going on somewhere most nights, particularly in the latter half of the week. The fortnightly freebie, Pulse, or Alices daily Centralian Advocate, carry details of whats going on.

The eating opportunities arent at all bad. Some places can turn a meal into an event, such as the dinners served on the old Ghan train, once or twice a week or a ride out into the bush to crack whips and throw boomerangs.

The centre occupies a compact area between the Stuart Highway and Leichhardt Terrace, along the dry Todd River, bordered to the north and south by Wills Terrace and Stott Terrace respectively. Bisecting this rectangle is Todd Mall, once the main street, now a relaxing pedestrian thoroughfare lined with alfresco cafes, galleries and souvenir outlets.

What many refer to as the best accommodation in town, Alice Springs combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums.

No matter what you do in and around Alice Springs, youll discover that the romance of outback Australia is alive and well. Ride a camel down a dry river bed or watching the old Ghan steam into the station. Sailing above the mighty MacDonnell Ranges in a hot air balloon or enjoying bush tucker under the stars.

The early days of European settlement are well preserved here with buildings like the old jail and original Telegraph Station still standing. Yet youll also find Aboriginal culture extremely well presented. It is a truly unique place. The location of Alice Springs puts you in a perfect position to explore both the town and surrounding areas.
About the Author
Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Alice Springs Rental Site
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