Things to Do in Alice Springs
In the heart of Australia is Alice Springs, a spectacular town that opens the Red Centre for you.
Nestled in the heart of the Red Centre, Alice Springs is a bustling town that provides a stark contrast to the rolling red scenery that surrounds it. Throughout its historic streets, you can tuck into delicious local food, learn about the towns Indigenous past and the area’s fantastic taste in art.
Art in Alice Springs
Aboriginal art is the oldest art tradition in the world. Early artworks were created on the ground and as body painting, however in 1971 a schoolteacher introduced paints and canvas to the community, allowing these impermanent artworks to become permanent. Today artworks are displayed across the town in Aboriginal owned and directed galleries. There are several art collectives across the town that display different types of traditional arts, and help to support local Aboriginal communities.
Take a stroll through the Araluen Cultural Precinct and learn more about Central Australian history, art and culture. Pop by the Albert Namatjira Gallery and see the work of one of Australia’s most famous artists. His paintings express his relationship with the Western Arrernte lands, for which he was a traditional custodian. The Museum of Central Australia can also be found in Alice Springs. The museum follows the geological history of this area and the unique evolution of this landscape.
Visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Alice Springs is influenced heavily by the remote and wild scenery that surrounds it, as well as the myths and legends that have pervaded the region for centuries. It forms a popular base for exploring Australia’s outback, where Uluru and the Kata Tjuta National Park lie within easy driving distance.
They are some of Australia’s most recognised landmarks and are a must see for anyone coming to Australia. Learn about the oldest living culture that thrives here and understand the deep and powerful history of the Aboriginal peoples in this region.
And, outside of Alice Springs, you can marvel at the mesmerising landscapes, hidden communities, and its surrounding attractions. Hotspots including the Larapinta Trail and the MacDonnell Ranges draw in hikers and nature-lovers from all over the world who are on the hunt for jaw-dropping views and an intimate encounter with Australia’s surreal beauty.
While you’re here be sure to get to know a bit about the local outback culture. Head to the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, Australia’s best-preserved station along the Overland Telegraph Line. Visit the School of the Air visitor centre, epicentre of Australia’s largest distance education school. Learn how they connect isolated students from across the state to ensure they receive quality education no matter where they are.
Alice Springs is your doorway to Australia’s incredible Red Centre. There’s so much life and so many stories here that you simply must visit on your next trip Down Under.