Alice Springs, in central Australia is one of the country's most important tourist towns and the jumping off point for many of the best tours into the great Australian Outback. Alice Springs is steeped in the history of the early exploration and development of the country and the entire region is a kaleidoscope of natural beauty and spectacular scenery. Alice Springs is surrounded by the MacDonnell Ranges which are among the oldest natural land formations on earth and their sparsely vegetated ramparts reflect a multitude of earthy colors as the sun moves across them during the day. The Todd River runs through the town. It is usually dry and only flows occasionally when the arid interior receives heavy rains. The town is characterized by the ghost gums that make such a statement around the town. Alice Springs has its own airport and can be accessed direct from many Australian capital cities, which makes it extremely easy to get to.
There is a multitude of quality accommodation available with a mixture of resorts, hotels, apartments, and backpacker hostels and luxury accommodation on offer. Many travelers in the Northern Territory do their thing in a campervan or motorhome and all have Alice Springs on their itinerary. Consequently there are several quality caravan parks here to accommodate these travelers. Most of the major campervan hire companies also have a base here so you can pick one up to explore the surrounding countryside. The "Ghan" which is the passenger train that travels from Adelaide in the south through to Darwin in the north always stops here and there is a day tour available for passengers to visit Ayres Rock.
The countryside around Alice Springs has many natural attractions that you must see while you are in the area. Ayers Rock and the Olgas are on the top of the list closely followed by Kings Canyon with its spectacular sandstone chasms. The historical relics of the area are also numerous and places like the original telegraph station are well worth visiting. The Devils Marbles and the town of Tennant Creek are situated along the main highway to the north. One of the best ways to see part of the outback and Alice Springs is by an early morning hot air balloon ride and these operate daily, weather permitting, and are not to be missed.
If your next holiday is going to include Australia then you must come to Alice Springs and experience what the outback is really like.