"Jewel in the crown" Top 5 Page for this destination Alice Springs by iandsmith

Alice Springs Travel Guide: 372 reviews and 1,182 photos

The Alice has spring

I was focused on the Western McDonnell Range. I'd seen pictures and felt it was my kind of country. That turned out to be partially correct.
What I'd overlooked was that the Western McDonnells are only one of many ranges and, in fact, Chewings and Heavitree Ranges are actually the ones where all the exceptional stuff is.
In addition, Alice Springs has many other local attractions that are worthwhile in their own right.
There's lots of galleries, mainly aboriginal, there's a top desert golf course, there's a cafe scene in the mall, there's the Desert Park where you can get up-close-and-personal with birds in particular, the Finke Desert Race and the Todd River regatta, to name but a few.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Excellent shopping, many attractions, lots of tours, exceptional natural beauty
  • Cons:Avoid in summer, it gets awfully hot
  • In a nutshell:THE tourism venue in Central Australia
  • Last visit to Alice Springs: Jun 2010
  • Intro Written Jun 30, 2010
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  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2011 at 5:40 AM

    Wow, fantastic page and photos! Love the dingo! Thanks for sharing.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2010 at 4:55 AM

    Excellent page! Your photos are amazing, and I especially like the ones with the dingo & bird. I'd love to see some of the sights you were able to capture so beautifully on film!

  • 850prc's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Wow, Ian. Fantastic pages. You REALLY explored the bush outside Alice, didn't you? Amazing solitude and scenery. I wonder if that roadhouse is the same place we stopped going back to Alice from Uhuru?

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2010 at 6:42 AM

    Great that you took the Simpsons Gap cycle path (which I had never heard of before) though it sounds tame compared to some of your walking adventures. Today is unusually hot in Frankfurt, so I've been drinking plenty of water while reading your tips.


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