"Visit Alice Springs and go..." Australia Things to Do Tip by margaretvn

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Visit Alice Springs and go onto Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park.
A staging post for the overland telegraph line was built near a permanent waterhole in the 1870?s. The waterhole was named after the wife (Alice Todd) of the telegraph lines construction manager. The town developed slowly but had no rail link until 1929 and no surfaced road link until the 1940?s. A huge increase in tourism has caused the towns rapid growth since the 1970?s. Alice Springs sees about 400,000 visitors per year.
Alice Springs can easily be explored on foot. It has a compact centre of just five streets running from Wills Terrace in the north to Stuart Terrace in the south, and these contain many of the hotels and restaurants. There is also the pedestrianized Todd Mall.
Anzac Hill is on the northern end of Alice Springs. The top offers good views over the town and the MacDonnell range of mountains. The hill is named after the 1934 Anzac memorial on the site. Sunset is also a good time to visit the hill when the whole area is bathed in a wonderful light.

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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