Alice Springs Information
Alice Springs in the Red Centre of Auustralia is about as remote as you can get. With the nearest towns being Adelaide to the south at 1532 kilometers away and Darwin to the north at 1499 kilometers away it truly is in the heart of Australia.
Situated close to the southern border of the Northern Territory, Alice Springs is known as Mparntwe to the Arrernte Aboriginals who have lived in the Central desert for over 50,000 years.
Straddling the town is the normally dry Todd River and the MacDonnell Ranges, spreading east to west with the 223 kilometers Larapinta Walking trail, said to be one of the World’s greatest walking experiences.
The other great claim to fame for the region is the proximity of one of Australia’s greatest Tourist Attractions and Icons, Uluru or Ayers Rock as it is generally known. Sitting in the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park the famous rock stands 348 meters tall yet would be dwarfed by another local Icon, Kata Tjuta or the Olgas. This massive pile of 32 rocks date back 500 million years with its tallest peak being 200 meters above Uluru. Both sites are extremely sacred to the Anangu Aboriginal people who inhabit the area.
But Alice Springs is not just about big rocks and deserts. Classed as the Art Capital of Australia; the Alice is home to many local and Aboriginal art galleries. The town hosts various Festivals, Ballets and Orchestral Concerts along with various American festivals such as 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Halloween, due mainly to the large population from the USA at nearby Pine Gap, a jointly operated Australian/USA satellite tracking station.
The Alice is also home to a number of small ethnic communities from Vietnam, China, Thailand and India.
The itinerant nature of the region can expand the population by many thousands over a period of a few days as people come from far and wide to visit Alice Springs, the Red Heart of Australia.
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