Alice Springs is located right in the center of Australia making its location lie quite aptly in the heart of the country. Aptly because this city still holds strong connection with the old traditions of Aboriginals and their sacred sites coming alive with vibrancy of art depicting the emotions of the locals, their history and the deadly landscapes.
Many call this place the unofficial capital of Outback and consider their experience of outback null till they have visited Alice Springs. This place consists of small airport which only networks with domestic flights and allows international flights to Alice Springs on very rare occasions. As per the population census done in late 2000, it was found out that 18.8% of the population of Alice Springs comprises of Aboriginal Australians which is actually considered to be underestimated as well. The main attraction for Aboriginals toward Alice Springs is that it is centrally located in the country and is also considered to be the regional hub of the area. These aboriginal population generally covert suburb areas of the city or the surrounding area in the south near Amoonguna for short time leasing purpose or camps.
It is quite often that many tourists try to avoid the peak season to visit a place due to onslaught of tourists coming in at that particular time period. Prices of accommodation and other necessities are running at all time high. However, the peak season is generally the ideal time to visit a place. Same is the case with Alice Springs in which the best months to enjoy the city without tourists are April and may.
The peak onslaught of tourists starts from May and goes on to September. For those fond of nature and its spiraling stories, August to October months are the best bet. However, the months to avoid at all cost are from November to March when the summer is at its peak. Although the costs of all things from accommodation to dining facilities are quite low but the weather can be downpour on any plans made.
The airport of Alice Springs ensures full comfort of their passengers embarking on their journey to Central Australia. Although the airport is of average length it only caters for domestic flights. However, at times even International Charters can land on the airport if need arises. The airport operates 24*7 and is not subjective to any sort of curfew. To ease up the journey of the passengers many facilities are accorded on the airport of which few are listed below:
Two ATMs are provided for travelers on the terminal, of which one is available right before the security check in point and the other is right after it. These ATMs are equipped to accept cards of many and major banks of the world.
Baggage services are accorded to passengers who wish to leave some sort of luggage on the airport in an baggage room located right next to First Aid Room and in front of the Management Centre. All the things and objects left in the lockers are first undergone ETD (Explosive Trace Detection) before being accepted. A small sum of money is also charged for this service.
Those passengers who wish to send a letter or postcard from the airport can do so by using the post box put near the entrance of a restaurant right after screening and security check in.
To gain any sort of information regarding any flight status and reservation, the passengers can approach the Central Australian Tourist Information Association stand near the carousel for baggage claim in the eastern part of the terminal and vending machines.
The Alice Spring Airport caters to only domestic flights with occasional International Charters on emergency basis. Flights catered to are:
Alice Springs has much to offer in terms of art, culture and food. They consider every dish to be a piece of art. This makes dining experiences even more enhanced as the food is crafted lovingly by every chef making it as special as a precious jewel. Some of the best places to dine in Alice Springs are as follows
This grill heaven is known for being the most intimate dining option with a local ambiance full of art depicting the aboriginals along with the menu being fully localized. They have certain specialization in seafood and meat of Australia as well as the bush food. If you visit this place do try a medley game with camel, kangaroo, barramundi and smoked emu. It’s quite exhilarating.
In case you are one of those tourists who prefer to inhale your food while relaxing in an old pub environment, then Todd Tavern is just perfect for you. This pub is located in an old town established back in 1959 with mouthwatering traditional bistro with no frill just a plate full to sooth your tummy. Grills and steaks options are scrumptious with a salad bar to die for. Daily special like pizza and schnitzel or Sunday roast are kept in special for a particular reason.
This restaurant specializing in Tex Mex cuisine with a dash of extra spiciness to their dishes. You can order in for your favorite Burritos, Nachos, Tacos and Jarritos with added authentic flavors of Australia that will definitely make your dish even more appetizing. This restaurant is perfect for family setting in terms of relaxation and coziness.
This restaurant provides authentic Asian mood by using decorations and lights so artfully that sits perfectly with the contrasting background of Australia’s desert scenic beauty. The restaurant is a must visit between both local Australians and tourists both.
Itching for some Italian food with a twist of Australian seasoning and flavors then Casa Nostra is the place for you. From scrumptious pizzas to myriad range of pastas created with perfection is worth every Australian dollar paid for it. Add in your favorite wine to sip with your dish and you are good to go for some while with Italian in your belly.
Alice Springs is the perfect base if you wish to explore the central Australia. However, even a week for exploring the small town and its neighboring areas is just too less time considering the many possible activities and places to sight see that Alice Springs has to offer. Although some of the must see places are below:
Some of the group tours for nearby cities and places are as follows:
|Wheel Chair Availability||Yes|
|Prepaid Booth (TAXI)||Yes|
|Terminal Interchanging Facility||No|
|Domestic Flights Connectivity||Yes|
|One Day Shelter||Yes|
|Taxi Cost||$1.94 / km (AUD)|
|Apartments Rent||Starting from $235|
|Beer||$ 8.00 / 0.33 l (AUD)|
|Mineral Water||$ 1.95 / 0.33 l (AUD)|