A town like Alice - your gateway to central Australia, Uluru and beyond. In its 125-year history, Alice Springs has gone from a simple telegraph station on the Overland Telegraph Line to being central Australia's key town.
Hordes of tourists visit 'the Alice' on their way to tasting the outback charms of the MacDonnell Ranges and a certain big rock to the south.
Due to its outback location, Alice Springs' overall climate is predictably dry and arid most of the time, without a real wet season. Rainfall varies from year to year, but if there has been a considerable amount of winter rain the wildflowers and plant life will spring up from August through October.
Temperatures can get as high as 48°C (118°F) in summer and can drop as low as -7°C (19°F) in winter.
The best time to visit is in April and thereabouts - you'll miss out on summer's extreme heat, and still be far enough away from the cold season.
GETTING THERE AND AWAY
Alice Springs Airport is 12km (7.5mi) south of the town. You can either grab a cab or take the cheaper airport shuttle, which meets flights, and picks up and drops off at city accommodation.
Qantas and Virgin Blue airlines fly from most State capitals to Alice Springs.
Greyhound Australia has bus services from major Northern Territory and Queensland towns. Most of the car-rental companies in Alice Springs have 4WDs for hire. Rentals don't come cheap, as most firms offer only 100km (62mi)free per day, which won't get you far. Try local operator Outback Auto Rentals.
Alice Springs is compact enough to get to most parts of town on foot, and you can reach quite a few of the closer attractions by bicycle. The public bus service, ASbus, departs from outside the Yeperenye shopping centre on Hartley St. Taxis congregate near the corner of Todd St and Gregory Tce.
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