During its 125-year history Alice Springs developed from a forsaken telegraph station into the core city of the Northern territories. For tourists Alice Springs is a wonderful opportunity to stop for a break or even to stay overnight.
Today the city is filled with spirit of pioneers who founded the city, which are demonstrated first of all in museums. Nearby one can find ecological amusement attractions and hi-tech facilities. An aviation school and service station for so called "Flying Doctors" are located in Alice Springs.
The telegraph station was built on a washout in the streambed of the usually dry Todd River. In 1933 only about 200 people inhabited this place and today the population of the city is more than 20 000.
The city is very compact – on one side of the downtown flows the Todd River and on the opposite side there is a Stuart Highway. Nowadays Alice Springs is a self-sufficient city. There are banks, stores, a hospital, travel bureau, and of course Internet access available. Near the Desert Park of Alice Springs tourists may visit the cultural centre. The Olive Pink Botanic Garden invites for a visit.
If you long for thrill and exciting activities Alice Springs offers various opportunities for sports: swimming, ballooning, Camel riding, and bicycling.
Children are always welcome in Alice Springs. When parents want to go out in the evening all they have to do is to hire a professional babysitter.
Alice Springs has something to offer for each visitor, in spite of the fact that it lies in a hideaway.