DISCOVER THE CENTRE
In Central Australia, we’ve got your five senses covered!
To help you plan your trip and ensure you get lots of opportunities to ‘Do the NT’, here’s a list of places to visit and experience Central Australia on your feet, on a treadly (bike), on a bus or in a car – so what are you waiting for? ….Your adventure starts here!
Walking distance around Alice Springs!
1. Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre (in the Mall)
To find out the latest and greatest information regarding travelling and exploring Central Australia, go and meet the friendly staff at the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre.
2. Todd Mall
The Todd Mall is a buzz with a diverse range of shops to suit everyone’s interests and needs including; quality lattes to leaping lizards, Red Kangaroo Books, Lone Dingoes to the Sounds of Starlight plus galleries of local indigenous art and hand crafted wares to name a few. There are loads of different places to eat great food and coffee and enjoy the desert lifestyle!
3. A heritage walk in the CBD
Take a self-guided walk of the Alice Springs town centre and discover the historic buildings and attractions – listen carefully as you hear stories from the past.
The heritage walk includes Flynn Memorial Church, Adelaide House, The Residency, Unteyetwelye (Anzac Hill), Old Stuart Town Gaol, Old Hartley Street School, Stuart Memorial, Royal Flying Doctors Service and the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame…
If you’d like to get up close and personal with a range of reptiles including perentie goannas, frill neck lizards, thorny devils, pythons and Terry the Saltwater Crocodile, this is the place to be!
The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is Australia’s only National Women’s museum, dedicated to preserving the place of women in history their special contribution to Australia’s heritage. A must see on your trip to the Centre!
The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, it delivers extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia.
Today, the RFDS has a fleet of 63 aircraft operating from 21 bases located across the nation and provides medical assistance to over 290,000 people every year – that’s one every two minutes. There’s loads to see at the RFDS in Alice Springs plus there’s a fabulous café to enjoy.
2015, marks the 30th anniversary since the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens were first opened to the public. With over 600 Central Australian plants represented in the Garden, five walking trails including a leisurely climb up onto Annie Meyers Hill.
This is a great place to spend a few leisurely hours experiencing the Central Australian landscape, with the added bonus you can enjoy quality food and coffee from the aptly named ‘Bean Tree Café’ on site.
On a bike!
How would you like to take a walk into the past? Can you imagine life without mobiles, smart phones, tablets? How did people living remote communicate?
Well, did you know the Alice Springs Telegraph Station was established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, it is the best preserved of the 12 stations along the Overland Telegraph Line.
The township of Alice Springs takes its name from the waterhole a short distance to the east of the Station buildings.
Get on yer bike!
After checking out the Heritage Precinct, you can jump back into the 21st century and experience the extensive network of mountain bike trails throughout the Alice Springs Telegraph Station by hiring hire a mountain bike from the ‘Trail Station’ – go and see Justine and her friendly team at Outback Cycling for all of your transport needs!
Exploring the region on foot:
If you’re keen to leave technology behind, the Alice Springs Telegraph Station is the gateway for the Larapinta Trail, regarded as the quintessential Australian Desert walking experience.
Set in the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges of Central Australia, the 223km long trail snakes through ancient landscapes and breathtaking scenery of the Red Centre.
The Larapinta Trail offers one of the greatest desert treks on earth and is one of Australia’s most famous walking experiences.
Further information is available from Larapinta Trail.
On the Bus!
Allow a good day to experience Central Australia’s key cultural institutions and collections. The Araluen Cultural Precinct includes the Museum of Central Australia, the Strehlow Research Centre, the Central Australian Aviation Museum, Central Craft and the Araluen Arts Centre.
Get red sand on your shoes and experience the true outback – you’re invited to immerse yourself in the beauty and mystery of Australia’s deserts. Wander through the ancient landscape. Experience the animals of the night. Discover the diversity of desert plants. Be inspired by ancient living cultures with local Aboriginal guides. Marvel at the energy and spirit of free flying birds.
The Alice Springs Desert Park is a great place to start your learning journey – take the time to walk through the desert, the Park and experience the unique plants and animals that call Central Australia home. Located 8km west of the town centre on Larapinta Drive. Open daily from 7am-6pm.
In the Car!
How would you like to check out the ‘World’s largest classroom’? With a broadcast area covering 1.3 million square kilometres including most of the Northern Territory, the northern area of South Australia and eastern area of Western Australia.
It puts a different perspective on distance learning! When you’re visiting to Alice Springs, be sure to stop by and visit the Alice Springs School of the Air, you’ll enjoy a film and guide presentation, learn about outback student’s lifestyle and you might even see an innovative lesson being delivered to outback kids!
12. National Road Transport Hall of Fame
Make sure you allow 1-2 days at the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, with over 200 vehicles on site, it is Australia’s premier tribute to the road transport industry. Plus there is the Kenworth Dealer Museum, The Old Ghan, tea rooms and the miniature railway to experience.