Alice Springs origins date back to 1872 when it played a vital role in linking Darwin and Adelaide as part of the Overland Telegraph Line. The stark remoteness of Alice becomes apparent when realising that it lies 1,500km from each of these cities.
Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve serves as the starting point for the Larapinta Trail. The famous walking trail heads west for a total of 223 kilometres ending at Mount Sonder, one of the territory's highest mountains.
The Ghan Railway is a historic railway line that spans across Australia, connecting the cities of Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Darwin. It was named after the Afghan cameleers who played a significant role in the early development of the railway in the late 1800s. The Ghan Railway is particularly significant in Alice Springs as it played a crucial role in the growth and development of the town. When the railway was extended to Alice Springs in 1929, it brought with it a reliable means of transportation and communication, which allowed the town to flourish. Today, the Ghan Railway is a popular tourist attraction, offering travelers the opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of the Australian outback, while also learning about the history and significance of the railway to the region.
Whilst in Alice make sure you visit Alice Springs Desert Park (located 7km from the town centre). This park aims to bring the desert to life with short walks, cultural experiences and an introduction to local animals and characters.
Don’t miss the night-time spotlighting tour where you’ll see endangered animals in their natural habitat right in the foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges.