There is a restored memorial marking the spot, dedicated to the pioneering
spirit of the men who built the overland telegraph line from Adelaide to Darwin.
Of course, Alice Springs is filled with history, from the original inhabitants,
through to the European pioneers. Of course you can also experience the natural
beauty of the landscape, whose geological history date back many millions of
years, whether by self-drive or through the many fantastic tour operators
providing a range of great ways to experience this unique outback region.
For those who have a brief stay in Alice or are staying for longer, following
are some of the local attractions within Alice Springs:
Alice Springs Cultural Precinct
— at least half a day.
A number of fascinating attractions in one unique location, including the
Araluen Arts Centre (incorporating the Albert Namatjira Gallery), Museum of
Central Australia and Aviation Museum.
Springs Desert Park
— allow 4 hours or more. There is also a cafe.
Introduction to Australia’s desert, the landscapes, animals and plants of
central Australia’s and their traditional use and management by the Aboriginal
Make sure you include the Birds of Prey Show and Nocturnal House.
Springs School of the Air
— an hour.
Meeting the educational needs of primary school children in the Outback.
Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve
— 1 to 2 hours or more if you enjoy the walks and picnic area. There is also a
The original site of the first European settlement in the region. There are also
a number of walks to be enjoyed.
— 15 to 30 minutes, unless you are walking up or are waiting for sunrise /
A special place to the Aboriginals and the site of the ANZAC Hill War Memorial.
— take as long as you like.
Located in the heart of town, is this newly opened public art and garden.
Although only small, it offers a great place to site and contemplate. Over time
the trees and shrubs will be larger, providing more shade. A historic site of
- National Road Transport Hall of Fame
— couple of hours or more, especially for the enthusiast.
Road and rail transport history of Central Australia.
Olive Pink Botanic Garden
— a couple of hours or more, especially if you do the walks. There is a cafe.
An Arid Zone Botanic Garden in the Northern Territory.
- Todd Mall and Sunday Markets
— an hour or more.
Main shopping area of town. Hosts the markets usually held every second Sunday,
including some special additional market days. Contact the Visitor Centre for
The following local attractions are within a few minutes walk of each other
and only 10-15 minute walk from Todd Mall:
out our full list of
attractions, activities and
events in Alice Springs and surrounding
The growth of the current Alice Springs has occurred only in the last 30 years,
with the road south to Adelaide being only fully sealed in 1987. Although a major tourist spot you can really appreciate this desert community by visiting the surrounding attractions.
For those planning a visit to
Central Australia, making Alice Springs your base,
provides a great place from which to visit the wonders of the surrounding
region. For those new to the area, a visit to many of the regions attractions
from Alice Springs can entail anywhere from half a day to a couple of days,
especially if you stay overnight.
There is also the unique tourism experience of the ‘Red
Centre Way’, an iconic road trip that takes in some of the best attractions
of Central Australia.
A popular route taken by visitors to the
region is to fly in to
Uluru, catch a coach tour via Kings Canyon then to Alice
Springs. Whilst in Alice, there is so much to see and do, you can spend at least a month.
Some people have even come to visit and stayed.
Check out our
Distance chart to view
the kilometres to some of the attractions.
Some of the other things to see in the region
See our full list of
attractions in the Central Australia region.
Special permit to cross through Aboriginal land are required and can be obtained in Alice Springs, Glen Helen, Hermannsburg, or Kings Canyon.
Check out our listing of
Springs accommodation and
Central Australia accommodation.
For additional attractions, tours and other information visit the local tourism