Travel Destination Alice Springs

Largest Town in the Red Centre. Travel Destination Alice Springs has the Overland Telegraph and the School of the Air

Travel Destination Alice Springs is in the geographic heart of Australia. It is about 3 hours plane flight from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin and Cairns. It is 460 kms (291 mi) by road from Alice Springs to Uluru Ayers Rock. Allow about 6 hours for the drive. Flights from Alice Springs to Uluru Ayers Rock take about 20 minutes.

Travel Destination Alice Springs is known as Mparntwe to the local Arrente Aboriginal People. The Pine Gap US/Australian Satellite tracking and monitoring base is to the west of the town. The Alice Springs Desert Park gives a good look at the ecology of the Red Centre. The Old Telegraph Station and the School of the Air are also worth a visit. Panoramic View Travel Destination Alice Springs

History of Travel Destination Alice Springs: The native Aboriginal Peoples have lived in the area for many thousands of years. It is a tribute to their ability to survive sustainably in a harsh environment. John McDouall Stuart was the first European to visit while making the first crossing of Australia from south to north in 1861. To link Australia to Great Britain and the outside world, the Overland Telegraph was set up in 1871, with Alice Springs as the repeater station for Central Australia.

Gold fever drove growth during the late 1880’s after the discovery at Altunga 100 kms (62 mi) to the east. Alice Springs declined through the early 1900’s to be revived by the opening of the Rail link to Adelaide. There was a gold fueled growth spurt again in 1932. In 2004 the rail line was completed joining Darwin to Alice Springs. Today, Travel Destination Alice Springs is a regional hub and tourism destination.

Macdonnell Ranges Travel Destination Alice Springs
Geography: The Todd River runs through the centre of Travel Destination Springs, but it is dry most of the time. The MacDonnell Ranges are to the west of the town, and the Simpson Desert is to the southeast. The camels that you will see as part of the lore of Alice are not native, though some 70,000 are reported to roaming wild in the Red Centre. They were introduced by Afghan workers brought to Australia to assist with opening up the deserts and building the Overland Telegraph in the 1800’s.

After the job, the Afghans were sent home. The camels were set loose. The Ghan Train through the Red Centre is named after these early workers. The Larapinta Trail is considered one of the great walks of the world. It winds 223 kms (139 mi) through the MacDonnell Ranges. It should only be attempted by serious hikers after taking suitable precautions for survival in the desert environment.

Ghan Railway Station Travel Destination Alice Springs
Weather: Expect the same weather as Uluru Ayers Rock at Travel Destination Alice Springs.

Average Daytime High, Overnight Low  Temperatures:

Jan:  High 29 C (102 F)  Low 23 C (73 F)         Feb:  High 37 C (98 F)  Low 22 C (72 F)
Mar:  High 34 C (94 F)  Low 19C (67 F)            Apr:  High 30 C (86 F)  Low 15 C (60 F)
May:  High 24 C (76 F)  Low 10 C (58 F)          Jun:  High 20 C (69 F)  Low 6 C (42 F)
Jul:  High 20 C (69 F)  Low 5 C (40 F)               Aug:  High 24 C (74 F)  Low 6 C (42 F)
Sept:  High 29 C (84 F)  Low 11 C (51 F)          Oct:  High 32 C (90 F)  Low 15 C (59 F)
Nov:  High 35 C (95 F)  Low 18 C (65 F)           Dec:  High 36 C (97 F)  Low 21 C (70 F)

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