Alice Springs Northern Territory
The town of Alice Springs is located in the heart of the outback, the perfect base for an adventure to Northern Territory highlights such as the Simpsons Gap, The Simpson Desert and the Macdonnell Ranges, where visitors can four-wheel drive, ride a camel or bushwalk. The fascinating past of this colourful town can be appreciated at its array of heritage sites, galleries and museums. A unique historical highlight in Alice Springs is the famous Royal Flying Doctor Service, the first of its kind in the world, created in response to the need for medical access in remote areas. The Alice Springs Telegraph Station once connected Alice Springs to the outside world and this historic site still marks where the town began.
The town is located close to the Tanami Track and the small Aboriginal communities of St Teresa and Titjikala, each offering visitors a rich array of indigenous artworks, artefacts and sacred ceremonial sites of the local Arrernte people. Both contemporary and traditional indigenous paintings can be viewed and purchased in the many galleries along the Todd Mall, such as the Albert Namatjira Gallery, or at the Desert Mob Festival from August to September The Strehlow Research Centre in the Araluen Cultural Precinct of town houses a large collection of ethnographic indigenous artefacts, many of which can be viewed at several public display galleries in the precinct.