A DAY IN ALICE SPRINGS
Welcome to Alice Springs! Known to locals as simply “Alice”, this small town is the beating heart of Australia’s Red Centre. A great base for exploring the natural wonders of the Northern Territory, Alice Springs is also a gateway to Australia’s Aboriginal culture.
The area is known as ‘Mparntwe’ to its original inhabitants, the Arrernte people, who have lived in the Central Australian desert for thousands of years. The name of Alice Springs was given by surveyor William Whitfield Mills who named the town after Alice, Lady Todd, wife of the telegraph pioneer Sir Charles Todd.
Filled with unique art, cultural heritage and breathtaking scenery in every direction, Alice Springs is a small jewel in the middle of the desert.
Morning: Start your day with a short hike up to the Anzac Hill Lookout.
Enjoy a short 25-minute walk from Jump Inn and catch a 360-degree view of Alice. Anzac Hill is the most popular landmark in Alice Springs where you can enjoy a panoramic overview of the town and its beautiful surroundings. This is a great place to watch the sunrise!
It will only take you 10 minutes to walk back to the city centre. We suggest you keep walking for another 10 minutes and cross the Todd River to reach the Olive Pink Botanic Garden. Head to Bean Tree Cafe (open Monday to Sunday from 8am-3pm) where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast surrounded by nature and rare bird species. Explore the Garden at your own pace and walk up Annie Myers Hill, where you’ll enjoy great views of the West MacDonnell Ranges. The Olive Pink Botanic Garden was opened to the public back in 1985 and there are now over 600 central Australian plants represented in the garden.
Olive Pink Botanic Garden Map
Lunch Time: Head back to the town centre, enjoy a leisurely walk down Todd Mall and a light lunch.
This lovely pedestrian walkway is the perfect spot for an afternoon stroll. Fancy some Aboriginal art and culture? You’re in the right place! Visit the art galleries along Todd Mall and get a chance to meet the indigenous artists. Be sure to visit the Yubu Napa Art Gallery, a special space featuring some of the top artists from Central Australia and the Top End – the artworks displayed will take your breath away!
If you’d rather enjoy some shopping time, head to Yeperenye Shopping Center or Alice Plaza where you’ll find local stores and supermarkets. Nearby, Hartley Street offers a variety of local cafes for a refreshing treat.
Hungry for more art? Head to the Araluen Arts Centre. The Araluen Cultural Precinct features an art gallery, the Central Australia Museum and a theatre space, a must-visit for every art lover in town. Here you’ll learn about the Indigenous dreaming and their connection to the land.
Evening: End your day in Alice with a visit to the Telegraph Station and dinner at Jump Inn.
Located only 4km away from the town centre, the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve marks the birthplace of the Alice Springs township as we know it. Today it hosts a museum precinct with both indoor and outdoor displays, presenting the story of the connection of Australia to the rest of the world through Telegraph Communication in 1871. Once you’re back from your evening trip, enjoy a hearty dinner at Jump Inn Bar & Restaurant
If you love cycling, we recommend hiring one either from Outback Cycling located on Todd Mall or My Ride Alice Springs located on Stuart Highway. Get $5 off Telegraph Station Entry when you hire a bike with Outback Cycling.
Check out our Alice Springs Guide we created in collaboration with Arrivedo.