A Town Like Alice

  • Posted by EDrury46
  • January 17, 2013 1:26 AM AEDT
Looking briefly at Alice Springs and what it has to offer.

Alice Springs is a town that possibly came to more global prominence from references made to it in Nevil Shute's novel 'A Town Like Alice' and the film and mini-series created based on the book. But Alice Springs is much more than just a town. It has historical significance, particularly in terms of its use during and after World War Two in identifying Japanese Imperial force movements and trade and shipping routes' availability. Furthermore, the diverse cultures, incredible geographical sites and its ability to remain unique, yet accessible to tourists makes it one of the most delightful known but unknown areas of Australia.



Alice Springs is home to some of Australia's most renowned Aboriginal artists, an attraction in itself to anyone, tourist or not. Many people from the Northern Territories and around the rest of Australia come to Alice Springs and its neighbouring towns to see various pieces of art work and celebrate the art genre. There is also a reptile centre in Alice Springs, which plays host to several different species. The centre is educational, accessible and a great visit for families in particular.


The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia also has a base in Alice Springs, and this, along with the Alice Springs School of the Air highlights the town as a centre of health and educational significance. The School of the Air in particular is a magnificent centre that provides a decent education to so many children in the sparser regions of Australia. The Overlander Telegraph Station is another feature of the town that emphasises Alice Springs's centrality to Australia. The telegraph station acted as a repeater station and was of great importance during the war and other occasions across Australia's 'modern' history. Likewise, the railway line, which runs for the most part along the same route as the telegraph line, has its mid-point in Alice Springs. It runs both directions twice weekly, and is known as the Ghan. It might be a more costly ride than would be expected for a train ride, but covers Darwin to Adelaide, passes through beautiful countryside and cars can be taken on it too!



There is far more to explore in Alice Springs, more than I could describe here. The Alice Springs Town Council website lists a whole host of activities, events and places of interest, proving that there is plenty to do and see in and around this quaint town. It is well worth a visit and a stay - maybe on the way up to Darwin on the Ghan! The historical significance of the town is still well represented with its museum and local buildings, which demonstrate the town's importance far better than it could be described in words. It is also near enough to national parks such as that of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, marking the town out as a perfect location to base a stay of a week or more, since there is so much to do, and all within easy distance of Alice Springs as well.