100 Reasons To Visit Alice Springs

For those who have never been to Alice Springs, here are 100 reasons why you should consider visiting, or even moving here.

  1. We draw a Worldwide crowd with our annual Beanie Festival.
  2. You can go to the airport and sit in the fenced off grassy area and watch the planes coming and going.
  3. You can experience the Desert Song Festival.
  4. You can go geocaching.
  5. Although small, with a painfully limited selection, you can visit the library for internet access.
  6. You can take a scenic helicopter flight over the ranges.
  7. Get up and close with creepie crawlies at the Reptile Centre.
  8. It is the perfect place for photographers to hone their craft, so many gorgeous locations and scenery to choose from.
  9. Visit the kangaroo sanctuary.
  10.  Our sky is clear and perfect for stargazing.
  11. Visit Uncle Edy’s for some gelato.
  12. You can literally pick wildflowers along the roadside.
  13. We have an annual Camel Cup. Spectators can compete, if they sign a waiver first!
  14. You can go hot air ballooning.
  15. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service tourist centre.
  16. You can wiggle your toes in the red sand.
  17. We have our own town band.
  18. Take your photo in from of the ‘Welcome to Alice Springs’ sign.
  19. You can go to the annual Old Timer’s Fete.
  20. Try your luck at the casino.
  21. You can experience Montes, a carnival slash circus themed pub and restaurant.
  22. Watch the Ghan train coming and going. If you are lucky enough to get stuck at the lights as it passes by, count the carriages.
  23. While away an hour or so wandering through the Todd Mall Markets.
  24. Pop down to the camel farm and ride a camel.
  25. Spend an entire day exploring the Desert Park. Stay late and do a nocturnal tour.
  26. Watch a game of water polo.
  27. Experience Bojangles Saloon, a must for anyone visiting Alice Springs. Even if you don’t enjoy a meal here, you need to stop in and have a look around.
  28. Picnic at Emily Gap.
  29. It is super easy to find work here.
  30. Gain an understanding of  just how remote Alice Springs is, by visiting the School of the Air.
  31. If you have the time and resources, consider becoming a foster mum.
  32. See the view from the lookout at Anzac Hill.
  33. Enjoy the inclusive community feel, no matter who you are.
  34. Explore Jesse Gap.
  35. Join a sporting club.
  36. Visit the Museum of Central Australia.
  37. Relax in the safe community vibe.
  38. Experience the Henley on Todd, our famous dry river boat regatta.
  39. Volunteer at one of the many local organisations.
  40. Take a drive to the Finke Gorge National Park.
  41. See our historic Telegraph Station.
  42. Spend the day swimming at the Alice Springs Aquatic Centre.
  43. Have fun seeing how many vintage and antique items were in your house as a child during a visit to the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame.
  44. We have a large homeschool cohort in Alice Springs, and homeschooling is considered to be a valid and supported choice within the community,
  45. Sybil’s do the best sandwiches.
  46. Check out one of the many local indie bands.
  47. Visit Hermannsburg Historic Precinct.
  48. Go camping.
  49. The best store bought Vanilla slice can be found at The Daily Grind.
  50. You can climb Mt Gillen.
  51. You can go and watch some horse racing.
  52. Pick up some locally inspired fabrics from Country Bliss.
  53. We have a skate park for the kids.
  54. Enjoy an oversized steak from Overlander’s Steakhouse.
  55. If you are lucky enough, you may see the Todd River flow.
  56. Watch the Finke Desert race.
  57. We have loads of amazing parks to play in.
  58. Go to the Red Centre Nationals.
  59. We have a park that features a BMX track.
  60. Stop off at the Aviation Museum.
  61. We have a trauma hospital, just in case you adventures go awry.
  62. See the Albert Namatjira works in the Araluen art gallery.
  63. Walk through Standley Chasm.
  64. Marvel at the Ewaninga rock carvings.
  65. Spend a day exploring the Arltunga gold mines.
  66. Take part in Wearable art.
  67. Walk around Corroboree rock.
  68. Visit the Hartley Street school.
  69.  See the John Flynn Memorial church.
  70. Spend a few days hiking the Larapinta trail.
  71. See the fossils at the Megafauna central museum.
  72. Roll in the ochre pits.
  73. See the old gaol.
  74. Walk through the old courthouse.
  75. Swim at Ormiston Gorge.
  76. Relax in the Cinema.
  77. Go bowling.
  78. Go shopping.
  79. Take a class at the local Charles Darwin University campus.
  80. You can learn about bush tucker.
  81. Take a class at Central Craft.
  82. See the Desert festival.
  83. Walk through the Olive Pink botanical garden.
  84. Visit Flynn’s Grave.
  85. Take a drive to Simpsons Gap.
  86. Explore the National Road Transport Hall of Fame Museum.
  87. Marvel at Adelaide House.
  88. Picnic at Ellery Creek Big Hole.
  89. Explore the stands at the Show.
  90. Legally buy and set off fireworks during Territory Day.
  91. See The Residency, where the Queen and Prince Phillip stayed while in town.
  92. Learn about the illegitimate royal in Alice Springs.
  93. Stand on the Tropic of Capricorn.
  94. See Trephina Gorge.
  95. Hand feed the rock wallabies.
  96. Help cheer for the Bangtail Muster.
  97. Join in the Easter Egg hunt.
  98. Experience our annual Christmas Icy Pole treat.
  99. Have breakfast at the Red Dog Café.
  100. Experience a true creative cohort.