Amazing city in central Australia, with well preserved and celebrated history, wonderful country. Indigenous history gradually being more honoured although much still to do to honour their traditions and culture and give them the recognition their deserve.
Fantastic Aboriginal art galleries, great museums, wonderful landscapes, beautiful national parks, don't miss the Desert Park to learn about wildlife of the area that's hard to see in the wild because it's nocturnal
For a meaningful experience visit Coles Shopping Centre parking lot and if you wish to purchase takeaway alcohol make sure you have your Passport or Drivers License ID with you or you could end up in a rehab facility for 3 months
Alice Springs is pretty unique... For most tourist it is a place of transit, and for that, it is perfect as there isn't much to do.
Nonetheless, people are really friendly, just like the rest of Australia!
It is not safe to go to the City Center at night, but even at day time I don't feel relaxed inside the City Center.
Better places to go inside the City is the trail surrounding the banks of the Todd river and visit the Botanic Garden. Make a trip outside Alice Springs like the West MacDonnell Range is a good choice to spend your time.
Many people will tell you that Alice Springs is a dangerous place that you should not spend much time in.
I disagree. There is plenty to do and see around the tiny town, and it may not be the best idea to walk down dark alleys at night, but I think you could say that for almost any city. Just be smart and walk in groups in well lit areas, or just take a taxi and you will be fine. Enjoy what the town has to offer and also get out for an Uluru, Kings Canyon or McDonald range tour. They are all really lovely. I had a wonderful time with Emu Run Tours.
I used to live in Alice Springs and it was beautiful. This time returning after 18 years was disappointing.
The Mall and shopping centres little shops had very friendly staff. I found the amount of aboriginal buildings, shops for aboriginal artifacts excessive. The food was very expensive to eat out.
handy starting point to explore Uluru also the ranges near by.. Lots of local history with the flying doctors in Alice and a wonderfully informative visit to the reptile park.
. Did miss there not being a lot of entertainment by local Aboriginal community to educate visitors to their dance and music.. Noticed what there was of this appeared to be run by local white people not by the local aboriginals.