Some Alice Springs Attractions

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Discover Alice by bike!

 Alice Springs lies in the center of the Northern Territory, right in the middle of Australia, at the foot of the Macdonell Ranges.

Our favorite activity: Hot air balloon ride at sunrise in Alice Springs

When you arrive by plane, you are really surprised to see these few houses and the rectilinear grid of the city, after hours and hours of the largest Australian desert.

But the atmosphere of the city will confirm it to you, you have arrived in the center of the Australian bush.

 The city is not large, but the various attractions of Alice Springs are quite far from each other.

If you don't have a car or even if you have one, renting a bike is the best way to discover the splendid scenery that surrounds the city!

Bring a helmet, lots of water, and good sunglasses.

 «Desert park» d’Alice Springs

 2,5 km west of downtown Alice, a bike path along Larapinta Drive will take you, in about 30 minutes, to the entrance of the excellent Desert Park. from Alice Springs.

Developed in 1997, this park's 50 hectares and abundance of flora and fauna are a rich introduction to the experiences you are about to have in the Australian wilderness.

You will learn to distinguish and recognize the landscapes and species that you will encounter later.

Which will help you see a lot more!

 Through a walk of one kilometer, you cross the 3 habitats that it is possible to encounter in the desert of the Northern Territory: the habitat of the water points of the desert, the habitat of red sand and the habitat undergrowth around waterways.

Each region is illustrated by very clear and natural presentations of the fauna and flora that corresponds to it.

You can thus observe and name the birds, the plants, the lizards which you will be able to meet thereafter in the desert.

At the entrance to the park, you can pick up a free audio guide which introduces Aboriginal commentary on the park and the Australian natural environment throughout the visit.

Do not miss the room of nocturnal animals and the room of the reptiles of the Park. The quality of the presentation allows you to see many different species.

Thanks to the reconstitution of the light and the night temperature of the desert, you can, in fact, observe ALL the invisible animals of the Australian night, which finally come out of their hiding places just for you.

Alice Springs Cultural Complex

 Still to the west of the city, but only 1 km this time, the Alice Springs Cultural Complex includes the Araluen Centre, the Central Australian Museum, the Strehlow Research Centre, the Aviation Museum of Alice, including a section on the "Flyings Doctors", and Alice's cemetery.

The entire Cultural Complex is also built on a sacred Aboriginal site where 7 different Arrernte places are listed.

The Araluen Centre, opened in 1984, is important for the development and promotion of Aboriginal art in the region.

It presents in particular works by the artist Kngwarreye, Albert Namatjira (1902-1959). Namatjira was one of the first Aboriginal artists, whose work was recognized worldwide and the very first Aboriginal to receive Australian citizenship in 1957!

Namatjira's plein-air watercolor work on his country west of the Macdonell Ranges gave rise to the Hermannsburg School, the name given to the successors of Namatjira's art. You can also visit the tomb of the famous painter in the city cemetery behind the museum.

Finally, the Central Australia Museum is more oriented towards the natural history and geological formation of the region.

The Strehlow Research Center houses a collection of Aboriginal artifacts and documentation, including that which Professor Strehlow amassed from 1932 to 1978, but access to this research center is restricted to the public.

Useful information

 Alice Springs Desert Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 19:30 p.m.
Admission adult/child: $20/$10

Larapinta Drive, +61 8 89518788

The Alice Springs Cultural Complex (“Cultural Precinct”) is open daily except Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m.
Admission adult/child: $9/$6

Cnr Larapinta Drive & Memorial Avenue, +618 8951 1120

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