Alice Springs is not a party town, it's for most people just a stop to see Uluru or go to the north to visit Darwin.
I didn't fell save after dark in Alice Srings. A lot of Aborigines hang out. They look poor and some of them were drunk. As a single mom we didn't came out of our hostel after dark.
But during the day, I like Alice Springs very much, it's so dfferent from like Queensland. It's an authentic place. In Todd Mall it's lively during the day and when you are there when there's a market, it's lots of fun. During the day Aboriginal women sell paintings.
Unfortunately after dark Todd Mall is almost deserted and it gets creepy. Even locals advice not to go on the streetin Alice Springs alone after dark.
We took the time to get to know Alice Springs and did a lot of sight seeing. Not lot of people take the time to do so.
Places we ‘ve visited:
- Alice Springs Telegraph Station: It’s a well kept, historical place. There is a spring located behind and a nice park next to it. In the park there are a lot of grey-pink parrots.
- Anzac Hill: It’s in the centre where you get a nice view over the city.
- Todd Mall: Main street of Alice Springs with a lot of souvenir shops and restaurants. A lot of Aborigines hang out here and try to sell paintings. Try to catch a market!
- Central Australian Aviation Museum: Cause I’m traveling with my 9-year old son, this museum was on my to-do-list. It’s a small museum with a dozen old aircrafts. The entrance is free.
- Road Transport Hall of Fame: If you like cars and trucks, it’s the place to be. Hundreds of vehicles are exhibitioned here.
- Old Ghan Museum: It’s a rather small museum. Not much to see but I liked the Ghan train you could visite even inside. You get to see an antique interior. I don’t know if it’s really worth going here when you travel by train and have seen the Ghan inside when you were on your journey.
- Araluen Arts Centre: The museum with paintings and sculptures is rather small. It doesn’t take more than an hour to visit this place. I think it’s rather expensive. You can visit galleries all over Alice Springs to see nice Aboriginal art and it’s for free.
- Royal Flying Doctor Service: A must see when you visit Australia. The museum is rather small but I think it’s a great initiative and by visiting the museum you support the organisation. You also get a lecture about the service. When we were there, there was an intervention going on.
- School of Air: As a teacher, a must see for me. Unfortunately we missed lessons cause the teacher was ill. If you are interested, come in school hours.
- Alice Springs Reptile Centre: It’s a small Repile zoo. We had free entrance cause we booked a tour by Greyhound, otherwise it didn’t seem worth it. A plus is that you can hold a snake and lizards so for kids it’s a lot of fun.
- Alice Springs Desert Park: It’s a nice, well maintained park. There’s also a bird of prey show, very nice domain with kangaroos and also a reptile centre.