Taking a trip to Australia should create memories never to be forgotten but it is such a large country it could be difficult to decide exactly where you should explore. There are so many unusual and diverse destinations to see in the country but there are a few special places you cant afford to miss.
Alice Springs is one of the most popular places visited, although in reality a simple country town in the outback it has a wealth of attractions and places of interest within its boundaries. You will need at least a few days in this captivating land. Well before the pioneers and missionaries arrived here, it was home to the Arrernte aboriginal tribes known to have been in the area for at least 20,000 years. The landscape is littered with waterholes, gum trees and unique wildlife. For a genuine Australian outback visit Alice Springs, there are plenty of cheap hotels to be found just have a look online.
The main attraction in Alice Springs is the colossal Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock. It will take a short bus ride to reach the rock, but The Springs is one of the nearest locations to it as there is nowhere to stay in the near vicinity. Experience stunning sunsets at Uluru, the region is a World Heritage Area and the rock is 350m high and has an impressive circumference of over 9km.
Other place of interest in Alice Springs is the Desert Park, where the secrets of the Central Australian deserts with unique varieties of the natural world can be explored. You can also view desert habitats at night and explore a walking trail.
In the actual town is the National Pioneer Womens Hall of Fame dedicated to conserving womens role in history and celebrating their involvement in the heritage of Australia. Based at the Old Alice Springs Gaol, an interesting location in itself, visitors can meet the local Aboriginal women and share their skills, culture and stories. Cheap hotels in Australia are simple to locate, just reserve online for ease and to assure a room.
The Museum of Central Australia has an interesting display showing how the area evolved by using a series of displays from the ‘Big Bang’ to the present day. The exhibitions demonstrate the evolution of the landscape, and the creatures which inhabited it. There are some wonderful mammals, reptiles and fossils to see including a giant freshwater crocodile and Dromornis Stirtoni, the largest bird that ever lived and is said to be around 8 million years old.
For a cultural experience then head to The Aralauen Centre which is a cultural complex aiming to keep live theatre, the arts, and craft active in the area. There are exhibitions, an art gallery, a sculpture garden, and an art-craft studio. Local Aboriginal art is on display in addition to artwork by Albert Namatjira and Rex Batterbee.
The Old Stuart Town Goal was built in 1907 by well known stone mason Jack Williams and is the oldest surviving building of the town. Used as a jail until 1938, it was also used at times as a school room in the 20s due to a lack of space and it being the coolest place in town.
Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park is situated on Aboriginal land on the outskirts of Alice Springs. It is a great place to look around, learn about and try to understand something about the Aboriginal people and their culture. Watarrka National Park contains the western end of the George Gill Range and is comprised of a scenic landscape of craggy ranges, rock holes and gorges. In the park you will find plenty of curious plants and animals and it is a major conservation area. Kings Canyon is known for its ancient sandstone walls shaped by the elements, some towering as high as 100m.The canyon area is an experience in its own right and its easy to spend more than a few days roving around this huge area exploring its exceptional beauty.
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