Alice Springs has mushroomed over the course of a century, from a small strip of homes and shops to a bustling centre of tens of thousands of people. Tourism has grown as Alice Springs has become known as a springboard to the Outback. Here are some of the top things to see with your Alice Springs Airport car hire when you’re visiting.
Anzac Hill on Wills Terrace offers unparalleled views across Alice Springs and is just a short walk or drive from the town centre. There’s nowhere better to observe the city, and it’s quite lovely at sunset or at night when the city lights come on. Vehicle access is via a road to the west while those visiting by foot can climb the steps opposite the church on Wills Terrace, known as the Lion’s Walk. At the top you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular panoramic 360-degree views.
Established in 1951, the School of the Air is at the cutting edge of educational techniques for students living in remote areas – there are programmes in all the states except Tasmania. Get a glimpse into a uniquely Australian way of teaching and learning at ‘The World’s Largest Classroom’. There is a visitor centre and gallery to help tourists learn about outback lifestyle.
A 10 minute drive from Alice Springs township, Telegraph Station marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. It was one of 12 stations along the Overland Telegraph Line and later served as a school for Aboriginal children. In fact, Alice Springs gets its name from a waterhole nearby. The reserve today encompasses historic buildings and an enormous park as well as a cafe.
This conservation park offers a look at Australia’s central desert and an insight into the plants, birds and animals that call it home. It is now a 1300 hectare tourist attraction that could easily take up an entire day of your time. There are three recreated habitats here: Desert rivers, sand country and woodlands. It is a 10-minute drive from Alice Springs, at the bottom of the imposing West MacDonnell Ranges.