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Alice Springs: The Unique Art Capital of Australia

 

Aerial view of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory

Aerial view of Alice Springs in the
Northern Territory.

Alice Springs may well be Australia's best known outback town. Located in the red centre of Australia, it was established as a humble repeater station for the Overland Telegraph Line. As gold was discovered and camels were introduced, the town grew. While outback explorers may no longer be seeking their fortunes in Alice Springs, visitors here can still go fossicking for gemstones and trekking through the red desert in search of beauty and adventures. Accommodation in Alice Springs is varied to cater to those who flock to Alice Springs every year in search of such outback adventures as mountain biking, bush camping, and camel riding.

The history of Australia comes alive in Alice Springs, where the inhabitants' personalities are as rich as the brilliant colors of the desert. Aboriginal art and culture are deeply intertwined here, and both rock art and contemporary Aboriginal art can be found. Explore etchings on bright sandstone or colourful swaths of paint splashed across a stretched canvas.

Alice Spring hosts multiple art festivals, sales, and other events every year that allow artists and art lovers an opportunity to mingle and learn from one another. You may be able to purchase works of art in some art centres and at some festivals. At others, you may have the opportunity to watch Aboriginal artists at work. Formally guided art tours will take you through art communities and galleries and give you new insight into the culture and art of ancient and modern Aboriginal people and the Dreaming.

While art plays a major role in the culture of Alice Springs, there is so much more to do in this colourful outback town. You can explore the history of the city as you visit the original telegraph station, the Old Ghan Heritage Museum, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service and conclude your day with a schooner in one of Alice Spring's old time saloons. You can then get back to nature in the MacDonnell Ranges, filled with massive peaks and stunning gorges, or the Alice Springs Desert Park.

Just as you have many entertainment options in Alice Springs, you also have many options for accommodations in Alice Springs. Along with the traditional backpacker's hostels, hotels and motels, and bed and breakfasts, you can also find outback retreats located in the heart of the MacDonnell Ranges and working cattle stations with camping facilities and caravan access.

 

 

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