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Alice Springs

Visitor Centre:
Tourism Central Australia
Corner of Todd Mall and Parsons Street
Phone: 08 8952 5800
History:
On 11 March 1871 an Overland Telegraph Line (OTL) surveyor, William Mills, discovered a waterhole and named it Alice Springs after the wife of Charles Todd, the Superintendent of Telegraphs for South Australia.

The Northern Territory was administered by the South Australian Government until 1911, when control was relinquished to the Federal Government who also took on the responsibility of the long planned transcontinental railway to Darwin. Construction began in 1926 and the railway finally arrived in 1929. This saw the town enter a period of expansion and development. Construction of the Alice Springs to Darwin section was completed in September 2003. The inaugural passenger train departed Adelaide in February 2004.
Attractions:
Anzac Hill

A superb view of Alice Springs and the surrounding ranges. Sunrise and sunset are beautiful when the hills are fired under a golden glow.

Adelaide House

Adelaide House. The first hospital built in Central Australia, now a museum dedicated to John Flynn.

Assa Abloy Henley On Todd

One of Alice Springs annual events, the Henley-On-Todd was the world’s first waterless regatta and takes place around September each year.

Hermannsburgh Historical Precinct

126 km west of Alice Springs. A group of well preserved historic buildings from Lutheran mission times. The historic precinct includes a museum and art gallery, housing an outstanding selection of watercolours.

RSL War Museum

Schwartz Crescent. A regional collection of war memorabilia dating from 1892.

John Flynn Memorial Church

Situated in Todd Mall, the church is a fine memorial to ‘Flynn of the Inland’.

Strehlow Research Centre

The Centre commemorates the work of Ted Strehlow, who spent years living with the Arrernte Aboriginal people. Audiovisual displays, historic photos and implements of daily life revolves around the Arrernte people and their association with Europeans.

Other Attractions

Alice Springs Cultural Precinct, The Old Court House, Old Stuart Gaol, Old Hartley Street School, Standley Chasm, Sounds of Starlight Theatre, Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre, Ooraminna Bush Camp.
The world’s most famous Outback town will enchant you with its pioneering history, ancient indigenous culture and vibrant colours of an arid landscape.
Alice Springs is crammed with great things to see and do, so plant to spend at least a few days uncovering its true charm. Visit one of the excellent museums commemorating the region’s pioneering history. Witness the rich local Aboriginal culture through exquisite works displayed in some of the world’s best indigenous art and craft.