Alice Springs - Australia

Alice Springs is a town and the second largest centre in the Northern Territory of Australia. Popularly known as "the Alice" or simply "Alice", it had a population of 26,486 in 2005. Averaging 576 metres above sea level, the town is nearly equidistant from Adelaide and Darwin, close to the geographic centre of Australia. The site is known as Mparntwe to its traditional inhabitants, the Arrernte, who have lived in the Central Australian desert in and around what is now Alice Springs for more than 50,000 years.Alice Springs is the town in the title of the Nevil Shute novel A Town Like Alice, ev

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AD :

Want to travel from brisbane to alice springs with three of my mates. Any idea what we could do along the way as in any good places worth visiting. what's the distance between brisbane and alice springs?( 2535 kms according to goole maps but i think it is more than 3000kms) Also names or address of any caravan park on the route: i have selected this one while going there. just tell me whether it is good one or is there a better one? brisbane toowoomba oakey chinchilla miles roma blackall barcaldine longreach winton toko and then follow plenty highway till alice springs. Or any other general idea or advice. Thanks a lot in advance.

mad_mick001 :
"First thing. Unless you have a GOOD, RELIABLE four wheel drive, are competent at desert driving and are totally self sufficient, I would strongly advise against tackling the Plenty Highway, especially in the warmer weather! The distance from Boulia to Alice Springs is 800km and the Plenty is just a dirt track with no fuel between the two! Think about it! Get a copy of the Westprint Heritage Map for the Plenty Highway, phone 03 53 915 233 or a camping shop to see where you are actually going. Better way would be be the Landsborough Highway to Cloncurry, then Mt. Isa. Then the Barkly Highway to Three Ways and south on the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs using it as a base to travel out from. If you MUST travel "off the beaten track" try the Kennedy Development Road west from Winton to Boulia then north on the Diamantinna Development Road to Mt. Isa. Plenty of camping grounds and caravan parks along the way. Forget the Google maps and get a copy of the Complete Road Guide to Australia. Without proper maps you are looking for trouble in the areas you want to travel. Good luck and if you want more help, feel free to email me."
AD :

Want to travel from brisbane to alice springs with three of my mates in a motorhome. Any idea what we could do along the way as in any good places worth visiting. what's the distance between brisbane and alice springs?( 2535 kms according to goole maps but i think it is more than 3000kms) Also how much fuel does a motorhome consume...i checked a website and i said 18 per 100 kilometers..is this right or would it be more? Or any other general idea. Thanks a lot in advance.

Ken E :
"1. There is no direct road. Your motorhome road through to A.S. can be through Toowoomba and west to Augathella, then up through Tambo and Barcaldine where you turn west for Longreach. Then via Winton to Cloncurry, turn west again to Mt. Isa, through Camoweal to the Threeways, turn south to A.S. Sealed roads all the way, about 1600km Brisbane to Cloncurry if I recall correctly . Alternately go up the coast to Woodstock just south of Townsville, then through to Charters Towers, through Richmond, Julia Creek etc to Cloncurry, you know the way from there. Alternately Brisbane to Rockhampton, turn west through Gracemere, Duaringa, (Blackdown Tableland natn'l park) Blackwater, you can view big coal mines near Blackwater, a Emerald, Anakie (gemstones at Anakie, not at Emerald) and Alpha, Barcaldine, you know the way from there. You can also get on to this road through Roma, (oil field museum) up through Injune (Carnarvon Gorge off the road to the west), Rolleston, Springsure, Emerald, then turn west for Alpha. Another way is through Miles, where there is a big outback village centre, worth a look, turn north for Wandoan etc, through Banana to the Capricorn Highway. 2. The fuel mileage sounds about right. A very long way between Camoweal and the Threeways along the Barkly Highway. Used to be a place called Barry Cave's roadhouse west of the NT border but I think it is long closed. Fill up at Camoweal whatever the fuel cost or carry a couple of jerrycans. 3. At Tambo you can get Tambo teddy bears - these are unique. Barcaldine - Workers Heritage centre, worth a half hours wander about. Longreach - Stockman's Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders museum are worth a look, tours of the 747 parked there, the old power station is interesting too. Best meals are at the Qantas museum restaurant, but there are good steaks at the big corner pub opposite the original Qantas office. Winton - take a look at the little museum attached to the Waltzing Matilda story."
tentofield :
"An alternative route is to go southwest along the New England Highway from Brisbane through Ipswich and Warwick. From there you have a choice of routes through Tenterfield and Tamworth or Goodiwindi and Moree to Coonabarabran then Gilgandra, Warren, Nyngan, Cobar to Broken Hill then through South Australia to Peterborough, Port Augusta, Coober Pedy to Alice Springs. Whether you take the northern or southern route, it is a long way. If you are returning to Brisbane go out through Queensland and back through South Australia and NSW or vice versa. both are long but interesting trips with much to see along the way. If you are going through Winton, between Longreach and Mt Isa, stop at the Tattersalls Hotel. Two or three times a week they fly fresh fish in from Brisbane and they have an excellent chef and a good wine list. Take a diversion from Winton to the Dinosaur Track Exhibit. It is only 200km west of the town along a very good dirt road. It seems ridiculous but it is well worth the visit. I enjoyed it much more than the tatty Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach. There is a roadhouse about halfway between Camooweal and Threeways at the Barkly Homestead where the road to Boroloola heads north from the Barkly Highway. A trip like this is a great experience. I have done every section of it, some sections a few times. Allow plenty of time for the trip as there is much to see on the way."
Xenagurl :

I'm heading to Australia in a couple of weeks, first Sydney, than Melbourne and than I'm heading up to Alice Springs. So this is a 2 part question. Should I take a train or plane to Alice Springs? What's the scenery like by train? Intersting? Or worth saving the time and flying in? When I arrive I plan on doing some hiking in the area, seeing Uluru, Kata Tjuta, the Macs and surroundings. Is it better to take a tour (I'll probably be alone) or renting a 4x4 and just heading in with a camp. Thanks in advance for all answers. Awesome answer tentofield. Thank you! Thanks everyone. I truly appreciate the response, and am tailoring my trip based on the suggestions I've received here. I truly thank you all. I appreciate it. Especially the words of wisdom. I'll certainly be taking a tour with well equipped guides that I feel comfortable with. Thanks!

tentofield :
"The train is worthwhile and an enjoyable experience as long as you have a sleeper. Don't even think about it without one. It will take something over two days from Melbourne but you can see Adelaide on the way. Take a good book or two with you, there is an awful lot of desert out there. The Melbourne to Adelaide section is overnight but the trip through the Adelaide Hills in the morning is worth it. You don't get to see much else. If you have the time and the money, take the train but it is cheaper and quicker to fly. Unless you have some experience in the Australian bush and the sort of temperatures you can expect, don't go exploring or hiking by yourself. Even experienced bushwalkers get into trouble occasionally. There are tours to suit all tastes in Alice Springs. Check a few websites out ahead of time to see what is on offer. If you are by yourself, find the right tour for you and take it."
aussie_oz :
"My suggestion's somehow different: Because you think about renting a 4x4 money seems not to be a big matter to you. But instead of going by yourself and if you have enough time I'd recommend taking a guided Outback-Tour from Adelaide to Alice. These tours are passing interesting places like the Flinders Range and Rainbow Valley, some might also include Uluru / Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon on their way to Alice (or the opposite direction). You'll find plenty of information about such tours in every hostel. To me it's woth spending the time travelling over land instead of taking a plane. I didn't get bored looking at the Outback scenery which is always changing - and I enjoyed seeing the wildlife (e.g. kangas, wild camels, and emus). Some people may find it boring, but some enjoy it. Between Melbourne and Adelaide don't miss the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians National Park. I went there on my own but I'm sure there are tours offered from Melbourne. In most National Parks there are tracks. If you don't leave the paths, hiking is not so dangerous in regards of getting lost - but always take sufficient water with you. Okay, there might be snakes, but usually they feel the vibration of your footsteps and try to get away. Anyway: it's safer not to go alone! And if you don't have much 4x4- AND Outback-experience don't even think about renting such a car for going on remote roads just by yourself. And if you do anyway tell somebody about your route."
boonoora :
"I would take a train you would get to see the landscape more and relax at the same time, take photos of the great outback. I wouldnt travel alone - maybe you could take a tour with others and feel more safer and make friends on the way. And please dont hike alone either, some people have gone missing up there in the NT. sorry, dont want to put you off, just dont travel alone ok. And you will enjoy what the Australian outback has to offer. Oh and go and meet the Aboriginals the traditional owners of the land."
Geri :
"Hi the Ghan from Adelaide to Alice Springs is very expensiveBut very worthwhile the scenery is wonderful and very different. Im not sure if it is running at the moment as I know they have had a few hiccups so just check that it is. Uluru and Kata Tjuta are a must see they are absolutely spectacular. Once you get to Yulara resort where you will stay if you decide to stay overnight when seeing Uluru/Kata Tjuta there are many tourists around so you will meet people. Yulara resort has heaps of accomodation ranging from the Camp Ground to 5 star accomodation. It will be starting to get into peak tourist season so conatct voyages ahead."
The_Mouse :
"Most of good advice are already given so I am not going to add anything here - more so as I do not have much knowledge about travelling out to the centre of the continent. My only advice is to reiterate what others have said about travelling alone. DON'T! DO NOT underestimate how vast this country is and how dangerous it can be - and I don't mean the wild animals. Even if you have experience hiking and travelling alone in your country - remember that this is AUSTRALIA! Many foreign tourists think they know better and got themselves into a lot of trouble. The temperature is extreme day and night and the terrain will eat you up if you go wandering alone unprepared. Make sure you tell someone - a ranger is a good idea - where you are going. We are all telling you this because we WANT you to come and enjoy this great southern land and go home to tell other about your amazing experience instead of having to endure spending nights in the desert waiting to be rescued."
Ken E :
"A German couple got their four wheel drive sand bogged in a not-so-remote area a few years ago. The woman insisted on walking away to find help. The man insisted on staying with the vehicle. She was dead within 16 hours, he was found a few days later in good condition. She only got about ten miles (16km). The rescue party let half the air out of the four wheel drive's tyres and just drove it out of the bog. Some tour companies run drive-yourself four-wheel drive adventure tours. These have several 4wd vehicles led by an experienced crew. So if you get into trouble you have plenty of assistance on hand."
referralguru :
"As a past tour guide in central australia I can certainly concur with a lot f advice given here. I agree the train trip is great as long as you have a sleeper. WOuld not take a 4WD unless you are very experienced, a lot of people think 4wd means go anywhere. THis is not case not to mention it is very long the distances from Alice Springs etc. The Western Macdonnelss are great,but also try to fit in Gosses Bluff, Kings Canyon and Uluru/Katatjuta. Any other specific questions feel free to contact me."

 

Comments on Alice Springs

avante
Date: 2008-02-03 13:20:58

The chairwoman of a Stolen Generations advocacy group in Alice Springs insists the Federal Government's apology must be followed with compensation.


Coolandcalm
Date: 2008-02-03 13:20:58

Alice Springs Hotels provides luxuary facility for tourist from all over the world with information on hotels in australia and its attractions.


davin
Date: 2008-02-03 13:20:58

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — It wasn't Santa Claus but a would-be burglar that rescue workers found stuck up a chimney in central Australia on Friday.Staff at the Gapview Hotel in Alice Springs heard a man groaning when they arrived for work in the hotel bar, and called the fire department.


dalgic
Date: 2008-02-03 13:20:58

IF you didn't get your Christmas presents, maybe it's because Santa got stuck in an Alice Springs chimney. It might have been Santa, expect it was a burglar screaming his lungs out! What an idiot! He was stuck for 10 hours. http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2007/12/28/10042_news.html




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