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There are many fun tours and things to do in Alice Springs and you can spend at least a week or two in the area to see it all. Come with us while we showcase the very best tours and review the excellent Alice Springs accommodation that is available in the remote centre of Australia.
Our suggestion is the Alice Springs Standley Chasm Tour. One you should not miss.
Some believe that Alice Springs was first mapped by that great Australian explorer John McDouall Stuart way back in 1862. This belief may be terribly wrong.
While the consensus seems to think that it was Stuart's exploration that made it possible for the Overland Telegraph Line from Adelaide to Darwin to be built in 1872, it was the mapping of the telegraph line by either William Whitfield Mills or John Ross in 1871, which found the spring and directly led to the land being opened up for pastoral use.
Gold was discovered in 1887 at Arltunga which paved the way for people to settle at Alice Springs.
The settlement was originally named Stuart after the explorer, with the Telegraph Station named as Alice Springs after Lady Alice Todd, the wife of Sir Charles Todd, who was then Postmaster-General of South Australia.
In 1933, to avoid much confusion that had occurred over the years, the township was officially named Alice Springs. The highway leading into Alice Springs has been named Stuart Highway in memory of the heroic explorer.
Today Alice Springs is a thriving city with a population of around 30,000 people, with some 17% of that population of indigenous heritage.
Situated roughly 1300 kms from both Adelaide and Darwin, Alice Springs is not just a town where you can go to see Ayers Rock Uluru, there are some fabulous historical attractions and natural beauty right on the door step.
People come to Alice Springs to see the wonders of Standley Chasm, the West MacDonnell Ranges with Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park about 475km distance by road from Alice Springs (4 hours driving time).
Use the links to the right to find the best things to do in Alice Springs, places to see and where to stay while in beautiful and remote Red Centre.
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