Exploring Alice Springs And Its Surrounds
There are many ways to explore and things to do in the desert landscapes surrounding Alice Springs. Why not hop aboard a camel for a unique half-day journey? If dromedaries aren’t your thing, there are always quad bikes or motorcycles, as well as foot power. For a great overview, book a trip in a hot air balloon and see the interesting places and spaces from above.
Anzac Hill, high on the list of essential places to visit, overlooks the town centre and is a wonderful spot to get a view of the sunset or sunrise, or panoramic views of the town during the day. A war memorial on top pays tribute to those who served during World War I, and other wars involving Australia. Walk up the goat track or drive up Anzac Hill Road.
The Museum of Central Australia has a variety of exhibits on the natural and social history of the region, or the Araluen Arts and Cultural Centre which has galleries, a theatre and cinema to showcase local and aboriginal art. History can be further explored at the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve on the edge of town. This represents the very early stages of settlement in the area, and guided tours are available if you want to take a break from driving your camper hire.
Red Hot Arts
Alice Springs is one of the most unique destinations in Australia and you’ll want to spend at least a day or two here during your motorhome trip to get a lay of the land. One way to get insight into the region’s culture and society is to pay a visit to Red Hot Arts. Fostering innovation, collaboration, development, and entrepreneurship in this remote Northern Territory outpost, Red Hot Arts is a great place to engage with the local community. Whether you’re a budding artist or someone who’s never picked up a paintbrush or stepped foot on a stage, there will be something for you at this cultural hub. Take a look at the events schedule to catch one of the many performances on offer at Red Hot Arts, or sign yourself up for a workshop to learn about anything from creative writing to handloom weaving. And if you’re in town around August and September, don’t miss their annual Alice Desert Festival.
Where: 67 Bath St, Alice Springs
Open hours: Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Alice Springs School of the Air - ASSOA
ASSOA - Alice Springs School of the Air - is the world’s largest classroom. Covering 1.3 million square kilometers (or 502,000 square miles), this learning facility ensures school-age children all over the region get the same learning opportunities as those in major cities around the country. Originally, this was achieved through radio, but today makes use of the advent of the Internet to remain in contact with children aged four to 13 throughout the expansive Outback. When you visit Alice Springs on your motorhome trip, you can learn more about this ground-breaking learning system, view live lessons, and watch a short film on the history of the school. Your ticket price will even assist with student learning.
Where: 80 Head Street, Alice Springs NT
Open hours: Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 4.30pm, Sundays and public holidays 1.30pm - 4.30pm