Alice Springs is located in the Red Centre of Australia adjacent to the Simpson Desert. ‘The Alice’, as it is known, combines laid-back charm with all the modern conveniences, comforts and diversions you’d find in a good-sized town. It’s full of friendly people and has shopping, bars, cafés, restaurants, markets, live entertainment, a casino and an arts and convention centre.
With a population of 28 605*, Alice Springs offers a variety of housing choices ranging from modest units to architecturally-stunning apartments and houses overlooking the McDonnell Ranges.
The climate promotes an outdoor lifestyle, backed up by excellent sporting and recreational venues and facilities - including one of the world’s top 10 desert golf courses, nestled on the side of the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges.
Alice Springs is one of seven Australian regions participating in the Australian Government’s Solar City program, and with an average of 300 sunny days a year the town is well on its way to becoming a solar energy model for the rest of Australia and the world.
Arts and culture are strong in The Alice. Many locals belong to wide-ranging organisations, clubs and groups which encourage active participation in visual art of many genres, theatre, dance, music and craft. Alice Springs has a diverse multicultural community with around 20% of the population being Indigenous Australians.
Alice Springs is surrounded by breathtaking gorges and waterholes, all easily accessible by road, walking trails and bicycle tracks. It’s the perfect base from which to explore the MacDonnell Ranges where Alice Springs is situated. Or visit Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) which are a 500 km drive from Alice Springs. Or fossick for gemstones and generally enjoy the richly-coloured wide open spaces of the Red Centre.
In the Centre, there is an abundance and beauty of native vegetation. River red gums thrive in the beds of the Centre’s many underground river systems, marking where the region’s hidden waters lie. Other trees of infinite variety feature in the landscape, from desert oaks and mulga trees to palms and cycads that have survived the millions of years since the Centre was a tropical forest. At times, brilliant wildflowers create dramatic bursts of colour throughout the region.
* Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2007-2011 National Regional Profile (LGA70200) Alice Springs, Population / People.
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