Alice Springs is known as the capital of Australia’s “Red Center” and is the launching pad to the popular tourist attractions in the region. It can be exciting but challenging as a destination. It has plenty to explore in the great outdoors, including the West MacDonnell Ranges, the Kangaroo Sanctuary and Alice Springs Desert Park which are all within an easy drive of Alice.
HOW TO GET THERE
You can fly to Alice Springs from any capital city in Australia with Qantas. The airport is located 15km from the city.
Accessible parking is located in the Short term, the Car rental and the Long Term Car Park. A dedicated accessible bay is also available at the western end of the Terminal Building.
A taxi from the airport to the city centre and will cost around $30. 13CABS (Phone 132227) have 3 wheelchair accessible cabs in their fleet.
If you don’t fly into Alice, you may also come by train on the Ghan train which comes into town twice a week.
Contact the Central Australia Visitor Information Centre to prearrange an accessible shuttle bus from the airport to the town.
Alice springs is mostly flat and there are many sealed paths. It is recommended that driving tours are the best way to see Alice Springs.
There are public buses but keep in mind that these are fairly irregular and run about every 1-2 hours.
Although there are a number of car hire companies operating in Alice Springs, you are not likely to find an accessible vehicle, so go for an SUV or a large station wagon instead.
The climate of Alice Springs in Australia’s Red Centre is one of extremes, with hot summers and cold winters. And can get really cold at night! The best time to visit is between April and September.
Perhaps one of the most unique events in the Alice Springs calendar is the Beanie Festival. Held in June, at the Cultural Precinct, this community based event brings people from all walks of life together.
Desert mob: One of the biggest art exhibitions is Desert Mob, with the associated market place.
The biggest event in Alice Springs is the Alice Desert Festival. This festival is held in September, and includes music, food and theatre.
GOOD TO KNOW
Many visitors to Alice springs may want to visit Uluru – the walking path around it is level. The sunset viewing area is also accessible.
For a bite to eat: check out Page 27, The Bakery or try Olive Pink Gardens, it is nice for a coffee and nature walk, the cafe is accessible, although paths are dirt. For a meal try Bojangles Saloon & Restaurant or Monte’s Lounge.
Use the National Toilet Register to find an accessible toilet.
Alice Springs Desert Park Alice Springs Desert Park is an inspiring portrayal of Australia’s central desert environment that effortlessly blends the plants, birds, animals and people of our arid regions within one. It is also accessible.
The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve: the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. The Telegraph Station has good accessibility with ramp access to the buildings onsite and concrete pathways.
The Ellery Creek Big Hole in the MacDonnell Ranges, just outside of Alice Springs boasts a popular water hole and picnic spot that can be accessed by wheelchair users, although you might want to use your off road wheels or all terrain wheelchair.
The Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre offers: hoist and wheel chair pool access for the indoor pools.
Pay your respects at the Anzac Hill Lookout in Alice Springs.
The Araluen Arts Centre, the centre for visual and performing arts in Central Australia.