Hits & Misses: Alice Springs, Australia

“I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me!”  Dorothea Mackellar

HIT:  THE ROCK TOUR

Given that I worked for the company, I gotta plug it!  But seriously, visiting Uluru, Kata Tjuta & Kings Canyon, has to be on everyone’s agenda when visiting the Red Centre of Australia.
3 days 2 nights is all you need to check out each of the famous sights in plenty of time, as well as walking around in beautiful red sand, visiting salt pans, a cultural centre, having dinner at Uluru’s sunset place, and so much more!

Check out: http://www.therocktour.com.au

Kata Tjuta at sunset… love at first sight..

HIT:  ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

I love visiting this place! Fairly expensive to get in at $35, but as you can spend hours and hours here, it equals out.
It is a wonderful wildlife sanctuary, with plenty to see – kangaroos, emus, dingos, so many birds in avaries etc..
In particular, the Birds of Prey flight show is fantastic – amazing to see them swoop on top of the crowd, and fly near the ranges, that is the backdrop to the park.

MISS: THE BUS SYSTEM

Alice Springs is such a small town, it still can surprise me with how many people ask about the buses lol.. They are pretty non-existent, only running once an hour or two. But seriously, I always recommend people to get out and walk around the town..

HIT: WEST MACDONNELL RANGES

Some of the best scenery I’ve ever seen, which also made Alice one my favourite places, is located just out of town.  Simpsons Gap (pictured below), is located the closest, at around a 15min drive. Then, you go further along to my other favourites: Standley Chasm, Serpentine Gorge, Ellery Creek, & Ormiston Gorge. The last being about 1.5hrs drive from Alice Springs.

Simpsons Gap – reminds me of Tetris, or Lego blocks!

MISS:  N’DHALA GORGE

If you then decide you want to go to the East MacDonnell ranges as well, I highly recommend that side too, but with one exception – N’Dhala Gorge.  I went in January with a friend, and it is located around 1.5hrs out of town. Once off the main road, it becomes 4WD only territory, and I admit, after all the work of getting there, it wasn’t that fantastic… The best sights on the East Macs are: Emily Gap, Corroberre Rock and Trephina Gorge.

HIT: THE CAFE SCENE

To be honest, while I lived and worked in Alice Springs, I didn’t leave the town all that often, but one thing I did do fairly often, was go to different cafes with friends.  I got asked a lot about why I loved Alice so much, and how could I stay so long in such a tiny town. The answer: the terrain, my close friends, and the food! Gosh, you really blessed in that town with such amazing food options! My returning favourites: Page 27, Epilogue, and Montes Lounge.

Side note: The Blood Orange sorbet ice cream from Uncle Edy’s, was my daily addiction – highly recommend trying a kiddie cup for $4 – it’s all you need to make your life complete lol!