Alice Springs

Liv­ing in Alice

For a town with a pop­u­la­tion of just 26,000 peo­ple, Alice Springs cer­tain­ly punch­es above her weight when it comes to shops and recre­ation­al activ­i­ties. There are a mul­ti­tude of fes­ti­vals and fun com­mu­ni­ty events tak­ing place through­out the year.

Blue skies pre­vail most of the year and it is the per­fect base for bush­walk­ing, camp­ing, 4WD and moun­tain bike rid­ing enthu­si­asts.

The cli­mate is desert”, so it gets very hot in sum­mer and freez­ing cold overnight in win­ter.

Whilst Alice Springs is equidis­tant to all of Australia’s beach­es, it may take you a while to get there. For­tu­nate­ly there are plen­ty of beau­ti­ful water holes in which to plunge only a short jour­ney from town. Even clos­er, the aquat­ic cen­tre in town hosts a 25m indoor pool and out­door 50m Olympic pool for seri­ous lap swim­mers.

When it gets too hot how­ev­er, you can still get a work­out indoors with a num­ber of gyms:

At the end of a long day, whilst you won’t find fine din­ing in Alice Springs, there are some sol­id options for take-away and eat­ing out. Favourites include Loco Bur­ri­to for a quick­ly tasty take-away option, and Hanu­mans (at the Dou­ble­tree Hilton ) for when guests come to town. And if you’re look­ing for com­pa­ny, a pop­u­lar haunt is Monte’s, which has great pub menu. Veg­e­tar­i­ans are well catered for! Oth­er options include:

The town itself has a vibrant social com­mu­ni­ty, which means it is usu­al­ly pret­ty easy to find a will­ing accom­plice for adven­tures both in around town and fur­ther afield. 

Red Hot Arts and the Town Coun­cil pro­vide an excel­lent repos­i­to­ry of infor­ma­tion detail­ing local resources and events.

Year­ly Cal­en­dar Events include:

The Aralu­en Arts Cen­tre hosts a wide range of exhi­bi­tions, the per­form­ing arts and alter­na­tive cin­e­ma includ­ing flick­er­fest. A sec­ond cin­e­ma in town shows the lat­est block­busters as well as host­ing film fes­ti­vals (such as the renowned Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val) and local films.

The Todd Mall Mar­kets show­cas­es local arts, crafts and pro­duce every sec­ond Sun­day (except dur­ing the peak heat of summer).