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 Hanuman’s (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:
- Epilogue (live venue)
- Page 27
- Vietnamese Market Garden Restaurant
- Water tank Café (live venue)
- The Goods Coffee Shop
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.
- Easter in the Alice mountain bike event
- The Desert festival arts and cultural event
- The Beanie festival craft event
- Desert Mob major art exhibition
- Wide Open Space music festival
- Henley on Todd
- Camel Cup
- Red Centre Nats
- Parrtjima lights festival
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).