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Category: Cities, Local time: 07:34:43, Altitude: 574m, Official WWW website:

Alice Springs is a city situated almost in the middle of Australia . It is located in the Northern Territory in the MacDonnel´s Range, and it is surrounded by a desert.

About Alice Springs

The city was founded in 1870s as a station for the land telegraph line. Today it has a population of about 27 000. Alice Springs is popular and frequently visited by tourists as it is a starting point to visit the famous Uluru , as well as for other trips into the wilderness in the surroundings.

How to Get There

Besides the airlines, Alice Springs is connected with the world by means of the Stuart Highway that runs from the south to the north of Australia from Adelaide to Darwin . Recently a trans-continental railroad that runs along the same route has been completed. It is called the Ghan Railroad (more about the railroad can be found HERE ) , which is a wrong name for caravans of camels that had provided the transportation to and from Alice Springs in the old times. A lot of those camels called "Afghan" were freed and released into the surrounding wilderness as they were not needed anymore after the telegraph station has been completed. There are plenty of them now, and Australia is the only place in the world where this kind of wild camel can be found.

Tourism in Alice Springs

The surrounding area is an ideal locality to get to know the beauty of inland Australia. Among the most important monuments in Alice Springs, apart from the historic Telegraph Station, is the Anzac Memorial from 1934. The city also has a beautiful Botanical Garden and there are several museums, for example, the Museum of Central Australia and the museum dedicated to the memory of John Flynn, who was the founder of medical services in Adelaide House, the first hospital in Alice Springs. Alice Springs also has a cultural center, which regularly hosts various music, dance and theatre performances. During the year there are many celebrations and festivals in Alice Springs, most of which are associated with art of aboriginal people. Local horse races called the Camel Cup are also well-known. Golf players will like the beautiful golf course - Alice Springs Golf Club.

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The climate in Alice Springs is continental - hot and dry. In summer, daytime temperatures reach 40 ° C. In winter, night temperatures drop to 5 ° C. Rainfall is rare, the annual average is 279 mm. The rains usually come as torrential storms.

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GPS: -23.7007, 133.8769
Altitude: 574 m
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Last update: 2012-10-21 18:41:42

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