The city at the centre of Australia—Alice Springs. Travelling to ‘The Alice’ is incredibly easy wherever you are, with almost all flights from capital cities being 3 to 4 hours long. A peak at the area on Google Maps will show you exactly why it’s often known as the Red Centre, with even the surrounding national parks being inundated with red rock and rugged bushland.
As you would expect from the middle of the outback, the days tend to be warm (up to 40 degrees Celsius in summer) and quite cool in the evenings (even hitting below 0 degrees). To escape the heat, the Araluen Arts Centre is a popular check point for visitors. The 500-seat theatre and four galleries are filled with more than 1,100 artworks, including Aboriginal pieces of work.
The Eastern and Central Arrernte people are the traditional landowners of the Alice Springs and East MacDonnell ranges. With around 1,800 speakers of Eastern and Central Arrernte, it is the largest spoken language in the Arandic (Australian Aboriginal languages) family.
While in Alice Springs, you should take the time to visit the Desert Park. By recreating natural animal environments, you can walk or cycle through the 2.5km walk and see some of the many inland river, sand country and woodland inhabitants. The birds of prey show is a definite must-see.
Accommodation in The Alice is as family friendly as it comes. There are many campsites, holiday parks, bed and breakfasts, sanctuaries, retreats, resorts and motels around to keep you out of the heat and well rested.