Alice Springs airport was formerly used as a military airport to fly in troops and supplies. Known as Seven Mile Aerodrome, it officially became Alice Springs airport in 1958. In recent years, the airport saw itself welcoming increasing numbers of passengers. It has one terminal, equipped with modern airport facilities.
How to get around
While there are no public transport services from the airport to town, you may take the Alice Springs Airport Shuttle to your hotel within NZD20 for a one-way ticket. Taxis are also available and a trip to town costs around NZD40. Alternatively, you can always rent a car from the airport.
Most places of interests are easily accessible via car. Hence, you may consider car rental services. One of the companies you can approach for better deals is the Outback Travel Shop. Taxi services are also available. If you wish to save on your accommodation, renting a camper van enables you to travel to places and have a place to stay at the same time.
There are designated parking lots for caravans in Alice Springs. The Alice Wanderer Bus is also an alternative to get around town. The town’s public transport system comprises of buses and ferries. For a minimal sum, you get unlimited bus rides for 3 hours from the purchasing time of the ticket. There are also Show&Go daily and weekly tickets. They entitle you to unlimited bus rides. These tickets can be purchased on the bus or Alice Springs airport shuttle shop, Gregory Terrace.
What to see and do
Alice Springs is also known as “The Alice” by locals. It is a small town with a population of 27, 000. Although most people view Alice Springs as a gateway to Uluru, this town has a few places of attractions like wildlife parks, museums and hiking trails.
In the heart of Alice Springs stands Todd Mall. There are many businesses and restaurants located near the mall as well. In the vicinity also stands Alice Springs Reptile Centre, home to more than 30 reptile species.
Feeling bold? Pet the bearded dragon lizard or place the python around your shoulders. It also features a saltwater crocodile exhibit with underwater viewing. Or join the camel safari. A one hour camel ride tours are available for booking at Pyndan Camel Tracks.
Alice Springs has an abundance of Aboriginal Art. To find out more about aboriginal culture, drop by Mbantua Australian Aboriginal Art Gallery and Cultural Museum. There, you can find a large collection of Aboriginal landscape paintings.
About 16 minutes drive away is Alice Springs Desert Park. More than 120 animal species reside here. Hike through the park and try to spot for animals like the bilby and devil lizards.
If time permits, why not take a road trip from Alice Springs to the MacDonnell Ranges, a popular retreat for nature lovers? While the Larapinta Trails might take three weeks to complete, day tours are available as well. Cycle through the 17km Simpson Gap Bicycle Path and enjoy the Australian landscape.