Sorrel in downtown Alice.
The Aboriginal artwork.
Eating a feast in Alice.
NT budget accommodation.... If you're itching to hit the centre of Australia, then head to one of Australia's fastest growing towns … Alice.
Not so many years ago, people only went to Alice Springs because they had to … and not many people had to. The occasional pastoralist or adventurer, and maybe the odd prospector hoping to find gold made the journey to the centre of Australia.
It's a totally different story today. Alice Springs is one of Australia's fastest growing towns, and has trebled in size since the Northern Territory attained self-government in 1978. No longer a frontier town of a telegraph station and outback supply depot, tourism has given a whole new life to the Alice. Around 390,000 tourists visit each year, far outnumbering the 26,000 locals.
Nestled in the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs is home of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of the Air and the world famous Desert Park. The town was immortalised by the 1956 film A Town like Alice.
Wayne Kraft moved there from Darwin in 1975 and simply adores the centre. He says the four Cs Alice has to offer convinced him to stay: culture, climate, characters and closeness to every beach in Australia!
Wayne bought the Overlanders Steak House in 1990, and offers very Australian cuisine. His intention was to honour the men and women who ventured so far into Australia's great outback the explorers, miners, settlers, workers and overlanders.
When not at the restaurant, Wayne loves to show off the place he knows so well. Starting at Anzac Hill, from where the best overview of the town can be had, Wayne points out a few major things of interest and where you will be heading.
The Natural History Museum has a great collection celebrating talents of past and present Territorians, including Albert Namatjira and Clifford Possum Japaltjarri. Contemporary Aboriginal art is popular worldwide, and a visit to the Jukurrpa Art Centre is a must. It is owned and controlled by Aboriginal people and doubles as a studio.