One of Australia’s best known country towns, Alice Springs was named after a telegraph official’s wife.
It is a town of 25,000 beside the dry Todd River, home of the famous Henley-on-Todd Regatta, held every August. The Henley-on-Todd is a dry-river competition where teams race through the deep coarse sand in a motley collection of bottomless yachts, bathtubs and other weird and wonderful ‘floats’.
Today, ‘The Alice’ is the centre of a booming tourism industry based on the strength that it is close to Uluru (Ayers Rock). It is, in fact, a 4.5-hour drive. But as far as 4.5-hour drives go, it’s a fairly quick and easy run due south along the Stuart and west along the Lasseter highways (all-sealed).
Alice Springs is a place of contrasts. Hip, even hipster, cafes are dotted throughout its centre, while looming large over the township are the majestic MacDonnell Ranges – one of the most peaceful, awe-inspiring and gentle landscapes our country has to offer.