Alice Springs, popularly referred to either as "the Alice" or simply "Alice", is the second-largest town in the Northern Territory with its estimated population of more than 27,400 residents. Located some 1,498 kilometres south of Darwin, it straddles the Todd River in Central Australia (also known as Red Centre) near the territory's southern border. The town is situated about midway through the Adelaide-Darwin Railway, Australia's north-to-south transcontinental railroad.
Established 1872, Alice Springs, which takes its name from the town's water springs, is part of the local government area of Alice Springs Town Council and the Federal Division of Lingiari (one of Australia's Electoral Divisions).
Alice Springs always has something of interest for its locals and visitors:
Art lovers definitely have much to enjoy in Alice Springs thanks to its cultural and artistic heritage. Art galleries that display Aboriginal art are hosted by Todd Mall, the town's focal point, which is open daily. Every September, the town hosts the Desert Mob Art Show, an annual event that draws enthusiasts from all over the world. Those into performance arts can visit the Araluen Centre for Arts and Entertainment, or attend the annual Bass in the Dust music festival.
Sports fanatics may find Alice Springs very fascinating with the conventional and novel activities and events the town makes available. "Home-grown" events include the Alice Desert Festival Camel Cup, Beanie Festival, the Henley-on-Todd Regatta, and the Finke Desert Race. Regular sports activities include basketball, boxing, cricket, football (Australian rules), hockey, rugby, soccer, and tennis.
Other tourist destinations in and around Alice Springs include Alice Springs Desert Park, Alice Springs Reptile Centre, East MacDonnell Ranges, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Finke Gorge National Park, Glen Helen Gorge, Larapinta Trail, Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Ormiston Gorge, Redbank Gorge, Simpson Desert, Stanley Chasm, Tnorala Conservation Reserve, and West MacDonnell Ranges.