Explore the Australian Outback

By: Michiel Van

Taking a trip to Australia should create memories never to be forgotten but it is such a large country it could be difficult to decide exactly where you should explore. There are many different exciting places to visit on your Australian trip, but there are a few special places you can’t afford to miss, and one of the most popular is Alice Springs.

Alice Springs is one of the most popular places visited, although in reality a simple country town in the outback it offers plenty of things to see and do. You will need at least a few days in this charming landscape. The Arrernte aboriginal tribe lived here for over 20,000 years before pioneers and missionaries arrived in the area and the surroundings is something else with gum trees, clashing colours, waterholes and unique wildlife. For an authentic Australian outback visit Alice Springs, there are plenty of cheap hotels to choose from.

The main attraction in Alice Springs is the colossal Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock. A short bus journey will bring you to the wonder that is ‘the rock’ as there are no hotels in the near vicinity. The area itself is a World Heritage Area and stands nearly 350m high with a circumference of over 9km. You will see one of the most beautiful sunsets ever experienced.

Other places of interest in Alice Springs is the Desert Park, a valid outback attraction ideal for discovering the Central Australian deserts and its unique varieties of the natural world. You can also observe nighttime desert habitats by venturing on a walking track.

In the actual town is the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame devoted to preserving the place of women in history for their special involvement to Australia’s heritage. Located within the Old Alice Springs Gaol sightseers are able to meet up with the local Aboriginal women and learn about their traditions, myths and legends. Cheap hotels in Australia are easy to find, just reserve online for ease and to assure a room.

The Museum of Central Australia has an interesting display showing how the area evolved by using a series of displays from the Big Bang to the present day. The exhibitions demonstrate the evolution of the landscape, and the creatures which inhabited it. There are some wonderful mammals, reptiles and fossils to see including a giant freshwater crocodile and Dromornis Stirtoni, the largest bird that ever lived and is said to be around 8 million years old.

For a cultural experience then head to The Aralauen Centre whose objective is to interest the local population in arts, crafts and theatre. There are exhibitions, an art gallery, a sculpture garden, and an art craft studio. Local Aboriginal art is on display as well as artwork and paintings from Albert Namatjira and Rex Batterbee.

The Old Stuart Town Goal is the oldest surviving building of the town and was built in 1907 by well known stone mason Jack Williams. Used as a jail until 1938, in the ‘20s due to a lack of space and it being the coolest place in town it was also at times used as a school room.

Just outside of Alice Springs is the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park located on Aboriginal land. It is a great place to look around, learn about and try to understand something about the Aboriginal people and their strong culture. Watarrka National Park is made up of the George Gill Range and offers a picturesque landscape of Rocky Mountains, rock holes and ravines. In the park you will find plenty of curious animals and plants, the park is a major conservation area. Kings Canyon features ancient sandstone walls that have been shaped by the elements, some towering as high as 100m.The canyon area is an experience in its own right and it’s easy to spend more than a few days roving around this huge area exploring its exceptional beauty.

Cheap Australian hotels can be booked online ahead of time guaranteeing you accommodation when you arrive at your destination. Go online to find hotels in Australia, New Zealand and Gold Coast accommodation at reasonable rates. Coast/

Author Resource:->  Michiel Van Kets provides article services for Tim Brooks who works for Cheaper Than Hotels Australia which helps travellers find the right hotel at the right price. A visitor can quickly search a database offering bargains in 130 countries worldwide. For cheap hotels in Australia, Adelaide hotels.

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