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Alice Springs NT 0870

Alice Springs NT 0870, Australia, Alice Springs, Australia

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25-05-2017 - 14:11 PM

I wanted to go somewhere slightly off the beaten path, but I didn’t want to get stuck on a trip with nothing interesting to do. After a little research, Alice Springs really started to look great. It sees tourists, but not as many as larger areas like Sydney or Melbourne. There seemed to be a great mix of things to see and things to do. I made a short itinerary, but when I got there, I wound up going off script a little. I’m really glad I did, and I had the time of my life.

The Locals Were Great

I wanted to stay for two weeks, and I knew how expensive it would be to stay at a hotel and go on a billion guided tours. I found a room for rent on Gumtree, and stayed with a local. I’m so glad I did. She was massively helpful. She told me where to go for everything, and on my first night there, we went out to her favorite local restaurant. She answered all of my questions, and told me about her favorite places to go in the area.

I used her recommendations to make an updated game plan for my trip. She’s lived there all her life, and I don’t know how much different my trip would have been without her local expertise. If she were here right now, I’d give her a giant hug and thank her again.

I Spent a Lot of Time in Nature

I’m an outdoorsy person, and the opportunities to interact with nature had a huge influence on my decision to go to Alice Springs. I planned a visit to Ayers Rock immediately, because I couldn’t contain my excitement any longer.

I didn’t stop after that outing – I still went on to hike the Larapinta Trail. At the end of Larapinta Trail is Ormiston Gorge, which I had no idea I would find. The gorge is picturesque and almost unreal to look at. It almost seems like something that came out of a film or a video game. It’s hard to describe what it’s like to actually take in the sight. If you’re going to Alice Springs, I would consider a visit to the Gorge to be a must.

The Art Blew Me Away

I spent a whole day in Araluen Cultural Precinct. It’s a museum that displays both art and natural artifacts. It’s a small town, so I wasn’t expecting very much. I was actually amazed by how large and diverse it was. It featured everything from articulated animal skeletons to aboriginal sculptural art. It gives a really good representation of the area’s culture.

There’s also the Yubu Napa Art Gallery, which manages to be modest and impressive at the same time. It’s a cozy place with bare white walls, dressed in colorful mixed media art. If you go at the right time, you can even watch the local aboriginal people creating new works of art. It’s amazing to see the process unfold before your very eyes.

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Melbourne, Australia

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