Cheap Flights to Alice Springs

Alice Springs overview

Many travellers visiting Alice Springs have just one thing on their minds - Uluru. The monolith of enormous, cultural, importance to the local Anangu people, is 440km (275 miles) south-west of Alice Springs, but if you do whizz in and out of the airport at Alice, you're missing a town with a beautiful setting, fascinating history and loads of culture.

John McDouall Stuart, the explorer, camped close to Alice Springs in 1860, and the small settlement was known as Stuart Town for some time. Romantically, it was named Alice after the wife of Charles Todd, who was the superintendent of telegraphs. In 1933, it officially became Alice Springs.

The town is nestled among the MacDonnell ranges. To the west of Alice are Simpson’s Gap, Standley Chasm and the Finke Gorge National Park. To the east is Emily Gap, Trephina Gorge Nature park, Arltunga Historic Reserve, Ruby Gap Nature Park and N’Dhala Gorge.

Alice itself, is a town of wide streets shaded by eucalyptus trees. It has a strong cultural and artistic tradition that matches its natural beauty. Along Todd Mall, art galleries exhibit, and sell, Aboriginal art work from local artists, including the renowned Albert Namatjira and Rex Batterbee, Namatjira's mentor.

Visitors should remember that Alice was home to Afghan cameleers, flying doctors (Alice is a major base of the Royal Flying Doctor Service) and tough outback explorers. None tougher, perhaps, than the women who settled here. Today, the National Pioneer Women's Hall Of Fame celebrates their contribution to life in the Northern Territory.

Alice Springs climate

This continental desert is, as you'd expect, dry, with hot summers (December to February), cool winters (June to August) and rainfall sporadically. Summer temperatures range between the 30-45 C (85-115 F), while winter temperatures can hover between 8-10 C (45-50 F) during the day. Night-time temperatures can fall below 0 C (32 F). The spring months (September and early October) can have very changeable weather - big variation in temperatures, thunder storms, dust storms and hail. The autumn months (March to May) are, perhaps, the best time to visit Alice Springs. The days are warm and the nights are cool and temperatures stay fairly static throughout the day.

When to fly to Alice Springs

Peak Season: 

April to September is high season, when most travellers visit Alice Springs. 

Off Season: 

October to March is considered the off season.

Getting around Alice Springs

Multiple car-hire companies have desks at Alice Springs Airport. There's an Airport Shuttle that operates 365 days per year, taking passengers to their accommodation. Taxis are available, too.

It's easy to get around Alice Springs on foot and the ASBUS runs four services - North, South, East and West. Buses operates on weekdays and Saturday (except public holidays).

Airports for Alice Springs

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How much do things cost in Alice Springs?

Markets
Large bottle of water
QAR 12.55
Bottle of wine
QAR 235.97
Loaf of white bread
QAR 42.23
Restaurants
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
QAR 40.31
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
QAR 45.23
Cappuccino
QAR 53.09
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of jeans
QAR 884.88
Pair of Nike shoes
QAR 1455.14
Transport
Petrol (1 litre)
QAR 17.27
1 km taxi journey
QAR 23.60
One-way ticket (local transport)
QAR 23.60
Taxi - fixed fee
QAR 42.47
How much does a beer cost in Alice Springs?
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
QAR 106
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
QAR 47
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
QAR 94
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
QAR 47

International departures to Alice Springs

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