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Alice Springs – Say G’Day and G’Bye

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A January 2006 trip to Alice Springs by Carmen

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Quote: It's a great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to stay there.

Alice Springs – Say G’Day and G’Bye

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Alice Springs Photo, Alice Springs, Australia
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I hate to say it, but I thought that this tiny little town in the Outback should’ve been left off the itinerary for my tour – at least not an overnight-stay town. Trouble is, it’s so far away from anything else (5 hours from Uluru.) I think we could’ve flown there in the morning, looked around in the a.m., and then driven to Uluru the same day. There’s just not enough to keep you busy for more than a day, and the hotel here was the worst we stayed in. (And it was the “best” in Alice Springs. I’d hate to see the worst.)That said, there were some interesting things to see here. The Royal Flying Doctor Service, was interesting to see, as was the School of the Air...Read More

Voyages Alice Springs Resort

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Hotel | "Alice Springs Resort – Skip to the End"

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When the tour guide told us that the Alice Springs Resort was the best hotel in Alice Springs, I began to wonder about the other poor souls staying in the sub-par accommodations. This hotel was listed at four and a half stars, but I think someone accidentally put the four stars in front of the half.I’d liken this hotel to a Motel 6 in the States, and if it was the best, I’d have hated to see the worst. The rooms all had this awful smell to them – I couldn’t stay in the first room for very long before wanting to gag. I was told to open the windows and air it out – but the only ventilation was these little sliding windows above the big glass lookout window &ndas...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 19, 2006

Voyages Alice Springs Resort
34 STOTT TERRACE
Alice Springs, Australia 0870
61 2 93391040

Bojangles Saloon

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Restaurant | "Bojangles Saloon – A Bit O’ Fun On the Tourists"

Bojangles Saloon Photo, Alice Springs, Australia
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I had the most fun lunching in the Bojangles Saloon, located on the main strip (and there’s really only one) of Alice Springs. If the swinging doors don’t pique your interest, check out the saddle seats at the bar, or the cowhide bench seats, or the boots that are nailed to the ceiling as if someone was dancing up there and just fell out of them. Order at the bar and then take a seat and look around. Oh, and make sure to go to the washroom first, if you can get in! The “hinges” are painted on the side of the door that opens, so you push and push to get in until one of the locals takes pity on you and let’s you in on the gag. Once you’re inside, however, you’re on your own to find out which...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2006

Bojangles Saloon
80 Todd Street
Alice Springs, Australia
+61 (08) 8952-2873

School of the Air

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Attraction | "School of The Air: REALLY Long-Distance Learning"

School of the Air Photo, Alice Springs, Australia
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The majority of Australians live along the coastal areas of the country, leaving the red interior sparsely populated. So how do you go to school when the closest farm is 15,000 acres away, much less the closest children? Grab a CB radio (and now the Internet) and a pen and paper – there might be a test later.Students between the ages of 4 to 13 years who live on cattle stations (farms), national parks, and even Aboriginal communities participate with a teacher via radio and Internet (though it was just the radio up until a few years ago). Tours are given in this two-room building (starting with a short video) as visitors can see a live class in action. Not only are they taught the ba...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2006

School of the Air
Alice Springs
Alice Springs, Australia

Royal Flying Doctor Service

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Attraction | "Royal Flying Doctor Service – Sky Lift, Please"

Royal Flying Doctor Service Photo, Alice Springs, Australia
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In Australia, medical care is a free service to its citizens, and the system doesn’t allow mere distance to stand in its way.Injury on a cattle station? Baby due in a national park? Break your leg in a car accident on a remote Outback road? Never fear! The Royal Flying Doctor Service is here!Swooping out of the sky in either a turbo-prop King Air or a single-prop PC-12 (both large enough for a doctor, a nurse and a patient) the medical team of the Royal Flying Doctor Service often risks their own safety to save their fellow countrymen.There are radio stations positioned around the country, including this one in Alice Springs, where a dispatcher takes the calls...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2006

Royal Flying Doctor Service
8 Stewart Terrace
Alice Springs, NT
+61 8 8238 3333

Alice Springs Telegraph Station

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Attraction | "Telegraph Station: The Info Superhighway of the Outback"

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Photo, Alice Springs, Australia
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The sole reason for the existence of a town at the location of Alice Springs was the need for a midway station on the Overland Telegraph Line from Darwin in the north, to Adelaide in the south. Previously, news of births, deaths, and world events would take months to travel by sea. With this station, now it took only hours.But as a source of information, the station was isolated. It took the people that were stationed here six months to travel here over some of the harshest land this planet has to offer (populated by lots of critters that would as soon kill you as look at you. Even the plants could get you!) They would then stay and work there six months and spend the next six months trave...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2006

Alice Springs Telegraph Station
South Stuart Highway
Alice Springs, Australia
+61 (08) 8951 8211