Welcome to Alice Springs
It's the gateway to some of central Australia's most stirring landscapes: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a four-hour drive away, while closer still, the ruggedly beautiful MacDonnell Ranges stretch east and west; you don't have to venture far to find yourself among ochre-red gorges, pastel-hued hills and ghostly white gum trees.
Alice is a key touchstone for understanding Aboriginal Australia in all its complexity (where else can you hear six uniquely Australian languages in the main street?) and its present-day challenges. The Aboriginal name for Alice Springs is Mparntwe, and the region's traditional owners are the Arrernte, although many different Aboriginal communities now call Alice Spring home.