But exact centre or not, no town defines OZ quite like Alice Springs - aka 'The Alice'!
This town at the centre of Central Australia is a microcosm of Australia's quintessence, and is therefore worthy to introduce my Aussie ABC – the archetypes of awesome, amazing Australia (some more great 'A' words in case you hadn't noticed)!
While many Australian landscapes look completely unlike those in and around Alice Springs and Central Australia, I'll bet that if someone says 'Australia' to you, images of this region are what you'll more than likely first think of.
Especially the REDS of gorges, chasms, rocks, earth and sunsets ...
... and the rugged Outback ranges ...
... and the endless blue, Blue, BLUE (mostly) cloudless skies ...
... and the distinctive Central OZ desert landscapes that you'll always recognise even without a caption!
HHHMMMmmm... perhaps that makes the whole area too much of a cliché?
Or maybe not.
Lets take a tour to see what some of the Alice's different aspects look like!
|Giant Ghost Gum|
|Alice Springs Desert Park|
The Alice Springs of Neville Shute's classic novel 'A Town Like Alice' is almost a character in its own right. And since my first visit in the early noughties, I've been addicted to its eclectic mix of cultures, landscapes, flora and fauna – and it's within cooee of even more unique Australiana (aka 'oddities')!
|Mt Sonder, West MacDonnell Ranges via Alice Springs, Central Australia|
Head from Alice Springs in ANY direction and you'll see what I mean. For example: Kata Tjuta (and of course Uluru) to the south west. 'Dinky' the singing, piano playing dingo at Stuarts Well to the south. Rainbow Valley to the south east. And of course, due north to the Devils Marbles and Wycliffe Well – self-proclaimed UFO capital of Australia.
|Trephina Gorge, East MacDonnell Ranges via Alice Springs, Northern Territory|