From Uluru we took a scenic bus ride northeast to Alice Springs. Alice is the midway point between Darwin and Brisbane. Between Uluru and Alice it’s just a lot of red vast nothingness. Even though it’s all desert it really is beautiful.
Alice Springs is a large town relative to the other towns in the outback, but it doesn’t really compare to anything outside of the Northern Territory. There were a couple of shops we went to including the Red Kangaroo Book store. My mom and I appropriately picked up a copy of A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute.We also had a surprisingly delicious brunch at Page 27 Café. That was really all we had time for. If we stayed another morning I would have done the hot air balloon ride.
Accommodation – DoubleTree
We stayed the evening at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs. I booked the stay through HotelTonight. They are currently going through an extensive renovation of the entire hotel. The lobby is bright, modernly decorated, and open. There were two restaurants on site and I believe they also had room service. The rooms were in a separate building from reception, but still very close and easily accessible via ramps even with luggage.
The room was clean and had a wonderful view of the mountains. We only stayed for the night and it was a comfy room for that. However, the air con didn’t work well and that made it not the most comfortable sleep. There was a gym onsite as well as a pool. If you’re in Alice Springs this is a good hotel option with a great value.