Alice Springs is located in the physical centre of the Australian continent, roughly halfway between Darwin and Adelaide. The township is affectionately referred to by locals as either ‘The Alice’, or simply ‘Alice’.
The town of Alice Springs spans the Todd River which, due to the extremes of an arid zone climate, is mostly a dry riverbed until significant downpours reach the catchment area to the north, causing the river to flow.
The municipality of Alice Springs covers an area of 320km2, 74% of which is Crown Land and therefore not rateable (i.e. no revenue generated). Alice Springs Town Council serves a population of approximately (source: ABS ERP 2017) 26,600 residents, including 13,000 electors, living in over 6,600 dwellings.
The town’s population embraces a mix of many diverse cultures. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals that the Alice Springs community is comprised of people from an array of origins including Australian Indigenous, Pacific Islanders, American, European, African, Indian, and Asian. The Mayor regularly conducts citizenship ceremonies to celebrate newly-conferred Australians residing in our unique town.
Alice Springs is the service hub for a large region of the southern half of the Northern Territory, encompassing 260 communities across approximately 551,000km2, plus areas of South Australia and Western Australia. Alice Springs Town Council’s Regional Waste Management Facility provides waste management and recycling for all communities in Central Australia, including those serviced by Yulara, MacDonnell Regional Council, Central Desert Regional Council and Barkly Regional Council.
Alice Springs is on Australian Central Standard Time, UTC/GMT +9:30 hours.
Alice Springs averages 9.6 hours of sunshine per day. Summer temperatures may reach mid-40o Celsius, whilst during the winter months, evening temperatures can drop below 0o Celsius. Winter months in Central Australia are considered ‘tourism season’ due to the pleasant and comfortable climate.
The town’s water supply is largely drawn from groundwater, either from alluvial or rock aquifers in the Amadeus Basin.
The local economy is reliant on government services, tourism, pastoral and mining activities.