Information & Facts
The climate of Alice Springs is arid, being hot, dry and dusty nearly all year round, except for winter nights, which can have temperatures dramatically plummeting to below freezing. Summers are blistering with the mercury regularly rising to over 104ºF (40ºC), with winter daytime temperatures remaining warm. Rain is infrequent and unpredictable, with heavy showers occurring sometimes during summer.
Alice Springs town centre covers only about five blocks and it is easy to get around on foot. A limited public bus system operates. Those wanting to go further afield to surrounding attractions will need to take a guided tour or rent a car.
English is the official language of Australia.
The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.