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Sights to be seen Alice Springs - Top Tourist Attractions in Alice Springs

As one of the most visited tourist hubs in Central Australia Alice Springs is a city laden with intriguing attractions. From iconic landmarks to botanical spaces the area's top highlights are below.

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Central Australia Aviation Museum

Those with an interest in aviation must take time to stopover at the Central Australia Aviation Museum located in Alice Springs. Occupying pride of place in an authentic hanger belonging to Connellan Airways, at the first dedicated air strip in Alice Springs the Central Australia Aviation Museum is a project managed by the Araluen Cultural Precinct. Showcasing ancient doctor places and historic carriers and refurbished DC3 airplanes the venue also houses a plethora of aviation collectibles from Alice Spring's aviation history. The remnants of the iconic Kookaburra which met with a tragic end after a failed search and rescue mission in Tanami Desert to save Australian Aviating legend Kingsford-Smith are also found here alongside other exhibits. Open from 10am to 4pm on weekdays and 11am to 4pm on weekends the museum also houses a picnic region and an Interpretive Centre.

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Alice Springs Memorial Cemetery

Often regarded as a cultural landmark rather than a mass burial site the Alice Springs Memorial Cemetery is the last resting place of many influential leaders hailing from Alice Springs. These include the likes of aboriginal rights activist Olive Pink, Albert Namatjira and prospector Harold Lasseter.

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Alice Springs Transport Heritage Centre

Exploring the illustrious and fascinating history of transportation in Alice Springs and beyond the Alice Springs Transport Heritage Centre is not one but a series of museums located west of Stuart Highway and 10km from the heart of Alice Springs. A treasure trove for train enthusiasts and truck fanatics the Old Ghan Heritage Railway Museum at the Alice Springs Transport Heritage Centre is home to some breathtaking remnants of the former Stuart railway station. Beautifully refurbished Ghan locomotives and tea chambers are not the only showpieces on display here as train memorabilia of all shapes and sizes are also on display. The National Road Transport Hall of Fame on the other hand showcases ancient trains and large rig vehicles in addition to vintage vehicles and over a hundred trucks.

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Olive Pink Botanic Garden

Having opened its doors to the public as early as 1985 the Olive Pink Botanic Garden can rightly be described as Alice Spring's most visited botanic space and recreational hub thanks to its lush landscapes littered with multihued blooms. Home to a whopping 600 plant species endemic to Central Australia the venue also showcases 145 plant varieties that grow on the mountainous habitats in the region on rocky crags and other hilltop locations. Nearly 40 rare and endangered plant species are also found at the garden which is identified by two horizontal lines on the plant labels. Ideal for nature lovers and green thumbs alike the Olive Pink Botanic Garden is laden with walking paths which lead up to Annie Myers Hill which affords stunning views of the MacDonnell Ranges and Alice Springs at large. Informative placards educate visitors on desert plants and other aspects of the garden including the venue's founder.

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Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Showcasing more than 100 reptiles belonging to more than 50 reptile species the Alice Springs Reptile Centre is an attraction that is reserved for reptile fanatics the world over. Featuring indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces the chief highlights at the venue include the Terry’s Saltwater Crocodile display while those who wish to get up close and personal with pythons and lizard varieties can also do so while the centre's staff educates visitors on the habitats, predatory habits and food preferences of the slimy inhabitants. Visitors that have secured conveniently placed Alice Springs accommodation in some of the most sought after Alice Springs hotels such as the Chifley Alice Springs Resort can book a tour of the centre through the hotel.