About Alice Springs

People of Alice Springs

Alice Springs lies in the physical and spiritual heart of the Australian continent, approximately halfway between Darwin (in the north) and Adelaide (in the south).

The municipality of Alice Springs covers an area of 320 square kilometres. The Alice Springs Town Council serves a population of approximately 27,000 residents, including over 13,000 electors and more than 6,600 dwellings.

The town is also a service hub for a much greater region, including an area of 551,000 sq kms of the southern half of the Northern Territory, plus parts of South Australia and Western Australia.

The population is made up of a vibrant mix of local, national and international cultures, living side by side. Information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicates Alice has a highly diverse community comprised of people from an array of origins including Indigenous, American, European, African, Indian, and Asian. The town's Mayor conducts regular Citizenship ceremonies to celebrate newly-conferred Australians residing in our special town.

Alice Springs is on Australian Central Standard Time, UTC/GMT +9:30 hours.

Of the 320 square kilometres that Alice Springs covers, 74% is Crown Land, and therefore not rateable.

Alice Springs water is drawn largely from groundwater, either from alluvial or rock aquifers in the Amadeus Basin.

Alice Springs township spans the Todd River which, due to the extremes of an arid zone climate, is more often a dry riverbed until large downfalls of rain reach the catchment area north of the town, causing the Todd River to flow.

Alice Springs averages 9.6 hours sunshine per day

The economy is reliant on government services, tourism, pastoral and mining activities. It is also a major service centre for approximately 260 remote communities across 551,403 sq km.