Gallery: Alice Springs places and faces
Straddling the ephemeral Todd River, Alice Springs is the second largest town in the Northern Territory and the geographical heart of Australia, or as locals are given to saying, "the town closest to every beach in Oz". In reality, it's 1200km as the crow flies to the nearest ocean and about 1500km to the closest major cities, Adelaide and Darwin. It has a population of approximately 28,000, 12 per cent of the NT's population.
Photo credit: Barry Skipsey