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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published May 25th 2015
Let me tell you a secret
I spent just 1 night at Alice's Secret Travellers Inn in Alice Springs before heading to Uluru and simply loved it.

It was cheap (really cheap), warm, clean, comfortable, safe and quiet.

Alice's Secret Travellers Inn Alice Springs
Alice's Secret Travellers Inn, Alice Springs (©paula mcmanus)


It's a backpackers hostel with the lot. There's a travel agency built in to the hostel, so you can come and stay for as long as it takes to see the Red Centre and all it has to offer. From here, you can book into an Uluru/Kata Tjuta/Kings Canyon holiday experience, then come back, stay a night or 2 and then book into another wonderful outback experience. In fact, they can book you into where you want to go anywhere in Australia.

There are a variety of rooms to choose. There are dorms, single rooms, double rooms, an alpine hut, a caravan and even a bus! It's really funky and fun. The day rooms have full kitchen facilities as well as books and board games to play and share.

Alice's Secret Travellers Inn Alice Springs
Alice's Secret Travellers Inn Alice Springs (©paula mcmanus)


I stayed in a single room where pillows and blankets were provided. My room was the "upside down" room - shelves, pictures and paintings were upside down. Was a bit of fun and I loved it.

There are fantastic laundry and bathroom facilities and there's free tea and coffee and - the best bit - free wi-fi for selected rooms. For those staying in dorm rooms, the wi-fi costs just $3 per hour. Such a great bonus!

If you are visiting in the summer months, there's a lovely big garden full of hammocks, bench seats, bbq and a really big pool to cool off in.

Alice's Secret Travellers Inn Alice Springs
Alice's Secret Travellers Inn Alice Springs (©paula mcmanus)


There are a couple of strict and firm rules (and are the primary reasons that I booked to stay here) - no alcohol on site, no parties, no visitors. The gates are locked at night and paying guests are given the password to enable them to come and go.

The carparking is free and is also off road and behind locked gates. Lots of peace of mind here at Alice's Secret.

Alice's Secret Travellers Inn Alice Springs
Alice's Secret Travellers Inn Alice Springs (©paula mcmanus)


Seb runs a really terrific place - he's very welcoming and very organised. We were greeted with a friendly smile, shown our rooms and then invited to come back to the office so that he could help us in whichever way he could. He drew maps for us, gave us great advice on a fab place to eat dinner, and directed us to a couple of shops and tourist attractions. I thought the service he offered was terrific.

Alice's Secret Travellers Inn is located behind the Chifley Hotel and is a short 10 minute walk into the main centre of Alice Springs. If walking isn't your thing, then ask Seb to arrange a car hire or you can rent one of the electric bicycles (coming soon)!

Alice's Secret Travellers Inn Alice Springs
Alice's Secret Travellers Inn Alice Springs (©paula mcmanus)


Overall, it was a great place to stay and I'd highly recommend it. It is basic, clean accommodation which suited me and my budget. I slept really well and was safe and warm. 10/10 to Seb and Alice's Secret.

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Phone: 8952 8686
Where: 6 Khalick Street, Alice Springs
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Hi Paula, I'm heading to Alice in September. Thanks for this tip. I'll also be going to Perth. Do you know of any reasonably cheap places in Perth?
by Faye (score: 2|921) 726 days ago
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