Anzac Hill, located in the north of Alice Springs, is a lookout and war memorial with views over the entire town and surrounds including Heavitree Gap and the MacDonnell Ranges.

The view makes Anzac Hill a popular stop-off for visitors to the area.

Especially around sunrise and sunset when the stark ‘Red Centre’ is aglow with golden light.

At the top of the hill there is a monument to the glorious fallen Australian and New Zealand soldiers (ANZACs), from which the hill itself takes its name.

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What can you see on Anzac Hill?

Lookout 

Alice Springs is a particularly flat landscape with the exception of the MacDonnell Ranges.

But most of the ranges’ peaks cannot be scaled.

Anzac Hill is one of the few high vantage points where you can see the MacDonnell Ranges.

From the top you are able to see the entire township of Alice Springs.

The hill offers 360 degree unobstructed views of the town.

There is a startling emptiness of the surrounding areas and shows how important the main town is in sustaining the entire Red Centre Region.

The Memorial 

At the top of Anzac Hill is an expansive war memorial for the ANZACs.

They lost their lives in the various conflicts involving Australia and New Zealand.

This memorial doesn’t just bring attention to the main areas of conflict, but also the lesser areas like Malaya and Borneo.

There are plaques around the edges of the summit.

Anzac Hill is also home to a white obelisk marked with the phrase ‘Lest We Forget’ and the Anzac badge.

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Climbing The Hill 

Although Anzac Hill doesn’t seem particularly high or much of a challenge to climb, it can prove to be more strenuous than it appears.

Climbing the hill is not recommended for individuals with health problems.

Additionally, the stairs to the top of the hill can be steep.

Heat Considerations 

The weather in Alice Springs can be very hot, reaching highs of more than 40 degrees Celsius on the hottest days.

Heat should be taken into account before you make the climb.

Especially since there are no trees on top of the hill to provide cover.

Wear a hat and bring an ample supply of water.

Nearby Attractions 

Alice Springs is not lacking for entertainment, with nearby attractions including the Alice Springs Reptile Centre and the nearby Alice Springs Desert Park.

Only a short drive away are the first attractions of the MacDonnell Ranges.

How to get to Anzac Hill

Car

Drivers can access Anzac Hill from Schwarz Crescent, before turning onto Anzac Hill Road.

It is possible to drive almost all the way to the top, but the location of the parking area means you will need to walk the rest of the way to the summit.

Walk

For those without cars, Anzac Hill is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. You should be able to easily spot it regardless of where you’re staying.

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In order to see Anzac Hill along with a few other Alice Springs attractions, consider taking a tour, which allows you to see the best that the city and surrounding areas have to offer.

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History

Anzac Hill is a significant site not just for local Aboriginal people, but also for European settlers who have come to call the area home.

During the first 60 years of European settlement in the Alice Springs region, Anzac Hill was known as ‘The Hill’.

Later, it was called Stott Hill and View Hill.

It wasn’t until 1934 that its name was officially changed to Anzac Hill, in memory of the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) killed during World War I.

During World War II the population of Alice Springs increased substantially thanks to a large military presence.

An oval below the hill was designated as a large camp for the soldiers of the Australian Army’s Darwin Overland Maintenance Force.

The unit was one of a select group responsible for operating vehicles that transported goods and personnel to Darwin along the north-south road then known as ‘The Track’.

It is now the Stuart Highway.

Anzac Hill is now at the centre of the annual Anzac Day remembrance events.

It remains a popular lookout for locals and tourists.

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