Anzac stands for the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps and every 25th of April, both countries remember the Anzac soldiers who offered their lives in past wars and other peacekeeping operations. Anzac monuments are erected around Australia and in Alice Springs, a hill was dedicated to those who fought during the two world wars, Vietnam War and Korean War, among others.
The Anzac Hill is the most popular landmark in Alice Springs not only because of the meaning of the monument and flags raised on top of it but also of the panoramic view of the town. Visitors either hike or drive up to the top of the hill to watch the sunrise or sunset enveloping this small town with dramatic colors and an awe-inspiring ambiance. The mountain ranges surround the small town as if protecting a priceless gem from the harsh elements of nature and external influence of tourism. No high-rise buildings to block the horizon, no bright city lights to dim the stars, no urban noise to silence the desert music. Perhaps, Alice Springs is really a gem.
Don’t forget to visit this landmark when you are in Alice Springs. Admire the East and West MacDonnell Ranges. Sit for some time with your favorite drink and be grateful for the opportunity of being a part, even for a brief moment, of this isolated town that breathes in a much slower pace but in a more sensitive way. Thank the ranges, the sky, and the red earth the same way I did.