While not an exciting place to see, there are some hidden gems, and at the very least, some hotels and restaurants for your journey to and from Uluru.
Located between the MacDonnell Ranges and the dry Todd River, Alice Springs is the arrival/departure point for exploring the vast Outback. The small city has a transient feel, as most people are only passing through. Expect hot days and cold nights. Everything you need can be found by walking down Todd Street.
This place makes you busy in attending gallery and community events, Museum of Central Australia, Desert Mob art show , olive Pink, Botanic Gardens and much more to travel and explore something new always in every visit.
The surrounding country is gorgeous and offers plenty of outdoor recreation. The town itself has a great vibe. Even though it's a small place, there is no shortage of galleries, shops or restaurants. If you're looking for tours of the outback or central Australia this seems like the place to find them.