Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, Alice Springs

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  • Address: South Stuart Highway, P.O. Box 2130, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +61-0889518211
  • Ticket Price: 8 AUD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: View Point, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Town, Picnic Spot
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About Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, Alice Springs

Did you know- Alice Springs is equidistant from Adelaide and Darwin. That made it the perfect spot to erect a Telegraph station to relay messages between the two cities. The Telegraph Station marks the settlement of the European folks in Alice Springs. Functional for 60 years since its inception in 1872, the stone buildings were later used as a school for Aboriginal children of mixed heritage.

The authorities behind the Historical Reserve have taken painstaking efforts to preserve these 12 buildings; they are the best preserved buildings along the Overland Telegraph Line. With the backdrop of the MacDonnell Range, the Reserve is a well loved place for picnics, barbeques and the occasional wandering wildlife. You can take a short detour and trot down to the semi-permanent spring that gave the town its name - Alice Springs. Have a picnic lunch on the grounds, take a tour of the buildings, post a letter with their special franking stamp and see the spring that got the town its name!

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve Information

  • While entrance to the Reserve is free, the precinct (buildings) requires a fee and a tour.
  • The best way to optimize your visit here would be to bring a packed lunch or an evening snack to enjoy on the grounds before you set out back into the city.

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve Ticket Prices

  • Free Historical Precinct, Adults- AU$8 Children (4-15yrs)- AU$5.

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve Opening and Closing Hours

  • Historical Precinct open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Closed on Christmas. The grounds are open till 9:00 pm and the museum, 5:00 pm.

How To reach Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve by Public Transport

  • Aldidja Street
  • Madigan Street

Restaurants Near Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

  • Sammy's Pizza
  • Watertank Cafe
  • Page 27 Cafe (breakfast/brunch recommended)

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Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, Alice Springs Reviews

  • Beautiful picnic or cafe location & significant historical site. Historical buildings and facilities well maintained with interesting, informative displays and tours. Variety of walking and cycling tracks. Great staff!

  • It was a lovely place to visit, the other month when we were visiting family in Alice. Grassed BBQ area is beautiful. The only issue we experienced was a very rude lady named Dawn who must work there as she was in uniform. Asked a few simple questions about the place, and she was very short with my older husband and not at all welcoming or hospitable, and did not seem as though she wanted to assist us at all. It was very disappointing, and tainted our overall experience with a beautiful place.

  • If ur interested to see how old telegraphic system worked previously then it is good place for you. There is a cafe and a souvenir shop. Massive area for picnic and walk around.

  • The mountain bike trails here are terrific. Lots of rocks, undulating sections, drops , switchbacks. Great scenery. not busy the twice I was there. friendly locals and the cafe does a good mint choc cheesecake. Oh, if you don't have your bike you can rent one there. Most tracks intermediate. You can easily cycle here on the terrific bike/ walking tracks that Alice has. they're well signposted and the locals all seemed friendly. Wish more towns were a cycle friendly/ encouraging as Alice. Oh, and cycle the track to Simpson's gap. another great track 17km from Flynn's grave. Apparently nearly 30 years old third track is terrific scenery, safe and we saw roos and a dingo. Thank you Alice Springs.

  • About a 90 minute leasurly walk from town. In the summer best to start about 07:30 as its cooler and the cafe will be open when you get there.

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