Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical ReserveCurrently Closed
- 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
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!
- 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.
- Free Historical Precinct, Adults- AU$8 Children (4-15yrs)- AU$5.
- 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.
- Aldidja Street
- Madigan Street
- Sammy's Pizza
- Watertank Cafe
- Page 27 Cafe (breakfast/brunch recommended)
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95% of people who visit Alice Springs include Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve in their plan
55.56% of people start their Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve visit around 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve
Great place with amazing history. Entry is via kiosk that appears more interested in selling bike tours than the actual history of the site. Walking tours are available, but these appear to be by internationals who are reading from a script. A must visit when in Alice Springs, but do it yourself and research before you go.
This was interesting, but quite honestly you have to be interested in the first place. The Victorian ( that's of Queen Victoria) technology is well reproduced, and there seems to be good account of the time of the 'lost generation'. But I am ignorant Pommie so cannot judge objectively.
Great historical place. Learned so much about middle Australia's pioneers -from not that long ago! Lovely walks there and a nice walk back into town.
Nice location... rich history. Staff do seem to try and up sale the bike tours. Walking tours are available and is a must.
Very interesting, buildings ans artifacts beautifully preserved and tremendous amounts of information on the people and the culture of the early days of central Australia. Important learning experience for those who want to know what life was like.