"Telegraph Station" Alice Springs Things to Do Tip by kooka3

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The telegraph station was established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adalaide -- there are 11 other stations strung along between these 2 cities, but the one at the Alice is the best preserved.

Alice Springs got its name from the waterhole at the Telegraph Station.

The Station still has the original stone buildings (restored, of course!) with house furnishings and artefacts from the early 1900s. You have to pay a fee to access the historic interpretive display and you can also take a guided tour if you want. It's open from 8 am to 5 pm

However, if you aren't into the full historical stuff or are trying to save some money, take advantage of the beautiful setting at least. It's right next to the MacDonnell Ranges so there are pleanty of opportunities for walking, picnicking, and wildlife observation.

The station is 4 kilometres (about 2.5 miles) north of town. The walk isn't too bad as long as it's not too hot! Make sure you bring a lot of water though, any time of year. There is a walking or cycling track into the Reserve from the highway and the Todd River. Obviously, it would be nicer if you can get a ride out there, though! The Park Reserve is open from 8 am to 9 pm

Directions: 4K north of the city.
othercontact: telegraphstation@octa4.net.au
Phone: (08) 8952 3993

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 29, 2005
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