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“The origins of Alice Springs”

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve
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USD 10.31*
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Alice Springs Telegraph Station Entry and Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located within the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, the Telegraph Station is the birthplace of the Alice Springs township. Is is an excellent value and must see destination to add to your itinerary while visiting the Northern Territory, and situated 4km north of the Town Centre, is easily accessible for a visit. The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Established in 1871 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide and also linking with an underwater cable network to London. Consequently creating the first real communication between Australia and England. Time your visit with one of our 4 daily guided tours (included in the price of your entry). The guided tours will immerse you in the history of the Telegraph Station and the township. Most noteworthy, you will learn about how this monumental innovation that connected Australia to the rest of the World!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Located just out of the main centre, you do need transport to get here. The station includes a number of buildings which are each really well described and presented.

Getting to understand and appreciate scale of work involved and the significance of the Telegraph Line was excellent.

Attending one of the guided tours allows you to get a better understanding of the Station’s history and it’s role, as well as a wider history of the Alice Springs community and it’s development. The tour takes around 30mins.

Around the station are parks and walks to do. A low entrance fee makes this attraction really good value for money.

A fantastic and interesting insight into the history and origins of Alice Springs.

1  Thank Julian R
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jrare2015, Public Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hello there Julian R

Thank you for the great review. It is possible to cycle or walk to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station along the riverside path, which is roughly 4km. but in the middle of Summer, driving is probably more comfortable :) You're absolutely right, the guided tours do give many people a better understanding of the scale of the operations that occurred at the Telegraph Station!
Thanks for the visit and the 5/5 review!
Jenn

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Our family (two boys under 10) visited this attraction on the first day we were in Alice Springs. A visit gives great context to the history of Alice Springs boring the many uses of the site through the last century.

The park setting and buildings are accessible allowing a self paced visit which is important with kids. Our boys enjoyed the school classroom and the morse code on display in the old post office.

The park includes a set of questions for adults and kids when going through the buildings and exhibitions. This kept everyone engaged.

This is a great place to visit when in the Alice.

1  Thank Brad C
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jrare2015, Public Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hello Brad C

Wonderful to read that your two young boys even enjoyed the trip to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station :) It always makes life easier when the kids are enjoying the attractions too!

Happy and safe travels,
Jenn

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Its in a pleasant park area great for b,b,q,s interesting historic thing to look at and you can play with the old teligraph

Thank Anthony B
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jrare2015, Public Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hello Anthony B

thank you for the 4/5 stars. glad you enjoyed the experience.

Jenn

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Located on the spot where alice springs grew up.
Lovingly restored buildings to wander and tales to hear about the native aboriginal people and early efforts in communication.

Thank Brian F
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jrare2015, Public Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Hi Brian F

Thank you very much for the 4/5 stars :) Sounds like you had a very informative visit!

All the best,
Jenn

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Beautiful location, fantastically restored and a great coffee and vanilla slice.
The area is well signed, public toilets are clean and nice large grassed area for kids to play. Some shady also from the big trees.

Thank Michelle E
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jrare2015, Public Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Hi there Michelle E

Thank you for the perfect rating. The vanilla slice and coffee is a very popular selection for our visitors! Glad you enjoyed it!

Happy and safe travels,
Jenn

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