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Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

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Address: South Stuart Highway, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
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+61 8 8951 8211
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09:00 - 17:00
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This well-preserved telegraph station is the site of the first European...

This well-preserved telegraph station is the site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs, and offers free tours of the remnants of an old era.

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Todd River

Amazing place, very informative lots of signs to read which help you understand all the different buildings and how they were used. Great to paddle in the Todd river on a hot day... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Gaye W
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Christies Beach, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

With limited time, we only wandered through the reserve and had a look at the buildings from the outside. (The entry fees for the mission buildings / historical precinct seemed a little dear). The park area around them, and down to the river, makes a very pleasant walk and there were quite a few families enjoying the open space and... More 

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Christies Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Amazing place, very informative lots of signs to read which help you understand all the different buildings and how they were used. Great to paddle in the Todd river on a hot day lots of shade. Gentleman working in the kiosk was great and very friendly and helpful

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jrare2015, Public Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this review

Hi Gaye W Thanks so much for the five star review! It's such a treat to be able to paddle in the Todd river. Good job for taking full advantage of it. Feel free to come back any time! All the best, Jenn More 

Brevard, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Given our current communications, it's kinda tough to put up this kind of exhibit. We saw how they originally laid the poles and lines to create a telegraph line that went many many miles. We saw old telegraph machines, and where the station master lived, etc. I wouldn't go out of my way on this one, but again historically it's... More 

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jrare2015, Public Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this review

Hi Renee B Thanks for taking the time to review us and leaving positive feedback about your guided tour and the precinct. You're right, The Alice Springs Telegraph Station is historically very important! Without the repeater station international communications between Australia and England would not have happened as early as it did. There's still lots to do around the area... More 

Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a really nice place to go in Alice springs. Can rent bike to go for a mount ride in the reserve. Shops can get coffee to sit down enjoy the breeze. Can also get special franking stamps for postcard. See some wild roos during the walk. It's a enjoyable to be

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jrare2015, Public Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this review

Hi Kyielee Thanks for the wonderful review! You're right, there is lots to do at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station.The mountain biking is stunning and seeing the kangaroos and rock wallaby's is quite common! Thanks again for the positive feedback! Jenn More 

Airlie Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Where else can you get a coffee in Alice on a public holiday --- The Alice Springs Telegraph Station of course.

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jrare2015, Public Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this review

Hi Z3688WGpam You bet! Great to hear you enjoyed your public holiday by sipping coffee at the Telegraph Station! Feel free to come by again any time! We're open New Years Day 1:00-5:00pm. All the best, Jenn More 

Melbourne-australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited on a rainy day and we were given umbrellas as we scooted between buildings- lots of lovely walks-well signposted and green lawns for a picnic.Quite a history lesson on the start of the Telegraph line and how it was built.

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jrare2015, Guest Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this review

Hi monigates Thanks for taking the time to leave us a nice review. Great to hear the rain didn't put you out of our guided tour. Please feel free to come back any time, rain or shine! Happy and safe travels, Jenn More 

Melbourne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Was lucky to have The Todd running when we visited, very very nice areas,clean and tidy. Lots of wildlife to look at. Had coffee and vanilla slice for afternoon tea. Slice home made and nice...coffee,hhmmmmm...different.

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jrare2015, Public Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this review

Hi Leanne T Thanks for leaving the wonderful review of the Trail Station Cafe and picnic area. It is very lucky you got to see water in the Todd, not many visitors receive that experience! Happy and safe travels, Jenn More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

A nice excursion. Aboriginal life and white explorers selected the same place - for the water to be found here. Take an Aboriginal guide to understand how they lived in this difficult environment. Then try to understand the hardship the people building the telegraph line encountered. Interesting plants and wildlife.

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jrare2015, Public Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this review

Hi UrsulaHans Thanks so much for the review. Sounds like you learned a lot during the guided tour and really sympathised for the workers and people living in the bungalow. Thanks again and feel free to come visit again any time. Jenn More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Great walk along the cemetery trail and upside the trig hill. Spotted some kangourous!! :-) Many thanks to Doyle for the great information he gave me!!! Really fun!!!

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jrare2015, Public Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this review

Hi naomip201! Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us the 4/5 stars and a kind review. The cemetery walk is beautiful. From the top of Trig Hill, spotting wallaby's is very likely, too! All the best, feel free to come visit again any time. Jenn More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Walk from town along the Todd River- enjoyable and an easy walk. The telegraph station is a historical visit that is informative and allows one to learn of the Alice's history. Local kangaroos and birds on the walk to the the reserve and again on the return trip.

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jrare2015, Public Relations Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this review

Hi Dave R Thanks for the wonderful review! Great to hear how much you enjoyed Telegraph Station. And good stuff on spotting local roos and birds on your return trip walk! Feel free to come visit again any time, Jenn More 

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