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Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

South Stuart Highway | Herbert Heritage Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
+61 8 8952 3993
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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!
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South Stuart Highway | Herbert Heritage Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It is an interesting place to visit to see where the first telegraph system started in Australia. You can tour the area by yourself using a printed guide. Children 10 & above would enjoy it. You can try you skill using moss code.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our trip out to the telegraph centre. A lovely walk along to it which was nice. Brilliant service in cafe and had a nice pot tea..cakes looked yummy but didn't get chance to try. A brilliant tour by Dan for about 40 mins...More

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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Bec - thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed the tour, and I hope the postcards arrive soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Magic night of food and entertainment and star gazing with local expert. Camel rides optional but dancing at must under the stars to fabulous local band. Could have stayed much longer to enjoy more.

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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the review! Our outback BBQ dinner for the Ghan passengers is definitely our flagship evening event. Great to hear you enjoyed it!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As this was the beginnings of Alice Springs we wanted to visit here. We visited in the morning on a weekend and the place was quite busy with locals who cycle out the few kilometres from the town with friends & families to have coffees,...More

1  Thank ActRegular_traveller
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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the review - of course we're biased, but we like to think we make the best coffees in town! The setting out here is definitely quite picturesque, and its great to hear you enjoyed the history as well. We put a lot of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice setup for a family picnic, historical visit and a few MTB rides on the newly set up trails. Who would have thought that this existed in Alice Springs!?

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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the feedback, and for giving us 5 stars! Alice is full of surprises, and we're glad you found us!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly we heard about the building of the communication line from south to north. Then the history of the stolen generation, and the WW2 history of these great buildings.

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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review. We spend a lot of time with our guides making sure they cover all aspects of the site's history - there are many layers to discover here.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our taxi driver recommended the Telegraph station and it was quite the find. This was the original location for the town of Alice. A great picture of life for the original pioneers of the outback.

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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for giving us 5 stars, cawleym! Glad you enjoyed the history out here.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting range of historical buildings showing the history of the Overland Telegraph - and its hardships. We walked around on our own in about an hour with our 12 and 14 boys - who before their visit had no concept of anything but WiFi. They...More

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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Kids these days can definitely take modern telecommunications for granted, though I think sometimes they're surprised at how much fun morse code can be!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide, Ida, was friendly and very informative. This place is great as it explains how Alice Springs came about. We didn’t have a picnic here but it is a really pretty spot if you would like to do that.More

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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the feedback Brigid - and for giving us full marks! :-) I've let Ida know you mentioned her by name, and she was thrilled. We spend a lot of time training our guides and its great when their hard work pays off. You're...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good, educational experience in a beautiful setting. Good coffee shop attached which provides a useful break after the guided tour.

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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

G'day Dom, Appreciate your taking the time to give us a review. The setting is indeed beautiful out here, I'm often telling people I have one of the nicest "offices" in the country!

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Jo N
14 October 2017|
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Response from TelegraphDan | Property representative |
Telegraph station is about 4km walk from centre of town, and temps can approach 40 degrees celsius in November. I'd recommend a taxi as there are no buses outside of tour groups.
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l0uiseth0mps0n
11 June 2017|
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Response from jrare2015 | Property representative |
The tours last approx 20 -30 mins.
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Marie H
8 April 2016|
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Response from Vuong N | Reviewed this property |
It is possible how fit, time and willingness to do so. I would take a car or at least bicycle, taking into distance, weather... Cheers
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