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Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

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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...more
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South Stuart Highway | Herbert Heritage Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Being the middlemost repeater station in the days where the dots-and-dashes of morse code were the new high tech way to flash telegraphic messages along a steel wire, made Alice Springs the centre of attraction in the 1870's to 1900's to hardcore explorers, drifters and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JasonLeeMeyer
TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review Jason! Alice was definitely the heart of the country back in the 19th century, perhaps even more so than it is today. The buildings here are not just the oldest in Central Australia, but some of the best preserved colonial granite...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is another 'must see' when visiting Alice Springs. The Telegraph station was a key element (one of 12 stations) that originally opened up communication from Adelaide to Darwin. The original buildings remain with lots of artifacts from the period. They have a history search...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

G'day Colin, There's definitely a ton of history here, and the crew at NT Parks have done a great job with the interpretive signs in terms of providing a snapshot of what life was like here over 100 years ago. Glad you enjoyed your time...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The old photographs tell you how hard it was to travel in these areas in the past so when the telegraph came it must have been so useful.More

Date of experience: November 2018
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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review! It would definitely have been pretty rough travelling through Central Australia prior to the building of railway tracks up to here in 1929. Many men and horses met their demise due to lack of water in the desert, which is why...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place. Very interesting and very informative. The tea room is lovely. If your interested in birds buy the panflet for 10 dollars and track what you see there are lots of different types of birds. Jeff in the shop/tea room was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the review Ann! Glad you enjoyed your time here, and we are indeed very fortunate to have such great birdlife around the national park here. Local Lisa Nunn produces the bird guide you are referring to, and its definitely very handy. Other NT...More

Reviewed 19 December 2018 via mobile

Visited this historical place last month and I’m still not over it at all. Its just too beautiful when sunset and you can learn the history of Alice Springs from here. There will be a guide tour to explain but that would be another extra...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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TelegraphDan, General Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to review us! While there are some nice free facilities around the site that are maintained by NT Parks, there is a lot more history inside the precinct itself. Our tour guides can really bring the venue to life, though...More

Reviewed 19 December 2018

You do not need a great deal of time at the Telegraph station. Probably one hour max. The history is interesting

Date of experience: December 2018
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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the review. Sometimes people only stay for 30-40 mins. Others have stayed for 4-5 hours. Really depends on how much you're interested in the history and/or whether you grab a coffee or bite to eat in the cafe.

Reviewed 18 December 2018

visited here o the27th of October 2018,End of season so very Quiet Phones did not work. Had to get locals to phone for a cab back to Alice?More

Date of experience: October 2018
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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Not sure which phones you were referring to. We have no public phones here, unless you count the old 19th century phonopore in the Post Office - that hasn't worked for nearly 100 years I'm afraid! Perhaps our land lines were out in October -...More

Reviewed 17 December 2018 via mobile

I think it gave an interesting historical view of how communication was build up in Australia but our teenagers weren’t impressed and thought this stop could have been left out of our tour around Alice Springs.More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Caroline, Thanks for the review. Sorry your teenagers didn't care for the venue - its not easy to get them interested in history these days! I think if you'd come for a guided tour in the morning we might have been able to interest...More

Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

The telegraph station was the central point where east and west Australia were connected by communication. There are guides that tell you the story. Also, you will learn about the Stolen Generation. They were the children of indigenous people who were taken from their birth...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2018

Hi Annette, Thank you for giving us 5 stars! The Overland Telegraph Line was pivotal not just for communication within Australia, but also in connecting us with the rest of the world. Most of the time, the men of the telegraph line generally treated the...More

Reviewed 7 December 2018 via mobile

Historical place worth a visit if your in Alice Springs but make sure you they are offering tours as they are limited in summer monthsMore

Date of experience: December 2018
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TelegraphDan, Manager at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2018

Thanks for the review! Yes, in summer the number of visitors in the afternoons is very low due to the heat, so we don't generally run tours unless we have a charter group booked. We do run our 9:30am and 11:30am tours all year round...More

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TANA R
4 September 2018|
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Response from TelegraphDan | Property representative |
Hi - our general public guided tours are at 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Note though that in the summer months (Dec-Feb) we only do general public tours in the morning (9:30 and 11:30).
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415JoN
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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11 June 2017|
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Response from jrare2015 | Property representative |
The tours last approx 20 -30 mins.
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