Alice Springs Desert Park

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A Town Like Alice: Half-Day Tour of Alice Springs

1. A Town Like Alice: Half-Day Tour of Alice Springs

This afternoon you’ll learn how the town of Alice Springs has evolved into the central hub of the Australian outback. Your driver guide will provide details along the way as you visit historical sites and some of the essential services delivered from Alice to the community of this vast region. The first stop is the Alice Springs School of the Air which provides education to primary aged school children living on remote properties throughout the Northern Territory. Learn how this essential service is delivered via satellite across more than one million square kilometres. Alice Springs Telegraph Station: Built in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, the historic Telegraph Station is the site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. After 60 years of operation, the premises then served as a school for the local Aboriginal children. Now a historical reserve, featuring the original stone buildings and furnishings from the early 1900s, the Telegraph Station is a must to visit and learn more of the history of the Alice. Royal Flying Doctor Service: Now you’ll visit the home and headquarters of the highly respected Royal Flying Doctor Service. Delivering medical services to people who live, work and travel in remote and rural Australia, the RFDS is a critical resource for this community. Learn of its remarkable history through stories, images and their wonderful interactive museum. Alice Springs Reptile Centre: Home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre will introduce you to Terry the saltwater crocodile and let you get very close to enormous goannas and frill-neck lizards. The Gecko Cave features a large collection of gecko species from all over the Northern Territory. You’ll have lots of fun here, particularly during the afternoon show and if you’re game, try the supervised handling session. Your last stop is Anzac Hill. Originally dedicated to the many men and women who lost their lives during WWI, it now honors all those who have served in wars in which Australia has played a role.

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What people are saying about Alice Springs Desert Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 45 reviews

This excursion exceeded my expectations. Joe was an excellent tour guide & the 5 destinations were all very good. School of the Air &. the Flying Doctor are unique outback institutions. Perhaps the most entertaining place was the reptile park, where the handler is both educational & a great character!

This is a great way to orientate yourself to the town and take in some of the best attractions in the town at the same time. Our guide was also able to give us plenty of information about the sites and attractions. We were certainly happy to have taken the tour.

Jacob our host was professional, knowledgeable and went out of his way to make the tour enjoyable for all. A great capture of the main site around Alice, lots of learning and enjoyment.

Staff shortages/sickness could’ve canceled our tour but the tourism brotherhood came to the rescue when Wayne from a rival group step in to be our guide/driver. He was excellent.

Great places, wonderful guide, fascinating history