A Town Like Alice
Welcome to the Alice
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.
Established by the early explorers, Alice Springs began as a repeater station along the Overland Telegraph Line. Overflowing with history and heritage, Australia’s most famous outback town is now the central headquarters to a range of services and a thriving tourism industry. The traditional custodians, the Arrernte people, refer to Alice as ‘Mpwante’.
School of the Air
Established in 1951, the Alice Springs School of the Air provides education to primary aged school children living on remote properties throughout the Northern Territory. You’ll 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.
Half Day Tour
Approximately 4 hours
Daily (Apr-Nov & Mar) and
Mon, Thu & Sat (Dec-Feb)
2.00pm from Alice Springs
(earlier from your hotel)
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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- Experienced Driver Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle to hold 1 litre
- Jacket in cooler months
Low level of fitness required.
|2.00pm||School of the Air|
|3.00pm||Historic Telegraph Station|
|4.00pm||Royal Flying Doctor Service|
|4.50pm||Alice Springs Reptile Centre|
Alice Springs Desert Park (+D)
Before your tour of the town, why not immerse yourself in the beauty of the Central Australian desert at the Alice Springs Desert Park? It’s home to a vast range of plants and wildlife native to the area. You can really experience the beauty and diversity of this incredible landscape. The Arrarnta people, Traditional Owners of the park, are also on hand to share their local wisdom and knowledge. Before leaving the park, be sure to visit the Nocturnal House and Birds of Prey presentation.
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
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Alice Springs is located within the Northern Territory, and is the second largest population centre after the NT’s capital, Darwin.
70% of the Australian mainland is classified as semi-arid, arid or desert; making it the driest inhabited continent on Earth. Only Antarctica is drier.
Only 3% of the Australian population live in the desert.
Alice Springs is the only major town and service centre for an area that’s roughly the size of Texas!