The Australian Outback promises everything from culture, heritage and diverse wilds to all its visitors. So does Alice Springs, a town that has evolved as a central hub of the Aussie Outback. Get to know the interesting town of Alice on this...
The Australian Outback promises everything from culture, heritage and diverse wilds to all its visitors. So does Alice Springs, a town that has evolved as a central hub of the Aussie Outback. Get to know the interesting town of Alice on this half-day sightseeing coach tour, with an experienced guide accompanying the group.
The only town in an area as wide as Texas, Alice Springs is jam-packed with history and culture! Start off on board a comfortable coach to enjoy sweeping views of the town as your expert driver/guide relays snippets about its story.
A town developed by early explorers, Alice was once just a repeater station along the Overland telegraph line. How it became a central headquarters to a flourishing tourism industry in the extensive region is a story worth hearing. Also, learn more about Alice, ‘Mpwante’ being its Aboriginal name, from the tales of its traditional custodians, the Arrernte people.
Here comes your first stop, School of the Air, instituted in 1951. Learn how this school achieves the seemingly impossible task of delivering education to primary school children across the Northern Territory via satellite. Its services cover remote properties and run as wide as one million square kilometres.
Next, comes the Alice Springs Telegraph Station built in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide. This historical reserve was the site of the first European settlement during its early days and ran a long course of 60 years as a telegraph station. Later, it also served as a school for the local Aboriginal children. Explore the ancient stone structure and its furnishings that date back to early 1900s, before moving on.
Did you know that Alice is also home to the headquarters of the highly respected Royal Flying Doctor Service? A critical service in the region, the RFDS offers its facilities to locals & visitors alike. Visit the centre and see its interactive museum to learn all about its notable history through stories & images.
Next is the largest reptile centre in all of Central Australia. Meet Terry, the saltwater crocodile and see giant goannas & frill-neck lizards up-close at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Go inside the Gecko Cave to see a diverse range of gecko species from all over the Northern Territory. Enjoy an afternoon show, and if you feel brave, you could check out a supervised handling session.
End your tour by paying tribute to all Australian men and women who lost their lives in wars at Anzac Hill. Initially dedicated to the martyrs of WWI, it now honours all who have served in wars in which Australia has participated.
Enjoy this detailed discovery of Alice, a fount of history & heritage, in just half-a-day with this detailed sightseeing tour!
Alice Springs Desert Park
Start your Alice Springs exploration with this morning upgrade and explore the Central Australian desert at the Alice Springs Desert Park. See native flora and fauna and meet the traditional custodians of the area, the Arrernte people, to learn more about their history. Also, visit the Nocturnal House and Birds of Prey presentation.
Operates: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Departure/Pickup Location: From Alice Springs
Boards: 13:45 | Departs: 14:00 | Returns: 18:00
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