The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve is the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. The telegraph station was established back in 1872 in order to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide. It is the best preserved of the 12 stations constructed along the Overland Telegraph Line. The telegraph station was in operation for 60 years and it then served as a school for Aboriginal children until the early 1960s.
Today the Telegraph Station is open for visitors, allowing visitors to get a glimpse into early Alice Springs life and to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
The stone buildings of the Telegraph Station have been preserved as well as restored with authentic furnishings and artefacts from the 1900s. You can wander through the grounds and buildings and gain some fascinating insight into what life was like there in the early 1900s. You can even use the special franking stamp to post a letter at the post office.
The location of the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve also makes it a popular place to spend some time in the great outdoors. You can go walking, watch wildlife and even have a picnic. The reserve is set against the stunning MacDonnell Ranges, so be sure to bring your camera.
In addition to exploring the historical precinct, things to do in the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, include:
- Bush Walking – the first section of the Larapinta Trail begins here
- Cycling – there is a cycling path around the reserve
- Swimming – Wigley Waterhole and Wigley Gorge are located within the reserve and are great for a dip
There is a kiosk within the reserve where you can grab some light refreshments. Alternatively, pack a picnic and take advantage of the beautiful reserve and the provided picnic tables and barbecues.
Getting to Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve is easy in the hire car you picked up from Hertz Alice Springs airport car rental location. The Telegraph Station Historical Reserve is located just four kilometres from Alice Springs. There is plenty of parking available so you can park your alice springs airport rental car and enjoy your day. If you’d prefer to leave your rental car behind, the reserve is accessible along a walking or cycling track or alternatively you can take the Hop-On, Hop-Off Alice Wanderer bus.
Entry to the reserve is free, so you can enjoy the beautiful area without having to pay. However, if you want to visit the historic precinct an entrance fee applies, which will include a tour.