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“Good for an afternoon visit”

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve
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Alice Springs Telegraph Station Entry and Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 Territory, and situated 4km north of the Town Centre, is easily accessible for a visit. The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Established in 1871 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide and also linking with an underwater cable network to London. Consequently creating the first real communication between Australia and England. Time your visit with one of our 4 daily guided tours (included in the price of your entry). The guided tours will immerse you in the history of the Telegraph Station and the township. Most noteworthy, you will learn about how this monumental innovation that connected Australia to the rest of the World!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 23, 2013

My fiancé and I had a nice afternoon at the Telegraph Station. There are several walks you can take that offer nice views of the local area. We were less interested in the historical aspect than the park aspect. There were many families have picnics out there as well. The highlight for my fiancé was seeing a kangaroo in the wild, they are common in the reserve.

Thank Bob C
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We loved tHe whole place. When you get there you are thoroughly entertained by the amount of amazing old photographs that take you back and then this old bloke who turns out to be the tour guide tells some great stories and he shows the place where the original alice springs got its name and the spring is still going today. Great place

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Many Australians will know of the Overland Telegraph, carrying morse code signals across Australia, for onward transmission through undersea cables. This is best displayed at this museum.

Fascinating and starkly beautiful

Thank GeorgeEdmonds
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

This is a much more interesting historical site than the name might hint. Yes, there was a telegraph station here. There was also a school for the Stolen Children, the 1/2 white children taken from their Aboriginal parents in an attempt to 'raise them white'. One of those children is now a volunteer here, and will share his story, giving details of station life when he was a boy. Meeting him is worth the price of admission. In other history: This station, and others like it, led to the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese in WW2. It was these stations that connected all of Australia with the outside world and especially England via an underwater cable that left from Darwin. To isolate Australia, the Japanese bombed Darwin to destroy that cable.
This is an interesting place to visit while in Alice Springs.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had a lovely couple of hours wandering around the Telegraph Station. The buildings are great, with lots of information on the establishment. Nice gift shop for an ice cream after your big walk around.

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