Alice Springs Telegraph Station

Alice Springs Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

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Open Hours: Open 7 days 8am to 4pm


Located within the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, the Telegraph Station is the birthplace of the Alice Springs township. It is an excellent value and must see destination to add to your itinerary while visiting the Northern Territory.
The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. It was stablished in 1871 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide along Australia’s Overland Telegraph Line. This not only connected Australia’s population centres with the north of the country, but it also connected Australia up with the undersea telegraph network of the British Empire. Prior to 1872, a message back to England would travel by boat and take 3 to 4 months each way. However, after the telegraph line was built, morse code messages travelling through Alice Springs could reach London in as little as 5 hours – slow by today’s standards, but revolutionary for people of the 19th century!


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Map & Directions

Herbert Heritage Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870 Australia


4 Km from the centre of town on Herbert Heritage Drive.
By car- From the CBD, travel north along the Stuart Highway and turn right into Herbert Heritage Drive
By foot- A leisurely 40min walk from the CBD following the same route as for driving or via the Riverside Track
By bicycle- Hire a bike and take the same route options as for walking.

Cancellation Policy

All entrances must be used within 7 days of the date of purchase.
Lost or stolen passes will not be replaced.
Unused portions of the pass are not refundable.


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