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A Town Like Alice: Half-Day Tour of Alice Springs

Product ID: 37210
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Enjoy a half-day tour of Alice Springs and discover the fascinating institutions that help the city run. Visit The School of Air, the historic Telegraph Station, the Reptile Centre, Anzac Hill and the Royal Flying Doctors Service.
About this activity
Duration 4.25 - 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pick-up service

Pick up available from most Alice Springs Hotels
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover why The School of the Air is so important for education
  • Visit the historic Telegraph Station
  • Learn how supplies make it to the outback at the Royal Flying Doctors Service
  • Play with lizards and snakes at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Full description
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.

The first stop is the Alice Springs School of the Air which provides education to primary aged school children living on remote properties throughout the Northern Territory. 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.

Your last stop is Anzac Hill. Originally dedicated to the many men and women who lost their lives during WWI, it now honors all those who have served in wars in which Australia has played a role.

Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Experienced driver guide
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Transport in an air-conditioned coach
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuity (optional)

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Pick ups and Drop offs available from most Alice Springs Hotels

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Product ID: 37210