Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve
Temperatures across the Northern Territory can be very hot between October and March.
It can exceed 40 degrees celsius in some locations. High humidity in the Top End can also make you tire easily.
Check forecast temperatures before you visit. Find out how to prepare and stay safe in the heat.
A visit to Alice Springs isn't complete without going to the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.
This is the best preserved station along the Overland Telegraph Line and is one of the original sites of European settlement in the township of Stuart, later renamed Alice Springs, established in 1872.
The reserve grounds are a relaxing spot to have a picnic under the gum trees and are an easy drive or bike ride from town.
If you're after a more physical challenge, try one of the mountain bike trails that start from the station.
The trails pass through stunning Central Australian landscapes.
There are also a number of short walks in the reserve. Section One of the Larapinta Trail begins here.
If you are planning an event at the Telegraph Station you may need a permit.
Ranger Station: 08 8952 1013.
|Park sites||Access||Comments||Forecast opening|
|Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve||Open||Sunday, 12 September - The reserve will be closed to vehicle traffic from 2pm to 11pm during the Bush Bands Bash. The reserve remains open to visitors via walking tracks and the mountain bike trails.||-|
|Reserve||Open||Open from 8am to 9pm||-|
|Historic precinct||Open||Weekdays 8am to 5pm |
Weekends 7am to 4pm
|Cafe||Open||Weekdays 8am to 2pm|
Weekends 7am to 3pm
|Wigley’s Waterhole and Gorge||Open||-|
The reserve is open every day from 8am to 9pm.
The historical precinct is open daily from 9am to 5pm.
The historical precinct is closed on Christmas Day.
Entry to the historical reserve for Alice Springs residents is free with identification.
Turn onto Herbert Heritage Drive 4km north of Alice Springs off the Stuart Highway.
Check road conditions before you leave home.
You can do all of the following activities in the reserve:
- wildlife spotting
- scenic lookout
- historical buildings
- mountain biking
- events and activities.
Camping and staying in caravans is not allowed.
Alice Springs Telegraph Station has all of the following facilities:
- information signs
- ranger station - for emergency contact only
- drinking water
- public toilets
- disabled access
- picnic tables
- bike hire
- walking tracks.
When visiting the park remember all of the following:
- pets are only allowed on a leash in the car park area
- put all rubbish in bins or take it with you
- stay on designated roads and tracks
- all cultural items and wildlife are protected
- camping, nets, traps and firearms are not permitted
- don't use soaps or detergents in waterways
- check your vehicle is not transporting pests such as weeds or cane toads
- a permit is required for drone use – conditions apply and it must be obtained prior to your arrival in the reserve.
You can have a safe and comfortable trip to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station by doing all of the following:
- observe park safety signs
- carry and drink plenty of water
- wear a hat, or helmet if cycling, sunscreen, insect repellent, suitable clothing and footwear
- avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day
- think about your health and fitness when choosing a walk.
Last updated: 26 April 2020
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