Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

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.

Get the Alice Springs Telegraph Station fact sheet and map PDF (644.8 KB).

Alice Springs Telegraph Station - Bradshaw walk Alice Springs Telegraph Station - Picnic area Alice Springs Telegraph Station - Precinct


Ranger Station: 08 8952 1013.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve Open  -
Reserve Open  -
Historic precinct Open  -
Cafe Open -
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:

  • bushwalking
  • wildlife spotting
  • cycling
  • 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
  • kiosk
  • 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.

Phone: 08 8952 1013 or 08 8951 8250

Go to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station website for entry fees and more information.

Last updated: 23 February 2022

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