Exploring Alice Springs

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1. ALICE SPRINGS REPTILE CENTRE  This place is Awesome! experience reptiles up close and personal with extensive displays,huge perentie goannas,frill neck lizards,thorny devils,venomous snakes,large pythons and Terry the saltwater crocodile.

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2. NATIONAL PIONEER WOMEN’S HALL OF FAMEVery interesting and informative museum on the history of women who were first in their field,as-well as the pioneering women of central Australia.The museum is actually set out in the kitchen section of the Old Alice Springs Gaol. You get to see two great attractions in one location!

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THE OLD GAOL As part of the entry cost into the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame,you can also look through the old Alice Springs Gaol that was used from 1938 to 1996, all the cell blocks are open for daily tours.

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THE TRANSPORT HALL OF FAME,  KENWORTH DEALER MUSEUM,  THE OLD GHAN MUSEUM  AND THE MINIATURE RAILWAY ,ARE ALL SITUATED IN THE ONE LOCATION,A LITTLE SOUTH OF ALICE ON NORRIS BELL DRIVE.

3. NATIONAL ROAD TRANSPORT HALL OF FAME – The preservation and presentation of Australia’s unique road transport heritage,this is where you take a look into the great trucks,buses and vehicles of the past in the most comprehensive  land transport museum in the southern hemisphere.Our favourite vehicle was the Leyland Brothers first vehicle,make sure you have plenty of time up your sleeve there’s so much see.

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KENWORTH DEALER MUSEUM – One  very large shed devoted to the history of the Australian designed and built Kenworth.

4. THE OLD GHAN MUSEUMThe museum includes carriages,dinning car and sleeping car.

MINIATURE RAILWAY – A  miniature train ride around the grounds of the Historic Transport Precinct.

5. ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE-   Great  insight to behind the scenes of the RFDS,a living legend of the outback that is still fully operational today.

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6. ARALUEN CULTURAL PRECINCT–  A  fascinating glimpse into art ,culture and heritage of Central Australia.Also includes art work by the very talented”Albert Namatjirra”

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THE ATTRACTIONS THAT MAKE UP THE ARALUEN CULTURAL PRECINCT – INCLUDE ALL OF THE BELOW……..
“THE MUSEUM OF CENTRAL AUSTRALIA’ , “STREHLOW RESEARCH CENTRE”  AND ” CENTRAL AUSTRALIA AVIATION MUSEUM”
ONE ENTRY COST COVERS ALL OF THEM.

 THE MUSEUM OF CENTRAL AUSTRALIA– The exhibits follow the evolution of the landscape and the creatures that inhabited it.

 STREHLOW RESEARCH CENTRE  A collection of film,sound,archival records and museum objects relating to Indigenous ceremonial life in central Australia and collected by the late professor TGH Strehlow during a lifetime of anthropological research with the Aboriginal people of Central Australia.A display on the life and work of professor Strehlow features in the Museum of Central Australia.
 
CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN AVIATION MUSEUM– Back in 1939 a pioneer of Aviation ” Eddie Connellan established Alice Springs first aerodrome on the current site,a hangar,Connellan homestead and a few other building still remain part of the precinct.Connellan Airways operated aircraft for The Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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7. ADELAIDE HOUSE Designed by John Flynn and used as the only medical centre for the region until 1939,it now houses an exhibition of Alice Springs history,including the stone radio hut where Flynn and Alfred Traeger broadcast their first field radio transmission.
Open during the week from the months of March to November,small entry fee.
You’ll find Adelaide House in Todd Mall.

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FLYNN MEMORIAL CHURCH A memorial to John Flynn for his tremendous achievements for the people of the Outback.Flynn Memorial Church is opposite Adelaide House.

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8. THE RESIDENCY Built in 1927 for the first government resident of the Southern section of the NT,now-days it houses displays of the European history of Central Australia.Opened weekdays from 10am to 2pm on the corner of Hartley and Parsons Street ,cold coin donation.

9. OLD STUART TOWN GAOL This is the oldest building remaining in the Alice Srings town area,the gaol was used until 1938.You can pick up the key from the Hartley Street School ,if you’d like a look through.

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10. OLD HARTLEY STREET SCHOOL- This was the first official school building in Alice Springs.Opened Mon to Fri from 10:30am to 2:30pm,address is 39 Hartley Street.Entry $2 a person.

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11. OLIVE PINK BOTANIC GARDENS– A network of walking trails takes you around the garden and up on to Annie Meyers Hill,where there’s a great view of Alice

12. ANZAC HILL A great place to capture the sunrise or sunset over the MacDonnell Ranges and to also get a birds eye view of Alice Springs.Access from Schwartz Crescent or use the Lions Walk from Wills Terrace.

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13. BILLY GOAT HILL There are many sites of traditional importance in and around Alice,such as “Akeyulerre’ (Billy Goat Hill) It’s  just about directly opposite “Anzac Hill” but on the other side of town.

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14. THE ALICE SPRINGS TELEGRAPH STATION– Step back in time and learn about the early settlers and the history of the overland telegraph line.The Telegraph Station is where Alice Springs started!

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15. ALICE SPRINGS TELEGRAPH STATION – WALKING TRACKS-
From the Telegraph Station,you can choose one of the many walks,that start from here and go in all directions.

 RIVERSIDE WALK- A walk that takes you along the banks of the Todd River,if you go in the morning or late afternoon,there’s a likely chance you’ll get to see Euros and Black footed Rock Wallabies.

BRADSHAW WALK – Starting from The Residence and home to Thomas Bradshaw,a Postmaster at the Telegraph Station,this walk will take you through Acacia shrub land in the foothills between  the river and the main ridge to the West.

STUART WALK- This track takes you to the Southern boundary of the Reserve,winding through gullies and up a few ridges,views of Alice.

SPENCER HILL WALK-Baldwin Spencer was known for recording Dreaming stories of the Eastern Arrernte people from the area.You’ll walk across the Todd River and follow the eastern bank to Spencer Hill.

TRIG HILL WAY – Once used as a survey point for mapping the area.Up the top offers you 360 degree views!

CEMETERY WALK-  An easy walk that takes you to the graves of five early residents of Central Australia.

ALICE SPRINGS WATERHOLE WALK  A short walk to  Alice “Spring”  It was named “Alice spring” after the wife of the South Australian Postmaster General,mistakenly believed it was fed from a spring in the hillside behind it.In dry times water isn’t visible ,but is still present under the sand.

LARAPINTA TRAILThis trail takes you in sections through the West MacDonnell Ranges.For walkers using this trail,it’s wise to register your details by ringing the Walker Registration Scheme. Ph- 1300 650 730.

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16. PYNDAN CAMEL TRACKS– Go for a camel ride against the backdrop of the West MacDonnell Ranges.

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17. ALICE SPRINGS SCHOOL OF THE AIR VISITOR CENTRE This place offers the visitor a virtual journey in “The World’s largest Classroom”

18.STUART MEMORIAL CEMETERY The first cemetery for Alice Springs,there only looks to be roughly 10 graves ,but tread lightly….. over 70 people are buried here.You will find the small cemetery tucked away on a corner block along George Crescent on the West side of town.

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19. ALICE SPRINGS CEMETERYIn this cemetery laid to rest is the well-known artist “Albert Namatjira” a man of the Western Arrernte people,born in Hermannsburg in 1902,died in 1959.He began painting in water colours at the age of 33. Alberts work is internationally known and has become extremely valuable.

Also in this cemetery is the final resting place of Harold Lewis Bell Lasseter  ,or he was better known as  just “Lasseter”  and best remembered for “Lasseters Reef”  a gold deposit in a remote and desolate part of Australia that to this day, apparently still hasn’t been found.He died in the Petermann Ranges in 1931,his grave wasn’t located though until 1957.

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20.MOUNT GILLENDirectly behind Flynn’s Grave,is a track which will take you to the top of Mount Gillen,it’s about a 2 hour return walk but don’t attempt it if you don’t enjoy a bit of climbing,or are relatively fit.

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21. FLYNN’S GRAVEJust a few hundred metres from the “Desert Park” about 8km West from town ,along the Larapinta Drive are the ashes under this stone of John Flynn,founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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 22.  ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

23. WIGLEYS GORGE- About 10km North of Alice on the Stuart Hwy ,you’ll see a right hand turn on to a dirt  track through an open gate,follow that track until you see a sign for Wigley Gorge to the right and Wigley waterhole to the left.
Both the Gorge and Waterhole usually have a couple of pools of water,but it was at its nicest after the floods this year when the pools of water were full.

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24. WIGLEYS WATERHOLE

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25. THE KANGAROO SANCTUARY

26. OUTBACK QUAD ADVENTURES

27. ALICE SPRINGS HELICOPTERS

28.OUTBACK BALLOONING

 29. MILITARY MUSEUM Housed with in the Alice Springs RSL,this very small museum has the most significant regional collection of War Memorabilia and out the back in an enclosed area are a few war relics from the past.

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30. THE HATCH A Top Secret Cold War seismic vault,built back in the 50’s by United States Air Force ,housing seismometers which were used to detect nuclear tests in the former soviet union.From 20 to 30 soldiers worked at this top-secret facility,but to the Australian people their actions were kept secret.
You’ll find the hatch by Spencer Hill,it’s padlocked so you can’t go down! But you never know you might be able to find the right person to unlock it and let you in for a look.

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Comments 1

  1. Ted Wrathmall

    Great documentary on ‘The Alice’ and surrounding area with photos showing what it is like, well done Beaudine!

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