Alice Springs has its own unique identity, full of characters and charm, with that something special that make many people pass through and others visit and stay.

The original Alice Springs was a waterhole located some 3 km north of the present town. Named after Alice Todd (wife of Superintendent of Post and Telegraph Sir Charles Todd), the town was founded as a staging point for the overland telegraph line in 1870. The current Alice Springs began its history as a town named Stuart, a telegraph station on the Adelaide to Darwin line, what was once the end of the Ghan railway line. With its renaming and gender change, ‘The Alice‘… as it is affectionately known by many locals, is now the modern town in the middle of Australia that you see today.

Built on the flood plain of the Todd and Charles Rivers and nestled in the hills and gorges of the MacDonnell Ranges, that stretch some 644 km from the East MacDonnell Range to the West MacDonnell Range, Alice Springs is the perfect location to base yourself to explore this wonderful region of ‘Central Australia’.

There is a restored memorial marking the spot, dedicated to the pioneering spirit of the men who built the overland telegraph line from Adelaide to Darwin.

You can find out more about the history at the:

  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve
     — 1 to 2 hours or more if you enjoy the walks and picnic area. There is also a cafe and a kiosk. Bicycle hire is also available. The original site of the first European settlement in the region. There are also a number of walks to be enjoyed.


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