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  • Location: Alice Springs, Australia
  • Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

At the very heart of Australia lies the historic town of Alice Springs - the pioneering gateway to a mysterious land of natural monuments, colorful outback culture and ancient Dreamtime lore. On this half-day afternoon tour you will visit the School of the Air, the Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service as well as take in spectacular views of the West MacDonnell ranges from Anzac Hill.

Highlights

  • Discover the history of Alice Springs
  • Visit the Royal Flying Doctors
  • Spend time at the School of the Air and join in a lesson
  • Get up close to the snakes and lizards at the Reptile Park
  • See panoramic views over the township and West MacDonnell Ranges

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What You Can Expect

Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour

Alice Springs, historic Telegraph Station

Alice Springs is the country's best known 'Outback' town. Originally settled as a post along the Overland Telegraph route, Alice Springs today is a lively town full of things to see and places to go. On your informative town tour, you'll find the locals to be relaxed and friendly, and always keen for a chat.

Start your tour with a visit to the historic Telegraph Station that was first in service in the 1800s to connect Australian towns and cities to each other and bridge the communication gap with other countries.

Visit the base of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and see how medical aid reaches those in remote outback communities. You will also see the School of the Air, and organization that provides education to children over the radio. You may even have the opportunity to listen and observe a class in progress!

Then, make a stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Park and see a collection of snakes and lizards that call the outback home. You will see the Thorny Devil and the larger Perentie Lizard. Get up close to the snakes and lizards and touch them if you dare!

End the day with panoramic views of the town and the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges from Anzac Hill.

Itinerary

Hotel Pickup List:
13:45 - A Good Rest B&B
13:25 - Alice in the Territory
13:35 - Alice Lodge Backpackers
13:05 - Alice Motor Inn
13:15 - Alice on Todd
13:45 - Alice Springs Railways
13:20 - Annie's Place
13:40 - Aurora Alice Springs
13:35 - Chifley Alice Springs Resort
13:25 - Desert Palms Resort
13:05 - Desert Rose Inn
13:45 - Diplomat Motel
13:25 - DoubleTree Hilton Alice Springs
13:05 - Elkira Motel
13:10 - G’Day Mate Caravan Park
13:05 - Haven Backpackers
13:10 - Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge
13:10 - Heritage Caravan Park
13:20 - Ibis Styles Oasis
13:25 - Lasseters Casino Hotel
13:10 - MacDonnell Ranges Caravan Park
13:45 - Mount Nancy Motel
13:05 - Pathdorf Bed & Breakfast
13:30 - Quest Apartments
13:05 - Stuart Caravan Park
13:15 - Swagmans Rest Motel
13:40 - Todd Tavern
13:15 - Toddy’s Resort
13:15 - White Gum Apartments
13:45 - Wintersun Caravan Park

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Great trip and a good chance to really see Alice Springs. In half a day you see everything without feeling rushed. The reptile park is a highlight and Rex the guide is hilarious. Well worth the money and time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Alice with our guide Jenny from AAT KIngs. She was great company and very knowledgeable about the area. We enjoyed the school of the air, telegraph station, flying doctors museum and reptile centre visits. We delighted in seeing kangaroos at the telegraph station and the stunning views of Alice from the Anzac Memorial. Thanks Jenny for a great introduction to Alice. This was a great way to spend an afternoon before heading to Uluru! Highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This was an excellent way to get to see Alice Springs on a very short stop over. My driver arrived within minutes of my arrival at my Motel and was well knowledged about the area and extremely helpful as well. View of Alice Springs from Anzac Hill was breath taking and one had plenty of time to take photos as well on this tour. I found visiting the Historical Telegraph Station was excellent this I probably enjoyed the most coming from a farming back ground. They truly have restored this site so one could clearly see how things were during the early days of people manning this station. Visiting the School of the Air was very interesting and gave one the full history of how it all came about as well as how large an area this school covers. We also had the opportunity to watch teachers work over the air as well which now is mostly done on computers. There was also. the chance to contribute by buying books for the school. The Royal Flying Doctors Centre enlightened one about the wonderful work this team does for our very remote residents living in rural Australia. Found this very interesting as it now has grown over the years and man 68 planes throughout rural Australia helping people to get urgent medical assistance when needed. The Reptile Centre was also very interesting and the staff member knew his stuff as well about the various reptiles they had on show. We also got the chance to have a quick drive around Alice Springs which showed us that Alice Springs now has just about everything in the way of stores. Seeing the dry Todd River was amazing especially if you saw a follow up photo of it in flood times which is extremely rare. This was a wonderful tour to take for an afternoon in Alice Springs had plenty to show the group as well all entrance fees were covered in the one price. Had plenty of time to walk around and see things at our own leisure as well. This tour was very well presented and certainly gave me a lot of information about the area in a short time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

First, our compliments to AAT tour operators. Due to a late flight arrival at Alice Springs and a 1 1/2 hour transfer from the airport to Chiffley Hotel, we missed our scheduled tour pickup. We thought about trying to take a cab to catch the tour at one of the scheduled stops, but the hotel clerk said, "no worries" and called AAT who sent a driver over to pick us up and overtake the tour. He even provided insightful commentary that we would have otherwise missed. Tour driver/guide was great and provided interesting commentary that added to appreciation of the Alice Spings area. All five scheduled tour stops were very worhwhile; however, the curator's commentary at the reptile house was too lengthy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This was a great overview for the time-constrained, and was very enjoyable. We found the town interesting and the guide informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

This was an excellent tour. Myles our driver/guide was extremely informative. We visited five different locations and even though I must admit I thought a couple of them would be boring they were all extremely interesting. Especially the school of air and the owner of the reptile centre was so passionate about his animals it made it even more enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Learned a lot about Alice everyone was great

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This was truly a fun, informative and wonderful way to explore Alice Springs, our coach and tour Guide was Ryce Craig, a wonderful guy who added humour, personality and facts to a great day. School of the Air was fascinating, Royal Flying Doctors fantastic, Telegraph Station gorgeous, reptile park interesting, view from Anzac Hill when moon closest to earth, rising spectacular.... This is a must do tour!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

great guide. myles clearly passionate about his job and his town. thankyou to him for making this tour so very interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

really very informative fantastic coach driver thoroughly enjoyed it

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