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Offered in: English

Overview

Discover the legendary heart of Outback culture with this half-day highlights tour of Alice Springs. Visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station and learn how residents have adapted to ultra-remote living at the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and the School of the Air. Encounter fearsome desert creatures at the Alice Springs Reptile Park, and take in sweeping views of the West MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.
  • 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
Known as the gateway to Australia’s rugged Red Centre, Alice Springs is a unique and vibrant community shaped by aboriginal culture, colonial influences and the challenges of isolated desert living. After pickup at your hotel in the afternoon, begin with a stop at the historic Overland Telegraph Station. Built in 1872, the communications outpost was a key link in connecting early frontier settlements across Australia.
Located in the geographical center of Australia nearly 800 miles (1,288 km) from another major city, Alice Springs residents have learned to adapt to an isolated lifestyle. Learn how students in remote surrounding areas receive an education through the radio at the School of the Air, and visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service base, which provides on-call medical aid to isolated communities. 
Next, get an up-close encounter with famous Outback’s wildlife at Alice Springs Reptile Park. See some of the world’s most venomous snakes including taipans and death adders, scaly desert dwellers like goannas and thorny devils and even a resident saltwater crocodile.Cap off your half-day tour with a drive up to Anzac Hill, where you can admire fantastic views of the copper-colored West MacDonnell Ranges and the township of Alice Springs nestled among the rugged landscape.

Desert Park Option
Should you choose to include the Alice Spring Desert Park Option, you will have the morning free to visit the park at your leisure. Rise early for your transfer to the world class Alice Springs Desert Park where you will witness free-flying birds at the Nature Theatre presentation and see rare and endangered animals such as the Bilby. Time at the Alice Springs Desert Park is unguided; you will explore the park in your own time at leisure. The return transfer to your hotel will leave the Desert Park at 12noon. You should then have time to for lunch at your own expense, before you are picked up from your hotel for the ‘A Town like Alice’ Tour.

Itinerary

Hotel Pickup List:
13:45 - A Good Rest B&B
13:25 - Alice in the Territory
13:05 - Alice Motor Inn
13:15 - Alice on Todd
13:45 - Alice Springs Railways
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
13:15 - 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
13:05 - Pathdorf Bed & Breakfast
13:30 - Quest Apartments
13:10 - Stuart Caravan Park
13:15 - Swagmans Rest Motel
13:40 - Todd Tavern
13:15 - Toddy’s Resort
13:45 - Wintersun Caravan Park
13:45 - Vatu Sanctuary

Reviews

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M
, Oct 2018

Good overview of the area, guide gave very informative talk throughout tour. Not sure if I would have been happy in high summer though, there were a lot of flies about especially at Telegraph Hill. We were able to join in with a lesson at the School of the Air, would recommend everyone to help out this worth while school and donate a book for their library. The Flying Doctors Service stop gave us time to view a film about their history and facilities, didn't realise just what a great job they did.

H
, Sep 2018

Half Day Highlights Tour of Alice Springs
We wanted an afternoon tour on the second day to overcome the jet lag as we come from the east coast of the USA. This tour was well done for the time limits involved although we could have and would have spent more time at each spot if we were on our own. The tour stopped at the following locations:
1.0         Anzzac Hill 5 Minutes here for the views of Alice Springs and its surroundings. Great stop because one gets an idea how vast the area is.
2.0         School of the Area Introductory Film Excellent, They provide an education to the children of remote places where there is no school or beyond 50 Km from the nearest school. There closest students are 85 kilometers away and they severe children over 1000 Km away. Today it ius done by satellite and internet. To foster bonds between students they meet at the Schools facility 3 to 4 times a year. As a former Electronics Instructor I am amazed at the dedication of these teachers to their remote students and I can see where you would either love the job or hate it. Sreeped in history actually started with radio and pedal generators. Has many successful students but they stop after 9 th grade they stop and have to decide on correspondence classes, boarding school or family move to within 50 Km of a High School.
3.0        Alice Springs Telegraph Station This is where the town started. Rich in History. The first signals from London Passed Through here. It connects Adelaine and Darwin.
I was fascinated by what these people had to endure to builf this station and survive here, If you think about it for a second you will realize the all supplies jad to be carried in by camel as train stopped about 500 Kilometers away.
4.0        Royal Flying Doctor Service RFDS There are 25 of these across Austrilia and they provide first class medical service to people living in remote are. However, this is where it all started, The 20 min Halograph Presentation is excellent. I really wondered if the name is correct because on 50 of the flights no Doctor is aboard. Just a Flight nurse for which the training is rather rigorous,
Perhaps it should be called the Royal Flying Medical Service. This was my wifes favorite stop and right up there in my book.
5.0 Reptile Muesuem I was not looking forward to this part of the tour but boy was I shocked. The guide not only made it interesting but keep it great. This is all due to the enthusiasm of the Repitile Center Employee who in our book made all the difference in the world.

H
, Sep 2018

Half Day Highlights Tour of Alice Springs
We wanted an afternoon tour on the second day to overcome the jet lag as we come from the east coast of the USA. This tour was well done for the time limits involved although we could have and would have spent more time at each spot if we were on our own. The tour stopped at the following locations:
1.0         Anzzac Hill 5 Minutes here for the views of Alice Springs and its surroundings. Great stop because one gets an idea how vast the area is.
2.0         School of the Area Introductory Film Excellent, They provide an education to the children of remote places where there is no school or beyond 50 Km from the nearest school. There closest students are 85 kilometers away and they severe children over 1000 Km away. Today it ius done by satellite and internet. To foster bonds between students they meet at the Schools facility 3 to 4 times a year. As a former Electronics Instructor I am amazed at the dedication of these teachers to their remote students and I can see where you would either love the job or hate it. Sreeped in history actually started with radio and pedal generators. Has many successful students but they stop after 9 th grade they stop and have to decide on correspondence classes, boarding school or family move to within 50 Km of a High School.
3.0        Alice Springs Telegraph Station This is where the town started. Rich in History. The first signals from London Passed Through here. It connects Adelaine and Darwin.
I was fascinated by what these people had to endure to builf this station and survive here, If you think about it for a second you will realize the all supplies jad to be carried in by camel as train stopped about 500 Kilometers away.
4.0        Royal Flying Doctor Service RFDS There are 25 of these across Austrilia and they provide first class medical service to people living in remote are. However, this is where it all started, The 20 min Halograph Presentation is excellent. I really wondered if the name is correct because on 50 of the flights no Doctor is aboard. Just a Flight nurse for which the training is rather rigorous,
Perhaps it should be called the Royal Flying Medical Service. This was my wifes favorite stop and right up there in my book.
5.0 Reptile Muesuem I was not looking forward to this part of the tour but boy was I shocked. The guide not only made it interesting but keep it great. This is all due to the enthusiasm of the Repitile Center Employee who in our book made all the difference in the world.

A
, Jul 2018

This is an excellent tour introducing visitors to the School of the Air, the original Bush Telegraph Station and the Flying Doctor Service. Although Alice Springs is a long way from Melbourne or Sydney, this trip made it worth making the journey.

L
, Jan 2018

A lovely guide. The tour was good but probably could have included more about aboriginal culture rather than the reptile centre

C
, Nov 2017
J
, Oct 2017

Very nice, do it!

E
, Oct 2017

O passeio é uma boa opção para quem quer conhecer Alice Springs rapidamente. Os lugares que fomos são legais, mas conta mais histórias de empresas que ajudam as pessoas, mas acaba sendo interessante. O guia da AAT Kings era muito legal e engraçado.
Mas, uma opinião da cidade, é que os aborigenes assustam os turistas, e tem muito deles perambulando pelas ruas de Alice Springs, ficam falando alto, discutindo, e parecem como mendigos. Eu não voltaria para Alice Springs por causa disso.

A
, Sep 2017

Good opportunity to see the main attractions in Alice Springs in a short time. It was great to see the Old Telegraph station, Reptile park, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the amazing work that they do Anzac Hill and the School of the Air which allows you to see the teacher giving the lessons via an incredible network of computers, reaching some children 1000's kilometres away.

C
, Aug 2017

We went to School of the Air and saw a lesson in progress. It was very interesting, and as a former teacher, I was amazed at the technology and what a difference it has made to outback students living in remote areas. The Overland Telegraph Station was much more interesting than I expected, but much more time could be spent there. We were amazed by our visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. We had no idea they have so many aircraft and are kept so busy, and in far more areas than outback Australia. The story of its founding is just amazing. Rex from the reptile place we visited was a real character, and we learned a lot from his talk and watching him with a crocodile, lizards and a snake he had removed that day. Finally, the visit to Anzac Hill at sunset was a very apt way to finish our stay in Alice Springs. We'd recommend this tour, and our guide, Natasha, whose speech and instructions were very clear. Not a moment was wasted!


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