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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

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What You Can Expect

Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour

Alice Telegraph Station

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.


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
13:40 - 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
13:05 - 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
13:45 - Wintersun Caravan Park
13:45 - Vatu Sanctuary

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour - very informative guide, Byron, and excellent tour of School of the Air, Telegraph Station and Reptile Centre in particular.

Gaye W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful and informative half day tour of the Alice. A must do experience if in Alice Springs to get the full story and history of the area.

Stephen B Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent guide who showed us many interesting sights around Alice Springs

Julie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A must do when visiting Alice Springs. We were able to send a telegram from the original station. Good to know facts from the reptile centre. School of the air very impressive as is the flying doctors.

Christine T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very informative and very enjoyable. The driver was knowledgeable about the area and very helpful. I would definitely recommend it. We saw much more than we would have going around on our own.

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Hits all the important historical places and more. We didn't expect a drive-through of the town, but we got that, too. Jim, our driver/guide, was wonderful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

At first I was skeptical about this tour and regretful about booking it as it took place in the afternoon however, at the end of the day I couldn't have asked for a better and more interesting tour. It visited the most interesting sites of Alice Springs including the reptile center, the post office, the school of the air, and the Royal flying doctor service. The tour ended at the veterans memorial monument that provided a panoramic view of Alice Springs making an enjoyable afternoon and a great introduction to Alice Springs.

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Small tour of about 14 people. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable of the area. The School of the air was particularly excellent as was the flying doctor museum.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was a very interesting day ---- especially liked visiting the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctors.

Ruenella C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very informative. Our guide was great! She gave us great insight into the culture and history of the aboriginal people. I loved this tour.

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