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John Flynn's Grave Historic Reserve - Alice Springs Area Northern Territory

John Flynn's Grave Historic Reserve

Larapinta Drive, Seven kilometres west of Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Website: wwww.nretas.nt.gov.au/knowledge-and-history/heritage/ntregister
9000756 Phone Number: 61 08 8951 8250
Fax Number: 61 08 8951 8290

The John Flynn's Memorial Historical Reserve, located seven kilometres west of Alice Springs, is the resting place for the ashes of the Reverend John Flynn, founder of the Flying Doctor Service and the Australian Inland Mission. The grave is on a low hill at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges. The plaque expresses a lifetime achievement in just a few lines ‘His vision encompassed the continent. He established the Australian Inland Mission and founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He brought to lonely places a spiritual ministry and spread a mantle of safety over them by medicine and the radio.’

Ruby Cap Nature reserve - Alice Springs Area - Northern Territory

Ruby Gap Nature Park

Ross Highway, via Arltunga, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Website: www.nretas.nt.gov.au/national-parks-and-reserves/parks/find/rubygap
9000671 Phone Number: 61 08 8951 8250
Fax Number: 61 08 8951 8290

Ruby Gap Nature Park is a remote spot located on the most eastern side of the East MacDonnell Ranges. Located 150 kilometres from Alice Springs, it was the site of Central Australia's first mining rush in 1886 after 'rubies' were found in the riverbed. Today Ruby Gap is a popular place for camping and bushwalking. Much of the park's terrain is extremely rugged and is only suitable for the experienced walker. Follow the riverbed and tracks upstream to Glen Annie Gorge. In 1886 explorer David Lindsay found what he thought were rubies in the sandy bed of the Hale River. A rush ensued with buyers from European snapping them up. As the market was flooded, the quality of the rubies found was questioned and, 18 months into the rush, it was found that the gems were merely high-grade garnets. Central Australia's ruby boom quickly collapsed. Access to this little-visited and remote park is via the Arltunga Historical Reserve. A high clearance four-wheel drive vehicle is essential, but is well worth the effort to get here. There are several campgrounds in the park (fees apply).

Birthday Waterhole, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Birthday Waterhole

80 kilometres along the Larapinta Trail,, starting from the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, Owen Springs Reserve, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Website: www.nretas.nt.gov.au/national-parks-and-reserves/parks/walks/larapinta
9104241 Phone Number: 61 08 8951 8250
Fax Number: 61 08 8951 8290

Birthday Waterhole is a semi-permanent pool on the Hugh River in the West MacDonnell Ranges. It is also the Trailhead for sections 4 and 5 of the 223 kilometre Larapinta walking trail that extends from Alice Springs to Mt Sonder. Large River Red Gums fringe Birthday Waterhole, which is an important ecological site. Waterbirds are attracted to the waterhole because of its large populations of desert rainbow fish, frogs and aquatic invertebrates. Camping is permitted and access is by high-clearance four-wheel drive only. Birthday Waterhole is 14.4 kilometres from the turn-off on Namatjira Drive.

Stuart Town Gaol - exterior view

Stuart Town Gaol

8 Parsons Street, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Email: foh.ntnt@internode.on.net
Website: www.nationaltrustnt.org.au/index.php?/eng/Left-Menu/Register-of-Significant-Places/Stuart-Town-Gaol
9000658 Phone Number: 61 08 8952 4516
Fax Number: 61 08 8952 2185

Take a look at early prison design and construction in remote areas, and learn more about attitudes towards imprisonment at the turn of last century at the Stuart Town Gaol in Alice Springs. Construction of the Stuart Town Gaol and police station started in 1907 by local builders using materials sourced from the district. It is a simple design made of local stone that reflects the harsh discriminatory treatment of prisoners during the early twentieth century. As the first government building in the town it was harsh but basically functional. The Stuart Town Gaol replaced a facility that stood adjacent to the southern side of Heavitree Gap. Its inadequate facilities and the periodic flooding of the Todd River prompted the decision to move. Construction of this new gaol was completed in 1909 and it served as the Town's gaol until 1938. Today it houses memorabilia and stories relating to police and prisoner history and life in Central Australia. Open to the public via keys that are collected from the Hartley St. School. Refundable key deposit and entry fee are paid at the School. Refer to Hartley Street School opening hours.

John Flynn Memorial Uniting Church - Alice Springs Area Northern Territory

John Flynn Memorial Uniting Church

Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Email: adelaidehouse@bigpond.com
Website: www.nretas.nt.gov.au/knowledge-and-history/heritage/ntregister
9000758 Phone Number: 61 08 8952 1856
Fax Number: 61 08 8952 1856

John Flynn dreamed of a cathedral within Central Australia where people of all faiths could worship. After his death, his friends across Australia built one in his memory. It was opened by the Prime Minister in 1956, and its design was a result of a national architectural competition incorporating passive cooling, local and national symbolism in its design. Take a self-guided tour, walking the sign of the Cross built into the Church's design, and learn about the many aspects of Flynn’s achievements in his life. Reflect for a moment on his life, and your own, in this peaceful sanctuary. John Flynn Memorial Church is a part of The Flynn Trail, a self-guided heritage tour in Alice Springs and surrounds.

Hugh Gorge Junction, Alice Springs Area, Northern Territory, Australia

Hugh Gorge Junction

92 kilometres along the Larapinta Trail, starting from the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, West Macdonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, 0870
Website: www.nretas.nt.gov.au/national-parks-and-reserves/parks/walks/larapinta
9104236 Phone Number: 61 08 8951 8250
Fax Number: 61 08 8951 8290

Hugh Gorge Junction is located on Section 5 of the Larapinta Trail in the West MacDonnells. After climbing over the rocky saddle you gradually descend until you reach the richly vegetated Hugh River. The trail then continues downstream through the lower part of Hugh Gorge, taking you into spectacular scenery, with the orange oxide wall of the gorge contrasting sharply with the bleached and water worn boulders of the watercourse. You may need to negotiate small, stretches of very cold water. The strongest botanical feature of Hugh Gorge is the impressive Black Tea trees, with their deeply textured bark and pedestal roots. Camping is permitted, and there is no vehicle access to Hugh Gorge Junction. Section 5 of the Larapinta Trail is graded as very hard - a rugged track or marked route with frequent steep and long climbs and descents, suitable for fit people with extensive previous bushwalking experience.

Museum of Central Australia, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Museum of Central Australia

Araluen Cultural Precinct, Corner of Larapinta Drive and Memorial Avenue, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Email: araluen@nt.gov.au
Website: www.nretas.nt.gov.au/arts-and-museums/ascp
9000706 Phone Number: 61 08 8951 1120
Fax Number: 61 08 8953 0259

Central Australia's unique natural and geological history is explained at the Museum of Central Australia in Alice Springs. In the exhibitions that describe the evolution of the landscape and the fascinating creatures that inhabited it you will see meteorite fragments, fossils and interpretive displays as well as a replica of the ancient Alcoota waterhole. At this internationally significant fossil site a giant freshwater crocodile and the largest bird that ever lived were discovered. Contemporary Central Australia is explained in a display about the birds, mammals, reptiles and insects you will see as you tour the outback. The Museum of Central Australia also houses the Strehlow Research Centre, an important collection of film, sound, archival records and museum objects relating to Indigenous ceremonial life. The Strehlow Collection was accumulated by the Lutheran Pastor Carl Strehlow and his son Professor TGH Strehlow over two generations of anthropological research with the Aboriginal people of central Australia. The collection is on display in exhibitions and permanent installations. The Museum of Central Australia is part of the Araluen Cultural Precinct.

Serpentine Chalet Dam, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Serpentine Chalet Dam

Namatjira Drive, 110 kilometres west of Alice Springs, West Macdonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, 0870
Website: www.nretas.nt.gov.au/national-parks-and-reserves/parks/walks/larapinta
9104238 Phone Number: 61 08 8951 8250
Fax Number: 61 08 8951 8290

Serpentine Chalet Dam is part of the ruins of an early tourism venture that was built in the remote West MacDonnell Ranges. It is a refuge to rare and protected plants and wildlife, and the Trailhead for Sections 8 and 9 of the 223 kilometre Larapinta Trail walk. As you walk into Serpentine Chalet Dam from Counts Point (Section 8), you come to a stand of bushes and trees that are more varied than those in the nearby dolomite hills. This diversity is due to the shelter from fires given by the creek bed, trees and cliff, the better soil and water supply. The diverse plants means that most of the time at least one species is flowering, giving nectar-eating animals a food supply and shelter. This is one of a few sites where the Common Brushtail Possum is found in Central Australia. Access to Serpentine Chalet is via four-wheel drive only. There is no vehicle access to Serpentine Chalet Dam - only to the bush camp, chalet ruins and the gate.

Central Australian Aviation Museum, Alice Springs Area, Northern Territory, Australia

Central Australian Aviation Museum

Araluen Cultural Precinct, Corner of Larapinta Drive and Memorial Avenue, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Email: araluen@nt.gov.au
Website: www.nretas.nt.gov.au/arts-and-museums/ascp/caam
9000710 Phone Number: 61 08 8953 8776
Fax Number: 61 08 8952 4241

Located in the original Connellan Airways hangar on the site of Alice Springs' first air strip, the museum houses early flying doctor planes, a restored DC3 and other historical aircraft and aviation memorabilia. View the remains of the 'Kookaburra', and learn the tragic story of its crew who perished in the Tanami Desert searching for Kingsford-Smith, the famous Australian Aviator. The Central Australian Aviation Museum is part of the Araluen Cultural Precinct.

Trephina Gorge Nature Park, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Trephina Gorge Nature Park

Ross Highway, 85 kilometres east of Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Website: www.nretas.nt.gov.au/national-parks-and-reserves/parks/find/trephinagorge
9000610 Phone Number: 61 08 8951 8250
Fax Number: 61 08 8951 8290

Discover the rugged landscapes, wildlife, and Aboriginal and pastoral histories of the East MacDonnell Ranges at Trephina Gorge Nature Park. Located 85km east of Alice Springs, the park is a handy distance for a day or a longer trip, and is notable for its short walks, views, and natural beauty. Trephina Gorge has wide views and a sandy creek bed and can be explored via a network of short walking tracks. It is one of two gorges that intersect the East MacDonnell Ranges. The other is John Hayes Rock Hole. The two are connected via the Trephina Ridge Top Walk. As well as a good place for a cool dip, waterholes in this area attract abundant animals and birds. The largest Ghost Gum in Central Australia is set in the park, alone on a saltbush flat. The area is significant to the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people and contains sites that are part of the Wallaby dreaming trail. Once a part of the Garden Station, the park has strong historic links with the early settlement of Central Australia. Access to John Hayes Rockhole is four-wheel drive only.
Camping is available at three sites and (fees apply).

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