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Ryan Well Historical Reserve - Alice Springs Area Northern Territory

Ryan Well Historical Reserve

129 kilometres north of Alice Springs, Stuart Highway, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Website: www.nretas.nt.gov.au/home/publications/heritage/wells#ryan
9000663 Phone Number: 61 08 8951 8250
Fax Number: 61 08 8951 8290

Ryan's Well Historical Reserve protects and preserves an important aspect of the nineteenth century push into the Northern Territory. Located 129 kilometres north of Alice Springs, the well was hand-dug in 1889 to supply water to travellers and stock along the Overland Telegraph Line. The well was named after Ned Ryan, a stonemason who became an expert at sinking wells. Make a stop along the Stuart Highway to read the detailed plaque beside the well, which describes the complex process of raising water and offers a glimpse into the early history of Central Australia. Within the reserve The Glen Maggie Homestead ruins reveal the way of life of pastoral settlers during the early 20th century. The Nicker family built the Glen Maggie sheep and cattle station near the well in 1914 and charged a small fee per head to draw water for travelling stock. By 1921 the homestead also served as a telegraph office and store. In 1932 it became well known as the last supply point for miners heading north-west to 'The Granites' gold rush. The building was finally abandoned in 1935 and the Telegraph Office was moved north to Aileron Station.

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Seasons Restaurant

All Seasons Alice Springs Oasis, 10 Gap Road, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Website: www.all-seasons-hotels.com/gb/hotel-3113-all-seasons-alice-springs-oasis/index.shtml
9142085 Phone Number: 61 08 8952 1444

Residents of Alice Springs are so lucky to live and work in a state that offers such a fantastic and diverse array of bush and wild foods where the flavours do all the work and Seasons Restaurant just showcase it. With four seasonal menus a year, you will always have new favourites to discover. Seasons Restaurant release new menus in March, June, September and December. Specialising in contemporary Australian and Regional food, ranging from a traditional Aussie Burger to Came and Kangaroo Stew. For travellers who may have dietary requirements should you wish to customise a dish from their menu or create one entirely, they will do their best to create something special for you. Seasons Restaurant is open nightly from 6pm till 9pm, is fully licensed with an extensive menu of beer and wines on offer.

Wallaby Gap, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Wallaby Gap

14 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
9104233 Phone Number: 61 08 8951 8250
Fax Number: 61 08 8951 8290

Wallaby Gap is a sandy creek bed shaded by walls of red rock in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Named after its population of Black-footed rock wallabies, it is also located along Section 1 of the Larapinta Trail, a 223 kilometre walking track through the ranges. The gap is also a rewarding place to sit and watch for birds - a temporary pool inside the gap commonly attracts White-plumed honeyeaters, Zebra finches, Pied butcherbirds and Crested pigeons. The deep, narrow passage was created by a small watercourse carving through the tough gneiss before draining into Roe Creek. The campground is located about 300 metres south of Wallaby Gap, but camping is permitted only for walkers on the Larapinta Trail. Vehicle access is also for Larapinta Trail walkers only - a key is available for the locked gate from the Visitor Information Centre on Gregory Terrace in Alice Springs.

Central Craft, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Central Craft

Araluen Cultural Precinct, Corner Larapinta Drive and Memorial Avenue, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Email: info@centralcraft.org.au
Website: www.centralcraft.org.au
9000708 Phone Number: 61 08 8952 4417
Fax Number: 61 08 8953 5465

Watch artists at work printing silk, creating jewellery, pottery, and woodwork, and buy souvenirs from the shop at Central Craft in Alice Springs. Head to the studio where you can watch and talk to the artists at work, before exploring the shop where local art and craft is sold. There's a diverse range of crafts including jewellery, ceramics, weaving, watercolour paintings, felted wraps, enamel work, woodwork, knitted and crocheted beanies, printed fabric, 'sustainable couture' recycled clothing and more. Find a unique memento of your visit to Alice Springs or the perfect handcrafted gift. Central Craft is a not-for-profit member-based organisation located in a building that was the former Connellan Airways mess at the Araluen Cultural Precinct on Larapinta Drive in Alice Springs.

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.