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Alice Springs Telegraph Station, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
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Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

Herbert Heritage Drive, off the Stuart Highway, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Email: trailstation@outbackcycling.com
Website: www.alicespringstelegraphstation.com.au
9000585 Phone Number: 61 08 8952 3993

The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve preserves the original stone buildings of The Telegraph Station, which have been restored with furnishings and artefacts from the early 1900s. Wander through the grounds and buildings and use the special franking stamp to post a letter at the post office. Set against the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges, the reserve is also a popular place for a walk, picnic and watching wildlife. The Alice Springs Telegraph Station is the best preserved of the 12 stations along the Overland Telegraph Line, which was established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide. The reserve marks the original site of the Alice Springs settlement, which took its name after the waterhole a short distance to the east of the station. The Station operated for 60 years, then served as a school for Aboriginal children. Located 4 kilometres north of Alice Springs, the reserve is accessible by two-wheel drive vehicle. There's a walking or cycling track into the reserve from the Stuart highway and the Todd River. Entry to the reserve is free but an entry fee applies to the historic precinct and includes a tour.

N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park, Alice Springs Area, Northern Territory

NDhala Gorge Nature Park

90 kilometres east of Alice Springs, via Ross Highway, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Website: www.nretas.nt.gov.au/national-parks-and-reserves/parks/find/ndhalagorge
9000682 Phone Number: 61 08 8951 8250
Fax Number: 61 08 8951 8290

N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park is a fascinating site that protects thousands of prehistoric rock carvings. Located within the East MacDonnell Ranges, 90 kilometres east of Alice Springs, this important archaeological and heritage site also protects rare plants. Follow the 1.5 kilometre (one hour return) marked walking track into the gorge. Signs along the track interpret some of the approximately 6,000 individual stone engravings or petroglyphs. N'Dhala Gorge is also significant for its rare plants such as the Peach-leafed Poison Bush and the Undoolya Wattle. N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park contains Eastern Arrernte men's sacred sites, including petroglyphs, art sites and shelter sites. The traditional owners call the area Ilwentje. The petroglyphs have been created using either a fine pecking or pounding technique, which are thought to have been used in two different periods. Access to the nature park is via the Ross Highway. Once you pass the Ross River Homestead the track becomes accessible to four-wheel drive vehicles only. Pitch a tent in the bush camping area, which has toilets and picnic tables (camping fees apply). No water is provided so visitors should bring their own supplies.

Finke Gorge National Park, Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia

Finke Gorge National Park

Larapinta Drive, 140 kilometres west of Alice Springs, Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, 0872
Website: www.nretas.nt.gov.au/national-parks-and-reserves/parks/find/finkegorge
9000712 Phone Number: 61 08 8951 8250
Fax Number: 61 08 8951 8290

Explore the ancient landscapes of Finke Gorge National Park, 140 kilometres west of Alice Springs. Walk into valleys of rare plants, or follow a popular four-wheel drive route. The 46,000-hectare park protects the desert oasis Palm Valley, home to a diverse range of rare and unique plant species. Those plants include the Red Cabbage Palm, which is only found here - botanic remnants from millions of years ago, when Central Australia was lush with tropical forests. The Finke River is claimed to be one of the oldest in the world, with areas dating back 350 million years. For experienced four-wheel drivers, the popular Finke drive route is an adventurous drive down the Finke River to Illamurta Springs Conservation Reserve and Watarrka National Park. The park and nearby areas are significant to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people and there is also evidence of early European settlement. Follow one of the marked trails short distances to survey the area from lookouts, or to find out more about the mythology of the Western Arrernte Aboriginal culture. Pitch a tent in the campground - toilets, showers and gas barbecues are provided and fees apply.

Maruku Retail Gallery, Uluru Area, Northern Territory, Australia

Maruku Retail Gallery

Cultural Centre, Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, Yulara, Northern Territory, 0872
Email: punu@maruku.com.au
Website: www.maruku.com.au
9000739 Phone Number: 61 08 8956 2153
Fax Number: 61 08 8956 2410

Enjoy the handcrafted work direct from the desert country of Central Australia. The beautifully displayed gallery gives you the perfect opportunity to meet, understand the culture and purchase works from the artists, knowing that all funds are return to the Anangu people. There's no better reason or place to buy art work than at the base of Uluru / Ayers Rock. Maruku Arts and Crafts was established in 1984 by and for Aboriginal people in response to a growing need for effective co-ordination of marketing and support services to Aboriginal craftspeople living within the Central Desert Lands. Maruku Retail Gallery, 'Punuku Ngurra' is located at the Cultural Centre within Uluru Kata -Tjuta National Park, providing a service to some 800 craftsperson's living in communities and homelands. Items are sold through the Maruku Retail Gallery and wholesale to shops and galleries throughout the world and through prestige exhibitions. To enjoy Maruku Retails Gallery you must enter Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park. An entry fee of AUD25.00, per person over the age of 16 years, for a consecutive three day pass is required.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, Yulara, Northern Territory, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Headquarters, Yulara, Northern Territory, 0872
Email: uluru.info@environment.gov.au
Website: www.environment.gov.au/parks/uluru/visitor-activities/cultural-centre.html
9000607 Phone Number: 61 08 8956 1128
Fax Number: 61 08 8956 2360

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is a great starting point for visitors to the park. The centre offers information about activities and the park as well as an introduction into Anangu culture. Because of the deep spiritual nature of the area and what is contained within the Cultural Centre, please do not photograph or video inside the building or precinct. This is to respect the wishes of the traditional owners, and protect Anangu's cultural and intellectual property. This award-winning Cultural Centre, a stunning example of contemporary Australian architecture. Dynamic displays, video and artwork explain this world heritage landscape from the perspective of the traditional owners, Anangu. Learn about Tjukurpa, creation stories and laws, which explain the spiritual meanings of the surrounding landscapes. To enjoy the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre you must enter Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. A park entry fee of AUD25.00 for a 3-day pass applies.

The Juicy Rump - Alice Springs Area Northern Territory

The Juicy Rump

Lasseters Hotel Casino, 93 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Email: reservations.lhc@lasseters.com.au
Website: www.lhc.com.au
9000648 Phone Number: 61 08 8950 7777
Fax Number: 61 08 8953 2422

The Juicy Rump is a dining and entertainment venue in Alice Springs. Enjoy a drink on the spacious deck looking out at the MacDonnell Ranges, enjoy a generous meal, or catch the game on the big screen. The Juicy Rump offers affordable meals for the whole family. With an open kitchen and modern decor, it is a place to great relax and have a good time. The spacious deck area, with views of the MacDonnell Ranges, is a great place to enjoy live music, a drink or a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner in the appealing Alice Springs weather. All the big sporting events are screened, with TAB and KENO facilities available from the bar. Late into the evening The Juicy Rump transforms into a nightclub, with a DJ three nights a week. The Juicy Rump is set in Lasseters Hotel Casino, Alice Springs.

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Adelaide House Museum

Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Email: adelaidehouse@bigpond.com
Website: www.flynntrail.org.au/orgs/adelaidehouse.html
9000579 Phone Number: 61 08 8952 1856

Journey to the heart of Alice Springs and be inspired by Rev John Flynn’s historic vision for the bush. Designed by Flynn, Adelaide House is one of the earliest buildings in Alice Springs, built in 1920 by the Australian Inland Mission. As you step into the cool interior of this historic building situated in the heart of Todd Mall, you’ll step back in time. Wander the displays to learn Flynn’s story and the connection of the bush nursing hostel and the Traeger Pedal Radio, which brought health services to the vast outback. Experience the hospitality and healing of this peaceful sanctuary, offering home-style and historic food, tea/coffee, local products promoting healing, wellbeing and inspiration. Adelaide House is a part of The Flynn Trail, a self-guided heritage tour in Alice Springs and surrounds. Entry into Adelaide House is via a donation.

Redbank Gorge, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Redbank Gorge

Namatjira Drive, 157 kilometres west of Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Website: www.nretas.nt.gov.au/national-parks-and-reserves/parks/find/westmacdonnell
9000687 Phone Number: 61 08 8951 8250
Fax Number: 61 08 8951 8290

Redbank Gorge (Rwetyepme, pronounced 'roo-chip-ma') is a stunning gorge and chasm that is a refuge for many threatened plant and animal species. Located 156km west of Alice Springs in the West MacDonnell Ranges and nestled at the base of Mt Sonder, it is also a popular stop for travellers following the Red Centre Way. Take the two kilometre, 1.5-hour return walk from the car park along the creek bed to the gorge to swim in the cold, deep water of the near-permanent waterhole. Basic camping facilities are available at two different locations - the Woodland and the Ridgetop campgrounds. Both have toilets, fire pits and picnic tables, the Woodland Camping area also has free gas barbecues. Spaces are limited and fees apply. Access is via the sealed Larapinta and Namatjira drives. The five kilometre access road is unsealed and a high-clearance vehicle is recommended.

National Road Transport Hall of Fame, Alice Springs Area, Northern Territory, Australia

National Road Transport Hall of Fame

Norris Bell Avenue, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Email: info@roadtransporthall.com
Website: www.roadtransporthall.com
9049636 Phone Number: 61 08 8952 7161
Fax Number: 61 08 8952 9895

The National Road Transport Hall of Fame is a museum that is unique to most other road transport museums throughout the world in that it has taken a lateral approach to the restoration of its world. Vehicles are props to the trials and tribulations of road transport pioneers covering all forms of road transport, from the camel strings of old to today’s modern roadtrains and stretchliner coaches. With vehicles displayed in their working day condition maintained by ‘bush mechanics and engineers’ in those days, the National Road Transport Hall of Fame aims to truly represent Australia’s road transport.

Springs, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

The Deck Eatery

DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs, 82 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870
Website: doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/northern-territory/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-alice-springs-ASPDADI/dining/index.html
9077455 Phone Number: 61 08 8950 8000
Fax Number: 61 08 8952 3822

Located at DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs, Deck Eatery & Bar offers lunch from $15 and a range of innovative share plates and plates for one. Unwind with a cold beer, glass of wine or cocktail in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere offering a la carte dining. For reservations, please contact 08 8950 8041.