Alice Springs Highlights Tour

Highlights

  • 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. 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.

Summary

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. 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.

Tour info

Duration
4 hours
Group Size
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Meeting Point
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Why take this tour?

At the very heart of Australia lies the historic town of Alice Springs - the pioneering gateway to a mysterious land of natural monuments, colorful outback culture and ancient Dreamtime lore. On this half-day afternoon tour you will visit the School of the Air, the Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service as well as take in spectacular views of the West MacDonnell ranges from Anzac Hill.

What’s included?

  • Hotel pickup and drop off

  • Professional, local guide

  • Commentary by driver

  • Touring by luxury, air-conditioned coach

  • Entry to the Telegraph Station, site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs

  • Entry at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia

  • Entry to School of the Air, the world's largest classroom

  • Entry/Admission - Alice Springs School of the Air Experience

  • Entry/Admission - Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

  • Entry/Admission - Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum

  • Entry/Admission - Alice Springs Reptile Centre

  • Food and drink

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Before you book

  • Duration: 4h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays/wipes are available for guest distribution. Group sizes will be continuously reviewed to align with government recommended protocols.

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

About operator:

Want to escape, indulge, relax or explore while all the driving is done for you? On an AAT Kings Day Tour, our friendly and engaging Driver Guides will bring each destination to life. AAT Kings Alice Springs Day Tours offers a range of half and full day tours that cover Alice Springs Town. Kings Canyon, Palm Valley, the West MacDonnell Ranges and a variety to Red Centre Connections.

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