Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour

Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour

4 hours Alice Springs, Australia

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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.

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Stop At: Alice Springs School of the Air Experience, Alice Springs School of Air 80 Head St, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870 Australia

Hear from your Driver Guide how Alice Springs began as a radio repeater station along the Overland Telegraph Line
• Call into the School of the Air, which provides education to primary school aged children living on remote properties in the Northern Territory

Duration: 55 minutes

Stop At: Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, South Stuart Highway Herbert Heritage Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870 Australia

Explore the Telegraph Station, site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs, and learn how it relayed messages between Darwin and Adelaide for 60 years

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, 8 - 10 Stuart Tce, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870 Australia

Visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which delivers medical services to those who live and work in remote rural Australia.

Duration: 55 minutes

Stop At: Alice Springs Reptile Centre, 9 Stuart Tce, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870 Australia

At the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, encounter goannas, frill-neck lizards, and meet Terry the saltwater crocodile!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Anzac Hill Road, Alice Springs, Northern Territory Australia

• Top off your afternoon with a panoramic view over Alice and the surrounding West MacDonnell Ranges, from the top of Anzac Hill

Duration: 10 minutes
 

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

Excluded

  • Food and drink

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the drop down list during the booking process. Your hotel pick-up time will be displayed on your voucher. If you wish to change your pick-up location from the one selected, you must call the operator at least 24 hrs prior to travel. If your hotel does not appear on the drop down list, the operator does not pick-up from your hotel. Please phone the operator to arrange an alternate pick-up time and location.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vehicle used is 21 seated coach
  • Please note: School of the Air is only open Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • 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.

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March 2020

We had a good afternoon with MYLES ..informative,friendly...we had s good humoured group and thoroughly enjoyed the experience

 

Garth P December 2019

A great tour. The Reptile centre was especially fascinating and the best of its kind I have been to. Ian was our tour guide and he made it a great afternoon

 

Stephen J October 2019

Our guide Tash took us to the RFDS, School of the Air, the original telegraph station and initial site which included Alice's Spring and ANZAC Hill. Certainly worth the trip and we found Tash to be very knowledgeable. The tour gave us an insight as to the importance of Alice Springs to the outback.

 

christinehoward126 October 2019

This was an interesting tour. The guide was Excellent providing interesting commentary along the way. All of it was interesting. At the Air school it was great to see the air classrooms and how lessons are relayed to students.

 

jimnickel May 2019

This tour of Alice Springs is a good way to occupy any spare time you might have in Alice Springs while stopping there on your way to Ayers Rock (Uluru). This tour provides a good overview of the history and culture of the Alice Springs area and the central outback and the ongoing development of Northern Australia up to the current day.

 

Mrs Nicola J S October 2018

Good overview of the area, guide gave very informative talk throughout tour. Not sure if I would have been happy in high summer though, there were a lot of flies about especially at Telegraph Hill. We were able to join in with a lesson at the School of the Air, would recommend everyone to help out this worth while school and donate a book for their library. The Flying Doctors Service stop gave us time to view a film about their history and facilities, didn't realise just what a great job they did.

 

Howard01 September 2018

Half Day Highlights Tour of Alice Springs
We wanted an afternoon tour on the second day to overcome the jet lag as we come from the east coast of the USA. This tour was well done for the time limits involved although we could have and would have spent more time at each spot if we were on our own. The tour stopped at the following locations:
1.0         Anzzac Hill 5 Minutes here for the views of Alice Springs and its surroundings. Great stop because one gets an idea how vast the area is.
2.0         School of the Area Introductory Film Excellent, They provide an education to the children of remote places where there is no school or beyond 50 Km from the nearest school. There closest students are 85 kilometers away and they severe children over 1000 Km away. Today it ius done by satellite and internet. To foster bonds between students they meet at the Schools facility 3 to 4 times a year. As a former Electronics Instructor I am amazed at the dedication of these teachers to their remote students and I can see where you would either love the job or hate it. Sreeped in history actually started with radio and pedal generators. Has many successful students but they stop after 9 th grade they stop and have to decide on correspondence classes, boarding school or family move to within 50 Km of a High School.
3.0        Alice Springs Telegraph Station This is where the town started. Rich in History. The first signals from London Passed Through here. It connects Adelaine and Darwin.
I was fascinated by what these people had to endure to builf this station and survive here, If you think about it for a second you will realize the all supplies jad to be carried in by camel as train stopped about 500 Kilometers away.
4.0        Royal Flying Doctor Service RFDS There are 25 of these across Austrilia and they provide first class medical service to people living in remote are. However, this is where it all started, The 20 min Halograph Presentation is excellent. I really wondered if the name is correct because on 50 of the flights no Doctor is aboard. Just a Flight nurse for which the training is rather rigorous,
Perhaps it should be called the Royal Flying Medical Service. This was my wifes favorite stop and right up there in my book.
5.0 Reptile Muesuem I was not looking forward to this part of the tour but boy was I shocked. The guide not only made it interesting but keep it great. This is all due to the enthusiasm of the Repitile Center Employee who in our book made all the difference in the world.

 

Howard01 September 2018

Half Day Highlights Tour of Alice Springs
We wanted an afternoon tour on the second day to overcome the jet lag as we come from the east coast of the USA. This tour was well done for the time limits involved although we could have and would have spent more time at each spot if we were on our own. The tour stopped at the following locations:
1.0         Anzzac Hill 5 Minutes here for the views of Alice Springs and its surroundings. Great stop because one gets an idea how vast the area is.
2.0         School of the Area Introductory Film Excellent, They provide an education to the children of remote places where there is no school or beyond 50 Km from the nearest school. There closest students are 85 kilometers away and they severe children over 1000 Km away. Today it ius done by satellite and internet. To foster bonds between students they meet at the Schools facility 3 to 4 times a year. As a former Electronics Instructor I am amazed at the dedication of these teachers to their remote students and I can see where you would either love the job or hate it. Sreeped in history actually started with radio and pedal generators. Has many successful students but they stop after 9 th grade they stop and have to decide on correspondence classes, boarding school or family move to within 50 Km of a High School.
3.0        Alice Springs Telegraph Station This is where the town started. Rich in History. The first signals from London Passed Through here. It connects Adelaine and Darwin.
I was fascinated by what these people had to endure to builf this station and survive here, If you think about it for a second you will realize the all supplies jad to be carried in by camel as train stopped about 500 Kilometers away.
4.0        Royal Flying Doctor Service RFDS There are 25 of these across Austrilia and they provide first class medical service to people living in remote are. However, this is where it all started, The 20 min Halograph Presentation is excellent. I really wondered if the name is correct because on 50 of the flights no Doctor is aboard. Just a Flight nurse for which the training is rather rigorous,
Perhaps it should be called the Royal Flying Medical Service. This was my wifes favorite stop and right up there in my book.
5.0 Reptile Muesuem I was not looking forward to this part of the tour but boy was I shocked. The guide not only made it interesting but keep it great. This is all due to the enthusiasm of the Repitile Center Employee who in our book made all the difference in the world.

 

Alistair S July 2018

This is an excellent tour introducing visitors to the School of the Air, the original Bush Telegraph Station and the Flying Doctor Service. Although Alice Springs is a long way from Melbourne or Sydney, this trip made it worth making the journey.

 

Cindy November 2017

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JE D October 2017

Very nice, do it!

 

Alan Edward P September 2017

Good opportunity to see the main attractions in Alice Springs in a short time. It was great to see the Old Telegraph station, Reptile park, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the amazing work that they do Anzac Hill and the School of the Air which allows you to see the teacher giving the lessons via an incredible network of computers, reaching some children 1000's kilometres away.

 

Elizabeth O June 2017

Fantastic and very informative. Rex at the reptile park was amazingly knowledgeable

 

William A April 2017

A very informative tour given at each place we visited, Tour guide was a local lad who also gave us good history and knowledge of the area.

 

Mrs_twitter March 2017

Fantastic tour! We added Alice Springs to our trip as a little extra and were not disappointed. The School of the Air was a true pioneer in long distance education and it was great to watch teachers delivering their lessons to their students. The Reptile House was remarkable as the owner took us through each critter and even explained how to survive a deadly bite. Learning about the long distance medical services was also extremely interesting and gave you a good sense of the struggles living remotely can bring. Easy hotel pickup and we were offered delivery back or optionally downtown drop off with dinner suggestions.

 

Alicia C March 2017

If you are in Alice Springs for a short period of time, this is a great way to see and learn a lot quickly. The small group makes it personal which is really nice, and the stops are all really interesting. The Reptile Center was especially fun! Definitely recommend!

 

Doris H December 2016

Really good tour to see Alice Springs if you dont have a lot of time for the town, but still a very relaxed tour that brings you to all the important places. Very interesting to watch a live school lesson at the school of the air as well as seeing the base of the Flying Doctors . The guides at the Reptile Park were very enthusiatic and gave excellent information about the animals. Finally from Anzac Hill you get a fantastic view of the whole town and the ranges, which were especially beautiful and green after a wet winter 2016.

 

Frances O November 2016

Great way to see Alice if you have restricted time and no car.

 

gregory m October 2016

A lot packed in here, tanya was great .. Each stop was well thought out to give a great "taste" of alice.

 

gillpennock September 2016

This tour was great. A small group with our expert guide James. We visited the School of the Air, the Telegraph Station, The Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Reptile Centre, and Anzac Hill. My personal favourites were the RFDS and Anzac Hill. Anzac Hill is not only the War Memorial but a lookout with 360 degree views of Alice Springs and the surrounding Ranges. We were fortunate enough to be there when the storm was approaching and got some amazing photos! James regaled us with history and anecdotes as well as recommended some pubs and restaurants. I would definitely recommend this tour!

 

Pip 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 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 July 2016

Excellent guide who showed us many interesting sights around Alice Springs

 

Julie R 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.

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