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10 Things to do within 10km's of Alice Springs

Reception Office - Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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1. Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve - The Alice Springs Telegraph Station is the original site of first European Settlement in Alice Springs, established in 1872 as a part of the overlander telegraph line between Adelaide and Darwin. Located on Herbert Heritage Drive, off the North Stuart Highway. Whether you want to take a walk back in time or enjoy a bbq with the family the Telegraph Station is the spot for you. The beautiful lawns on the banks of the dry Todd River make a perfect spot to spend an afternoon relaxing under a shady tree or explore the remnants of yesteryear in the Historical Precinct. The Reserve is open between 8am - 9pm every day of the year. The Historical Precinct is open 8am-5pm daily except Christmas Day. The Historical Precinct does have an entry cost that includes a guided tour. Also located at the Entry of the Historical Precinct is a small gift shop that you can purchase a cool drink and ice-cream from.

2. Alice Springs Desert Park - Located approx 10 mins from the CBD of Alice Springs on Larapinta Drive. The Desert Park is a must see. Open daily from 7.30am to 6.00pm.  Allow yourself half a day to explore the hundreds of plant species and animals local to the Red Centre. Dont forget to check out the Bird of Prey display that runs at 10am & 3.30pm daily. Enjoy a break from the heat in their airconditioned Coolamons Cafe, offering cold drinks, icecreams and daily lunch specials. They also have a fantastic Nocturnal Tour that operates of an evening, expert guides lead you by torch light through an exclusive area of the Desert Park exploring the rare animals of the Central Australian Desert. Cost of Entry is $20 per Adult and $10 per Child (5-15 years) they also have a Super Economy Pass for $55 which admits 2 Adults and up to 4 Children.

3. The Olive Pink Botanic Garden - The Olive Pink Botanic Garden is situated on the Eastern bank of the Todd River on Tunks Road. The Gardens were gazetted in 1956 by Miss Olive Pink but not opened to the public until after her death in 1985. There are a number of self-guided walks that you can take to explore the flora of Central Australia with in the gardens. Highly recommended is the Meyers Hill Walk approx 40 minutes return, this walk will introduce you to a number of Central Australian Species. Also located at the gardens is the Bean Tree Cafe, open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. The Gardens are open daily from 8am-6pm all year round with the exception of Christmas Day.

4. Alice Springs Royal Flying Doctor Service - The Visitors Center of the Alice Springs Royal Flying Doctor Service is open daily from 9am to 5pm, Sundays and Public Holidays 1pm to 5pm and closed on Christmas day. Located next to the Alice Springs Hospital. Entry into the Visitors center includes a guided tour explaining the history of the RFDS including a video. There is also a fantastic museum for you to explore, which includes a flight simulator. The RFDS Cafe is located in an historic building built in 1939 which was originally the home of first RFDS radio operator. This fabulous cafe has beautiful food and is run totally by volunteers, enjoy a cuppa and also help keep the RFDS flying and saving lives.

5. Alice Springs School of the Air - The Alice Springs School of the Air Visitors Center is located on Head Street, on the Northside of Alice Springs. The visitors center is an initiative of the school council, set up to directly support the students of the ASSOA. A short film is included in the entry fee which outlines the unique teaching methods from past to present, a fantastic insite to remote teaching. If visitoring within school hours you will be able to view live lessons . The Center is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 4.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Sundays and Public Holidays. Closed from Christmas Day thru to New Years Day and also Good Friday. Entry costs  $7.50 per adult, $4.80 per child and kids under 5 are free. 

6. Araluen Cultural Precinct - Includes a number of interesting spots to explore. Museum of Central Australia, Aviation Museum and Albert Namatjira Gallery. It is located on Larapinta Drive and the site was originally home to Alice Springs first aerodrome, this was established by Eddie Connellan 1939 who owned Connellan Airways. Eddie named the area Araluen after a family property near Swan Hill, Victoria. The original hanger is today the home of the Aviation Museum. The Albert Namatjira Gallery is located inside the Araluen Arts Centre. In 1999 The Museum of Central Australia was moved from the CBD into the Strehlow Building, this then completed the site of the Cultural Precinct. The Precinct is open daily from 10am - 4pm, Mon-Fri and 11pm -4pm on weekends. Cost per entry is Adults $15, Children $10, Children under 5 are free. They also offer concessions and family discounts.

7. Alice Springs Reptile Centre - Located only a few minutes from the Alice's CBD, directly opposite the Royal Flying Doctors Service. The centre is home to over 100 reptiles, housed inside and out for you to wander through and explore. A well know resident of the centre is "Terry" the saltwater crocodile, his exhibit offers fantastic close-up views providing great photo opportunities. The centre has daily talks at 11am, 1pm and 3.30pm daily, these talks offer interaction with the reptiles, if brave enough you can even hold a snake. The Reptile Centre is open daily from 9.30pm to 5.00pm. 

8. Anzac Hill. Looking for a good view of Alice? Anzac Hill offers sensational views across Alice Springs and is only a short (but steep) walk from the town centre.

9. Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre - A new state of the art indoor swimming centre, offers fun for all ages. Inside it has 2 fun water slides, a heated 8 lane, 25m swimming lap pool. A second 20 metre pool includes beach entry, water fountains, toddler area, indoor spa and a lazy river, also a 4 lane learn to swim section with a disabled ramp.  Outside there are 3 pools, an Olympic size swimming pool, 25m pool and a toddlers pool. Enjoy a coffee from the cafe whilst the kids enjoy a swim. The centre is open from 6am - 7pm weekdays and 9am to 7pm on weekends. Entry is $5 per Adult and $2.55 per Children with kids under 5 free. There is also a family entry rate of $13.20. Spectators are Free.

10. Alice Springs Golf Club - Enjoy a game of golf on one of the world's finest desert venues set it the foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges. Designed and constructed by golfing legend Peter Thomson and his business partner Michael Wolveridge, it is rated 53rd in Australia by the Australian Golf Digest. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the 18 hole course, clubhouse facilities and views. The club has a restaurant open Wednesday thru to Saturday from 6-9pm and on the weekends for lunch from 12-2pm

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