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Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Discover the legendary heart of Outback culture on this half-day highlights tour of Alice Springs. Visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station and learn how residents have adapted to ultra-remote living at the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and the School of the Air. Encounter fearsome desert creatures at the Alice Springs Reptile Park, and take in sweeping views of the West MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.
  • Discover the history of Alice Springs
  • Visit the Royal Flying Doctors
  • Spend time at the School of the Air and join in a lesson
  • Get up close to the snakes and lizards at the Reptile Park
  • See panoramic views over the township and West MacDonnell Ranges
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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
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.

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.
Itinerary
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Alice Springs School of the Air Experience
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve
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 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
At the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, encounter goannas, frill-neck lizards, and meet Terry the saltwater crocodile!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Anzac Hill
• 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
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY AAT Kings

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

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour.
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What is the maximum group size during Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour.

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  • "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)." See review
  • "There closest students are 85 kilometers away and they severe children over 1000 Km away." See review
  • "Although Alice Springs is a long way from Melbourne or Sydney, this trip made it worth making the journey." See review

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Getting the most from your tour
Margaret_B
, Apr 2021
This tour allowed us the opportunity to visit a range of local activities around Alice Springs. Being in an organised group meant that the venues were prepared for our arrival and that presentations immediately commenced maximising the time spent at each place.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Dear Margaret_B, Thanks for your feedback, and we are happy to read that you made the most out of your time in Alice Springs. We hope to welcome you on board an AAT Kings tour again in the future. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
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Happy in the Alice
RGJ
, Mar 2020
We had a good afternoon with MYLES ..informative,friendly...we had s good humoured group and thoroughly enjoyed the experience
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
G'Day RGJ, Thanks very much for your glowing review and we are happy to read you enjoyed touring the Red Centre with AAT Kings. We are very proud of our Guides at AAT Kings, and it sounded like you had a fantastic day with Myles. We will be sure to pass along the feedback. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
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The best of Alice in a few hours
J0P60
, Dec 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
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Worth the Trip
Sunshine67537838854
, Oct 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.
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Sightseeing Alice Springs
Chrisso26
, Oct 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 & how lessons are relayed to students.
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Good way to spend a spare afternoon in Alice Springs
frequent-traveler777
, 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.
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Good overview of the area, guide gave...
Mrs Nicola J S
, Oct 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.
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Half Day Highlights Tour of Alice...
Howard01
, Sep 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.
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This is an excellent tour...
Alistair S
, Jul 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.
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A lovely guide. The tour was good...
Lesley J
, Jan 2018
A lovely guide. The tour was good but probably could have included more about aboriginal culture rather than the reptile centre
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