About Us

Go beyond a typical museum visit. Delve deeper into the fascinating stories of the station and the township with a daily guided tour.

Telegraph Station

The Telegraph Station, nestled within the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, stands as the birthplace of Alice Springs. Established in 1871, it served as a pivotal link along Australia’s Overland Telegraph Line, connecting Darwin and Adelaide. This historic site not only bridged Australia’s population centres but also integrated the continent into the broader telegraph network of the British Empire. Before its construction, messages to England took months via sea voyage, but with the telegraph, communications through Alice Springs could reach London in as little as 5 hours—an astounding feat in the 19th century. A visit to this site is a remarkable journey through history and a must-add to your Northern Territory itinerary.

Our small team shares a passion for rich history and embodies genuine hospitality in everything they do. They love meeting people from all over the world and sharing their extensive knowledge, educating visitors about the fascinating history of the Telegraph Station. Their dedication to creating memorable experiences has also cultivated a vibrant community at the Trail Station Cafe, where every visit promises a memorable blend of history and hospitality

Journey Beyond

Alice Springs Telegraph Station is part of Journey Beyond, a national business focused on bringing Australia’s most unique and iconic experiences to life. Australian-owned, Journey Beyond has a growing national footprint, and is fast positioning itself as one of the largest experiential tourism businesses in the country, with tours, cruises, accommodation and holiday packages across the length and breadth of Australia.

Our aim is to take our guests beyond, to ignite their imagination and to transform the amazing into the breathtaking.

General FAQ’s

Here are some frequently asked questions about Alice springs Telegraph Station

Is the Telegraph Station part of the National Park?

The Telegraph Station is located within the National Park. Whilst the National Park is free to enter, there is an entry fee to the historic precinct which you pay at the Trail Station Café.

Are the Telegraph Station and National Park opening hours the same?

No, the Telegraph Station is open between 8am – 4pm and the National Park is open between 8am – 9pm.

Where can I pay the entry fee to the historic precinct?

Entry fee is onsite only, at the Trail Station Café

Do you accept cash & card as methods of payment?

Yes, we accept both

Are guided tours included in the entry ticket?

Yes – our guided tours operate daily at 9:30am and 11:30am between March – November

Can I bring my pet?

Unfortunately as the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve is a national park, dogs or other pets (other than guide dogs) are not allowed on site

Do you offer bike hires?

No we don’t, however Red Centre Adventure do, and are located within close proximity to the Telegraph Station (https://www.redcentre.fun/)

Can I host a function or event in the picnic area of the National Park?

As this is part of the National Park, please contact the authorities of the park at (08) 8952 1013

What facilities are available at the National Park?

The public facilities available include:

  • Information signs
  • Drinking water
  • Public toilets
  • Disabled access
  • Picnic tables
  • BBQs
  • Ranger station – for emergency contact only

Do you accommodate dietary requirements?

Yes, we have a range of gluten free and vegetarian options, and various milk types available