Picnics, BBQs and Amenities
The National Park Reserve is open every day from 8am – 9pm. The shaded lawns make a popular venue for picnics and barbecues. The public facilities available include:
- Information signs
- Drinking water
- Public toilets
- Disabled access
- Picnic tables
- Ranger station – for emergency contact only
NOTE: Because the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve is a national park, dogs or other pets (other than guide dogs) are not allowed on site. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Cycling & Mountain Biking
The Alice Springs Telegraph Station is home to the Alice Springs Mountain Bike Trail Network. Most of the great MTB rides in Central Australia start here at the Telegraph Station, many of which are suitable for beginners. Our trails are also shared with pedestrians so please be aware of this when riding.
The extensive mountain bike trail network here offer riders great opportunities to test and progress their skills. The trails wind their way in and around the picturesque Alice Springs Telegraph Station Reserve, so riders get to enjoy some of the best mountain bike trails in Australia while at the same time enjoying spectacular views of the Australian Outback. The trails are all marked and maps are available from the Trail Station cafe.
Click here to download a copy of the Mountain Bike Trails Map MTB Trail Map
Guided Mountain Bike Tours
This is a fantastic way to see the real Central Australia on 2 wheels. Join local guides who will take you on some of the best mountain bike trails in Australia! The MTB tour experience lasts around 3 hours and can be tailored to any skill level, from beginner to to expert. You will experience a variety of different trails suitable to your skill level. There’s something for everyone!
Tours start from Outback Cycling in the Todd Street Mall. You will visit to The Trail Station Cafe post-tour for complimentary coffee and freshly made delights!
To book or find out more details click here, or contact Outback Cycling directly on (08) 8952 1541 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Outback Cycling in the Todd Street Mall have a large variety of town bikes and mountain bikes, including E-Bikes to help older or less fit riders keep pace with the group!
For novice riders, Townie Cruisers are perfect for coasting along Alice’s fantastic sealed paths around town, and getting to the Alice Springs Desert Park, Araluen Cultural Precinct, the Telegraph Station, School of the Air or any other attractions you’d like to see!
Mountain bikes are perfect for getting off the sealed path and onto the beaten track – ride around the trail network or make the beautiful journey to Simpsons Gap!
In addition to the two tracks leading to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station from Alice Springs town centre, there is also a series of short, marked walks that can be accessed from the Trail Station Cafe area, traversing the hill country within the national park area. Please note though that many of these tracks are shared with cyclists.
Section 1 of the Larapinta Trail to Simpsons Gap also starts here. The Larapinta is a world class walking trail, winding its way through the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Split into 12 sections, the trails takes walkers along some of Central Australia’s most scenic lookouts and picturesque locations. Starting in Alice springs, the trail finishes with a breathtaking view atop Mount Sonder. For more information visit the Parks & Wildlife Commission NT Larapinta Trail information website
Outback Cycling offers bike hire and Guided Mountain Bike Tours around Alice Springs. They also offer bike hire at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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