|HALF DAY WEST MACDONNELL RANGES|
This morning you’re headed for the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges. While driving through amazing outback scenery, your Driver Guide will point out significant landmarks and share details of the region’s history and rich culture.
John Flynn Memorial
Founder of the Flying Doctor Service and the Australian Inland Mission, Reverend John Flynn made a significant contribution to the provision of critical services in the outback. One of many memorials across the Northern Territory in his honour, the John Flynn Memorial Historical Reserve located seven kilometres west of Alice Springs, is the site where he was laid to rest. Learn from your Driver Guide of his selfless vision to connect the outback community with essential services and Christianity.
First stop, the incredible Simpsons Gap. Surrounded by towering cliffs, Simpsons Gap is one of the best known destinations in the ranges and features a number of walking tracks. Walk through Simpsons Gap to the waterhole, keeping an eye out for the elusive black-footed rock wallabies hiding among the rocks.
Angkerle (Standley Chasm)
Late morning you’ll arrive at Angkerle. Here you can take a walk along the stony watercourse and take in the rich plant and birdlife along the way.
Light Lunch at Angkerle
Before you leave the beautiful Angkerle, you’ll relax and enjoy a light lunch prepared by the local indigenous caterers.
Included Meals: Lunch
|HALF DAY A TOWN LIKE ALICE SPRINGS|
This afternoon you’ll learn how the town of Alice Springs has evolved into the central hub of the Australian outback. Your Driver Guide will provide details along the way as you visit historical sites and some of the essential services delivered from Alice to the community of this vast region.
Established by the early explorers, Alice Springs began as a repeater station along the Overland Telegraph Line. Overflowing with history and heritage, Australia’s most famous outback town is now the central headquarters to a range of services and a thriving tourism industry. The traditional custodians, the Arrernte people, refer to Alice as ‘Mpwante’ and a wander through the centre of the town will introduce you to their traditions and stories.
School of the Air
Established in 1951, the Alice Springs School of the Air provides education to primary aged school children living on remote properties throughout the Northern Territory. You’ll learn how this essential service is delivered via satellite across more than one million square kilometres.
Alice Springs Telegraph Station
Built in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, the Telegraph Station is the site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. After 60 years of operation, the premises then served as a school for the local Aboriginal children. Now a historical reserve, featuring the original stone buildings and furnishings from the early 1900s, the Telegraph Station is a must to visit and learn more of the history of the Alice.
Royal Flying Doctor Service
Now you’ll visit the home and headquarters of the highly respected Royal Flying Doctor Service. Delivering medical services to people who live, work and travel in remote and rural Australia, the RFDS is a critical resource for this community. Learn of its remarkable history through stories, images and their wonderful interactive museum.
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre will introduce you to Terry the saltwater crocodile and let you get very close to enormous goannas and frill-neck lizards. The Gecko Cave features a large collection of gecko species from all over the Northern Territory. You’ll have lots of fun here, particularly during the afternoon show and if you’re game, try the supervised handling session.
Last stop – Anzac Hill. Originally dedicated to the many men and women who lost their lives during WWI, it now honours all those who have served in wars that Australia has played a role.