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Alice Springs, Australia
Alice Springs Highlights Tour

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English

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
Stop At:  
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 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 Tour .
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Alice Springs Highlights Tour ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Alice Springs Highlights 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
  • "Certainly worth the trip and we found Tash to be very knowledgeable." See review

Reviews

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91 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Memorable day.
Marlene_H
, Oct 2021
Really enjoyed the reptile experience the most but the whole tour was so good loved it all.The guides and presenters were so patient and knowledgable.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Marlene_H, Thanks for taking the time to review our tour, and it sounds like you had an amazing time experiencing Alice Springs with AAT Kings. We cannot wait to welcome you back on board again in the future. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-3
A town like no other
Pamela_H
, Oct 2021
Enjoyed the tour, especially the School of the Air and the Telegraph Station. Good intro to Alice Springs. Would have liked more background history.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Pamela_H, We appreciate your feedback we are glad that you enjoyed visiting the School of Air and the Telegraph station. I will pass on your additional feedback to our senior management team and thanks for taking the time to provide us with this as it allows us to make improvements in the future. We cannot wait to welcome you on board again in the future. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-4
Learn about Alice
Corinne_B
, Jun 2021
Great way to see and hear about the history of the town, learn about the RFDS, school of the air, telegraph station, reptiles and more, driver/guide very knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear Corinne_B, Thanks for your feedback and we are glad you enjoyed exploring Alice Springs and our Guides really enjoy bringing the destination to life for our guests. We hope to welcome you back on board an AAT Kings tour in the future and thanks for choosing to travel with us. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-5
The Desert Park and Alice Springs Half Day Tour is highly recommended.
Peter_S
, May 2021
The desert park first thing in the morning is well worth a visit. The displays and talks are excellent especially the wild bird feeding. Despite arriving early we didn't have time to see everything before the bus arrived to take us back to town at noon. In the afternoon the Town Like Alice tour was great. We visited all the main attractions and had a telegram sent to us at the Overland Telegragh Station. Sufficient time was given to wander about and take things in plus the Reptile Park was a great experience to see and learn about Australian snakes, lizards and crocodiles.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Dear Peter_S, Thanks very much for your review of our Alice Springs Day tour, and it sounds like you had a great day learning about Alice Springs. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Central Australia, and thanks for choosing to tour with AAT Kings. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-1
Disgusted !!!!
David_G
, May 2021
We paid for a half day Alice Springs highlights tour . We were dropped off at the Desert Park and told that someone would pick us up at midday! . We tried to calm the number given on the Viator ticket but no one answered . We paid $378 for a tour that we weren’t given . The entry cost for the Desert Park was $74 !!! We want our money back !!!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Dear David_G, Thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We take your feedback seriously and would like to investigate this further. If you could kindly email internationalsales@aatkings.com.au with some further information including your name, booking reference and date of travel and we will be able to assist. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-4
Good
Kev
, May 2021
Bit of a mix up unfortunately My fault and tour people as well Thought we were doing a half day tour Alice springs but we’re dropped of in morning at dessert park which I might say was fantastic then picked up dropped back to motel which is great Received a call later on for afternoon tour of Alice but I thought we had already done half day so didn’t want to be dishonest and take another trip My mistake I guess but it would help if tour company would explain the day ahead so people like myself understand and don’t miss out on the full day
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Dear Kev, Thanks very much for providing us with your feedback, and we are very sorry to read about the mix-up, and we encourage our guests to call 24-hours prior to reconfirm their tour the next day - apologies if you did already do this, and for any mishap that occurred, and I have passed your feedback on to the team in Alice Springs. We hope that you enjoyed your time exploring the Red Centre and it is an awesome place. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-5
A jam-packed experience full of interesting information and great commentary.
KellieandGeoff_A
, Apr 2021
This was a great afternoon packed full of useful information. Gary, our tour guide, was excellent. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Dear KellieandGeoff_A, Thanks for your feedback and we are glad you enjoyed touring with us in Alice Springs. We will be sure to pass the feedback on to our Guide Gary. We hope to welcome you on board again in the future. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-4
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
star-5
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
star-5
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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