Telegraph Station Historical Reserve
Bike hire with urban and mountain bikes available, as well as baskets, kids' bikes and baby seats.
For a tremendous view, particularly at sunrise and sunset, take a hike (use Lions Walk from Wills Tce) or a drive up to the top of Anzac...
Home of the Rough Riders, Ultimate Ride sells bicycles, stocks accessories and does repairs. It will also advise on bike tracks.
This enduring, classically Aussie pub has a lively bar, pokies, decent pub grub and occasional live music on weekends.
Excellent range of organic and wholefoods.
Telegraph Station Historical Reserve information
The old Telegraph Station, which used to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, offers a fascinating glimpse of the town's European beginnings. It's an easy 4km walk or cycle north from Todd Mall; follow the path on the riverbed's western side. Nearby is the original 'Alice' spring (Thereyurre to the Arrernte Aboriginal people), a semipermanent waterhole in the Todd River after which the town is named.
Built along the Overland Telegraph Line in the 1870s, the Telegraph Station continued to operate until 1932. It later served as a welfare home for Aboriginal children of mixed ancestry until 1963. The building has been faithfully restored and guided tours operate roughly on the hour between 9am and 4.30pm (April to October).
The station and spring are set in 450 hectares of shady parkland with free BBQs (alcohol permitted) and walking trails. The best trail is the 30-minute loop to Trig Hill, returning via the original station cemetery.