The Telegraph Station marks the original site of European settlement in Alice Springs. It was built as a relay station for the Overland Telegraph line. Messages were relayed from Darwin to Adelaide through here. The station operated for 60 years before becoming a school for Aboriginal children. Some of the buildings have some really interesting displays explaining how the children grew up here.
We walked the Valley Walk in lush valley of the chasm. Looking up you see the beautiful orange colours of the West MacDonnell Ranges but on the valley floor there are cycads, Ghost gum trees and lots of rocks all along the creek that runs through the middle of the chasm. It’s a remarkable area. And so quiet. You can hear the birds chirping.
The chasm has been formed from tough sandstone by floods over millions of years.
This gigantic boulder dwarfs everyone but it’s only when you get up close that you realise how huge it is. You have to climb over it to continue through to the other side.
Simpson’s Gap is one of the most well-known gaps in the West MacDonnell Ranges. It’s also one of the most prominent permanent waterholes and of great importance to the local Aboriginals. The towering cliffs make you feel totally insignificant. And the colours? Well they are amazing. Anyone that paints or draws would love to come here and capture the colour that is in the cliffs.
John Flynn started the Royal Flying Doctor Service after working in Outback Australia (RFDS). The RFDS is an air service to the people in the remote areas of Australia. They fly doctors to the cattle stations and can fly patients back to hospitals once they have been assessed.
Flynn set up bush hospitals in remote areas and saw how hard it was for doctors to look after patients who lived on in an area of around two million acres. It would take days or weeks for a doctor to get from a main town to the homes of the outback settlers. Over a period of ten years he campaigned for a medical service that would assist those that lived remotely. To begin with they leased planes from the newly-formed QANTAS. In the last 80 years, they have been able to provide a better service as technology has grown. He was known as Flynn of the Inland.
When he died in 1951 he was cremated and his ashes were buried at the base of the Flynn Memorial which is located just outside Alice Springs.
ANZAC Hill is the most visited landmark in Alice Springs and it’s very easy to see why when you are standing at the top where the ANZAC memorial is. You get a 360 degree view of Alice Springs. Apparently the sunrise and sunset can be spectacular but we didn’t get to see one unfortunately.