Named after the wife of Charles Todd, the Superintendent of Telegraphs, Alice Springs and its surrounding area was home to Aboriginal people for thousands of years before European settlement and the completion of the Overland Telegraph Line in 1872. Today, the town of Alice Springs has both European and Aboriginal influences and population. The town sits beside the Todd River, a dry river for most of the year, which is the stage for the Henley-on-Todd Regatta each August, a boat race on the dry sands of the river.
Attractions in the town include the Royal Flying Doctors’ base, where visitors can learn about the care given to remote outback communities, the School of the Air Headquarters, where school lessons are taught over the internet to over 100 children living across 1 million square kilometres of the remote outback, and the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, home to the first European settlement in Alice Springs and later an orphanage for Aboriginal children of the stolen generation.
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