Europeans first settled in Alice Springs when a repeater station for the Australian Overland Telegraph was built there. It linked Adelaide to Darwin, and then to Great Britain.
Previously, a message and response could take up to six months. Now it could be just an hour. Imagine the impact that made.
The telegraph was soon used for a variety of purposes, from weather reports to gossip!
There were a number of friendly wallabies on the site.
Behind the telegraph station buildings is Alice Springs itself.
Once away from the manicured and irrigated lawns, you can see just how hostile and forbidding the local terrain is.