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Address: Northern Territory, Australia
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Arltunga was officially Central Australia's First town born out of a gold...

Arltunga was officially Central Australia's First town born out of a gold rush. Today you can explore the historic and cultural aspects of the Reserve. Its located 110 Kilometres from Alice Springs and some of the road is gravel. Enjoy walking and picnicking. Camping facilities are not available.

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Allow lots of time for this treasure

We spent a few hours at the Arltunga Historical Reserve a couple of weeks ago. We could have spent much more time there. My 7 and 10 year old were fascinated by the displays at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We spent a few hours at the Arltunga Historical Reserve a couple of weeks ago. We could have spent much more time there. My 7 and 10 year old were fascinated by the displays at the information centre and then exploring the various buildings, mines and artifacts. The leaflets at each site (recycled after each use) were very informative and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

I had no idea of the significance of the early settlement of Arltunga until I visited. There is an interesting information centre with lots of historical details...and clean toilets! Wandering around the historic site brings home how hard life must have been. Quite fascinating!

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North Mackay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015 via mobile

You can easily spend hours exploring the various sites of the Arltunga Historical Reserve which are spread over an area big enough for you to want to drive from one point of interest to another. Spend some time at the nicely presented Information Centre first for an overview of the area and an understanding of the hard and difficult conditions... More 

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Thank 1never2late
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015 via mobile

Took the little people here yesterday. The visitor information centre is really good and informative. Even better, once you've finished there you can go and see these places for yourself. Kids loved looking for gold - Mum got sick of assessing rocks for their gold content. Good, free and informative for 6-12's

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015 via mobile

We had a great day out looking around the old mines and buildings. Its a shame the East Macdonnells aren't advertised as much as the West. 33kms of dirt though so be prepared.

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Balmoral, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

We we're drawn to Arltunga because (gold) mining is an important part of Australia. The site as a whole is interesting and informative. But I loved the great western mine most. It really made it worth the trip. Especially liked that you are allowed to go (nearly) everywhere and touch everything. Really makes the place come alive.

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Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2015

Even though we live in Alice Springs, we decided to go out to Arltunga for a leisurely drive. Stopped at John Hayes Rock Hole (Trephina Gorge) on the way for a swim. The track in to the swimming hole is a bit rough at the end so would suggest high clearance on your vehicle. This has actually three swimming waterholes... More 

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Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2014

Arltunga Historical reserve is located about 110km out of Alice Springs. Head through The Gap and take the turnoff to your left towards the East MacDonnell ranges. The road is sealed for almost 80km before taking the sigh posted turn of to the left for the final 33km or so. I really would not recommend taking a 2WD car here... More 

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