Alice Springs railway station

Alice Springs

Station in July 2015
Location George Crescent, Alice Springs
Coordinates 23°41′50.7″S 133°52′24.2″E / 23.697417°S 133.873389°E / -23.697417; 133.873389Coordinates: 23°41′50.7″S 133°52′24.2″E / 23.697417°S 133.873389°E / -23.697417; 133.873389
Owned by Great Southern Rail
Operated by Great Southern Rail
Line(s) Adelaide-Darwin railway
Distance 1,546 kilometres from Adelaide
Platforms 1
Structure type Ground
Other information
Status Staffed
Opened 9 October 1980
Preceding station   Great Southern Railway   Following station
towards Darwin
The Ghan
towards Adelaide

Alice Springs railway station is located on the Adelaide-Darwin railway in Alice Springs.[1]


The original Alice Springs station opened in Railway Terrace in 1929, when the Central Australian Railway opened. A freight yard was located on what is now Murray Neck's shopping complex.

The present station opened on 9 October 1980 when a new line opened from Tarcoola.[2] The station was included in the sale of Australian National's passenger operations to Great Southern Rail on 1 November 1997.[3] It served as the terminus of the line until it was extended to Darwin in February 2004.

Station features

In the foyer of the current station is a memorial, by sculptor Gabriel Stark, this memorial is in memory of the Afghan camel trains that transported supplies to Central Australia before the arrival of the train.[4]


Alice Springs station is served by The Ghan which operates weekly in each direction, with a second service between May and August.[5]


  1. Alice Springs map SA Track & Signal
  2. Fourth Council 1980-1984 Alice Springs Town Council
  3. "Goodbye AN Passenger, Hello Great Southern Railway" Railway Digest December 1997 page 7
  4. The Ghan Memorial Monument Australia
  5. The Ghan Timetables Great Southern Rail

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