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Located on the Stuart Highway, about 135 km north of Alice Springs and some 370 km south of Tennant Creek, is Aileron, a welcoming roadhouse rest stop in Anmatjere Country, offering outback hospitality including meals, accommodation, supplies and fuel.

For those passing through you are welcomed to stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you are seeking accommodation there are motel style rooms or camping and caravan grounds.

Aileron is also home to the striking giant figure of the ‘Anmatjere Man’. Erected in December 2005, at 17 metre tall and weighing 8 tonne, he strikes an impressive figure as he overlooks Aileron and the surrounding region. There is also the nearby Ryans Well Historical Reserve.

After 3 long years by himself, ‘Anmatjere Man’ finally has a family. Also created by the same sculptor Mark Egan, ‘Anmatjere Man’ has been joined by a wife and child, being erected in December 2008. Unlike the original piece which took Mark Egan a year to create, ‘Anmatjere Woman and Child’ took only four months.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Aileron Roadhouse
Stuart Hwy, AILERON
Ph: 08 8956 9703
Web: www.aileronroadhouse.com.au

Central Australian Visitor Information Centre - Alice Springs

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Aileron Attractions

Anmatjere Man
One of the main draw cards for the popular stop of Aileron is the giant 17 metre high statue called ‘Anmatjere Man’, which is based on a traditional man from the local Anmatjere tribe. Built by Alice Springs local, Mark Egan, the statue was built in 12 months, weighs about nine tonne, was erected in December 2005 and stands proudly on a hill overlooking Aileron and the surrounding region. The Anmatjere people have named the sculpture after Charlie Quartpot Ngwarray, who once lived in this area — he was a leader and an important man, a rainmaker. Greg Dick, owner of the Aileron Hotel has installed lights so that the huge figure can be seen at night.

‘Anmatjere Man’ has now been joined by ‘Anmatjere Woman and Child’.

YouTube of ‘Raising Charlie Quartpot’ by welcometv...
 
Aileron Walks
There are a number of walks that offer the opportunity to take in the wildlife, panoramic views of the Station, airstrip, roadhouse and surrounding ranges.
  • Oatley Walking Track — Walking times is approximately 35 minutes. Starts on the left hand side of the hill, the track goes around the hill on the south eastern side.
  • Colsen’s Walk — Walking time is approximately 35 minutes. Named after previous owner Fred, this walk starts on the right hand side of the hill. Follow the road around to the left to pas the Aileron Race Course.
  • Mark’s Walk — Up the guts! Walking time 16 minutes. The walk is a bit more challenging as you make your way up a rough track. It takes you up to the ‘Anmatjere Man’.

You can pick up the walking track brochure from the Aileron Roadhouse.


Aileron Hotel Roadhouse
• Stuart Hwy, AILERON • Ph: 08 8956 9703 • Fax: 08 8956 9868
The hotel was established in 1936 and provided a welcome stop for travellers heading up and down the track. Today, it provides all the usual facilities including fuel and autogas, EFTPOS, take-away food, tourist information, native wildlife, Aboriginal arts and crafts, licensed restaurant, plus various types of accommodation.

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Outback Art Gallery
• Aileron Roadhouse, Stuart Hwy, NT • Ph: 08 8956 9111 • Email
• Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm
Located at the base of the giant Anmatjere Man sculptor is this gallery housing works from the local Anmatjere people and surrounding areas. Relax and enjoy a coffee in a peaceful setting and view the artwork and souvenirs.
Ryans Well Historical Reserve
The reserve is named after Ned Ryan who was a stonemason who became an expert at sinking wells. The well was hand-dug in 1889 to supply water for travellers.

The historic importance of reserve lies in its significant part of the Northern Territory's development, particularly the watering systems associated with stock movement along the Overland Telegraph Line.

The Reserve contains a well, the storage tank stand and the ruins of Glen Maggie Homestead. The Homestead ruins are associated with the Nicker family and the Central Australian personality "Cloudy" Beale. It also provides evidence of the way of life of pastoral settlers during the early part of the Twentieth Century and shows how local materials were used. The whole well system shows how stock were watered in those early days.

NT Parks and Wildlife Service Ryan Well Historical Reserve Information Sheet
 
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Aileron - Images

Located in Anmatjere Country, Aileron offers outback hospitality including meals, accommodation, supplies and fuel. It is also home to some unique sculptures including ‘Anmatjere Man, Anmatjere Woman and Child’.
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Aileron Distance

Distance to Aileron
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Aileron:
  Km
Alice Springs 135
Darwin 1,362
Katherine 1,046
  Km
Mataranka 940
• Ti Tree 58
Tennant Creek 373
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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