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Owen Springs Reserve - Central Australia
The Owen Springs Reserve was formerly the Owen Springs Cattle Station and was acquired by the Northern Territory Government in the year 2000 and opened to public access and enjoyment in 2003.

Steeped in Territory and pioneering history, the Owen Springs Reserve protects some important historical events. The main access track through the reserve closely follows the route that John McDouall Stuart took through the MacDonnell Ranges. His explorations between 1860 and 1862 help open up Central Australia to white settlement.

Together with William Kekwick and Benjamin Head, John Stuart became the first white men to travel through this region. Whilst making their way northwards along the Hugh River, on 11 April 1860, they discovered a large waterhole that Stuart named Ewart Springs1, later to be renamed Owen Springs2.

One of the immediate results of Stuart's explorations was construction of the Overland Telegraph Line that originally followed the Hugh River through Lawrence Gorge in the Waterhouse Range. Even before the Line was completed in August 1872, cattleman William Gilbert was on his way from South Australia to establish a cattle station here. The Old Owen Springs Homestead was the first station homestead built in Central Australia.

Located just a short drive southwest of Alice Springs, the Reserve is a favourite destination for 4WD visitors seeking quiet bush camping without facilities. Dog owners are also permitted to bring their pets to the south of Waterhouse Range within the Owen Springs Reserve.

Source: NRETAS - Owen Springs Reserve

Owen Springs Reserve in the Central Australia Region - Snapshots from Australia

Old Owen Springs Homestead
Old Owen Springs Homestead.
Saddle and Harness Shed - part of the Old Owen Springs Homestead
Remains of the Saddle and Harness Shed - part of the Old Owen Springs Homestead.
View looking up ascending from a dry creek bed behind the Old Owen Springs Homestead
View looking up ascending from a dry creek bed behind the Old Owen Springs Homestead.
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