Starting from Herbert Heritage Drive, Stuart, this circuit walk explores the southern parts of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve via the Bradshaw Walk and Riverside Walk tracks, crossing branches off Todd River multiple times along the day. A well marked-flat track hugging the seasonal river, this walk can make for a great regular cardio trip as well as a leisurely stroll to escape modern life. The dry terrain is home to kangaroos and various bird species which you can spot if lucky. There’s not much shade in the area, but try to have a peaceful picnic under a gum tree if you manage to find a good spot. Bring lots of water, wear a hat and apply sunscreen to protect yourself well from the sunlight. A fly net may come in handy as well. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Continue onto Herbert Heritage Drive and drive for another 1.3 km
Turn right and drive for another 360 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From Herbert Heritage Drive (1.11km east of intersection with Stuart Highway), head along the distinctly coloured (darker red) walking track and pass by a small signpost with a blue arrow on it, moving directly away from the road. Follow the said track (Bradshaw Walk) as it meanders westward to continue along Bradshaw & Riverside Circuit(counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
Start heading along Bradshaw Walk.
Find the car park at the start.
After 285 m cross the ford.
After another 45 m cross the ford.
After another 1.3 km cross the ford.
After another 325 m (at the intersection of Riverside Walk & Bradshaw Walk) turn left, to head along Riverside Walk (a highway|cycleway).
After another 50 m cross the ford.
After another 800 m cross the ford.
After another 205 m continue straight, to head along Riverside Walk.
After another 55 m veer left.
After another 135 m pass the toilet (70 m on your right).
Turn left, to head along Herbert Heritage Drive.
After another 95 m continue straight, to head along Herbert Heritage Drive.
After another 85 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Bradshaw & Riverside Circuit
45 min to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Flat, no steps (1/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)