Ryans Well Historical Reserve, Tourism NT

Aileron is strategically situated along the Stuart Highway about an hour north of Alice Springs. The roadhouse is a great stopover for a break or an overnight stay. Nearby, Ryans Well Historical Reserve is good for a picnic.

Visitor Information

Aileron Roadhouse, Stuart Hwy; (08) 8956 9703.

Nearby national parks

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  • Rainbow Valley National Park

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Nearby towns

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  • Alice Springs

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  • Glen Helen Resort

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In Town

Aileron Hotel Roadhouse The roadhouse is a welcome oasis with a swimming pool, Aboriginal art, playground, and picnic and barbecue facilities. A 17 m sculpture of Charlie Portpot, a local rainmaker, stands beside the roadhouse which offers meals, including a roast for Sunday lunch, and accommodation. There is also an adjoining campsite. Stuart Hwy.


Ryans Well Historical Reserve The reserve is named after Ned Ryan, a 19th-century stonemason and bushman who was an expert at sinking wells. He accompanied John McKinlay on his ill-fated exploration of Arnhem Land in 1866. When they became trapped on the East Alligator River during the wet season, Ryan and another bushman fashioned a raft out of the skins of 27 pack horses to negotiate their escape. Ryans Well was hand-dug in 1889 as part of an attempt to encourage settlement in the NT. Today there is a plaque beside the well explaining the process of raising water. 7 km SE.

Glen Maggie Homestead: ruins of 1914 homestead, once used as a telegraph office but abandoned in 1934; 7 km SE.

Native Gap Conservation Reservation: sacred Aboriginal site with picnic area surrounded by cypress pines and magnificent views of the Hahn Range; 12 km SE.

Campsites around town

Aileron Roadhouse 1 km

As well as all the necessities, such as fuel and supplies, this roadhouse has an Aboriginal art gallery, pool, bar and BBQ picnic area. It’s 135 km north of Alice Springs, and you can’t really miss it now... Find out more

Annas Reservoir camping area (bush camping) 21 km

There are no facilities for camping, but the recommended camping area is 200 m before the ruins of the station homestead and blacksmith’s hut.  Do not camp near the waterhole.... Find out more

Ti-Tree Roadhouse 58 km

Although mainly a stop for people passing through, there are a few attractions in the local area, including a mango farm, tea-tree farm, grape farm, gem prospecting and an Aboriginal art gallery. Central Mt Stuart is... Find out more

Tilmouth Well Roadhouse 78 km

Here you can take part in cattle work, study the local art in the Wirmbrandt Gallery, play golf, go for walks or lounge around the pool. You will also find a restaurant and bar, air-conditioned cabins and 2 powered... Find out more

Gemtree Caravan Park 99 km

The primary reason to camp at Gemtree, 70 km east of the Stuart Hwy, is the great fossicking for garnet and zircon. Fossicking tours can be booked, but only by prior arrangement in the summer months. There is also a... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Ti Tree Roadhouse Caravan Park 57 km

The Ti Tree area supports large commercial orchards and vegetable crops. This is a great place to stop if travelling on the Stuart Highway. The complex includes a licensed bar, motel rooms, backpacker accommodation and... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Aileron Hotel and Roadhouse

Like many Territory roadhouses, Aileron has plenty of character. Located 132 kilometres north of Alice Springs, it is a relaxed and hospitable stopover. The motel rooms are comfortable and air-conditioned, the restaurant... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Prowse Gap rest area 13 km

148km N of Alice Springs (L) or 46km S of Ti Tree (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a couple of trees.

Connor Well rest area 40 km

95km N of Alice Springs (L) or 99km S of Ti Tree (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a couple of trees.

Stuart Monument rest area 78 km

21km N of Ti Tree (L) or 69km S of Barrow Creek (R)

At the monument adjacent to the highway.

What's on around town

Rodeo: Easter weekend.

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