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YUBU NAPA ART GALLERY Yubu Napa is dedicated to showcasing the highest quality Aboriginal Art from Central Australia. They are located a short 5 minute walk from the information centre in Todd Street Mall. They have one of the biggest gallery spaces, allowing visitors to truly take in the artworks on display, including their stunning collection of contemporary Aboriginal Art. The gift shop features an eclectic range of beautifully handcrafted gift ideas and Central Australian Photography. If you only visit one gallery in Alice Springs, make sure to visit Yubu Napa – Central Australia’s Newest Gem!

Creating Beautiful Art Yubu Napa Art GALLERY & Gift Shop 65 Hartley Street, Alice Springs 0450 894 142 gallery@yubunapa.com Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm & Saturday 10am to 2pm Close Sunday 6 Feb, reopen Monday 14 March


CONTENTS Central Australia Drive Alice Springs Heritage Walk Alice Springs Attractions Adventures Events South of Alice MacDonnell Ranges Shopping Dining Maps Accommodation Arts The Red Centre and Uluru Aboriginal Sacred Sites and Permits North of Alice Tennant Creek & Barkly Region

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Araluen Art Centre. Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

Ellery Creek Big Hole. Tourism NT/Salty Aura


FLY, TAKE THE GHAN, OR EXPERIENCE AN EPIC ROAD TRIP The Welcome to Central Australia Visitor Guide covers an area from the Northern Territory’s Barkly and Tennant Creek region in the north, the iconic outback town of Alice Springs and the world-renowned Uluru in the Red Centre, down to the opal capital of the world Coober Pedy in South Australia. Central Australia contains some of Australia’s most famous natural wonders in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Watarrka (Kings Canyon), and others that should be, such as Toritja (West MacDonnell Range National Park), Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), and Palm Valley. This unique part of the world offers spectacular landscapes and unique plants and animals, but it’s also rich in history, Aboriginal culture and arts, and has something for everyone. The wide open spaces of the Northern Territory make it one of the best road trip destinations in the world. Self-drive –6–

experiences can be marketed in their own right, both solely within the Territory and when they form part of ‘grand tours’ assembled across neighbouring state borders. If camping is your thing, Central Australia has untouched wilderness, sunny skies all year round (you don’t even need a tent), pristine swimming holes, and the best star gazing in the world. The great outdoors offers stunning sunsets and sunrises, bush walking, bird watching, fossicking and hiking. The Larapinta Trail (223km end-to-end) is fast becoming one of the world’s best known walking trails and can be accessed at 12 locations between Alice Springs and Mt Sonder in the West MacDonnell Ranges. If you’re into adventure, Central Australia has world-class four-wheel driving, mountain biking, ballooning, quad bike riding, scenic helicopter and aeroplane flights, gliding and camel riding.








Explore an undergeround town, drive across ancient landscapes, take in awe-inspiring sunsets and visit some of the Red Centre’s iconic natural wonders.

Central Australia offers tours to suit all budgets, time frames, comfort and fitness levels; to take you off the beaten track, or in the lap of luxury. Whether you’re looking for small-group safaris, coach tours, cultural experiences, or 4WD camping adventures, there’s a tour to suit your needs. GETTING TO CENTRAL AUSTRALIA Alice Springs Airport, located 15 kilometres to the south of Alice Springs, is serviced from most Australian capital cities. Ayers Rock Domestic Airport is located just outside the township of Yulara and there are a range of hire car outlets located in the arrivals hall. Tennant Creek Airport caters for limited passenger services and charter flights. The Ghan passenger service operates scheduled train services to Alice Springs from Adelaide and Darwin. The Territory’s vast landscapes also present the perfect opportunity for holiday visitors to fly to a popular destination and hire a car or campervan to explore the surrounding areas. –7–



Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park. Tourism NT/Annie Nguyen




Ochre Pits. Tourism NT/The Salty Travellers

Drive through ancient landscapes, stop and explore the gorges and valleys, swim in lush waterholes, walk Kings Canyon and experience the spectacular sunrises and sunsets at Uluru. Experience some of Australia’s most exciting drive routes at your own pace

taking in the awe inspring, ever changing landscapes of Central Australia.

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Central Australia can be accessed from many other inconic Australian drives, travellers on the Savannah Way from Broome can head South from Katherine on the Explorers Way experiencing the iconic attractions on the way, then take the Overlanders Way into western Queensland, all in your own time. Now is the time to plan your epic road trip.


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ADELAIDE TO TENNANT CREEK SECTION IN 9 DAYS If you love adventure, you can’t beat a trip along Explorers Way, one of the great Australian road trips. Explorers Way passes some of Australia’s favourite natural icons, including Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Watarrka/ Kings Canyon, the MacDonnell Ranges, Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles, Nitmiluk National Park and the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. The Explorers Way journey is recommended to be done over a minimum 14 days on a sealed highway following the route of the 1862 explorer John McDouall Stuart.

Days 1-4:Adelaide to Coober Pedy (846kms) Along the journey from South Australia to Coober Pedy, why not stop into Port Augusta, a great base to explore the Southern and Central Flinders Ranges?

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the Australian Outback. Home to the great icons of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, this desert region is blessed with natural wonders, world-class dining experiences and rugged beauty.

GET OUTBACK, GET UNDERGROUND Coober Pedy – Australia’s opal capital. Famous for lunar landscapes, fascinating history and quirky lifestyle. Experience an underground hotel, visit an underground church, fossick for your own opals and visit the breathtaking Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park.

Day 6:Uluru to Kings Canyon (300km) Leave the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and drive 300km back along the Lasseter and Luritja highways to Watarrka/Kings Canyon. This majestic destination features 100m high sandstone walls, walking trails and views that will leave you speechless.



COOBER PEDY ADELAIDE Day 7:Kings Canyon to Alice Springs (474km)

Day 9:Alice Springs to Tennant Creek (510km)

For an unforgettable view of the canyon, rise before dawn and follow the 6km trail around its rim. Once you get back on the road, head to the NT’s second largest city, Alice Springs. If travelling by four-wheel drive, head via Mereenie Loop, or travel along the sealed Luritja Rd and the Lasseter Highway, before turning north onto the Stuart Highway.

On your journey from Alice to Tennant, why not stop in at the Devils Marbles, a sacred site known as Karlu Karlu to the Warumungu people? These massive ancient granite boulders are strewn across a wide, shallow valley and continue to crack and change.

Day 8:West Macs, Alice & Glen Helen (130km)

Stay overnight at the world-famous Larrimah Hotel, 492kms from Tennant Creek, the highest bar in the Northern Territory. The historic hotel is known for its down-to-earth hospitality, pink panthers, giant stubby and an eclectic collection of bits and pieces from all over. With a range of accommodation and a restaurant, this is a fair dinkum outback pub experience ranked in the Top Ten Outback Pubs.

The West MacDonnell Ranges are an easy day trip from Alice Springs along a sealed road. There are many stops along the way to enjoy Walk along the trail at Simpsons Gap or stand between the sheer walls of Standley Chasm. To cool off why not enjoy a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge or Redbank Gorge?

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Glen Helen Gorge. Tourism NT/Salty Aura


ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURU RETURN IN 5 DAYS The Red Centre Way, one of Australia’s great drive journeys, features some of the country’s most famous landmarks, but also beautiful hidden gems, sweeping desert landscapes, a rich pioneering history, and the oldest living culture in the world. Before setting off from Alice Springs, arm yourself with all the information you need from the award-winning Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre and ask their friendly staff for a permit to drive the Mereenie Loop.

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You’ll need an all-wheel-drive vehicle for this spectacular scenic drive, or if you choose to visit Palm Valley in the ancient Finke Gorge National Park, a high-clearance 4WD is essential. Highlights include the astonishing Toritja / West MacDonnell Ranges National Park and her iconic walks and waterhole oases; the ancient wonder of Palm Valley and the fascinating history of nearby Hermannsburg; the famous Kings Canyon Rim Walk in


ULURU Watarrka National Park; and of course the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, twice World Heritage listed for her natural beauty and cultural significance. The scenery of the Red Centre Way is amazingly diverse. Along the way you’ll follow the ancient landscapes of the MacDonnell Ranges and see the striking contrast between the rich red hues and lush tropical pools; journey through the vast mulga forests, interwoven by a network of riverine woodlands; pass the iconic desert oaks of red sand dune country until the wonderous rock formations of Uluru and Kata-Tjuta come into view. Along the way, you can choose to sleep under the stars in a bush camp, take advantage

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of the excellent facilities of a NT Parks & Wildlife campground, enjoy the old-fashioned hospitality of a traditional wayside inn, or treat yourself to a luxury hotel. All of this, and more, awaits you on your journey on the fascinating Red Centre Way.

DAY 1 – ALICE SPRINGS TO ORMISTON GORGE OR FINKE GORGE NATIONAL PARK (PALM VALLEY) - 130KM On the morning of day one, make sure you visit the Alice Springs Desert Park, rated by Sir David Attenborough as one of the best wildlife parks in the world, on your way to Toritja/West MacDonnell National Park.

Uluru. Tourism NT/The Salty Travellers

DAY 1 CONT’D The “West Macs” can be enjoyed as an overnight stop, or for multiple days; there’s so much to explore. This truly unique place is home to a stunning array of plants and animals; magnificent cliffs, chasms and gorges; tranquil waterholes; stunning vistas; and world-class walking trails. Just out of Alice on Larapinta drive, see rock wallabies hopping amongst the steep ridges of Simpsons Gap. Further along is the unmissable Standley Chasm (Angkerle Atwatye), featuring a short, scenic walk to the soaring chasm walls. Turning onto Namatjira Drive, cool off in the beautiful, big swimming hole of Ellery Creek Big Hole, hike to the stunning vistas overlooking Serpentine Gorge, at the spectacular Ormiston Gorge, the most popular spot in the West Macs and a great place for hiking, swimming and bird watching. Further along, Redbank Gorge offers an outstanding hike to the top of Mt. Sonder or a swim in the gorge. A great place to stay overnight is Discovery Parks – Glen Helen uniquely positioned inside West MacDonnell Ranges National Park (Tjoritja), Glen Helen is the chance to unwind within touching distance of an 800-million-year-old landscape. Immerse – 16 –

yourself in local culture, explore ancient gorges and waterholes, dine overlooking the magnificent Glen Helen escarpment, and wake up to sunsets like you’ve never seen before. 130km west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Trail. Alternatively, 4WD enthusiasts can continue on Larapinta Drive and visit Palm Valley, inside the Finke Gorge National Park. Follow the ancient Finke River, one of the world’s oldest waterways, which carved its way through the chocolate-coloured sandstone of the James Ranges more than 100 million years ago. You’ll feel like you’re in Jurassic Park as you walk amongst towering Red Cabbage Palms, the only palms native to Central Australia. As the sun sets, scramble to a look-out and watch the ranges transform through a kaleidoscope of colours, culminating in a burning ochre, before descending to the nearby campground. Be sure to visit the wonderfully restored Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, established in 1877 by Lutheran missionaries, enjoy the tea rooms and the once home to renowned Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira, before or after visit to Palm Valley.


ULURU DAY 2 - GLEN HELEN, OR PALM VALLEY, TO KINGS CANYON - 260KM Heading west to Kings Canyon, Tnorala/ Gosse Bluff rises out of the surrounding plain. Created by one of the most significant geological events in our planet’s history, Tnorala is the point where a 600m wide comet smashed into Earth more than 140 million years ago. Drive inside and read the Western Aranda Aboriginal creation story which, fascinatingly, realises that something dropped from the sky and struck the ground at that site. Continue along the remote outback road of the Mereenie Loop to Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. You’ll see few if any signs of human civilisation but keep your eyes out for wild horses, donkeys, and camels. Near Kings Canyon you can choose from a range of accommodation options, from camping, luxury hotels, eco retreats, and glamping, at both Kings Canyon and Kings Creek Station.

DAY 3 - KINGS CANYON TO ULURU 300KM One of Australia’s greatest walks, the Kings Canyon Rim Walk is best enjoyed in the morning. Every part of the walk reveals something spectacularly different. Begin by hiking to the rim of the canyon, climb through Priscilla’s crack and into the auditorium, peer – 17 –




over the edge of the sheer sandstone walls, descend into Garden of Eden and relax by her tranquil waterhole, and wander through weathered rock domes of the Lost City. This walk has it all. If you have time, or for those unable to hike up to the scenic rim of the canyon, the Kings Creek Walk is beautiful and easy, and can be enjoyed any time of day, all year round. On your way to Uluru, the nearby Kathleen Springs has an easy walk to a pretty waterhole or, for the more adventurous, an overnight trek on the Giles Track. And little further south, stop into Kings Creek Station, a working cattle station and camel farm, to enjoy some outback hospitality and learn about station life in the remote Red Centre. After settling into your accommodation at Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort) you should have time to drive into the nearby Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and celebrate the legendary Uluru sunset. Make sure you take several photographs because your camera can pick up the amazing colour changes better than your eyes.

DAY 4 - ULURU-KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK Watch the rising sun light up Uluru on a dawn camel trek, then head into the park. Take the full Uluru Base walk, or park and enjoy the fascinating and picturesque Kuniya walk into Mutitjulu waterhole.

Spectacular Field of Light installation. Tourism NT/The Salty Travellers

DAY 4 CONT’D On the other side of Uluru, take advantage of the free Ranger-guided Mala Walk. Learn the ancient creation stories of this giant monolith and how Aboriginal people thrived and survived here for thousands of years. Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) will be looming in the distance and begin to dominate the horizon as you approach. This startling collection of gigantic, rounded domes are 200m higher than Uluru and for many people, the spectacular Valley of the Winds Walk is the most memorable part of their visit to the park. In the evening, dine under the stars, enjoying some great Australia food and wine, take in an Astronomy show, or join the

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countless others that have visited the smash hit Field of Light exhibition.

DAY 5 – ULURU TO ALICE SPRINGS - 445KM Stop and revive at the roadhouses lining the highway. Call in at Curtin Springs Wayside Inn and join a one-hour tour to learn about life in the remote outback and see how they make handmade paper from the grasses on their million-acre cattle station. Eighty kilometres south of Alice, take a short detour to Rainbow Valley. This beautifully scenic spot is named for the myriad of coloured bands in her sandstone bluff and is famous for some of the most spectacular sunsets in Australia.


Map Legend EXPLORER’S WAY RED CENTRE WAY BINNS TRACK OVERLANDER’S WAY SAVANNAH WAY NATURE’S WAY OUTBACK WAY Sealed road 4x4/unsealed track River Town Place of interest / road stop

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Standley Chasm


Aileron Tilmouth Well

Ormiston Gorge Fuel is only available from mid-March at Glen Helen.

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Owen Springs Reserve Stuarts CamelToursNT Well Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve

Kings Creek Station

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Luritja Road


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Owen Springs Reserve

Curtin Springs Wayside Inn Curtin Springs Paper Curtin Springs Walks


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Ikuntji Artists, Haasts Bluff

Tjoritja/West MacDonnell

National Park Ormiston Gorge 13 Ochre Pits Serpentine Chalet 11 10 Serpentine Gorge Standley Chasm 9 8 Creek 5 12 Na 7 Ellery ma Big Hole tjira Glen Helen Drive

Redbank Gorge

Ikuntji Artists at Haasts Bluff

Kata Tjuta

Native Gap Conservation Reserve

Erldunda Desert Oaks Resort

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Yulara Visitor Information Centre

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s Stay at a Wayside Inn, an affordable alternative for the budget conscious traveller, these family run businesses have strong historical ties to the region and provide a range of accommodation and camping options.

Private property

Kulgera Roadhouse Kulgera

To Adelaide

The vast majority of land you are driving through is privately owned. Stay ONLY in the structured campsites. It is illegal in the NT to simply camp along the road side. Do not travel down a bush track off the main road. This is private property. Just because it’s on Wikicamps does not mean it’s correct.

Rubbish ake all your rubbish – including used toilet paper. Do not dump chemical toilets along the roadside. T This may breach the organic or other certification of the cattle stations you are passing through. Empty them ONLY at proper facilities. (The remote locations are only septic systems and cannot cope with the chemical toilets – so don’t put them down our toilets or sinks either). – 20 –

1 Araluen Cultural Precinct • Araluen Arts Centre • Museum of Central Australia • Aviation Museum • Central Craft

Ryan’s Well Historical Reserve

2 Alice Springs Desert Park Gemtree

Arltunga Historical Reserve

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Trephina Gorge Nature Park


Simpsons Gap

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Hale River Homestead



Araluen Cultural Precinct Alice Springs Desert Park

Ross River Resort N’Dhala Gorge Nature Park To Old Andando Keringke Arts Santa Teresa

Information Centre Fuel Accommodation, Store, Meals, Stop and talk to a local.

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve

Sealed Road Unsealed Road Park Boundary Red Centre Way Sealed Road Red Centre Way Unsealed Road

Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve

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Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve

Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve

PERMIT REQUIRED The Mereenie Loop/ The Red Centre Way passes through Aboriginal Land, obtain a permit/pass for a small fee from the Visitor Information Centre in Todd Mall Alice Springs, Hermannsburg Service Station, Discovery Parks – Glen Helen or Discovery Parks – Kings Canyon.

• Desert Habitat Walks • Nocturnal House & Free-flying Bird Show • Cafe and Souvenirs

3 Flynn’s Grave

• Memorial • Bike Path to Simpsons Gap

4 Simpsons Gap

• Scenic Walks and Bike Path • Wildlife Watching

5 Standley Chasm

• Spectacular Geology, Walks & Wildlife • Aboriginal Cultural Tours • Kiosk Cafe/Campground

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• Camel rides • Accommodation • Tours to Rainbow Valley/James Ranges

11 Ormiston Gorge

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12 Glen Helen Gorge

• Swimming - Scenic Walks • Accommodation and Dining

13 Redbank Gorge

• Waterhole - Swimming - Camping • Mt Sonder Walk - Spectacular gorge

14 Tylers Pass

• Tylers Pass Lookout

15 Tnorala (Gosse Bluff)

• Four wheel driving - Scenic Walks • Cultural Information • Remnant Comet Crater

16 Palm Valley - Finke Gorge • Four Wheel Driving • Scenic Walks & Lookouts • Camping

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• Historic Precinct and Art Gallery • Tea Rooms

7 Ellery Creek Big Hole

18 Watarrka (Kings Canyon)

8 Serpentine Gorge

19 Mount Conner

9 Serpentine Chalet

20 Yulara Visitor Centre

• Waterhole - Swimming – Scenic Walks • Scenic Walks & Lookouts • Accommodation (outside park) • Spectacular Geology • Camping & Caravan Sites • Camping - Caravans allowed • Scenic Walk - Wildlife - Lookout

• Access via Tour Only

• Historical Ruins & Scenic Walk • Bush Camping - No Facilities

• Display & Souvenir Shops

10 Ochre Pits

• Cultural Centre • Scenic Walks

• Scenic Lookout with walk • Sacred Site - Cultural Information

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• Scenic Walks & Viewing area

Devils Marbles


ALICE SPRINGS TO TENNANT CREEK SECTION The Binns Track is a quintessential off-thebeaten-track adventure, stretching 2,230km from the arid outback of the SA/NT border, to the tropical rivers of the Katherine region. Named after Bill Binns, a ranger with NT Parks and Wildlife for 32 years, whose dream it was to create an epic journey showcasing the diversity of wildlife, plants, and natural wonders of his beloved Northern Territory.

MT DARE TO ALICE SPRINGS – 420KMS Mt Dare Hotel and Roadhouse sits at a crossroads in a remote corner of South Australia. To the north the Old Andado Track (part of Binns Track) takes you to the famous outback town of Alice Springs. The track straddles the western edge of the Simpson Desert, carving through the red, iron-rich ridges of sand dune country and the flood plains of the Finke River. Take a break at Molly Clark’s Old Andado Homestead, a wonderful piece of pioneering history, somehow surviving against the harsh elements of the desert. “Only” 240km up the road, visitors to the Alice are inevitably surprised and delighted at the number of things to see and do in this vibrant little town. Whether your interests include history, museums, the arts, or wildlife, there’s something in the town for you. Or, if you want to take a drive; the spectacular scenery, with ancient mountain ranges, tranquil waterholes, – 22 –

world-class hiking trails, and geological wonders stretch in all directions. The West and East MacDonnell Ranges, Palm Valley, Rainbow Valley, and Chambers Pillar are all possible as a day trip but will leave memories for a lifetime.

ALICE SPRINGS TO GEMTREE – 290KMS The East MacDonnell Ranges stretch 150km east of Alice Springs and feature some of Central Australia’s most famous outback landscapes and amazing geological formations – gaps, gorges, and waterholes; superb bush walks; ancient Aboriginal paintings; and a rich pioneering history. From Alice Springs, take the Ross Highway. The first gorge in this stunning range is Anthwerrke (Emily Gap). Emily Gap and nearby Jessie Gap are features of the Caterpillar Dreaming trail. As the birthplace of the three Caterpillar creation beings, the former is a registered sacred site, showcasing Aboriginal rock paintings, and is of special significance to the local Arrernte people. The first section of the Binns Track will take you off the highway and through riverine woodland country into N’Dahla Gorge (Irlwentye), famous for ancient Aboriginal petroglyphs. From there it’s a short detour to the unmissable Trephina Gorge, offering a variety of spectacular hikes and the beautiful John Hayes Rockhole. Further


ALICE SPRINGS east test your 4WD skills driving through Ruby Gap Nature Park. This spectacularly remote hidden gem is an overnight bush camping stop. Highlights include a great walk to Glen Annie Gorge and a swim in her secluded waterhole. To the north, past the dry gibber plains, lies the ghost town of Arltunga, the first settlement in Central Australia thanks to the 1887 gold rush. Explore the ruins and learn of the remarkable history of its pioneers. Also on this section of the Binns Track, enjoy some outback hospitality, either for a drink and a meal, or for a station stay, at Hale River Homestead at Old Ambilindum. The camping area features fire pits and hot showers, or treat yourself to one of four comfortable self-contained accommodations. Further north, the rugged beauty of Harts Ranges appears on the horizon. The escarpments of the Fergusson Range are breathtaking. Along the way stop and refresh at Gemtree Caravan Park and gateway to the region’s gem fields. Gemtree provides camping, accommodation, and old-fashioned hospitality with their famous camp oven dinners. And in the morning try your luck at fossicking.

GEMTREE TO TENNANT CREEK – 690KMS Iytwelepenty / Davenport Ranges National Park is of unique environmental importance as it straddles the arid Central Australian region and the southern reaches of the tropical north. Its waterholes are home to an abundance of birdlife, several species of fish, and provide welcome relief for visitors. Before you reach Tennant Creek, make sure you take the short – 23 –


detour to see Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles. These giant granite boulders, some seemingly precariously balanced on top of each other are a geological wonder and a great photo op, particularly at sunrise and sunset. Tennant Creek is a small town big on history and culture. Learn about Australia’s last great gold rush at the Battery Hill Mining Centre, the pioneering history of the Overland Telegraph Line, and Aboriginal art and culture at the Nyinkka Nyunyu Centre.

Rainbow Valley



Dubbed “Australia’s Longest Shortcut” the Outback Way from Laverton Western Australia, through the Northern Territory’s Red Centre to Winton in Queensland, is a 2800km odyssey across the heart of the continent. Almost half of the track is dirt roads, so you will need a four-wheel-drive, but if you want to take the road less travelled, that’s all part of the adventure.


Note: Permits are required. Contact your nearest Visitor Information Centre for details. Scenery steals the show on this stretch of the Way, a wild and remote part of Australia, with open spaces stretching to the horizon, vast salt lakes, and pockets of natural springs and waterholes that come to life after infrequent rain. The area is sparsely populated, not counting wild camels, dotted occasionally with roadhouses and isolated Aboriginal communities. Three renowned art centres, Tjulyuru, Tjarlirli and Kaltukatjara lie on route.

ULURU TO ALICE SPRINGS - 445KMS Visitors approaching the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park from the west, get a very different introduction than the many thousands who enter from the main Park Entry Station. The first sight of these amazing natural

wonders is of the imposing domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Then as you drive through the Park, the world-famous Uluru appears. Settle into your accommodation at Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort) and plan for a few days stay. Be sure to include the legendary Uluru sunset and sunrise, the Uluru Base walk, and Kata Tjuta’s awesome Valley of the Winds walk. Explore the area aboard a camel, in a helicopter, on a segway, or with a local guide. Learn the ancient Aboriginal creation stories first-hand from the oldest living culture in the world. After sunset, treat yourself to fine dining under the stars, or relax with an Aussie BBQ, or visit the wildly popular Field of Light exhibition. On your way to the famous town of Alice Springs, enjoy some outback hospitality at Curtin Springs Wayside Inn, part of a millionacre cattle station. Take a break at the Mt Conner lookout and gaze at the “other” giant rock formation jutting hundreds of metres out of the ground. A side trip to Henbury Meteorite Craters will fascinate geology buffs, and finally, Rainbow Valley is a great spot to visit before reaching Alice Springs.

ALICE SPRINGS TO WINTON –1190KMS Plan for several days in and around Alice, there is a lot to see and do. Learn about the town’s fascinating history and lifestyle, and the art

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and culture of the Aboriginal people. Visit the Telegraph Station, Royal Flying Doctors, School of the Air, Australia’s largest truck museum, and the world-class Desert Park wildlife park. Take a drive and immerse yourself in the spectacular surrounding scenery. Explore the ancient West and East MacDonnell Ranges, swim in serene waterholes, hike the Larapinta Trail, or take your 4WD to Palm Valley or Chambers Pillar. The Plenty Highway, traversing the spectacular Harts Ranges will take you into Queensland. Make Gemtree your first stop on the Plenty and take advantage of their genuine outback

hospitality. This family-owned property offers cabins, camping and a caravan park in a stunning natural bush setting. Gemtree has loads of family-friendly, fun activities and they are famous for their award-winning camp oven dinners. Try your hand at gem fossicking while you’re there (they can rent all the gear). And if you don’t strike it lucky, you can buy something special from their gem room. The final stop on this epic outback adventure is the famous little town of Winton, birthplace of Australia’s ‘unofficial’ national anthem Waltzing Matilda and home to the world-class Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum.

OUTBACK DRIVING TIPS When you travel through the Outback, please look for any safety signs and follow any recommendations given by Park Rangers. Keep to marked trails and roads. If you plan to travel to remote areas, consider hiring a satellite phone or EPIRB, as mobile phone service is limited outside the towns. Let someone responsible know where you are going and when you expect to return. Remember that all natural, cultural, and heritage items are protected by law. Please leave the country just as you found it and take away only photographs and your memories. Fatique Avoid fatigue. As a general rule, you should stop for a 15-minute rest break every 2 hours of driving, changing drivers if possible.

Fire Cooking-fires are permitted in designated areas, or if the area has been cleared of flammable vegetation for a radius of four metres. Fires must be fully extinguished before leaving. Flood Unless you are sure of the water depth, flow rate and any road damage, do not attempt to cross flooded bridges or causeways. Dust Dust on outback roads can pose a danger, obscuring vision of the road ahead. It is best to wait for it to settle and travel with your headlights on.

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Driving the Tanami Track



HALLS CREEK TO ALICE SPRINGS –1053KMS Crossing the expanse of the Tanami Desert, the Tanami Road is actually a fairly wellformed earth/gravel road, that is maintained by Shire of Halls Creek until the NT Border. The last 300kms before reaching Alice Springs consists of sealed sections of single and dual lanes. The shortest route from Halls Creek to Alice Springs is via the Tanami Road 4WD track. It takes two days to cross the vast expanse of the Tanami Desert, allowing time for you to take in a few awe-inspiring surprises along the way, including the second largest meteorite crater in the world, freshwater wetlands filled with birdlife and one of the most remote art galleries on Earth.

WOLFE CREEK CRATER –145KMS SOUTH OF HALLS CREEK Accessed via a 23km unsealed road through Carranya Station. Standing on the rim of this 880-metre-wide meteorite crater is quite an incredible sight, especially at sunrise and sunset. Known as Karntimarlarl to the local people, the crater is believed to be over 300 thousand years old. Spend the night – 26 –

at the basic camp site maintained by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and watch the desert light play on this unique landscape. (Call the Halls Creek Visitor Centre for up to date road reports)

LAKE GREGORY AND STRETCH LAGOON The second highlight will delight nature lovers and bird watchers. Take a detour off the Tanami at Billiluna to Stretch Lagoon (16kms) and Lake Gregory (103kms) to visit the permanent inland wetlands. Internationally renowned for its incredible birdlife, more than 73 species of waterbirds have been recorded at these wetlands. Choose from one of three campsites (no facilities) for views across the lake at sunset and sunrise. Permits required when camping at Stretch Lagoon or Lake Gregory. Permits can be obtained at the communities of Billiluna, Balgo and Mulan. Please note that the Halls Creek Visitor Centre do not have permits.

WARLAYIRTI ARTISTS Your third extraordinary encounter is at the Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation of Balgo Aboriginal Community – which at 40kms off the Tanami is possibly one of the most remote art galleries you will ever experience.


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Here, approximately 300 Indigenous artists from the local communities of Wirrimanu, Mulan and Kururrrungku (Billiluna) publicly exhibit their fine art paintings, etchings, photography, film and music.


WARLUKURLANGU ARTISTS 300 kms NW of Alice Springs on the Tanami Highway, is one of the longest running and most successful Aboriginal-owned art centres in Australia. They produce gloriously coloured Aboriginal art and support the remote community of Yuendumu.

From Balgo, you’re approximately 122 kms from the Northern Territory border. A further 704 kilometres will bring you to the Stuart Highway junction, 20 kilometres from Alice Springs. It is, however, an isolated route, that can be closed at short notice due to rain. It is recommended that 4WD vehicles are used for the road and outlying areas, and you will need to be well-prepared and self-sufficient. It is not recommended for caravans or trailers when wet. Check Main Roads WA or NT Roads for conditions before setting off.

TILMOUTH WELL ROADHOUSE Tilmouth Well, on the edge of Napperby Station, provides a refreshing break for weary travellers, 200kms north west of Alice Springs. Enjoy a haven of outback hospitality with a range of motel rooms, contractor style accommodation and an expansive campground with powered and unpowered sites. The property offers a licensed restaurant, takeaway food, swimming pool and general store with groceries, cold drinks and souvenirs. – 27 –

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ALICE SPRINGS A true outback town in the middle of Australia. Its diversity is surprising, with world-class art galleries, amazing natural attractions, iconic events, solar city initiative and a local community which is known for its innovation and spirit. Alice Springs is a town where many people intend to stay only for a short while, but somehow find it impossible to leave. Whether its the clean air, the relaxed pace, the waterholes, great walks and rugged scenery of the West MacDonnell Ranges or the night sky full of millions of stars, Alice Springs has something for everyone.

GETTING AROUND Emu Run Airport Transfers provide a shuttle service, meeting all flights and dropping off at hotels, hostels and caravan parks. Book online at www.emurun.com.au or call 1800 687 220. Taxis operate in Alice Springs and ranks are located within the CBD area. Hire cars can be booked and collected from both Alice Springs and Yulara Airport. Thrifty Car Rentals are also located in Tennant Creek.

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immortalised in books and movies and its geographical location in the centre of the continent adds to its mystique as the quintessential outback town and her fascinating history is both recent and ancient. The Aranda people call this area Mparntwe (pronounced mbarn-twa) and maintain their traditional language and customs, and a strong spiritual connection to the land. Their complex creation stories, dating back many thousands of years and still told today, describe not only how the actions of their ancestral beings created the landscapes we see today, including the iconic MacDonnell Ranges, but contain answers on how to live your life. The European history of the area began in 1860 with the arrival of the great explorer John McDouall Stuart on the first of his three expeditions to cross the continent of Australia from south to north. The Stuart Highway was named after him in honour of his remarkable feats of exploration. Because of Stuart’s efforts, the Overland Telegraph

Line, a Morse Code communications system running from Adelaide to Darwin, was contracted to the South Australian government, under the supervision of Charles Todd. In 1872, a site was chosen for a repeater station on the banks of the Todd River, next to a waterhole which they named Alice Springs after Charles’ wife. Unfortunately the “spring” turned out to be a temporary waterhole which only fills after extended rain. And Alice never visited the town that was named

for her! Now an Historical Reserve, the buildings of the Alice Springs Telegraph Station have been wonderfully restored and give visitors a glimpse into the early years of European settlement. Take the scenic Riverside walkcycle path or drive there. Discover more history, culture and heritage with a leisurely 90-minute stroll through Alice’s CBD with Alice Springs Walking Tours.

Join a local guide on a fascinating 90-minute walk through this famous outback town

ALICE SPRINGS WALKING TOURS Adults $33. Concessions $30. Children $15. Family (2xA, 2xCh) $69. See website for daily departure times and tour details

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Old Hartley Street School

Women’s Museum

A HERITAGE WALK IN THE CBD Explore the heritage of Alice Springs, a modern town rich in history. You can take a self-guided walk of the town centre and discover the historic buildings and attractions, each with its own story to tell. For further information on the Heritage Walk call the National Trust of the Northern Territory. Ph (08) 8952 4516. 1. Flynn Memorial Church Designed by architect Arthur Philpott, the Flynn Memorial Church was built as a memorial to John Flynn for his tremendous achievements for the people of the Outback.

4. Anzac Hill Giving a superb view of the ranges, especially at sunrise and sunset, this most visible landmark is a memorial to lives lost in all world conflicts. Access from Schwarz Crescent or use the Lion’s Walk from Wills Terrace. Look out for the signage for the World War 1 Stories Phone App on Anzac Hill. You can download World War 1 Stories from the App store or Google play, and hear stories of World War 1 soldiers and a nurse who served in the War, and read information on soldiers from Central Australia.

2. Adelaide House Designed by Reverend John Flynn, this building was used as the only medical centre for the region until 1939. Today it houses an exhibition of Alice Springs history and the stone radio hut where Flynn and Alfred Traeger broadcast their first pedal radio transmission.

5. Old Stuart Town Gaol Completed in 1908 and remaining in service until 1938 this was built of mostly local stone from the MacDonnell Ranges by Jack Williams. This is the oldest building remaining in the Alice Springs town area. Before it was built, prisoners convicted of minor offences were held in a rough desert oak shack at the old police station at Heavitree Gap.

3. The Residency Built in 1928, it housed the first Government Resident of Central Australia during a brief period of selfgovernment for the region. Today it’s managed by Heritage Alice Springs and features historic displays and regular art exhibitions. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

6. Old Hartley Street School Opened in 1930, this was the first purpose-built government school in Alice Springs and was built in three sections. The southern end was added in 1940 and the octagonal room in 1945. In 1965 it ceased operating as a school. Today it is a museum and the Alice Springs branch of the National Trust.

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Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility

7. John McDouall Stuart Statue This imposing 4-metre high statue was gifted to Alice Springs by the local Freemasons Lodge and placed in Stuart Park in 2014. It commemorates 150 years since the renowned explorer reached this area on his way to becoming the first person to cross Australia from south to north. 8. Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility Since 1928 the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has provided 24-hour emergency medical services to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia. Discover what it’s like to be inside one of the aircraft and check out a replica fuselage of a Pilatus PC12. There is a large display of historic medical equipment and a range of model airplanes used by the RFDS through the decades. Visitors to the awardwinning RFDS Alice Springs Tourist Facility will see a life-size hologram of John Flynn describing his vision for the RFDS, accompanied by realistic and lifelike imagery. Relax in the RFDS Cafe, located within one of the finest heritage buildings in Alice Springs. Built in 1939, it was home to the first RFDS radio operator for the Alice Springs Base. 9. Women’s Museum of Australia The Women’s Museum of Australia is dedicated to preserving the place of – 31 –

women in our history and recognising their special contribution to Australia’s and Central Australia’s heritage. Located in the heritage-listed Old Alice Springs Gaol, the Museum tells many stories about Australian Women as well as explores the history of the gaol.

Dingoes at the Alice Springs Desert Park. Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

Alice Springs Desert Park, Nocturnal House

ALICE SPRINGS ATTRACTIONS From a camel ride to a game of golf on a picturesque course, or a stroll in an arid zone botanic garden, there is a range of enjoyment for everyone. The following are just a few of the many things this fascinating region has to offer.

bilby and mala, the thorny devil and other lizards, and snakes in the Nocturnal House; and dingoes, kangaroos and perenties. At night, spotlight locally extinct and endangered species in a predator-proof enclosure on a Nocturnal Tour.

Alice Springs Desert Park, at the base of the MacDonnell Ranges is an inspiring portrayal of Australia’s desert environment that effortlessly blends the plants, animals and people of our arid regions over three recreated habitats. It offers over 200 desert animals and 400 plant species. Witness free-flying birds at the Nature Theatre presentation; share in a living culture with guide presentations; spot the endangered

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Following in Stuart’s footsteps, the early explorers travelled through this region to site a path for the Overland Telegraph Line which was to run from Adelaide to Darwin. They chose to locate a repeater station alongside a waterhole which they named Alice’s Spring. Unfortunately for the future telegraph workers, the

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Alice Springs Telegraph Station

“spring” turned out to be a temporary waterhole which only fills after extended rain. However, they persevered, and the Alice Springs Telegraph Station bears testament to the lives of these early settlers. Now a Historical Reserve, the heritage buildings have been restored and surrounded by interpretive displays that give you a glimpse into early European life and contact history in the remote centre of Australia. The Overland Telegraph Line was completed in 1872 and made it viable for pastoralists to take up leases in the Centre. However, it was the discovery

of alluvial gold at Arltunga, some 100 kilometres east of Alice Springs in 1887 that provided a population boom for the Centre. Olive Pink Botanic Gardens Opened to the public in 1985, the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens now boasts over 600 Central Australian plants. A network of walking trails take visitors around the garden and up to Annie Meyers Hill, with great vistas of Alice Springs. Five self-guided walks and interpretive signs to help visitors learn more about desert plants, their uses and the life of the Garden’s founder Miss Pink. Open daily from 8am to 6pm.

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Inspiring, Nostalgic, Beautiful, Historic National Road Transport Hall of Fame is a volunteer based facility dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Australia’s unique road transport heritage. The Hall of Fame showcases trucks, buses and vehicles of the past while the Shell Rimula “Wall of Fame” recognises the men and women who have driven and worked with these heavy vehicles.

This huge complex is one of the most comprehensive land transport museums in the southern hemisphere. It also houses the Old Ghan Train Railway Museum, the magnificent Kenworth Dealer Truck Museum and the Alice Springs Mini Ghan Railway. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy! Check the website roadtransporthall.com for current opening hours.

Many Fantastic Attractions In One Great Location National Road Transport Hall of Fame, Kenworth Dealer Museum, The Old Ghan, Miniature Railway

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The heritage-listed Old Gaol (Her Majesty’s Gaol and Labour Prison Alice Springs) was built in 1938 and closed in 1996 and housed both male and female prisoners. The gaol grounds, cell blocks, former clinic, kitchen building, store and offices are open to the public – all sensitively tell stories about life in the gaol and its association with the community. On the walls of several cells and in the old kitchen are murals done by prisoners. Artworks by contemporary artists, responding to the Old Gaol and/ or to women’s issues, are displayed from time to time. You can choose to sit and listen, to read, or to wander around and


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experience what life was like within and outside the walls. Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre offers visitors from around the globe a virtual journey into the world’s largest classroom. The visitor experience includes a film and guided presentation with a narrative about the distinctive history dating back to 1951, and stories about student’s outback lifestyle. Discover the innovative techniques making it possible for children living in remote Central Australia to participate in school classes. Chat to the guides, view lessons, join in on a full presentation, and enjoy the displays and the retail shop.

Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility Since 1928 the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has provided 24-hour emergency medical services to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia. Discover what it’s like to be inside one of the aircraft and check out a replica fuselage of a Pilatus PC12. There is a large display of historic medical equipment and a range of model airplanes used by the RFDS through the decades. Visitors to the award-winning RFDS Alice Springs Tourist Facility will see a life-size hologram of Rev. John Flynn describing his vision for the RFDS, accompanied by realistic and lifelike imagery.

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Enjoying the colours at Standley Chasm. Tourism NT/Salty Aura

Sunset, Pyndan Camel Tracks

The timeless landscape of Central Australia has an amazing variety of scenery, and is packed full of adventures to suit everyone’s needs. Whether you want to do it in the safety and comfort of an organised tour, or set out on your own! Experience the thrill of a hot air balloon flight over the vast outback; take a scenic flight in a helicopter, plane, or a glider; explore the

place on a quad bike or mountain bike; check it out from the back of a camel; or do it the old-fashioned way and hike to your next adventure! So many adventures, unique landscapes, activities, and cultural experiences await that most visitors realise they should have given more time to explore all they wanted to see and do.

Alice Springs Helicopters Discover the Outback from above

We are passionate about creating unforgettable memories and photo opportunities

We offer a range of scenic flight experiences and Heli Mountain Bike Transfers

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Outback Ballooning

NT Soaring

Pyndan Camel Tracks A camel ride against the backdrop of the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges is a signature Red Centre experience. Join the afternoon or sunset (one hour) tour on gentle camels, travelling to a scenic lookout with sweeping vistas across the desert landscape. What better vantage point than from the top of a camel? See kangaroos, birds and other wildlife as you experience the true beauty of the outback. Pyndan Camel Tracks is only a 20-minute drive from Alice Springs, located close to Simpson’s Gap. Learn about the history of camels in Australia from experienced guides and the camel-themed museum. Inquire about tailor-made group

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tours. Awarded Nature Tourism Certification through Eco Tourism Australia, this is an unforgettable experience that will be the highlight of your trip. Outback Ballooning The rugged ranges and stony desert floor, which posed problems for the early explorers, can now be viewed with ease and excitement from a hot air balloon. Your ticket to adventure begins in the early hours of the morning when the temperatures are low and the winds are gentle. The Outback Ballooning crew will collect you from your accommodation one hour before dawn and transport you to the launch site. Once inflated, the pilot

Experience an adventure with Alice Springs Helicopters

gives the balloon one final burst of hot air and the balloon slowly lifts off the desert floor. High above the landscape, it’s the view of a lifetime not to be missed. Alice Springs Helicopters offer a broad range of scenic flights and private charters daily. Taking off in Alice you will be surprised how much you can see. Alice Springs township, East & West MacDonnell Ranges, the Old Telegraph Station, Mt Gillen, Heavitree Gap, Simpsons Gap, just to mention a few. Their helicopter pad is conveniently located close to the city centre beside the Crowne Plaza Lasseters. Book your flight online at www. alicespringshelicopters.com.au or give us a call 08 8952 9800. NT Soaring Experience the thrill of a silent soaring flight above the Central

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Desert. A must-do adventure when you visit Alice Springs! An exhilarating winch launch which will get you to more than 1000 feet above the ground in a matter of seconds. You’ll enjoy the best views Alice Springs has to offer from the front seat of their two-seat gliders. Learn to fly in a week with their One Week Intensive Course. They will organise transfers, accommodation, club membership, glider hire and more. They offer one week ab-initio courses, post-solo training, and cross country flying training. Want to try it out? What about a one-day course? Includes briefing, theory lecture, up to 5 winch launches and ample hands-on soaring time! Book online at www. ntsoaring.com.au.

Exploring Kata Tjuta. Tourism NT/The Salty Travellers

Emu Run Experience is a locally owned and operated company who specialise in Uluru and Central Australia Touring. With friendly guides who have a passion

for the outdoors and who love sharing the beauty of the Central Australian landscape with travellers from all over the world. Come join them for an unforgettable touring experience

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Visit the Kangaroo Sanctuary

to one of the many beautiful locations they have on offer such as Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Palm Valley and the West MacDonnell Ranges and much much more. Emu Run Experience also operate an Airport transfer service and transfers to the Alice Springs Desert Park (entry included) where you can see some of the local animals and experience the desert habitats. Visit the website for more detailed tour itineraries at www.emurun. com.au

hours. The Sanctuary can only be visited on a pre-booked guided sunset tour. Check our website for tour days and book at www.kangaroosanctuary.com or call 8965 0038.

Visit their kangaroos on a guided sunset tour! The Kangaroo Sanctuary is a place to celebrate the beauty of the red kangaroo, an Australian icon. It is home to Brolga and Tahnee’s kangaroo family as seen on Kangaroo Dundee (BBC UK / Nat Geo USA documentary). On the guided sunset tour you will experience a leisurely walk through The Sanctuary’s 188 acre wildlife reserve where you might meet the kangaroo characters from Kangaroo Dundee and many others. Their motto is ‘Kangaroos come first!’ And because kangaroos sleep during the day they don’t disturb them. This is why the guided tours are in the late afternoon… just when the kangaroos are starting to wake from their daytime sleep. The tour is about 2.5-3 – 43 –

Alice Springs Longest Desert Lunch


9-1 May Alice Springs Cup Carnival 15-18 Easter in the Alice 22-25 Run Larapinta


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20-22 Opera Gala at Uluru 21 Alice Springs Longest Desert Lunch 21-22 West Macs Monster Trail Running Festival 25-29 Dark Skies Festival

MARCH 2022 11 Alice Springs Night Markets

APRIL 2022

JUNE 2022

2-4 Aileron Bush Carnival 8-17 Parrtjima – A festival in Light 14 Alice Springs Night Markets

9 Alice Springs Night Markets 9–13 Finke Desert Race 24–27 Beanie Festival

JULY 2022 1-2 Alice Springs Show 8 Tennant Creek Show 19–23 Apmere Mparntwe – The Australian Ceramic Triennial 29-1 Aug Harts Range Races

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Run Larapinta Redback MTB Rotary Henley on the Todd Regatta

SEPTEMBER 2022 2–4 Red Centre Nats 9-18 Desert Song Festival 9-15 Oct Desert Mob (First Nations art and cultural event and exhibition) 22 Alice Springs Night Markets

OCTOBER 2022 TBA FabALICE Festival. Please see website.

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Alice Springs Night Markets

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DECEMBER 2022 9 Coun­cil’s Christ­mas Car­ni­val & Night Markets

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Outback Cycling, Uluru

Heading to Uluru? Outback Cycling at Uluru have a range of bikes suitable for all the family to hire so you can enjoy the amazing Uluru Bike Ride. The shared pathway around the base of Uluru is flat and perfect for you to take in the wonderment and cultural significance of Uluru and its raw outback surrounds. The distance to circumnavigate the entire base is 10km making it the perfect distance to ride with kids of all ages. Let your unique NT cycling adventures continue when you head to Alice Springs.

Discover what Alice truly has to offer, capturing the best of the desert while riding the network of urban cycling paths and off-road mountain bike trails. Red Centre Adventures, a small familyowned business has recently expanded its range and is now located at Unit 1/2 Ghan Road (approximately a five-minute walk from the lights at McDonalds). They are an Outback Cycling retail outlet and showcase a full range of bikes and cycling accessories, E-bikes, E-skateboards, drones, safety equipment, GPS messaging and everything in between.

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Red Centre Adventures

Maybe you’re interested in one of their adventure bike tours? Their sunrise and sunset tours cover the best of the extensive Red Centre trails, or you could opt for an overnight tour through local secret station tracks. For the more adventurous, Heli tours are recommended which means getting dropped off by helicopter to special tracks that very few people can explore. Come and check out the innovative range of camping and adventure solutions for everyone.

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Rainbow Valley

SOUTH OF ALICE A unique adventure awaits for those travelling south of Alice Springs. Travel some of the loneliest stretches of the famed Stuart Highway, visiting her quirky outback roadhouses (there’s no towns) or get off the beaten track on unsealed roads and rugged 4WD tacks, skirting the edge of the Simpson Desert. Remember to be well prepared when driving in the remote outback. Always carry plenty of water, ensure you have enough fuel, and check road conditions prior to travel. Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve. Perched on the edge of ancient clay pans, the sandstone cliffs at Rainbow Valley are a photographer’s delight, especially at sunrise and sunset. The glowing reds near the top of the cliff bleed into a series of rich ochres, stunning yellows, and stark whites, displaying a rainbow of outback colours. This was a ceremonial meeting place for the traditional custodians and remain sacred to the Southern Aranda people. Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve. Rising starkly 50 metres above the surrounding red sandy plains, Chambers Pillar was a navigational landmark for the early European explorers, but its history stretches back to the time of creation for the local Aboriginal people. The pillar, named by the great explorer John McDouall Stuart, is the most significant rock formation in the Reserve. Chambers Pillar glows like an ember at sunrise and sunset but is stunning – 48 –

at any time of day. Camping is permitted (bring your own water), or you can visit as a day trip from Alice. Kulgera – 274 kilomteres A small town at the junction of the Stuart Highway, and the Kulgera Finke Road, featuring a police station, basic tyre repairs and a roadhouse. The Kulgera Roadhouse has motel rooms, caravan and camping facilities, food, water, fuel, EFTPOS, bottled gas, phone, internet, tourist information and a bar offering cold beers. Old Andado Track runs from Alice Springs, through Santa Teresa, (home to the awardwinning Keringke Arts), to Old Andado Station, perched on the edge of the vast Simpson Desert. It’s part of Binns Track, one of Australia’s epic 4WD journeys. You can return to Alice along the Old South Road, following the Old Ghan Heritage Trail next to the Finke Desert Race track. Or continue south to access the Simpson Desert or outback South Australia and the Oodnadatta Track. A Desert Parks Pass, available online or at Mt Dare, is required to cross the Simpson.

Access throughout most areas of the Simpson Desert is restricted to 4WD vehicles. Trips should be well planned and travellers well equipped. Fuel is available at Santa Teresa, Maryvale, Titjikala and Finke. Desert Parks Pass (available online) is required to cross the Simpson.


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Trephina Gorge Nature Park. Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

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Relaxing at Ellery Creek Big Hole, Tourism NT/The Salty Travellers

THE MACDONNELL RANGES The Ranges stretch over 640 kilometres running east-west through Alice Springs lighting up each sunrise and sunset with a display of fiery reds, sunburnt oranges and deep purples. Estimated to be 340 million years old they were formed when two tectonic plates collided. Wind, water, and time have exposed the skeleton of what was once a giant mountain range, much bigger than what you see today. The traditional owners of Alice Springs, the Aranda people, are spiritually connected to the Range through creation stories. The Yeperenye creation stories tells the story of an ancestral spirit in the form of a giant caterpillar that moved through Alice Springs and created the landscape, including the Ranges.

EAST MACDONNELL RANGES Rich in pastoral and mining history the “East Macs” have a lot to offer those who have the time to explore off the beaten track. The Ross Highway is a sealed road which means you can access a number of the spectacular gorges and gaps by conventional vehicle. Trephina Gorge can be accessed most times of the year by conventional vehicle. The Gorge winds its way through the MacDonnell Ranges, cutting through the red quartzite, and creating a valley oasis for many trees, plants, and – 50 –

animals. There are picnic areas, campground and walks. N’Dhala Gorge is reached by an unsealed road that crosses the Ross River several times and can become impassable after rain. The Gorge hosts one of the largest sites of Aboriginal rock carvings open for public viewing. The Arltunga Historical Reserve protects the site of the first official town in Central Australia, after gold was discovered there in 1887. Walk through the “ghost town”, housing wonderfully preserved government buildings, mines and homes, access is via unsealed road.

TJORITJA/WEST MACDONNELL RANGES stretch from Alice Springs westward, the iconic Larapinta Trail winds its way along these ridges for the entire length of the Park. Some of the tallest mountains in the Northern Territory are located within the Park, along with several permanent and semi-permanent waterholes, which nestle in the gaps and gorges. Ranked as one of the planet’s top 20 treks, the Larapinta Trail follows the rocky spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs Telegraph Station to Mount Sonder. Located only 25 kilometres from Alice Springs, Simpsons Gap is the easiest site to access. The site has visitor information, picnic areas and

Trephina Gorge, East Macs

several short interpretive walks, suitable for all fitness levels. An easy, sealed walking and bike track through the countryside brings you from Flynn’s Grave on the outskirts of Alice Springs to Simpsons Gap. Located 50 kilometres by sealed road from Alice Springs, Standley Chasm has been gouged into tough quartzite by the floods that, over untold millions of years, have surged down a narrow tributary of the Finke River System. The result is a deep red cleft crowded on either side by craggy slopes that rise 80 metres above the floor. Aboriginal owned and operated and an entry fee is required. The largest permanent waterhole in Central Australia, Ellery Creek Big Hole, is an easy walk from the picnic and camping areas down to the waterhole for a swim. The red cliffs of Ellery Creek Big Hole expose twisted rock forms and provide shelter for cycads and rock wallabies. Ormiston Gorge is the favourite of many visitors to the “West Macs”. The magnificent red walls of the gorge tower above the oasis of Ormiston Creek and its beautiful permanent water hole. The gorge provides a refuge for rare and endangered animals, and an amazing variety of native plants, including relict species from the Centre’s tropical past. Located 135 kms from Alice Springs, via sealed roads,

Ormiston provides superb opportunities for swimming, bird watching, photography, camping and bush walking. Walkers can stroll down a sealed path for a dip in the cool waters, stride up to the Ghost Gum Lookout, or hike the incredibly spectacular Ghost Gum Walk (one hour) or the Pound Walk (3-4 hours). The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences. It is also one Australia’s newest trails and is quickly emerging as one of the most popular trails in Australia and the world. Starting at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station and ending 231 kilometres west at Mount Sonder in the stunning West MacDonnell Ranges, the Larapinta Trail is one of Central Australia’s most unique and spectacular attractions. The trail can be completed in sections. Pre-planning is strongly advised and walkers must be well prepared. There are twelve sections and notice boards at the transition of each section. There is a reasonable amount of water along the track, both naturally found and trucked in. Walkers cannot rely on surface water, so it is essential for walkers to know where the water tanks are located along the way, prior to walking. Walkers can find all the information for the Larapinta Trail at www.nt.gov.au

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Haasts Bluff, home to Ikuntji Artists

Ikuntji Artists was the first art centre established by women in the Western Desert Art Movement. Already in the 1980s women began painting in Haasts Bluff in the aged care facility. They had been instructed by their husbands and fathers, and they had often assisted them in completing their

WITIRA KANYILA WORK AS ONE KEEP IT STRONG Ikuntji/Haasts Bluff is nestled within the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges, 230 km west of Alice Springs and 100 km west of Glen Helen. Visit Ikuntji Artists with their impressive international reputation representing Haasts Bluff artists nationally and abroad. Renowned for bold colours and the inclusion of traditional motifs alongside figurative and naturalistic imagery.

Open 10am-4pm Monday-Friday (please ring to make an appointment) CMB 211 Haasts Bluff via Alice Springs. Ph (08) 8956 8783 fineart@ikuntji.com.au

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paintings. By the early 1990s these women artists decided to pursue setting up their own art centre. Ikuntji Artists was first established in 1992, after a series of workshops, and under the influence of the then community president, the late Esther Jugadai. The art centre was initially set up to fulfil the role of women’s centre providing services such as catering for old people and children in the community. After first experiences made in printing T-shirts, the artists began producing acrylic paintings on linen and handmade paper, which quickly gained the attention of the Australian and international art world as well as earning the centre an impressive reputation for fine art. The focus changed from a women’s centre to an art centre in 2005 with the incorporation of the art centre as Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation. Today Ikuntji Artists are represented in many national and international galleries and institutions. Their art is famous for bold colour choice, decisive brush strokes and a long legacy of internationally renowned artists. Ntaria/ Hermannsburg, Wurtai (Welcome) to West Aranda country. Experience a truly remarkable part of Central Australia’s history. Wander around the old Lutheran Mission and get a glimpse of life as it was for the early pioneers and their families. Learn about how the European settlers and local

Hermannsburg Historic Precinct

Aranda people built a thriving community, despite many difficulties and setbacks. Come and share their stories, art and culture, and make sure to try some some of their famous apple strudel or scones with jam and cream. Hermannsburg Historic Precinct offers many historical treasures.

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Browse the Kata-Anga Tearooms, formerly the home of Carl Strehlow, view the art gallery, with Albert Namatjira artworks and paintings from the Hermannsburg School of Watercolour Artists, and get a taste of what life was like on the Hermannsburg mission and its rich history.

Aboriginal Fabric Gallery

SHOPPING Shopping in Alice Springs is a wonderful way to find that special something. Aboriginal Fabric Gallery is a fabric shop in Alice Springs, next to the Todd Mall, specialising in authentic Aboriginal designs and Australiana printed on 100 per cent quality cotton. These fabrics are suitable for quilting, craft, clothing, cushions and wall art. The fabrics showcase art from Central Australia, including Uluru, Alice Springs (Mbantua), Santa Teresa and Yuendumu. Todd Mall Markets An outdoor market operating in the Todd Mall every second Sunday from mid-February to early

December from 9am until 1pm. The Todd Mall comes alive with a wide range of stalls selling local produce, crafts, clothing, art, food, jewellery, wellbeing products, dog products, honey, hats, mats, books and more. Discover one-of-akind treasures, have something to eat, or just chat with the stallholders and locals. Alice Plaza Shopping Centre is the fun, family-friendly, place to shop in Alice Springs. Let the kids enjoy the indoor playground, while you enjoy a great range of retailers, including Target, Priceline, Go Vita, The Optical Superstore and Alice Plaza Market. Shop for the latest fashions,

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Yubu Napa Art Gallery and Gift Shop. Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

jewellery, or homewares. Or treat yourself with some flowers, a beauty make-over, or a relaxing massage, or a bite to eat in the Food Court. Free 2-hour parking. Underground Carpark. Free Wi-Fi. Parent’s room. All located at 36 Todd Mall. www. aliceplaza.com.au. Alice Springs Night Markets With live, local enter­tain­ment for the whole fam­i­ly, you can bop while you shop for authen­

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tic indige­nous art, hand-made crafts, up-cycled trea­sures, books, hand­made cloth­ing and jew­ellery, plus a huge range of tasty treats from our food vendors. Coun­cil’s Night Mar­kets are fam­i­ly-friend­ ly, smoke-free events. Coun­cil active­ly encour­a ges BYO reusable cut­lery and take-away food con­tain­ers to reduce the vol­ume of Sin­gle Use Plas­tics (SUPs) going into landfill.

Todd Mall Markets. Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

Yeperenye Shopping Centre is a unique shopping precent in Alice Springs with a supermarket and speciality stores under one roof! Whether you’re shopping for new clothes, or you just want to enjoy snacks with friends, Yeperenye Shopping Centre is the place to be. They have various fashion establishments that offer exceptional selection of clothing brands, you’ll never go out of style. Shop at Woolworths supermarket, or pick up some new shoes, souvenirs, beauty, pharmacy, banking, interior design and much more. Undercover parking, toilets and a parent’s room make Yeperenye

Shopping Centre the place to shop in Alice Springs. We all know shopping can be tiring - take a quick break and treat yourself to a hearty meal or snacks in the Food Court! Serving a variety of cuisine including sandwiches, baked goods, oriental dishes and much more. Workwear has a broad range of work clothing, including industrial, corporate, chef’s and more casual clothing. They cater for both men and women and have an extensive range of industrial and nonindustrial work boots with brand names such as Rossi and Mack. They also offer an embroidery service.

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Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Tourism NT

DINING IN CENTRAL AUSTRALIA Like its people, its attractions and its character, the dining and entertainment options available in Central Australia are as unique as they are unforgettable.

there is a style to suit any taste and

From fast food to elegant dining, to a meal enjoyed under a thousand stars,

sourced bush ingredients find their way

budget. Central Australian chefs and home cooks are also looking to the past to create the food of today, as locally into regional cuisine.

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Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters Tali Restaurant

At Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters you are spoiled for choice with six dining options including the Juicy Rump Bar and Grill, with a covered deck that has the best views in Alice Springs, Tali serving contemporary Australian and Asian cuisine with a hint of the Outback, Tempo offering share plates in a vintage and intimate setting, the Goat and Bucket steak house, Splash poolside bar and cafe and Casbah which is situated in the heart of the Casino and is a great place to have a drink or something to eat while taking in all the gaming action. Yeperenye Shopping Centre Looking for somewhere with a range of dining

options that the whole family can enjoy? Whether it’s a sandwich, burger, a hot stir fry dish or sushi there’s an abundance of flavours to choose from. If it’s something sweet you are after then try an ice cream or sundae or a slice of cake! Dine in the food court, or takeaway options are available. The dining options at Alice Plaza will not leave you disappointed. Their vendors offer cuisine from all corners of the world including authentic Japanese, Chinese, Thai & Turkish food. The Plaza has everything you’d expect from a crowd-pleasing food court – freshly squeezed juice, homemade pies, sausage rolls, cakes, hot chips, ice cream and the best coffee in town.

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Disabled Toilets

Bus Stop

Public Telephone

Taxi Rank

Public TTY Telephone

Mail Box



Disabled Parking

Internet Facilities

Corridor Access

Air Con/Heating Water

Internet Facilities Shopping Parks & Gardens Internet Facilities Public ParksCarpark & Gardens Corridor Access Public Carpark Shared Pedestrian Corridor and VehicleAccess Zone Shared Pedestrian and Vehicle Zone

The Residency

The Residency

Courthous Old Jail

Government Offices

Old Jail Police Station

Police Station

Anglican Church

Service Station Centrelink

Service Station Centrelink

to Stuart Highway

Shopping Mail Box

Old Courthouse Service Station Centrelink Old Courthouse

Anglican Church

to Stuart Highway

Bus Stop Taxi Rank


Catholic School

to Stuart Highway

Water Bus Stop

Chemist AC


Catholic School

Lions Walk to Anzac Hill


Air Con/Heating

Alice Springs Walking Tours Alice Walk

Government Offices

Catholic Church

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Lions Walk to Anzac Hill



c Lights

Youth Centre

Seat / Rest Spot


Lights achine


Church Public Carpark

Youth Centre

Catholic School


Alice Plaza Shopping Centre Alice Plaza Shopping Centre

Parks & Gardens

Automatic Teller Machine Audio Tactile Traffic Lights

Megafauna Central Megafauna Central

Air Con/Heating

Public Toilets

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to Stuart Highway


Senior Citizens Senior Citizens

Disability Liason Disability Office Liason Office

to Stuart Highway


Catholic Church

Youth Centre

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Budget Car Rentals

Alice Springs Town Council

Mini Bus



Adelaide House Uncle’s Tavern

Post Office

Diplomat Motel


Yubu Napa Art Gallery & Gift Shop


to Reptile Centre, RFDS & Women's Museum of Australia Bendigo Bank


Bank SA

Westpac Bank


C’wealth Bank

Yeperenye Shopping Centre


ANZ Bank Doctor




Coles Shopping Centre

Kmart St Vincent De Paul’s

Alice Laundromat

Service Station


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to Larapinta Drive / Stuart Highway


Flynn Church

Aboriginal Fabric Gallery

Colag Plaza

This is Aboriginal Art

Reg Harris Lane


Fan Arcade

Cumming Plaza

Tuit Lane

e Springs king Tours


Botanic Gardens

Public Library

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NORTH TO Aileron Arlpwe NT Soaring Ti Tree Wycliffe Well Tennant Creek Darwin





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Auto Services 30 Trusty Glass Windscreens 31 Peter Kittle Motors

Scenic Flights 32 Alice Springs Helicopters

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Hale River Homestead Heritage Caravan Park Mercure Alice Springs Resort Diplomat Motel Wintersun Caravan Park Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel Discovery Parks Alice Springs Quest Apartments Alice Springs Tourist Park Swagman’s Rest Pawz n Clawz pet accommodation G’day Mate Caravan Park

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Alice Springs Desert Park Aboriginal Fabric Gallery Alice Springs School of the Air Alice Springs Reptile Centre Araluen Cultural Precinct Olive Pink Botanical Gardens Megafauna Central Old Gaol / Women’s Museum of Australia Royal Flying Doctor Service Tangentyere Artists Tjanpi Desert Weavers Yubu Napa Gallery Museum of Central Australia Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists This is Aboriginal Art



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WEST TO Alice Springs Desert Park Flynn’s Grave Tjoritja/West MacDonnell Ranges Standley Chasm Glen Helen Lodge Ormiston Gorge Ikuntji Artists Hermannsburg Palm Valley Red Centre Way






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SOUTH TO: Alice Springs Airport 32 National Road Transport Hall of Fame Alice Springs Turf Club Pyndan Camel Tracks Keringke Arts Ayers Rock/Uluru Kings Canyon/Watarrka Coober Pedy


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Lasseters Hotel Casino

ACCOMMODATION Central Australia offers a diverse array of accommodation options. Whatever your taste or budget, you’ll find a Central Australian accommodation option to suit. There is a wide variety of accommodation ranging from five-star luxury hotels through to well-located caravan parks and campgrounds, ensuring something for everyone! Or leave the tent at home and sleep in a swag. Central Australia offers some of the best night skies in the world.

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Superbly located in the centre of Alice Springs, the Diplomat Motel provides the perfect place to stay, relax and unwind. The motel offers a selection of affordable Alice Springs accommodation, with tea/coffee, free Wifi and Foxtel. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, free parking and the popular Uncles Tavern and Stumps Cafe. Located only minutes walk from the heart of the Todd Mall the Diplomat Motel

Diplomat Hotel

is close to shops, restaurants, cafes and many of the local attractions Alice Springs has to offer. After a busy day of sightseeing, touring or business meetings relax by the pool or enjoy a casual meal and ice cold beer in the fully licensed Uncle’s Tavern. Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters is a 4.5 star property at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges and backing onto the Alice Springs Golf Course. Offering

205 spacious rooms and suites all with a private balcony or courtyard showcasing magnificent views. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, in-house entertainment (Austar channels, pay per view movies), a fully operational business centre, concierge services, resort pool, spa and sauna, 24-hour health and fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment and complimentary use of mountain bikes to explore Alice Springs.

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Alice Springs Tourist Park

Heavitree Caravan Park

Alice Springs Tourist Park Located 2 kilometres west of Alice Springs town centre on Larapinta Drive, with easy access to Glen Helen, Palm Valley and the Mereenie Loop Road to Kings Canyon. The Park is built in a residential area and is quiet and attractive, with boom gate security for peace of mind. Within easy walking distance to the town centre, why

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not stay a day or two at Alice Springs Tourist Park? It’s the closest park to town and the perfect base to see the Red Centre! Discovery Parks – Alice Springs The perfect spot to begin exploring Australia’s Red Centre, Discovery Parks – Alice Springs offers a range of accommodation just minutes from the

Discovery Parks – Alice Springs

town centre, and close to some of the region’s most popular attractions. Featuring swimming pools, a waterslide, jumping pillows, entertainment centre and more, there’s something for every member of the family here. Heritage Caravan Park This dogfriendly van park is set in a quiet rural setting, featuring grassed and shaded

powered sites, grassed camping areas and fully self-contained cabins with all the amenities. The two bedroom cabins are spacious and luxurious; a ministore is also on site for your basic daily needs. Boasting 5 acres of bush camping abundant with lemon scented gums, Free WiFi, a large bush camp kitchen and large inviting pool to cool down in.

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Quest Apartments Located close to the CBD, Alice Springs Convention Centre and Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel & Casino, these superbly appointed serviced apartments offer all the creature comforts of home and a great place to do business. One, two and three bedroom apartments feature separate

spacious living and dining areas with fully equipped kitchens and private laundry facilities. Studio apartments are open plan with kitchenettes and access to the on-site guest laundry. Wintersun Caravan Park with its country hospitality and central position

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Wintersun Caravan Park

just 2km from the centre of Alice Springs in the NT, is the perfect base for a Red Centre holiday. This dog-free park has a shaded swimming pool, bathrooms, dishwashing area, camp kitchen and laundry and is located just 400m from shops. It offers cabin accommodation in sparkling clean

1-2-bedroom with kitchen, bathroom and linen and all with reverse cycle air conditioning. It also has shady caravan sites, some grassy and some concrete. The friendly office staff, steeped in local knowledge, can help you with organising tours and activities.


Located 2kms north of the city centre, with easy access (either by self drive or on a tour) to all our great attractions. Neat clean grassy sites with shade trees are our specialty. Wintersun offers a range of modern cabins with ensuites, 1 or 2 queen/double beds and bunks for the kids. Cabins also have cooking facilities, air-conditioning and parking next to the cabin. Crn. Stuart Highway and Head Street, Alice Springs T 08 8952 4080 wintersun.com.au Weaved creations at Tjanpi. Tourism NT/Felix Baker

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Discovery Parks – Glen Helen

Discovery Parks – Glen Helen Uniquely positioned inside West MacDonnell Ranges National Park (Tjoritja), Glen Helen is the chance to unwind within touching distance of an 800-millionyear-old landscape. Immerse yourself

in local culture, explore ancient gorges and waterholes, dine overlooking the magnificent Glen Helen escarpment, and wake up to sunsets like you’ve never seen before. 130km west of Alice Springs along the Larapinta Trail.

Phone Numbers Emergency

Ambulance/ Police Emergency....................000 NT Fire & Rescue...........................................000 Alice Springs Hospital........................... 08 8951 7777 Alice Springs Police Station............................131 444 Casualty................................................. 08 8951 7777 Crisis Line............................................... 1800 01 9116 Emergency Roadside Service (24hr)...............131 111 Poison Information......................................8951 7777 Road Conditions.....................................1800 24 6199 Sexual Assault Referral Centre...................8951 5880

Medical Practitioners Alice Springs After Hours.......................08 8951 7577 Bath Street Medical Centre................... 08 8952 2000 Central Clinic..........................................08 8952 1088 Mall Medical Clinic.................................08 8952 2744 Family Medical Centre...........................08 8952 7774

Aboriginal land permits Central Land Council..............................08 8951 6211 Ngaanyatjarra Council ..........................08 8950 1711

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The vibrant collection of artworks in Central Australia will delight art lovers big and small, young and old. The region is full of a rich culture and landscape that inspires traditional and contemporary artists.

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(L-R) are details of artworks by: Selina Napanangka Fisher, Stephanie Napurrula Nelson, Sabrina Spencer.


ALICE SPRINGS AND SURROUNDS 1 Alice Springs is one of the premier 2 West of Alice Springs Heading places in Australia to view, purchase, and learn about Aboriginal art. The Todd Mall and surrounding CBD are packed with commercial art galleries, and several excellent communitybased art centres are in the industrial area. All showcase a dazzling array of art styles and media from the Alice Springs town camps, surrounding communities, the Western Desert, and the APY lands near the South Australian border. The government-run Araluen Art Centre houses the largest collection of Albert Namatjira’s originals in the world, as well as a renowned collection of historic and contemporary Central Australian art.

west on Larapinta drive, Standley Chasm has a fine collection of local art for sale and a truly authentic Aboriginal Cultural tour where you can learn about the stories behind the art and try your hand at dot painting. Continue on to Hermannsburg/Ntaria and the celebrated Historic Precinct to learn about Albert Namatjira and the Hermannsburg School of Art, or purchase some local art, or one of his prints. The nearby Hermannsburg Potters is famed for its wonderfully quirky ceramics. Following Namatjira Drive, true art enthusiasts have been making pilgrimages to Papunya, birthplace of the dot painting movement,

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and the superb Ikuntji Artists in the nearby community of Haasts Bluff.


Uluru The resort village of Yulara, 20km from Uluru, has three excellent art galleries and dot painting workshops. The Cultural Centre in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park houses Maruku Arts, which sources outstanding works from nearby communities, the Western Desert region, and the fabled APY Lands.

4 North of Alice and the Barkly

Warlukurlangu Artists, in the community of Yuendumu, is one of the longest-running and most successful Aboriginal art centres in the country and well worth the travel time. If you’re heading direct north, stop at Aileron Roadhouse and check out the giant sculptures of Aboriginal people or pick up some local art. One your way to Tennant Creek, take the time for a short side-trip to Arlpwe Art & Culture Centre in the Ali Curung Aboriginal community, to learn about and purchase unique and authentic local Aboriginal Art. You won’t be disappointed. – 73 –

Margaret Scobie painting. This is Aboriginal Art.


Keturah Zimran, Ikuntji Artists

INDIGENOUS CULTURE & ARTS The central desert region is the heart of Australian Aboriginal art and is nationally and internationally acclaimed for producing some of the country’s biggest names and most renowned art. It also showcases art using native products from this special region.


This is Aboriginal Art is a stunning two-level gallery space and active artist studio in Todd Mall. Specialising in Central and Western Desert Aboriginal art, their welcoming staff are arts educated allowing them to share qualified advice and knowledge gained from decades of respectable industry experience. The gallery boasts a large range of breathtaking and ethically sourced Aboriginal art, sculpture, handicrafts, and didgeridoos. Whether you are seeking a stunning feature piece or small memento, their art is accessible to everyone. The Araluen Cultural Precinct in Alice Springs has a world-class collection of modern Aboriginal art, and the finest collection in the country of celebrated water – 74 –

colourist Albert Namatjira’s original works. The Cultural Precinct also hosts the annual Desert Mob exhibition, symposium, and market place. Aboriginal art is famous for its paintings, but sculptures, ceramics, weaving and traditional artefacts are also available and very collectable. The Central Australian art movement began in Papunya 1971 when school teacher Geoffrey Bardon encouraged senior men to paint on a blank school wall. In no time, a striking new art style emerged which, by the 1980s, began to attract national and then international attention before blossoming into a significant modern art movement. Today, Papunya and Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji) to the west of Alice Springs have world-class art centres, as does Yuendumu and Ali Curung (Arlpwe) to the south. To the south, Santa Teresa has the award-winning Keringke Arts. Tjanpi Desert Weavers Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yakunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council that enables women living in the







remote Central and Western deserts to earn an income from fibre art. Tjanpi represents over 400 Aboriginal women artists from 26 remote communities who make spectacular contemporary fibre art in the form of baskets and sculptures. Tjanpi field officers visit these communities to purchase artworks, supply art materials, hold skills development workshops, and facilitate grass collecting trips. Tjanpi has a public gallery in Alice Springs, exhibits work in national galleries, facilitates commissions for public institutions, and holds weaving workshops.


Yubu Napa Art Gallery and Gift Shop is dedicated to providing the best quality artwork whilst ensuring the artists that work with them are treated well, by providing a comfortable space in which to work, as well as being paid fairly for their beautiful and talented artwork. They encouraged artists to try new painting styles and tell their stories in a different way, which allows the gallery to showcase some of the most original and contemporary indigenous artworks available.

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Ikuntji Artists

Ali Curung Landscape

2 Warlukurlangu Artists, located

300 kms NW of Alice Springs on the Tanami Highway, is one of the longest running and most successful Aboriginalowned art centres in Central Australia. Warlukurlangu means ‘belonging to

fire’ in Warlpiri, the local language. The art centre, which is 100% indigenous owned, is named after a very special fire dreaming site west of Yuendumu. Established in 1985, it has developed a national and international profile and its paintings of traditional stories in bright acrylic colours have been featured in hundreds of exhibitions all around t he world.

3 Ikuntji Artists was the first art centre

established by women in the Western Desert Art Movement. Already in the 1980s women began painting in Haasts Bluff in the aged care facility. They had been instructed by their husbands and fathers, and they had often assisted them in completing their paintings. By the early 1990s these women artists decided to pursue setting up their own art centre. Ikuntji Artists was first established in 1992 and has been continuously operating since. It is an award-winning and nominated business whose artists create paintings, fabric designs, prints and jewellery.


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Mrs Martin, Rochelle Ferguson, Margaret Dodd, Tjanpi Desert Weavers

literally transformed in this remote and special part of Central Australia. Here native grasses are harvested, pulped and pressed to create a distinctive and beautiful souvenir of Central Australia. You can join one of our 1 hr Curtin Springs Paper Tours to share the wonders of their home and get to know our history, landscape and connection to the land.

5 Visitors are welcome to Keringke

Art Centre situated on the community of Ltyentye Apurte (also known as Santa Teresa), approximately 1 hour drive from Alice Springs. Keringke Arts is an Aboriginally owned and operated community Art Centre. While the stories and imagery of this vast country, and its Indigenous people, influence the works produced by the Keringke artists, age

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old motifs, landscape forms and patterns of movement lay the groundwork for dynamic and contemporary artwork. A wide range of products are available from Keringke Arts, including textiles, paintings, bowls and vases, with the work prized for its unique style and authentic connection to culture.

6 Hermannsburg Potters bring the

vibrant landscape and spirit of Central Australia to life with their hand-crafted terracotta and underglaze pots. Taking inspiration from Country, culture, history and day to day life activities the Potters depict family, birds, animals, bush tucker, mission days, stories of Country and current life in Ntaria (Hermannsburg), based at the remote foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges, 130 kilometres west of Alice Springs.

Keringke Arts

The vibrant and unique forms created by the Hermannsburg Potters are made from terracotta clay working with the

hand coil-pinch technique and finally painted with ceramic underglaze. The senior artists work with a style of painting reminiscent of Albert Namatjira, whose legacy continues to inspire the local community and its artists. This playful combination of mediums creates distinct work which had been widely exhibited and collected in Australia and overseas.

7 Arlpwe Artists Located on the Stuart

Highway, 380km north of Alice Springs and 170km south of Tennant Creek, Ali Curung is a 100% Aboriginal owned art centre specialising in painting, traditional artefacts, jewellery, craft and more recently homeware. Established in 2008, Arlpwe is a place where the Warlpiri, Kaytetye, Warumungu and Allyawarr people from Ali Curung community share their stories and cultural heritage in a very unique style, modern and colourful. The artworks reflect the abundance of bush tucker, water and vegetation in the region, like an extensive oasis in the desert.

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Curtin Springs, Mount Conner

THE RED CENTRE Curtin Springs is a perfect base from which to visit the Uluru and Kings Canyon areas. You can find Curtin Springs on the Lasseter Highway, 160km west of Erldunda, 100 kilometres east of Uluru. The multi-award winning Curtin Springs is owned by a family who have made this remote place their home in a very special part of

Central Australia. As the first Wayside Inn in the region, Curtin Springs allows visitors to glimpse the complexity of the region. As a diverse tourist business and million-acre cattle station, Curtin Springs stands as testimony of the commitment to the region by the Severin family. It provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about what it takes to

DISTANCES FROM ULURU Alice Springs – 461 km Kings Canyon – 304 km Erldunda – 244km Curtin Springs – 100km

Connellan Airport 0

sealed road unsealed road national park boundary Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort) area



10 km

Curtin Springs AANT LASSETER HIGHWAY Yulara (resort)



Kata Tjuta

To Kaltukatjara and WA border (Docker River)




Uluru to Kata Tjuta - 50 kilometres WALPA GORGE

KATA TJUTA DUNE VIEWING Sunrise and sunset




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live in the region, raise a family here and run a business. Make the time to meet some of the locals and hear their stories. Stop and experience Curtin Springs Paper and see how they make beautiful paper from the native grasses on the station, please contact Curtin Springs for the current 1 hour tour times. While driving to Uluru you will see Mount

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Conner, it is located on the private property of Curtin Springs Station. Enquire at Curtin Springs Wayside Inn about the 4WD tours that include visiting the salt lakes, a set of major cattle yards and getting up close to Mt Conner. Curtin Springs Walks has a program in place for 2022, please check their website for details.


ULURU – THE SPIRITUAL HEART OF AUSTRALIA One of Australia’s most iconic symbols of the outback environment is twice World Heritage-listed Uluru. Right in the heart of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Red Centre, Uluru is a place that speaks of timeless folklore, rich indigenous culture and great spirituality. Take a journey into Australia’s physical and spiritual heart. Better experienced than described, you cannot miss seeing the sun rise and set on the rock. At different times of the day the colours shift constantly, from pink, to blood red, to mauve. The sky above reflects an unimaginable array of colours as if created from a master artist’s palette. Walk around the base of Uluru with an Aboriginal guide and learn about their traditions. Follow in the footsteps of the ancestral beings and discover sacred sites. Uluru rises 348 metres from the desert and has a girth of 9.4 kilometres. These statistics alone assure its starring role – 82 –

as the world’s most famous monolith, yet it is estimated that at least two-thirds of the weathered Rock lies beneath the surface. The Cultural Centre, situated in the shadow of Uluru, provides displays, artworks and videos showcasing the culture, history, geography, and the flora and fauna of this twice World Heritage listed national park. The Centre also helps to explain to visitors the significance of this area to the traditional owners, the Anangu. Kata Tjuta Kata Tjuta (formerly known as the Olgas) are not as well known as her nearby cousin Uluru but to many visitors they are even more spectacular. The tallest of her 36 domes rises 546 metres above the surrounding plain. And like Uluru, the colours change from rich reds, through to iridescent oranges, to burnt yellows and deep violets. Walkers of all levels can enjoy two amazing walks. The famous

Valley of Winds walk and the easier Walpa Gorge walk. A guided tour can provide insight into the geology, the resilient flora and fauna that seek refuge amongst the domes, and the significance of Kata Tjuta to the local Anangu Aboriginal people. Or you can enjoy a self-guided walk with interpretive signs along the way. Parts of the Valley of the Winds walk will be closed at 11am when the forecast temperature is 36C or higher. Check with the Tourist Information Centre.

Experiences There are more than 65 tours and experiences in and around Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort) and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Whether pondering the ancient intricacies of Anangu culture, taking to the skies for a bird’s-eye-view of Uluru, swaying astride a camel, or cruising the desert highway on a motorbike, your days will be filled with action and the thrill of exploration. Visit the Tour and – 83 –

Information Centre located in the Resort Town Square to make tour enquiries and bookings. Be inspired by all there is to see and do in the region. Open daily 8am 7pm. Phone 08 8957 7324 For an unforgettable Uluru adventure hitch a ride on a camel train with the multi award-winning Uluru Camel Tours, they are the largest working camel farm in Australia with the most spectacular location. Home to over 60 beautiful camels, they offer a camel experience that can’t be beaten anywhere in Australia, with stunning views of World Heritage listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta as their backdrop. There is a fully working saddlery, detailed history display outlining the 130-year history of camels in Australia and the tough Afghan Cameleers who played a vital role in opening up the outback. Make sure you bring your camera to capture life long memories of the Red Centre.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

ABORIGINAL SACRED SITES AND PERMITS Mparntwe (pronounced mbarn-twa) is the Arrernte word for Alice Springs. Arrernte is one of approximately 20 Aboriginal language groups in Central Australia. For thousands of years this is where the different family groups would get together and trade their knowledge and stories. Their strong ties to the landscape are evident in the numerous sacred sites. Aboriginal sacred sites are protected under Northern Territory legislation although all of the country is significant to Aboriginal people. Signs indicate prohibited entry to a sacred site and visitors must respect the wishes of Aboriginal custodians. Aboriginal custodians have certain responsibilities to protect and maintain these sites. Custodians believe that many sacred sites are powerful places and violation of their sanctity can be dangerous both to people who transgress the law and to the custodians. Visiting Aboriginal Land. Nearly half of the land in Northern Territory is owned by Aboriginal people and permission by way of a permit may be required to enter these lands.

This enables landowners to monitor who is on their land and for what reason, assists in wildlife protection, and ensures the landowner’s privacy and visitor’s safety. You must always carry your permit when on certain Aboriginal land. Please note it may also be an offence to bring alcohol into many Aboriginal communities, and while many communities welcome visitors to use their community stores and fuel outlets, some do not. Check when you purchase your permit for current information. And always ask first before taking any photographs of Aboriginal people. Permits are available from the Central Land Council and a permit is legally required to visit any Aboriginal land outside of communities. For further information please contact the CLC: permits@clc.org.au, (08) 8951 6320. The Mereenie Loop / The Red Centre Way requires a permit, issued for a small fee from the Visitor Information Centre in Alice Springs, Hermannsburg Service Station, Kings Canyon Resort, Standley Chasm and Discovery Parks Glen Helen. Supplied by Central Land Council ©

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Camping at Karlu Karlu

CAMPING REGULATIONS IN THE NT Central Australia has pristine wilderness, sunny skies, and wide-open spaces, making it a favourite place for campers from all over the world. But not all campers do the right thing, and many may not be aware that they could be breaking the rules, so here are some guidelines. Almost half of the land in the Northern Territory is pastoral land. Therefore, most of the time you are travelling in the NT, both sides of the road will be pastoral land, which is private property. Please respect it as you would any private property:

• An area that is not a road and that is open to, or used by, the public for driving, riding or parking vehicles. Please note: Camping apps are not regulated and often list sites where camping is illegal. Unless there is a sign indicating camping is permitted, then you cannot camp there. Please respect the environment and the safety and comfort of others: • Dispose of waste responsibly or take it with you (This includes toilet paper). • Dispose of black waste only at dump points (Find your nearest dump point).

• No camping (except in designated campgrounds).

• Fires must be confined to designated fire pits.

• No fires. • No firewood collection.

• Bring your own firewood.

• Stay on official roads (driving off-road and on bush tracks is trespassing).

• Respect wildlife and don’t feed animals.

Penalties apply for trespassing on pastoral land. Campers are asked to only camp in designated areas. This includes official campgrounds, caravan parks, tourist parks, wayside inns; structured, signed camp sites; signed 24-hour roadside rest stops. You are not permitted to camp on a road-related area in the Northern Territory. It is therefore an offence to camp at any of the following:

• Avoid damage to National Parks and Reserves, Aboriginal sacred sites, pastoral land, and private property. Following these guidelines will help you enjoy a trouble-free camping trip, you’ll be respecting the rights of others, while ensuring that the experience of future campers will be as enjoyable as yours.

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For further information Contact the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre on 1800 645 199 or discovercentralaustralia.com or NT Parks on (08) 8951 8250

Iytwelepenty / Davenport Ranges National Park

NORTH OF ALICE SPRINGS Heading North from Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway towards Tennant Creek there are many places to visit. Why not stop over and enjoy all that Central Australia has to offer? Tanami Track– 20 kilometres Venture north of Alice to the turn off to the Tanami Desert, via the oasis at Tilmouth Well.

Ryan’s Well – 124 kilometres Completed in 1889 along the Overland Telegraph route. Aileron – 133 kilometres Wonder at the giant Anmatjere Man on the hill behind Aileron Roadhouse and enjoy outback hospitality. You can see Aboriginal art and stay in a variety of comfortable accommodation options including

Stay & Explore • Caravan Park • Art Gallery • The famous • Motel ‘Anmatjere Man’ • Backpackers (17 metre statue) • Wildlife • Scenic Walks

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Anmatjere man, Aileron Roadhouse

camping grounds, caravan sites and airconditioned motel rooms. Enjoy the pool and barbeque picnic area, take a walk and view beautiful scenery. An ideal road stop for fuel and supplies at the store, or for a longer break enjoy some breakfast, lunch or dinner with an icy cold beer in the Glen Maggie bar. Central Mount Stuart – 214 kms - A prominent landmark easily seen from the Highway. Barrow Creek – 283 kms An important part of the Overland Telegraph Line. Visit the 1872 stone telegraph station and view the Forster Range. Ali Curung / Arlpwe Art Gallery – Arlpwe Art Gallery at Ali Curung is four hours drive north of Alice Springs and two

hours drive south of Tennant Creek, and just 15 minutes in from the Stuart Highway on a sealed bitumen road. Enjoy the stories of an exciting ancient culture that has existed for more than 40,000 years. Learn about bush medicine and bush tucker and view the great art at the Gallery. The Iytwelepenty / Davenport Ranges National Park This encompasses 1,120 square kilometres of the Davenport Range. A relaxing and attractive place for intrepid visitors, you’ll need a four wheel drive and good supplies, but for the adventurous, the rewards are Old Policeman’s Waterhole and Whistleduck Campground.

Mark Egan creating the Anmatjere woman in 2005, Aileron Roadhouse

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Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve

TENNANT CREEK & THE BARKLY REGION Take a trip to the real Australia, a vast land of brilliant blue skies and boundless horizons broken only by kangaroos darting across the highway, soaring eagles, remote pubs, ancient rock art and outback characters.

1 Meet local artists at Aboriginal art

galleries at the Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre.

2 Visit the site of Australia’s last gold rush at the Battery Hill Mining Centre.

3 Take the walking track through the

Honeymoon Ranges to Lake Mary Ann.

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4 Journey back in time at the Telegraph Station taking the self-guided walk.

5 Wander around The Pebbles at sunset and watch the colours change and the rocks glow.

6 See the spectacular light at Karlu Karlu (the Devils Marbles) at sunset.

7 4WD through the rugged and beautiful Iytwelepenty / Davenport Ranges National Park.

Mine tour, Battery Hill Mining Centre

Located 500kms north of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway, the gateway to the iconic Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) and Iytwelepenty (Davenport Ranges) National Park. Tennant Creek Caravan Park offers a range of accommodation from unpowered and van sites to fully equipped cabins with ensuites. The friendly staff are always available to provide assisstance and information to help

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make your stay enjoyable. Be sure to visit the Battery Hill Mining Centre, home to the Tennant Creek Visitor Information Centre offering a range of information about the region. The centre captures the soul and spirit of the early gold miners and a 140 year-old crushing plant and historic mining machinery are still on display. Guided tours of the Underground Mine are available in season.

Lake Mary Ann.. Efsta Konidaris Photography

Lake Mary Ann is a shady picnic spot just six kilometres north of town via Stuart Highway. Built in 1981, this man-made lake is a great place to cool off with a swim, or take a nature walk and discover the abundant birdlife and flora of the area. For the more adventurous, take the 5-kilometre Ted Ryko bicycle path from

town through the Honeymoon Ranges to the lake. Kunjarra (The Pebbles) Turn left onto the unsealed road 11 kilometres north of town and travel a further 6km to reach this Aboriginal women’s dreaming site, consisting of miniaturised versions of Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles).

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1. Bluestone Motor Inn 2. Tennant Creek Caravan Park 3. Battery Hill Mining Centre & Tourist Information Centre 4. Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre & Jajjikari Cafe 5. Outback Caravan Park 6. Tennant Creek Memorial Club 7. Top of Town Cafe 8. Safari Lodge Motel



To Alice Springs

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Kelly’s Ranch

Marvel at the painted trees, Outback Caravan Park

There are bush toilets, shaded areas. Strictly no camping is allowed on road reserves.

Workforce and tourist travellers, a shaded swimming pool provides welcome relief in the middle of the Territory’s Golden Heart. With spacious drive-through sites, grassed camping areas and a choice of serviced accommodation options, enjoy the experience of the Australian bush with comfort and safety.

Set among glorious shady trees and tropical gardens, Outback Caravan Park Tennant Creek is a great stopover destination after a long drive through the breathtaking outback of the Northern Territory. Popular with Government, Corporate/

Your Desert Haven • Ensuite Cabins • Powered & Camping Sites • Camp Kitchen • Shaded Pool • Camp fire, BBQ & Bar

• Mini Mart • Seniors Card accepted on powered sites only • Licensed Garden Cafe • Pet friendly on powered • Laundromat sites only by arrangement

1st wash free

• Seasonal Entertainment • Discounts

G’Day rewards card, 10% off Accommodation

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The Tennant Creek Telegraph Station

Bluestone Motor Inn A warm welcome awaits you at the Bluestone Motor Inn Tennant Creek. Enjoy fine wine, great food and excellent service at this award-winning three-and-a halfstar motor inn with restaurant and conference facilities, inground saltwater pool and barbeque area, room service, deluxe lodges or standard rooms, art gallery, disabled units, airport pick-ups and tour desk. Safari Lodge Motel With Tennant Creek at their heart. They know this place like the back of their hand and want to share that with you during your stay. Located right in

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the centre of town, they are a convenient base for any visitor, only a short walk or drive to everywhere you’ll need to be, the perfect launching pad for exploring the Barkly and surrounds. The next few months will see Safari transform into a high-quality accommodation option, catered to those who frequent Tennant Creek for work, and those who are passing through. History of Tennant Creek In 1860 the great explorer John McDouall Stuart named a small watercourse Tennant Creek, but it wasn’t until 1872 that any European settlement was established at the nearby

Safari Lodge Motel

Telegraph Station, which still stands today. The pastoral industry was the most prominent in the Barkly, until Australia’s last gold rush brought wealth to the area in the 1930s and a town was finally established. In the decades since, Tennant Creek has produced over five-and-a-half million ounces of gold, making it one of the most productive

gold fields in Australia. Take a self-guided tour of the historic Tennant Creek Telegraph Station 11kms north of town. Keys to enter the Telegraph Station building can be obtained from the Tennant Creek Visitor Information Centre. A must-see of any visit to the region is the stunning Karlu Karlu/Devil Marbles. These enormous, round granite boulders

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A tourism experience like no other

Stay underground or in a range of accommodation ranging from backpackers to four star including caravan parks, home stays, motels and hotels. Visit underground opal mines, museums and churches and dine at Coober Pedy’s excellent eateries. Try your luck noodling for opal. Take a town tour or visit the spectacular Kanku-Breakaways, and nearby Dog Fence. Coober Pedy, an experience like no other.

Coober Pedy Visitor Information Centre Phone (08) 8672 4617



The Big Winch 360º Cinema

Big Winch 360º Cafe

Situated on the sealed Stuart Highway (Explorer’s Way) 689km south of Alice Springs and 846km north of Adelaide, Coober Pedy is a multi-cultural mining community where people live, work and enjoy life underground. In the heart of the South Australian outback. Coober Pedy was founded in 1915 after a chance discovery by Willie Hutchison, the youngest member of a gold prospecting party which was desperately looking for water at the time. The 14-year-old disobeyed orders and strayed from camp to search for water. He finally returned after dark and, although exhausted, he wore a a huge grin on his face and his eyes were brightly lit. Willie had not only located a waterhole, he also had a sugar bag full of opal to show his much relieved father and crew. Due to its remoteness, only a handful of miners worked the field in the early





years and the first rush didn’t take place until 1919. During this period, massive amounts of opal were produced and the population swelled to a few hundred. Coober Pedy currently has more than 20 opal stores with opal displays rivalling any opal town in the World. Opal museums & tours throughout the area show the varied colours and types of opal, the mining history & modern mining machinery. The Big Winch 360º Cinema and Cafe The Outback’s newest world class attraction and home to Australia’s first permanent 360º Circlevision cinematic experience. Vision and sound surrounds the audience in a show as big as the outback, and as unique as the people that call it home. Dine at the cafe with spectacular views across Coober Pedy.


360º circle vision cinematic

EXPERIENCE An Outback Cinematic Journey not to missed

Enjoy the best of South Australian food and wine in our remarkable cafe and bar.

BIG Winch 360º and BIG Winch 360º Cafe Bar Lot 10 Italian Club Hill Road, Coober Pedy, South Australia. P 0417 902 224 I E manager@bigwinch360.com.au

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Noodling for Opals

Get Underground

Kanku – Breakaways Conservation Park is an Aboriginal owned heritage site. It lies 32km north of Coober Pedy and it consists of colourful low hills which have broken away from the Stuart Range, hence their name ‘The Breakaways.’ There are two lookout points which highlight the open spaces and colourful environment. The Breakaways have been used in a number of films and advertisements including Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Ground Zero. As the day goes by, the desert colours change, creating scenes that appear surreal. Old Timers Mine Relive history and step back in time to 1916 with this original opal mine, historical museum and underground home, designed to give you the ultimate underground experience. Continuous self-

guided tours and maps available in different languages. Come and see some of the first opal found by William Hutchison in 1915. The experience of the Old Timers Mine & Museum is one that is truly unique to this unusual town. The family has been in the opal business since the 1960s. Have a look at their beautiful Coober Pedy, Mintabie, black and boulder opal acquired over 50 years. They also have a large range of fossils, opal pipes and seashells. Oasis Tours offer a great insight into the Opal Capital of the World. Mine and Town tours depart at 8.30am daily in an airconditioned bus with pickup and drop-off available. The evening sunset Breakaways tour offers spectacular scenery of an ancient inland sea, Moon Plains, Dog Fence

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Oasis Tours

and the Mica Fields. Watch the sunset over the Breakaways while enjoying afternoon tea. The tour departs two hours before sunset. Personal and group tours available. Oasis Tourist Park Conveniently situated in the main street, 400 metres from shops and attractions. Oasis Tourist Park is the only fully self-contained park cabins in Coober Pedy rating up to four stars. Ensuite, powered and unpowered sites are available. Facilities include free WiFi, swimming pool, BBQ area, TV room and camp kitchen. These features and friendly staff make the Oasis Tourist Park a great place to stay. Pre-historic Coober Pedy and the Great Inland Sea Coober Pedy has become a further curiosity

as one of Australia’s most important prehistoric fossil sites. The Umoonasaurus found in Coober Pedy and the Opallionectes in Andamooka were both found by opal miners. The two species date back 115 million years as being the last of the prehistoric marine creatures known to survive the ice age. The Dog Fence is the longest continual construction in the world. Stretching some 5,614 kilometres, it begins in Jimbour, near Dalby in Queensland, and ends on the cliffs of the Nullarbor Plain near the South Australian town of Nundroo. Originally built to protect the sheep country in the south from the Dingo (native Australian dog) in the north.

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Scenic flight


COOBER PEDY - BREAKAWAYS - LAKE EYRE - PAINTED DESERT There is much to discover in and around Coober Pedy and a two day/three night minimum stay is recommended to make the most of your visit. Below is a brief suggested itinerary.

DAY 1 Morning – Allow at least half a day to visit a museum to learn about the region’s history, mining, geology, landscape, underground lifestyle and Aboriginal culture. Explore dugouts and see valuable opals and fossils and discover the story of the opal. Visit an underground church. The Catacomb Underground Church was dug out in the mid 1970s, it is very quiet and a great place to meditate, pray, or just sit and be still. Afternoon / Evening – Visit a working mine to see how opals are traced and extracted, both by modern and older methods, and try ‘noodling’ for opal yourself. There are guided and self-guided tours available. There is a variety of multicultural restaurants to choose from for breakfast, lunch & dinner. – 98 –

DAY 2 Morning – Explore the town of Coober Pedy to discover the unique lifestyle. Key attractions include the underground churches, the grassless golf course, the Kangaroo Orphanage and the numerous opal shops & displays. Take a guided tour or navigate your own way. Afternoon / Evening – Venture out of town to see the stunning Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park, Moon Plain and the Dingo Fence – this is the perfect setting for a sunset experience. You may also recognise some sites used as film locations along the way.

DAY 3/4

– Take a day trip from Coober Pedy and discover stunning landscapes and remote Outback towns. Drive to The Painted Desert, 150kms north of Coober Pedy. It’s an area of strangely colourful hills and rocky outcrops, large and small, suddenly emerging out of the flat desert landscape - a truly amazing sight. William Creek is easily accessible from Coober Pedy - approximately 2-3 hours east on the William Creek Road. This is





COOBER PEDY the nearest settlement to Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda), Australia’s largest salt lake, with a catchment area from three states and the Northern Territory. You may feel a sense of isolation standing on the dry lake edge and seeing nothing as far as the eye can see –

yet with heavy rains and the right conditions the lake comes dramatically to life. When there’s water in the lake, waterbirds descend in the thousands, including pelicans, silver gulls, red-necked avocets, banded stilts and gull-billed terns.




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