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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 Seasonal Closure: Closed from Sunday 26 January 2020 Reopen Monday 2 March 2020


CONTENTS Visitor Information 6 Alice Springs 12 Calendar of Events 18 Heritage Walk 20 Alice Springs Attractions 22 Touring and Adventures 28 South of Alice 34 MacDonnell Ranges 36 National Parks 42 Shopping 43 Dining 46 Maps 50 Travelling with Pets 56 Accommodation 58 Indigenous Culture and Arts 64 Uluru and The Red Centre 70 Aboriginal Sacred Sites and Permits 78 Camping Regulations in the NT 79 Kings Canyon/Watarrka 80 North of Alice 81 Australian Tourist Publications Tennant Creek & Barkly Region 83 Coober Pedy 88 Visitor Vouchers 93 Welcome to... Magazines Northern Territory Drive Journeys 94 Auto Services 98 ISSUE November 2019

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COVER IMAGE Reflections, Glen Helen Gorge

Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

WELCOME TO CENTRAL AUSTRALIA Discover Australia’s Red Centre, where Alice Springs offers access to the aweinspiring landscapes of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, the MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon. Soak up Aboriginal

culture and rugged natural beauty on classic outback journeys; drive the Red Centre Way, hike the Larapinta Trail, ride a camel, or take the Ghan train journey from Darwin or Adelaide.


Trephina Gorge

CENTRAL AUSTRALIA 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. 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 –6–

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, camel riding, sky diving, or challenge yourself on the Larapinta Trail. GETTING TO CENTRAL AUSTRALIA Alice Springs Airport, located 15 kilometres to the south of Alice Springs, is serviced by daily flights 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.

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Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

If you want someone else to do the work, there are tours to suit all budgets, time frames, comfort and fitness levels; to take you off the beaten track, or in the lap of luxury. Alice Springs, Kings Canyon, Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort), Tennant Creek and Coober Pedy can all be used as jumping off points to discover the entire region. Whether you’re looking for small-group safaris, coach tours, cultural experiences, or 4WD camping adventures, there’s a tour to suit your needs. Multi-award winning Wrightsair has been operating scenic and charter flights from


some of the remotest towns in Australia, Coober Pedy and William Creek, since 1992, over the most stunning landscapes. Specialising in flights over Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, the largest salt-lake in Australia, and the dramatic landscapes of the Anna Creek Painted Hills, as well as Wilpena Pound, Marree Man, Dalhousie Springs, Coober Pedy and the Simpson Desert. It is hard to appreciate the diversity of the Outback without seeing it from the air and their highly professional commercial pilots can take you there with safety as their priority.


Thorny Devil

Alice Springs, the centre of the Red Centre, can be used as a base to explore the West and East MacDonnell Ranges, Palm Valley and Hermannsburg, Chambers Pillar, Rainbow Valley, or numerous Aboriginal community art centres. The Alice also has a rich history, well preserved heritage buildings, world-class tourist attractions and museums and art galleries. So make sure you allow time in your itinerary to discover this famous outback town.

Accredited Information Centre - Look for the blue and yellow “i” sign to find your nearest accredited Information Centre. Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre Corner of Parsons Street & Todd Mall Open Mon - Fri 8:00am - 6:00pm Sat, Sun, and Public Holidays 9:30am - 4:00pm Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday Phone 1800 645 199

Central Australia is also the spiritual home to several Aboriginal language groups and offers a unique chance to experience the traditions, stories, language and art of the world’s oldest living culture.

Tennant Creek Visitor Information Centre

To get the most out of your holiday to Central Australia, drop in and see the experts at the award-winning Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre. Ask the friendly locals to help plan your visit, or to provide information on road conditions, current events and local attractions. The Visitor Centre also offer a free booking service for tours, accommodation, activities, and unlimited kilometre car hire.

Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

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Battery Hill Mining Centre, Peko Road Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm. Sat and Sun 9am to 1 pm (subject to change) Phone (08) 8962 1281

Accredited Tourism Business -Leading Australian tourism operators display the accreditation tick. These operators have met specific criteria ensuring they are committed to exceeding your expectations with great customer service and the highest standards of business practice

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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, sports and social clubs

East MacDonnell Ranges

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.

Heavitree Range Alice Springs

What engages people about the Alice Springs region is hard to identify. It could be the climate, the clean air, or the relaxed pace. It could be the red glow of the Ranges, or the night sky full of millions of stars. It’s different for everyone. You might just find yourself having your own affair with Alice! The settlement of Alice Springs in the 1800s played a pivotal role in opening up inland Australia. Surrounded by a sea of red sand the size of Europe, Alice Springs attracted many famous pioneering characters, from legendary explorers to prospectors, miners, cattlemen and pioneering women looking to improve their fortunes. These characters brought invention and ingenuity with them, undertaking a number of ambitious projects and achieving many great Australian feats. These include the laying of the Overland Telegraph Line, the establishment of the Old Ghan railway and the invention of the motorised road train.

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 – 13 –

and ranks are located within the CBD area. Wheel chair accessible taxis that can carry up to seven people can be requested for larger groups. Alice Springs also has a local bus service which covers most areas of town. The terminus is located at the corner of Gregory and Railway Terrace. You can purchase tickets on board and the timetable can be accessed online at www.transport. nt.gov.au/public/bus/alice Hire cars can be booked and collected from both Alice Springs and Yulara Airport. All car hire booked through the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre provides unlimited kilometres. Thrifty Car Rentals are also located in Tennant Creek. Central Australia has several areas and sites of great significance to Aboriginal people. It may be necessary to obtain permission and to possess a travel permit before entering these lands. Aboriginal land permits can be obtained from Central Land Council online at www.clc.org.au or by phone on 08 8951 6211 or in person at 27 North Stuart Highway, Alice Springs. Mereenie Loop Permits must be purchased in person from either Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre, Glen Helen Lodge, Hermannsburg Petrol Station or Kings Canyon Resort.

Adelaide House

HISTORY OF ALICE Alice Springs is probably the most famous small town in Australia. It has been 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. The completion of the Overland Telegraph allowed messages to be sent to England in a matter of hours, rather than months, and brought pastoralists to the Centre. However, it was the discovery of gold at Arltunga, 90 kilometres east of Alice Springs, in 1887 that provided Alice her first population boom and a town was gazetted the following year. The township was named Stuart, although most continued to call it Alice Springs, and to avoid confusion the name was officially changed to Alice Springs in 1933.

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Bike Paths, Alice Springs Telegraph Station

The arrival of the railway in 1929 opened up Alice Springs to the rest of Australia. Prior to the arrival of the train and road transport, the Afghan camel trains were the main source of transport to Central Australia and their contribution to the settlement of inland Australia was enormous and vital. However, the great trans-continental Ghan railway from Adelaide to Darwin wasn’t completed until 2004. World War II had an enormous impact on Alice Springs that is still commemorated today. Alice was chosen as a major staging post for allied soldiers because of her rail link to the major cities and a road link to

Darwin, allowing troops access to the battle grounds of the Pacific. Then tourism to Uluru (Ayers Rock) began in the 1950s and Alice Springs remains the gateway to the famous monolith thanks to those early pioneers. The tourism industry is still a vital part of the town’s economy, but Alice Springs is also an important service centre for Central Australia and a vibrant multicultural town in the heart of the continent. Discover the history, culture and heritage of the most famous town in Australia with Alice Springs Walking Tours. Take a leisurely 90-minute stroll through Alice’s CBD with

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Adults $28. Concessions $25. Children $12. Family (2xA, 2xCh) $68. Departure times by appointment

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Alice Springs Walking Tours

their experienced and knowledgeable guides

buildings, learn about Aboriginal Culture,

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bush foods, the unique desert environment,

the way you’ll peer into Alice’s historic past,

and what it’s like to live in this unique

both recent and ancient, visit her heritage

Australian town.

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Uluru Camel Cup

WHAT’S ON 2019/20 NOVEMBER 2019 9

Franca Barraclough: The Visitors Araluen Arts Centre. (to 9 Feb 2020)


Remembrance Day – Anzac Hill

14 Alice Springs Town Council Night Markets - Todd Mall

15 Todd Mall Markets – Todd Mall Alice Springs 20 Big Bash Cricket. Hurricanes v Sixers – Traeger Park

JANUARY 2020 26 Australia Day Pool Party – Alice Springs Aquatic Centre Speed St

15 NT Ladies Golf Day – Alice Springs Golf Club


16 Greenbush Art Group:

MARCH 2020

Shake Rattle & Roll - Araluen Arts Centre. (to 1 Mar 2020)

Imparja Cup Cricket Carnival – Various Cricket Grounds Alice Springs. (to 1 Feb)

1 Todd Mall Markets – Todd Mall Alice Springs 6-8 FABalice Festival – Various Alice Springs Venues

17 Todd Mall Markets – Todd Mall Alice Springs 23 NT Regional & State Championship Boxing – O.L.S.H. Sadadeen Campus 26 Smokie Live in Concert Araluen Arts Centre 30 Ooraminna Christmas Party – Ooraminna Station Homestead

13 Ocean Film Festival – Araluen Arts Centre 15 Todd Mall Markets – Todd Mall Alice Springs

APRIL 2020 3 Youth Recycled Art Prize – Alice Springs Town Council Building


3-12 Parrtjima. A Festival in Light – Alice Springs Desert Park

1 Todd Mall Markets – Todd Mall Alice Springs

8-10 Coober Pedy National Opal Symposium

6 Alice Springs Town Council Christmas Carnival – Council Lawns & Todd Mall

11 Alice Springs Turf Club Cup Carnival – Ladbrokes Pioneer Park Racecourse. (to 3 May)

8 Carols by Candlelight – Traeger Park Alice Springs

11-12 Blacken Open Air Music Festival – Ross River Resort – 18 –

Henley on Todd, Mike Potts Photography

11-13 Outback Cycling Easter Mountain Bike Event – Outback Cycling Todd Mall 11 Alice Springs Turf Club Family Day – Ladbrokes Pioneer Park Racecourse 18 Alice Prize Art Award – Araluen Arts Centre

MAY 2020 1-3 Wide Open Space Music Festival – Ross River Resort 1 Alice Springs Turf Club Horse Sales Race Day 3 Alice Springs Cup Day Alice Springs Turf Club - Ladbrokes Pioneer Park Racecourse

18 Heritage Festival Alice Springs – Various Locations. (to 19 May) 18 Alice Springs Turf Club Ladies Day Ladbrokes Pioneer Park Racecourse 26 Alice Springs Turf Club Chief Minister’s Cup Day - Ladbrokes Pioneer Park Racecourse TBA Tjungu Festival – Yulara & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

TBA Big Day Out in Harmony – Alice Springs Town Council Lawns 16 Australian Bee Gees Show – Araluen Arts Centre TBA Hamilton Down Youth Camp Alice’s Longest Lunch – Todd Mall 29-30 Uluru Camel Cup – Uluru Camel Farm Yulara

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Women’s Museum of Australia (formerly National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame)

Old Hartley Street School

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.

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.

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.

6. Old Hartley Street School Opened in 1930, this was the first purposebuilt 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.

3. The Residency Built in 1928, it housed the first Government Resident of Central Australia during a brief period of self-government 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. 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. 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. – 20 –

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 award-winning 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.

Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility

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 (Formerly National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame) The Women’s Museum of Australia is dedicated to preserving the place of 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.

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Araluen Arts Centre

ALICE SPRINGS ATTRACTIONS Central Australia is a unique and diverse region, it can be difficult to know where to start your experience. 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. Modern day Alice Springs is a central hub for many industries and remote communities in outback Australia and the Stuart Highway,

the Ghan railway line and the Alice Springs airport offer access to this unique town. With a population of 25,000 people, the town has the infrastructure to provide a welcome destination for many travellers who have been on a long journey to get here. Many travellers who fly in still expect Uluru to be just down the road, not knowing that it is 450 kilometres down the road. Uluru is the most famous icon of Central Australia,

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Alice Springs Reptile Centre

but there is so much more explore. After all, you’ve travelled a long way to get here. The Araluen Cultural Precinct is home to some of the most significant artistic, cultural and historical experiences in Alice Springs and provides a unique experience, encompassing Central Australia’s key cultural institutions. From the Araluen Arts Centre with four galleries and theatre, the Museum of Central Australia, Strehlow Research Centre,

to the Central Australian Aviation Museum and Central Craft – these are all set amongst public works of art and important Aranda Dreaming sites. The Araluen Galleries showcase the beginning and continuing development of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement, particularly of the Central and Western Desert. The Araluen Art Collection includes original artworks by renowned watercolourist Albert Namatjira and his artistic response to the Central Australian landscape.

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Miniature Train, National Road Transport Hall of Fame. Megafauna Central

Alice Springs Reptile Centre Experience reptiles up close with loads of hands-on fun for everyone. You can see Lizards feed or play with Pythons. See the extensive display of reptiles including the huge Perentie Goannas, Frill-Neck Lizards, Thorny Devils, venomous Snakes, large Pythons and Terry the Saltwater Crocodile. Talks at 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm daily. National Road Transport Hall of Fame is a volunteer based project dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Australia’s unique road transport heritage. The Shell Rimula Hall of Fame showcases the great trucks, buses and vehicles of the past, and recognises the men and women who drove and lived with these great machines of the past. This huge complex is the most comprehensive land transport museum in the southern hemisphere and also houses the Old Ghan Train Railway Museum, the magnificent Kenworth Dealer Truck Museum and the Alice Springs Miniature Railway. Their 25th Anniversary Truckies’ Reunion is 24-31 August 2020. The Museum of Central Australia From the big bang to the present day MCA charts the region’s unique natural and geological history, including one of Australia’s finest taxidermy displays. The museum also houses the Strehlow Research Centre, one of Australia’s

most important Collections relating to Aboriginal ceremonial life, however due to the cultural restrictions, this collection is not on open display. Open daily. Entry fees apply. NT residents free. Megafauna Central uncovers the mysteries of the giant animals of Australia’s past and is a delight for the whole family. Fossilised remains from nearby Alcoota allowed the recreations of animals from 8 million years ago to be displayed here, including the world’s largest bird, and enormous marsupials and reptiles. Learn about these wonderous creatures through interactive experiences, audio visual displays and lifesize replicas. Open daily. Entry is free. 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. 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

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Road Train, National Road Transport Hall of Fame.

and people of our arid regions over three recreated habitats. It offers over200 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 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 Telegraph Station dates back to 1871 and is the birthplace of the Alice Springs township. Daily guided tours will immerse visitors in the history of the Overland Telegraph Line as well as the lives of the pioneering men and women

of Central Australia. Now part of a large Historical Reserve 4km north of the town centre, visitors can take the scenic Riverside walk/cycle path or drive there. 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.

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

Truckies’ Reunion 24-31 August 2020

Mon-Sun 9am-5pm (unless otherwise advised). Entry fee applies 1 Norris Bell Ave, Alice Springs. (08) 8952 7161 www.roadtransporthall.com

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Women’s Museum of Australia (formerly National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame)

Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility See, experience and learn through the wonder of technology as this facility brings history to life. A TRULY AMAZING EXPERIENCE - See John Flynn the Hologram telling the story of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how

they provide medical services to the Australian outback. Step inside a replica RFDS aircraft and feel what it is like to be a patient at 15,000 feet. Walk through the museum and enjoy interactive touch screens featuring operations of the Service. Purchase official RFDS merchandise from the DOC SHOP, then dine or relax in the delightful garden. Women’s Museum of Australia (formerly National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame) You will be truly inspired after a visit to the Women’s Museum of Australia and Old Gaol. The Women’s Museum celebrates the achievements of women by showcasing the courage, determination and perseverance of ordinary women who have achieved extraordinary things, whether they were pioneering women of Central Australia, Australian women first in their fields, or new migrants. There are many thought-provoking exhibitions displaying objects and stories, a signature quilt containing 342 signatures of prominent Australian Women and a five-metre long tapestry celebrating pioneering aviatrix. 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

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Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre

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 experience what life was like within and outside the walls.

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Pyndan Camel Tracks

TOURING AND ADVENTURES 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

If you want to let someone else do the work, take a one-day or multi-day tour with outback experts Emu Run Experience, or Outback Tour Services. Setting out on your own? Smash it out on a mountain bike, challenge your 4WD skills on rough outback tracks, swim in pristine waterholes, hike the rugged MacDonnell Ranges, chill out with a game of golf, watch an AFL game, or experience the world’s

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including their award-winning Disability Tours. All enjoyed with their friendly, experienced, fully-accredited outback guides. Or do it yourself with their fully-equipped Adventure Rentals. Contact Outback Tour Services to find the specialised tour product to meet your needs. They have the choices to suit everyone’s budget, time frames, comfort and fitness levels, to provide you with a oncein-a-lifetime adventure.

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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 camelthemed museum. Inquire about tailor-made – 29 –

Outback Ballooning

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 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.

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The iconic Camels Australia, established by Noel Fullerton in the late 1980s, is under new ownership. Together, locals John Herlaar and Simone Dann have embarked on this long-term community project, with the vision to realise a world-class meeting place of Solace in an Eco-Tourism Retreat. The farm, nestled at the base of the James Ranges, offers short rides through to unique overnight experiences, exploring the many wonders of Central Australia. A short drive for locals, only an hour from Alice Springs, makes it the perfect spot to get away from it all. Drop into the Hoosh Cafe for a coffee or a bite to eat and see what’s on offer. Camels Australia cater to your needs and offer the perfect package, whether it be a Corporate Event or exploratory journey. For bookings: camels@camels-australia.com.au.

Explore Uluru with Emu Run Experience

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 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 and Ghan 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

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Gliding, Alice Springs

NT Soaring Experience the thrill of a silent soaring flight above the Central 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.

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. 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’s kangaroo family as seen on Kangaroo Dundee (BBC UK / Nat Geo USA documentary). On

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The Kangaroo Sanctuary

the guided sunset tour you will experience a

why the guided tours are in the late afternoon…

leisurely walk through The Sanctuary’s 188-

just when the kangaroos are starting to wake

acre wildlife reserve where you might meet the

from their daytime sleep. The tour is about

kangaroo characters from Kangaroo Dundee

2.5-3 hours. The Sanctuary can only be visited

and many others. Their motto is ‘Kangaroos

on a pre-booked guided sunset tour. Tours are

come first!’ And because kangaroos sleep

Tuesday to Friday and can be booked at www.

during the day they don’t disturb them. This is

kangaroosanctuary.com or call 8965 0038.

Alice Springs Helicopters Discover the Outback from above

We are passionate about creating unforgettable memories and photo opportunities

We take off in town – right beside the Crowne Plaza Lasseters

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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, through riverine woodland and sand dune country. Please 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.

colours. The clay pans fill with water after rain and traditionally provided an oasis for the Aboriginal people, rich with plants and wildlife. Sites such as these were a ceremonial meeting place for the traditional custodians and remain sacred to the Southern Aranda people.

Stuart’s Well and Camels Australia. 90 kilometres south of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway is Stuart’s Well Roadhouse and Camels Australia. A welcome rest stop or a great base to visit Rainbow Valley and Chambers Pillar. Don’t have a 4WD? Camels Australia conduct tours of the area, including the James Ranges or Rainbow Valley.

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, which hosts a series of these natural sandstone sculptures. Chambers Pillar glows like an ember at sunrise and sunset but is stunning at any time of day. Camping is permitted (bring your own water), or you can visit as a day trip from Alice.

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

Old Andado Track runs from Alice Springs, through Santa Teresa, (home to the award-winning 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

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Camels Australia

the Old Ghan Heritage Trail. Or travel the Old South Road, which follows the famous Finke Desert Race track, 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. The iconic Camels Australia, established by Noel Fullerton in the late 1980s, is under new ownership. Together, locals John Herlaar and Simone Dann have embarked on this long-term community project, with the vision to realise a world-class meeting place of Solace in an Eco-Tourism Retreat. The farm, nestled at the base of the James Ranges, offers short rides through to unique overnight experiences, exploring the many wonders of Central Australia.

A short drive for locals, only an hour from Alice Springs, makes it the perfect spot to get away from it all. Drop into the Hoosh Cafe for a coffee or a bite to eat and see what’s on offer. Camels Australia cater to your needs and offer the perfect package, whether it be a Corporate Event or exploratory journey. For your Bookings: camels@camels-australia.com.au.

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.

90kms South of Alice at Stuart's Well Eco Tourism at its best... Long-term locals offering you exclusive packages & personalised service, walking or riding Camels throughout the James Ranges, through to Rainbow Valley & beyond. Opening hours 7.30am-4.30pm. Closed Mondays. camels@camels-australia.com.au I P (08) 89560925 – 35 –

THE MACDONNELL RANGES The Ranges stretch over 640 kilometres running east-west through Alice Springs. They provide a picturesque backdrop

Exploring Simpsons Gap

to the town, lighting up each sunrise and sunset with a display of fiery reds, sunburnt oranges and deep purples.

Ormiston Gorge and Pound

The MacDonnell Ranges are estimated to be 340 million years old and were formed when two tectonic plates collided, rocks deep beneath the earth’s surface twisted and folded, thrusting upward into the sky.

a valley oasis for many trees, plants, and animals. In addition to day-use picnic areas, there are three camp grounds and several walks, ranging from 20 minutes to 5 hours one-way.

Wind, water, and time have exposed the skeleton of what was once a giant mountain range, much bigger than what you see remaining 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 – 37 –

Relaxing at Ellery Creek Big Hole

N’Dhala Gorge is reached by an unsealed road that crosses the Ross River several times and can become impassable after recent 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. The Visitor Centre will introduce you to Arltunga’s colourful past and the wild characters of this frontier settlement. Fossicking is not permitted within the reserve and access is via unsealed road. Hale River Homestead is a station stay situated in the “East Macs” on the Binns


Track, 115 kilometres out of Alice, off the Ross Highway. Situated near the historical abandoned town of Arltunga, Hale River Homestead offers camping and caravanning (powered and unpowered). Accommodation includes The Old Homestead, The Cottage, The Gen Shed and The Bunkhouse. Whether you are a family, a group of friends, a couple seeking a romantic hideaway or a business looking for a retreat or meeting place, they have something for everyone.

TJORITJA/WEST MACDONNELL RANGES The Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park stretches from Alice Springs westward along the northern-most series of quartzite ridges of the MacDonnell Ranges. The iconic Larapinta Trail winds its way along these ridges for the entire length of


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. They are 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

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Keturah Zimran, Ikuntji Arts

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.

you can set off on your own ensuring you’re well equipped and have notified the relevant authorities. The best months to walk the Larapinta trail are in the cooler months from May-September.

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. Challenge yourself to hike the whole trail or tackle one of its 12 sections, all of which vary in difficulty and length. Each section can be reached by 4WD and some by 2WD, so you can join or leave the trail at any of the trailheads. The Trail encompasses some of the key attractions of the ranges including Simpsons Gap, and the permanent waterholes at Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen. It weaves past some of the world’s most ancient metamorphic and igneous rock and nearly 600 species of flora, some of which are rare. The Trail also links in with other walking tracks within the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park, allowing side trips to explore more of the Park.

Located only 25 kilometres from Alice Springs, Simpsons Gap is the easiest site to access. The site has visitor information, picnic areas and 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.

Along the way, you can camp under the stars. Most camp-sites have picnic tables and tent sites and all trail heads have a water supply. Fully-guided tours are available, otherwise

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. Standley Chasm is Aboriginal owned and operated. 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 longer Dolomite walk showcases some of the significant geology. The red cliffs of Ellery Creek Big Hole expose twisted rock forms and provide shelter for cycads and rock wallabies.

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Ormiston Gorge and Pound

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

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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). Glen Helen Gorge protects a significant waterhole along the Finke River, home to nine species of native desert fish. Waterbirds, more generally associated with coastal areas are often found here, feeding on the fish and insects which thrive in this desert oasis. With an array of activities, stunning scenery and award-winning dining options, Glen Helen Lodge is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the true Australian outback lifestyle, offering accommodation including motel rooms and powered and unpowered camping sites. 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, after a series of workshops with Melbourne artist Marina Strocchi, and under the influence of the then community president, the late Esther Jugadai. The art centre was initially set up to fulfill the role of women’s centre providing services such as catering

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Standley Chasm

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 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. Browse the KataAnga 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 by learning all about its rich history.

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

NATIONAL PARKS The Northern Territory’s most visited attractions are her iconic natural wonders, and all of them are protected within National Parks and Reserves. Central Australia has some of Australia’s most famous in the twice World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the spectacular Kings Canyon/Watarrka, but there are dozens more. These parks and reserves host an exceptional variety of plants and animals, extraordinary geological landscapes, and stunning natural beauty, but also the sacred sites and ancient story lines of the Aboriginal people. Uluru-Kata Tjuta is Central Australia’s only National Park with an entry fee. All other parks and reserves are free to enter although camping fees may apply. Recreational activities include bush walking, from short strolls to multi-day hike, swimming in pristine waterholes, bird watching and camping. NT Parks also host free activities and events throughout the year. You can have a safe and comfortable trip in NT National Parks by observing park – 42 –

safety signs; carrying and drinking plenty of water; and by wearing a hat, sunscreen, and suitable clothing and footwear. In the hotter months, avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day and enjoy short walks in the morning or late afternoon when it is cooler. Drivers need to be aware that some areas are subject to flash flooding, so check road and weather conditions, and be fully prepared before travelling to remote, 4WD-only regions. When visiting the parks and reserves, please follow the rules. These regulations are designed to protect their natural biodiversity and to ensure these areas are preserved for generations to come. Dogs are not allowed, camping and campfires are only permitted in designated areas, please don’t feed the animals, and please keep waterways clean. Waterholes are rare and precious resources to both the people and animals living in arid Central Australia. And of course, dispose of all rubbish if bins are provided, otherwise take it with you. As the saying goes; take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

Yubu Napa Art Gallery and Gift Shop

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 oneof-a- kind treasures, have something to eat, or just chat with the stallholders and locals. Alice Springs Night Markets The Alice Springs Town Council operates Night Markets in the Todd Mall on Thursday nights from 5-9pm, monthly from June to December (see their website for upcoming dates).

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Todd Mall Markets

With entertainment for the whole family, you can shop till you drop for authentic indigenous art, craft-works, recycled treasures, books, handmade clothing and jewellery. Or try tasty treats from one of the many food vendors while enjoying live local performances. The Night Markets are a family-friendly, smoke-free event. 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 non-

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industrial work boots with brand names such as Rossi and Mack. They also offer an embroidery service. Yeperenye Shopping Centre is a unique shopping precinct in Alice Springs with a supermarket and speciality stores under one roof! Shop at Woolworths supermarket, or pick out those new shoes, clothes or souvenirs from a range of stores. Undercover parking, toilets and a parent’s room make Yeperenye Shopping Centre the place to shop in Alice Springs.

www.yeperenye.com.au It’s all about choice at Yeperenye Shopping Centre

Yeperenye Shopping Centre, located between Bath Street and Hartley Street, is a unique shopping precinct in Alice Springs with a supermarket and speciality stores all under one roof. The centre also provides the convenience and comfort of above ground and undercover car parking for shoppers. The centre covers a variety of services such as a pharmacy, travel agent, newsagency, two optometrists, Telstra Shop and banking facilities, plus a large range of speciality fashion and beauty services. Additionally, Yeperenye Shopping Centre also caters for all of your fresh food needs with stores including Brumby’s Bakery and Woolworths Supermarket. If you are looking to have breakfast, lunch or dinner – don’t miss the variety of food retailers located both in and out of the centre. Yeperenye Shopping Centre facilities also include a parents room featuring individual change areas, private breastfeeding cubicle, microwave and a play panel for your toddler.

For more information about Yeperenye Shopping Centre check out the website www.yeperenye.com.au and social media STORE DIRECTORY • Alice Springs Camera House • Alice Springs Pharmacy • Asian Noodle House • Bendigo Bank • Bill Robertson Optometrist • Bright Eyes Sunglasses • Brumbys Bakery • BWS • Centre Showcase Jewellers • The Daily Grind Cafe • EB Games • Flight Centre • Ginger and Spice • Gloria Jeans Coffee • Hair Today • Hong Kong Restaurant • Jays Jays • Just Jeans • Katies • Yum’s Thai Kitchen • Magic Care Massage • Mavick’s Menswear • Muffin break • Noni B • Rumah Kitchen • OPSM

• Outback Turkish Pide and Kebab • Phone a Flower • Rockmans • Sanity • Smokemart + Pressie Pad • Spendless Shoes • Sportscene • Strandbags • Subway • Sybils Supa Snacks • Tanaka’s Sushi & Juice Bar • Spot Mobile • Telstra Shop • The Paper Shoppe • Wendy’s Milk Bar • Woolworths Supermarket • Yeperenye Centre Management COMMERCIAL CENTRE • Commonwealth Bank • Westpac Bank • LJ Hooker Central • People Choice Credit Union

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. From fast food to elegant dining, to a meal enjoyed under a thousand stars, there is a style to suit any taste and budget.

Barra on Todd Restaurant

Despite its remote location, Central Australia hasn’t been left behind in Australia’s foodie obsession. Whether you’re looking for a fine dining experience, or to muck in at a food truck, or something in between, diners are sure to find something to suit their tastes. Enjoy everything from barramundi to bar-b-que, Malaysian to Mediterranean, kangaroo to carpaccio. Central Australian chefs and home cooks are also looking to the past to create the food of today, as locally sourced bush ingredients find their way into regional cuisine.

Barra on Todd Restaurant is located at Mercure Alice Springs Resort, 34 Stott Terrace. Relax in the stylish surroundings, dine poolside and experience sumptuous full-buffet breakfast, a la carte lunches, and contemporary cuisine dinners featuring NT Barramundi and bush flavours. Located adjacent to the restaurant, the Barra Bar guests can use free wifi resort wide while enjoying the fine selection of beers, wines, and cocktails.

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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 pool-side 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

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters Tali Restaurant

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Mercure Alice Springs Resort

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.

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To footbridge


Senior Citizens NAB

Megafauna Central

Alice Springs Walking Tours

Bank SA Chemist

Flynn Church


Adelaide House Old Courthouse

Catholic Church

The Residency

Courthouse Government Offices

Post Office

Bendigo Bank

Old Jail

Police Station

Lions Walk to Anzac Hill

Catholic School

Chemist AC

Yeperenye Shopping Centre

Alice Plaza Shopping Centre

Youth Centre

Anglican Church


to Stuart Highway


to Stuart Highway

Reg Harris Lane

Cumming Plaza

Disability Liason Office

Service Station Centrelink

Coles Shopping Centre

Alice Laundromat

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Territory Housing

Public Library

To footbridge

Botanic Gardens Alice Springs Town Council

Tuit Lane


Fan Arcade

Aboriginal Fabric Gallery Budget Car Rentals

Mini Bus

Senior Citizens


Information Public Toilets


Yanda Art

Colag Plaza

Disabled Toilets Public Telephone


Public TTY Telephone Accommodation

Diplomat Motel

Disabled Parking


Yubu Napa Art Gallery & Gift Shop

Automatic Teller Machine



Audio Tactile Traffic Lights Centre

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


Westpac Bank



ANZ Bank Doctor


Disabled Toilets

Bus Stop Taxi Rank

Public Telephone Doctor

Public TTY Telephone

Mail Box



Disabled Parking Automatic Teller Machine Audio Tactile Traffic Lights KMart

Air Con/Heating

Public Toilets

to Larapinta Drive / Stuart Highway

C’wealth Bank


Seat / Rest Spot

ACSeat / Rest Spot

St Vincent De Paul’s

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

Lions Walk to Anzac Hill

Uncle’s Tavern










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Accommodation Auto Services 29 30 31 32

Centre Trailer Hire & Parts Trusty Glass Windscreens Easy Car Wash Peter Kittle Motors

Scenic Flights 33 Alice Springs Helicopters

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Hale River Homestead Heritage Caravan Park Mercure Alice Springs Resort Diplomat Motel Jump Inn Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel Big4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park 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 Yanda 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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Araluen Cultural Precinct





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


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Standley Chasm

Aileron Tilmouth Well

Ormiston Gorge

Native Gap Conservation Reserve

Tjoritja/West MacDonnell

Ikuntji Artists at Haasts Bluff Tylers Pass

Ikuntji Artists, Haasts Bluff

Kings Canyon Resort


Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) n i e Loop R oa

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Palm Valley

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Wallace Rockhole

Finke Gorge National Park

Watarrka Kings Canyon

Lar a

Owen Springs Reserve Stuarts Well Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve

Kings Creek Station

Ernest Giles Road

Luritja Road

Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park Kata Tjuta


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Yulara Visitor Information Centre


Curtin Springs Wayside Inn

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19 Mount Conner Lookout


Kulgera Roadhouse Kulgera

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Explore The Red Centre Way Ryan’s Well Historical Reserve


Arltunga Historical Reserve

To Tennant Creek

Trephina Gorge


Simpsons Gap

4 Flynn’s Grave


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

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

2 Alice Springs Desert Park

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

3 Flynn’s Grave

• Memorial and Scenic Lookout • Bike Path to Simpsons Gap

4 Simpsons Gap

• Scenic Walks and Bike Path • Wildlife Watching

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

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve

Start this iconic road trip from Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort) or the famous outback town Alice Springs. Discover the spirituality of Uluru and the spectacular domes of nearby Kata-Tjuta, see the rugged beauty of Kings Canyon her Garden of Eden oasis, visit an Aboriginal Art Centre, swim in the pristine waterholes or walk through the amazing sights of the MacDonnell Ranges.

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

5 Standley Chasm

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

6 Camels Australia

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

7 Ellery Creek Big Hole

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve

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

17 Hermannsburg

• Historic Precinct and Art Gallery • Caravan Park/Camping

18 Watarrka (Kings Canyon)

8 Serpentine Gorge

19 Mount Conner

9 Serpentine Chalet

20 Yulara Visitor Centre

• Scenic Walk - Wildlife - Lookout • Historical Ruins & Scenic Walk • Bush Camping - No Facilities • Scenic Lookout with walk • Sacred Site - Cultural Information

11 Ormiston Gorge

• Waterhole - Swimming - Scenic walks • Camping & Caravan Sites

Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve

• Waterhole - Swimming - Scenic Walks • Accommodation & Camping, Restaurant

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

10 Ochre Pits

To Finke

12 Glen Helen Gorge

• Access via Tour Only • Display & Souvenir Shops • Accommodation & Camping Nearby

21 Uluru

• Cultural Centre & Kiosk • Scenic Walks & Viewing area

22 Kata Tjuta

• Scenic Walks & Viewing area

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, Glen Helen Lodge or Kings Canyon Resort.


• CAFE • TRAILS • CULTURAL TOURS • LOCAL GIFTS • CAMPING • BBQ AREA Opening hours 8am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm) 50km west of Alice Springs, MacDonnell Ranges

Phone 08 8956 7440 www.standleychasm.com.au – 55 –

TRAVELLING WITH PETS Pet friendly accommodation ensures your family camping and holidaying experience can be shared with your furry loved ones. In Central Australia there are plenty of options.

animal allowed, time of year permitted, where they can be on the property, and the animals bedding arrangements. Pets are not permitted in National Parks & Reserves.

You should always contact the destination before departing on a holiday as there are often conditions relating to pets staying that you may need to know about. These include the type of

Pawz n Clawz pet accommodation offers comfy spacious kennels that are all completely covered and secure in an air-conditioned and heated building. Each kennel has adjoining sleeping quarters allowing the dogs both warmth and space. Each room comes with its own trampoline bed, snuggly doggie doona, blanket, water bowl and of course a very high standard of cleanliness. All dogs staying for a period of seven days or more will receive a complimentary bath prior to departure. The Cattery consists of 15 spacious condos, custom-built to cater for the single or multiple cat household. Every condo has multiple-levels, a cat scratch post, hammock and hidey holes for privacy.

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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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. Mercure Alice Springs Resort offers friendly outback service. Located within a 6-minute walk to town, following the iconic Todd River and River Red Gums, it’s close to Alice’s attractions. The Mercure has a variety of rooms to suit all budgets,

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free guest experiences, expansive central lawns, a newly built outdoor shelter, a newly renovated pool and pool bar, and free wi-fi. Experience sumptuous full-buffet breakfast, a la carte lunches, contemporary cuisine dinners, and poolside dining at the Barra on Todd Restaurant. The Barra Bar offers guests the opportunity to surf the internet while enjoying a drink from the fine selection of beer, wine and cocktails, or cool off and relax at the newly renovated pool bar. Jump Inn is a colourful and friendly hostel only 15 minutes walk from the town centre. Previously known as Annie’s Place, Jump Inn was completely renovated in 2017. Jump Inn has bright and spacious ensuite dorms or private rooms and include free wi-fi and breakfast. Guests can chill out in

Diplomat Hotel

the pool area or enjoy the outdoor beer garden. Their restaurant menu features a range of specialties, and an extensive drink list including signature craft beers. Make Jump Inn your home away from home in Alice Springs! 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 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!

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 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.

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BIG 4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park

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

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channels, pay per view movies), a fully operational business centre, concierge services, resort pool, spa and sauna, 24hour health and fitness facility with state-ofthe-art equipment and complimentary use of mountain bikes to explore Alice Springs. BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park is the ideal location to explore the Red

Centre. Enjoy their warm outback hospitality while you explore all that the region has to offer; although you may never want to leave the park with all the first-class facilities available - heated pools, water slide, gymnasium, jumping pillows, go-kart hire, adults-only lounge, camp kitchens and more.

The Swagman’s Rest is a self-contained motel located in Alice Springs, within the heart of Australia. With a warm and friendly atmosphere, the staff will make you welcome. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller, a family on holiday, in town for work or simply passing through, the Swagman’s Rest is the place for you.

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Quest Apartments Located within close proximity 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 rooms are open plan with kitchenettes and access to the on-site guest laundry.

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Colourful pots of Hermannsburg

INDIGENOUS CULTURE AND ARTS 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. Discover superb dot paintings and watercolours at private and collectively owned galleries in Alice Springs, or venture further afield to community art centres to see artists at work. The country throughout Central Australia has close ties with Indigenous people who are the original custodians of the region and have a unique relationship to the land. Their art forms and dreamtime stories invest meaning in its mysteries, weaving a connection between spirit and country. Mparntwe is the traditional country on which Alice Springs is built and the responsibility of Mparntwe Apmereke-artweye and Kwerterngerle. Everything comes from Country and is connected to Country; the plants, animals, water, landforms, people and their relationships. There are many art regions within Central Australia where artists paint their interpretations of Dreamtime stories in varied styles. Alice Springs and surrounds are one of the best places in Australia for viewing, learning about, and purchasing Aboriginal Art in

Australia. The Government-funded 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 colourist Albert Namatjira’s original works. The Cultural Precinct also hosts the annual Desert Mob exhibition, symposium, and market place. Numerous commercial galleries in Alice Springs carry works by emerging and world-famous artists. And several not-for-profit art centres, within Alice and the surrounding communities, are open to the public. 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 north. To the south, Santa Teresa has the award-winning Keringke Arts, Yulara is home to the renowned Maruku Arts and the

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Weaved creations at Tjanpi Desert Weavers

APY Lands bordering South Australia are considered home to a new major Aboriginal art movement. 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 have always – 65 –

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.

Tangentyere Artists

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 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.

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Yubu Napa Art Gallery and Gift Shop

Founder of Yanda Art in 1997, director Chris Simon has operated his indigenous art gallery, studio and consultancy for over 17 years. The name ‘Yanda’ originates from a sheep station Chris previously owned and operated in Far Western NSW called ‘Yanda Creek Station’. His rural property, located just outside of Alice Springs, has been a peaceful refuge for many of Australia’s most successful and highly-respected Desert artists including names such as Mrs Bennett, Tommy Watson, Esther Giles, Walala Tjapaltjarri, Naata Nungarrayi and Turkey Tolson, plus many other leading desert artists. In April 2004, Chris was duly recognised as an Individual Founder Benefactor under the terms of the Constitution of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2004. In June 2017, Chris hosted His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove during a tour of his artist complex in Alice Springs. Chris is an Honorary Senior – 67 –

Fellow at USC University and most recently received the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to the visual arts through support for and promotion of Aboriginal Art. Tangentyere Artists operates as an Aboriginal owned, not-for-profit art hub across Town Camps (18 Alice Springs Aboriginal housing associations). They support emerging and established artists through ther gallery, studio and outreach program. Tangentyere Artists also welcome Indigenous artists visiting town from remote communities, offering a safe place where Aboriginal people can sit down to paint. Artists are provided with an open environment to create and share artistic skills. They are committed to innovative, sustainable and ethical fine arts outcomes and are renowned for figurative paintings, diversity of mark making, rich colour palettes and embracing traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art making.

Tommy Watson painting at Yanda Art

Western Desert Art For tens of thousands of years the original inhabitants of Australia possessed not only extraordinary survival skills, but a profound aesthetic and spiritual sensitivity. The designs and motifs that appear on cave walls, artefacts, ceremonial body painting and petroglyphs, reveal intimate knowledge both the physical landscape and a deep spiritual essence of their own origins. Australia’s western desert environment, while starkly beautiful, experiences extremes of temperature. These resilient desert dwellers endured bone chilling winters of down to -100 and scorching summers with daytime temperatures reaching up to 450 under cloudless, azure skies Aboriginal culture at first glance was simple, however in reality it was incredibly complex. An intimate symbiosis with their surroundings coupled with an incorruptible social structure, not ruled by greed, helped them survive. The elders, with their profound wisdoms maintained order. They knew the tribal laws and the accepted code of behaviour, they were living store houses of knowledge, they were well respected, their counsel was heeded and their word was law. They also had a deep spiritual connection with the land. The song lines, those invisible tracks weaving across land travelled by

ancestors, are musical maps that revealed the truth of the landscape and forged its story. Each generation inherited an ever accumulating body of knowledge about the water and food sources within their region. Tjukurrpa stories are not simply metaphors, they are part of a complex belief system which has sustained Aboriginal existence. Paintings are characterised by compositional complexity, subtlety of tone and an innate understanding of colour and composition. Using the dotting technique and lines to carefully depict specific sites located in their ancestral country and the environmental and geographical features associated with those sacred places. The eyes of the world are now viewing and appreciating exhibitions of Indigenous art in a broad range of media. Styles and characteristics vary throughout Australia, however the western desert imagery retains a particular spiritual content that can be appreciated both visually and emotionally. The paintings produced by the western desert artists provide a unique connection to a civilisation recognised as one of the oldest on earth, and in the western desert, this intriguing primeval culture remains deeply embedded in the land and its people.

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western desert art specialists 2A/70 Todd St Alice Springs (cnr Gregory Tce) yandaaboriginalart.com.au gallery: 0447 915 269 I yandaart@bigpond.com – 69 –

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 live in the

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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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 a Curtin Springs Paper one-hour tour and see how they make beautiful handmade paper from the native grasses on the station. These tours run at 10.30am and 4pm everyday. While driving to Uluru you will see Mount Conner. It is located

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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. One or two day private guided walks are also available, with a program available for the next year. Walks do need to be booked in advance. Pet friendly.

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.

Uluru, telling stories of great meaning to their culture. But if you’d rather explore on your own, interpretive signage also provides fascinating details of the significance of Uluru and the Anangu. Uluru rises 348 metres from the desert and has a girth of 9.4 kilometres. These statistics alone assure its starring role as the world’s most famous monolith, yet it is estimated that at least two-thirds of the weathered Rock lies beneath the surface.

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.

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.

Wind down after an amazing day of discovery with the Sounds of Silence where you dine under the sparkling stars of the desert night sky. There are no two views of Uluru that are the same, especially not after you’ve looked at it through the eyes of the traditional owners, the Anangu. To them, Uluru is sacred. Aboriginal guides are available to lead you around the base of – 72 –

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

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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.

Maraku Dot Painting Experience

EXPERIENCES AND TOURS 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-eyeview 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 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 Maruku Arts is a not-for-profit art and craft corporation 100 per cent owned and controlled by Anangu for over 35 years. They provide you with authentic Anangu cultural experiences for individuals, groups and charters on public and private tours. With a gallery in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a marketplace in Yulara/ Ayers Rock Resort and multiple locations for tours, they offer an overall understanding of local Aboriginal culture through quality art and craft. They will bring a touch of something unexpected, colourful and connected to you, while celebrating and combining stories of people and places. Come and join in at the daily dot-painting workshops at the Town Square. For an unforgettable Uluru adventure! Hitch a ride on a camel train with the multi awardwinning Uluru Camel Tours. They’re 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

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The Red Desert REptile Show

your camera to capture life long memories of the Red Centre. From the watchful and nosy Bearded Dragon to the beautiful and gentle Woma Python (Kuniya), Red Desert Reptiles gives you an unforgettable opportunity to meet and greet the reptiles of the Red Desert of Central Australia. You will learn about these amazing creatures and how they survive and roam the desert landscape, before getting the chance to touch and hold the reptiles with photo opportunities to remember your one-of-a-kind encounter. The desert of Australia is home to 73 species of reptiles. While these may be hard to spot out in the desert due to their excellent camouflage skills, at the Red Desert Reptiles Show you will be able to get up close and personal with them. Professional Helicopter Services For those visitors who have done the amazing Uluru

Base and Kata Tjuta walks, and driven to all the spectacular viewing areas, you haven’t seen these natural wonders from all angles. To see it all you need to get a bird’s-eye view of these iconic rock formations with Professional Helicopter Services. PHS have scenic flights of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park from 15 minutes to 36. Or join them on extended flights from 55 minutes to 3.5 hours to Kings Canyon, Mt Conner, or Lake Amadeus. If you’re visiting Kings Canyon, PHS also offer joy flights over the spectacular canyon from the Kings Canyon Resort. PHS offer the utmost in safety and professionalism, and their experienced and informative pilot-guides will give you fascinating insights along the way. And no matter your destination or duration, you’ll enjoy uninterrupted views of the Red Centre from their bubble-window helicopters, so remember to bring your camera.

SHOWTIMES 10am and 1pm MONDAY to SATURDAY at the uluru camel farm

take the shuttle to the farm or self drive to 10 Kali Circuit, Yulara ☎ 0430 353 758 – 75 –


includes photo OPP

Fly Uluru

Fly Uluru To get a totally different perspective of this amazing National Park, take to the skies with Fly Uluru. What better way to cover the vast distances of the Outback than by air, with your pilot as your tour guide? Whether you choose to fly with Ayers Rock

Helicopters or Ayers Rock Scenic Flights, you’ll have an unforgettable experience to make your visit to the Red Centre complete. Can’t decide between helicopter or aeroplane? Why not enjoy both? On their Ultimate Combined Experience, you can see Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Lake Amadeus from one of their fixed-wing aircraft. Then switch out to a helicopter at Kings Creek Station for a mind-blowing halfhour flight over the spectacular Kings Canyon and George Gill Ranges, followed by a relaxing break at Kings Creek Station before your return. Scheduled flights range from 24-minute joy rides to 6-hour experiences. Other destinations include the ancient geological wonders of Mt Conner and Gosses Bluff, or a cultural experience at the Ilkurlka Aboriginal community (duration and prices available on request). Fly Uluru also offer charters, filming and photography flights, or tailor-made flights to meet your needs. Whichever way you decide to take to the air, you’ll enjoy it all with the highest levels of safety, comfort and customer service.

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Uluru Motor Cycle Tours

Uluru Hop On Hop Off is a speedy, low cost shuttle service that transfers guests of Ayers Rock Resort to and from Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Their flexible, friendly approach and local knowledge means they can tailor a trip that suits your individual needs.

Be driven in comfort and choose your own walks at a time and pace that suits you.



Book at your hotel reception desk www.uluruhoponhopoff.com.au Ph (08) 8956 2019

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Uluru Motorcycle Tours offer a funfilled adventure on the back of a Harley Davidson Motorcycle or a three-wheeler Trike. Offering anything from a quick 30-min spin to the ultimate sunset tour, with over 20 years experience you are guaranteed an unforgettable experience.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

ABORIGINAL SACRED SITES AND PERMITS Mparntwe (pronounced mbarn-twa) is the Aranda word for Alice Springs. Aranda 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.

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This enables them 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, Glen Helen Lodge and Kings Canyon Resort. Supplied by Central Land Council ©

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

KINGS CANYON Equally as fascinating as Uluru, Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park is rapidly gaining popularity as an essential element of a holiday in the Centre and is sometimes referred to as Australia’s Grand Canyon. A breathtaking walk around the rim of the canyon allows you to gaze down in awe at the sandstone walls plunging 270 metres to the canyon floor. Venture down into the depths of the canyon, and you’ll discover luxuriant cycads around the permanent waterhole in the exotic Garden of Eden, a very aptly named oasis in the desert. Stairs and a bridge provide access into the valley of water holes and pools. There is rich plant life including River Red Gums, Bottlebrushes, Wattles, Fig Trees and an abundance of ferns and cycads. Learn about the Aboriginal cultural uses of the area through informative signs along the walks.

Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park

Please be aware that access to walks can be restricted in the warmer months. • On days forecast to be 36 degrees* and over visitors must start the Kings Canyon Rim Walk prior to 9am. After 9am, gates will be shut to prevent access to the Rim Walk. • The South Wall Return Walk (1 to 2 hours) is a shorter walk which enables visitors to access the top of the Canyon in the hotter months with shorter exposure time to the heat. On days forecast to 36 degrees* and over, visitors must start this walk prior to 11am. After this time, gates will be closed to prevent access to the South Wall Return Walk. • The Kings Creek Walk and Kathleen Springs Walk are available all year round. No hot weather related management programs are in place for these walks. * Based on Bureau of Meteorology forecasts for Watarrka.

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

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including camping grounds, caravan sites and air-conditioned 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 kilometres A prominent landmark easily seen from the Highway. Barrow Creek – 283 kilometres An important part of the Overland Telegraph Line. Visit the 1872 stone telegraph station and view Forster Range.

Anmatjere Man, Aileron

Ti Tree Roadhouse is located on the Stuart Highway in Ti-Tree, 200kms north of Alice Springs, and offers convenient and affordable accommodation. Being in a unique location, enjoy the breathtaking sunrise and sunsets the region has to offer. They have a range





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of accommodation options to suit your budget; ranging from camping sites, powered sites, backpacker rooms and single rooms. In addition, they have an in-house restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. For more information, or to make a booking, contact them direct by phone on 08 8956 9741 or email titreeroadhouse@bigpond.com 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.

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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.

Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve

Battery Hill Mioning Centre

Tennant Creek is the Golden Heart of the Barkly and has a vibrant history and culture, great outdoor activities, and is an ideal spot to stop for a day or two. Located 500kms north of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway, it is also the gateway to the iconic Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) and Iytwelepenty (Davenport Ranges) National Park. The rich culture of the local Aboriginal people is very much alive and the fascinating Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Cultural Centre includes a world-class art gallery and a cultural and interpretive centre, giving visitors a unique opportunity to learn about Aboriginal traditions, history, stories and their connection with this ancient land. Be sure to visit the Battery Hill Mining Centre, home to the Tennant Creek Visitor Information Centre. Speak to the friendly locals to learn about the region, including the 1930s gold rush, or do it yourself on a self-guided tour of the historic Tennant Creek Telegraph Station 11kms north of town.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. 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 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 fiveand-a-half million ounces of gold, making it one of the most productive gold fields in Australia. A must-see of any visit to the region is the stunning Karlu Karlu/Devil Marbles. These enormous, round granite boulders are scattered across the landscape and are particularly spectacular at sunrise and sunset. Or if you have a 4WD, wind your way through the remote and beautiful Iytwelepenty (Davenport Ranges) National Park. Church of Christ the King. This Catholic Church was originally built in Pine Creek in 1911 and was brought to Tennant Creek

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Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve

in 1936 to service the rapidly growing mining community. The Church is protected by the National Trust and was once considered the longest church in Australia. 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-star 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. A Self-guided Historic Walk of Tennant Creek takes visitors back in time to the original buildings of the 1930s gold rush and tells the story of this historic town from its humble beginnings in the early part of the 20th century. Anzac Hill Lookout is an outcrop of ironstone, typical of the area. This historic monument was dedicated to the soldiers of the Australia New Zealand Army Corp who served in WWI and offers great views of the town.

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The Tennant Creek Telegraph Station

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 make your stay enjoyable. Bill Allen Lookout on Peko Road, two kilometres east of Battery Hill by sealed road. Enjoy a wonderful 360 degree panorama of the Davenport Ranges and the township as you get your bearings of the town. Plaques at the top of the hill point out Tennant Creek’s points of interest.

The Tennant Creek Telegraph Station, 11kms north of town on the Stuart Highway, takes visitors back in time to when these beautifully well preserved buildings were the only signs of European settlement. Take a self-guided walk through the historical reserve or get the key and an information sheet from the Tennant Creek Visitor Information Centre in Peko Rd to obtain entry into the historic buildings. Displays inside include photos and historical data. Lake Mary Ann is a shady picnic spot just six kilometres north of town via Stuart Highway. Built in 1981, this man-made

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Kelly’s Ranch

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). Bush toilets, shaded areas. Strictly no camping.


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1. Bluestone Motor Inn 2. Tennant Creek Caravan Park 3. Battery Hill Mining Centre & Tourist Information Centre

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COOBER PEDY GET OUTBACK, GET UNDERGROUND 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 offers a unique experience as the world’s major supplier of opal. Famous for its underground homes, shops, churches and accommodation, along with its population of 3,500 people.

Coober Pedy Golf Course

Discovered in 1915 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, although exhausted he wore 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, the

first rush took place in 1919. During this period, massive amounts of opal were produced and the population swelled to a few hundred. The harsh climate and lack of water, which often had to be recycled many times before being discarded, was always a problem. The situation was so critical that the Government built a 2,000,000-litre tank in 1924 which partly solved the problem, allowing water to be rationed at 110 litres per person per week.

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Underground living

The mining industry at Coober Pedy expanded rapidly during the 1960s. Many European migrants arriving in Australia made their way here to make their fortunes. Coober Pedy lays claim to being one of the most ethnic communities in South Australia, with approximately 45 nationalities being represented as well as a large percentage of Aboriginal people. Coober Pedy, together with neaby Andamooka and Mintabie, produces over 90 per cent of the world’s opal.

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. See underground churches, sculptured from the beautiful sandstone, picturesque landscapes, arid scenery and horizons as far as the eye can see. Where better to escape the heat and bustle than staying in underground

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Coober Pedy Drive in Theatre

accommodation, where the temperature is naturally cool and the peaceful ambience leads to one of your best night’s sleep ever? All this comes together to create a tourism experience that is not replicated elsewhere in the world. Tours and self-guided tours of the town and the opal fields are available daily, as well as 4WD day tours into the surrounding areas. Restaurants in Coober Pedy offer cuisine from different cultural backgrounds, with quality wellpriced food from fine dining to fast food. Stop by the Visitor Information Centre in the Council building or visit www. cooberpedy.com Oasis Tours offer a great insight into the Opal Capital of the World. Mine and Town tours depart at 8.20am daily in an air-conditioned bus with pickup and drop-off available. The evening sunset Breakaway tour offers spectacular scenery of an ancient inland sea Moon Plains, Dog Fence and the Mica Fields. Watch the sunset over the Breakaways while enjoying Devonshire tea. The tour departs two hours before sunset. Personal and group tours available. – 91 –

Oasis Tourist Park Conveniently situated in the main street, 200 metres from shops and attractions. Oasis Tourist Park is the only fully self-contained park cabins in Coober Pedy rating up to three stars. Ensuite, powered and campsites are available. There is a swimming pool, internet, BBQ area and camp kitchen facilities. These features and friendly staff make the Oasis Tourist Park a great place to stay. Pre-historic Coober Pedy and the Great Inland Sea In recent years Coober Pedy has become a further curiosity as one of Australia’s most important prehistoric fossil sites. In the Footsteps of Time, the first permanent offsite display of a fossil collection from the South Australia Museum, was opened in 2000 at the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum in Coober Pedy. 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.

Find your own opal

The great inland sea declined and created the miracle of opal and the Great Artesian Basin.

Plain is a mass of polished and other

It is now thought that the sea itself was once a breeding ground for prehistoric marine creatures and holds vital evidence as to what created the last demise of planet earth. There is undeniable evidence, in the aftermath of the subsided seas, that massive icebergs swept across South Australia many millions of years ago.

original Inland Sea subsided it created

The only legacy from this era is the existence of the spectacular inland salt lakes like Lake Eyre and smaller remnants, which are frequented by visitors. The magnificent and vast Moon

interesting rocks which are native to the Gawler and Flinders ranges. When the that which we now know as the Great Artesian Basin. 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.

Colours of Coober Pedy

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The Mereenie Loop

OUTBACK DRIVING 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.

Flood Unless you are sure of the water depth, flow rate and any road damage, do not attempt to cross flooded bridges or causeways.

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.

Rubbish Take all rubbish with you and dispose of it. This includes used toilet paper.

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.

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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Private property The area you travel through is often private property, not public land. So please treat this land as you do your front yard. All areas that are not identified as national park or reserve on the maps is private property. No camping, driving, lighting fires or cutting fences.

Sunset over the West MacDonnell Ranges


Many of the side routes throughout Central

The Explorer’s Way traverses the Northern Territory from south to north following the

Australia offer access to some of Australia’s

route of John McDouall Stuart, a famous

equipped travellers have the opportunity

Australian explorer. The road, now known

to get off the beaten track and discover the

as the Stuart Highway, is entirely sealed and

lesser-known natural and cultural wonders

suitable for conventional vehicles.

of the Red Centre.

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best known icons. Four wheel drive


Road Train

RED CENTRE WAY Heading west from Alice Springs through Central Australia’s dramatic desert landscapes, the drive provides access to the natural attractions of the Tjoritja/ West MacDonnell National Park. From Glen Helen Gorge there is a sealed section from Hermannsburg to the Tnorala turnoff (inner loop), the birthplace of famous indigenous artist Albert Namatjira, before doubling back some of the way to Watarraka National Park, famous for the spectacular Kings Canyon. Your final destination will be the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Travellers can return to Alice Springs via the sealed Lasseter and Stuart Highways. A permit is required for the Mereenie Loop section of this drive which you can obtain from the Visitor Information Centre in Todd Mall Alice Springs, Hermannsburg Service Station, Glen Helen Lodge and Kings Canyon Resort.

BINNS TRACK The Binns Track is set to become one of Australia’s epic four-wheel drive journeys. It is 2,191 kilometres long and was named after Territory identity Bill Binns, who was a Ranger with NT Parks and Wildlife for 32 years. The track starts at Mt Dare on the NT/ SA border and passes through Alice Springs and Tennant Creek before finishing in Timber Creek on the Victoria Highway. The track can be conquered in four sections and it is recommended that you allow at least 10 days to complete this journey without allowing for extended stopovers.

OVERLANDER’S WAY Commencing in Tennant Creek and heading north, then west across the Barkly and Flinders Highways to Townsville is the

Overlander’s Way. This was the route taken by cattle drovers to move cattle between the green pastures of Queensland to the Mitchell Grass plains of the Barkly region of the Northern Territory. The 1,550 kilometre drive is entirely sealed and suitable for conventional vehicles.

SAVANNAH WAY The Savannah Way crosses three states travelling from Cairns in Queensland, through the top half of the Northern Territory and onto Broome in Western Australia. The Northern Territory Section is 1,450 kilometres of the total 3,699 kilometres and travels through the majestic gulf country and through the savannah lands to the west.

NATURE’S WAY Follow the 735-kilometre Nature’s Way loop from Darwin through World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and Nitmiluk National Park. The Nature’s Way encompasses the Top End region including the Adelaide and Mary River wetlands, Jabiru in Kakadu National Park, Pine Creek and Katherine. Explore the area’s mining history, experience Indigenous culture and see amazing wildlife.

THE OUTBACK WAY A quintessential Outback adventure, the Outback Way runs from Winton in western Queensland, through the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, to Laverton, Western Australia. Stretching 2800kms (1700 of which is unsealed) there’s a maximum of 260km between fuel stops. Enjoy ancient landscapes, dig for fossils, learn about the mysterious Min Min light, celebrate our explorers, and do the world’s longest geocache trail. Permits are required.

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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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The Red Centre Way

AUTO SERVICES An ever-changing terrain, Central Australia provides the self-driving visitor a spectacular outback touring experience to remember. However, touring these routes can cause hardship on your vehicle, so be prepared. Before you leave get a road condition report. For information on road conditions in the Alice Springs region and the Northern Territory contact: Alice Springs Police (08) 8951 8888, Road Safety NT 1800 720 144, Visitor Information Centres 1800 645 199 or go online and visit: www.roadreport.gov.au. AANT Roadsde Assist 131 111

Road Trains These very large vehicles can be up to 53.5 metres long and 2.5 metres wide and can carry up to four trailers. To pass a road train safely you will need at least one kilometre of clear road ahead of you. Fuel Ensure that you have enough fuel so that you are not stranded between refueling points. Check opening times of roadhouses and other refueling points. Emergencies In case of emergency, stay with your vehicle and always stay in the shade. For emergencies phone 000.

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Water Always carry and consume water to avoid dehydration. Allow 20 litres per person for two days’ travelling and the expectation of breakdowns.

Wandering Animals Most roads in the Territory are not fenced so livestock can cause accidents by wandering into the line of traffic.

Safety first Tell a reliable person where you are travelling and confirm arrival at your destination to prevent unnecessary searches being instigated.

Flooding After heavy rains, floodwaters can rise very quickly and make normally dry roads impassable. In the event of rain, check for current road conditions before making your journey. Never cross a flooded road without checking the depth first.

Speed Limits The National Highways in the Northern Territory have a speed limit of 110 kilometres per hour, unless otherwise signed. Always drive to the road conditions.

Long distance Driving long distances can cause fatigue and lead to accidents, so ensure you stop every two hours. Change drivers and take a short walk.

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Profile for Australian Tourist Publications

Welcome to Central Australia  

Visitor guide to Central Australia

Welcome to Central Australia  

Visitor guide to Central Australia