Desert Landscapes And Culture In Alice Springs, Central Australia

The start of spring is one of the best times to visit Central Australia, with temperatures warming up again after the freezing nights of winter and spectacular thunderstorms often rolling in across the desert landscapes. It’s also host to the annual Alice Desert Festival that celebrates the stories, art and culture that makes the Red Centre such a unique destination.

Throughout September and the first two weeks of October, the festival’s vibrant program will bring together artists, dancers and musicians from some of Central Australia’s most remote communities to perform alongside some of the country’s most well-known creatives. The festival takes place across multiple indoor and outdoor venues around Alice Springs, giving visitors the opportunity to take advantage of the mild evenings while experiencing what is a dynamic exchange of cultures.

The Alice Desert Festival is a great excuse to visit this spectacular part of Australia, which is home to the iconic sandstone monolith of Uluru in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Watch the sun rise and set over this sacred landmark and discover its important to the local Anangu people, then get a bird’s eye view during a hot air balloon flight. Don’t miss the opportunity to go hiking through the red-rock domes of Kata Tjuta, with guided tours offering a fascinating insight into the traditional bush tucker sourced by indigenous people here for thousands of years.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is also within a stone’s throw of Kings Canyon whose spectacular sandstone walls tower more than 100 metres and have long been a sacred destination for the Luritja people. Visit the lush Garden of Eden and go hiking through the weathered Lost City plateau while keeping your eyes peeled for native peregrine falcons and black-breasted buzzards. 

Alice Springs itself is clustered with cultural destinations to explore, with the Araluen Cultural Precinct home to an outstanding art collection that traces the history of indigenous art in Central Australia and the origins of the Western Desert art movement. Admire works by Albert Namatjira and witness the large-scale mural by Clifford Possum before visiting the Museum of Central Australia to learn more about the region’s rich cultural and natural history. 

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