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If inclement weather occurs at any time during Parrtjima, there may be a need to close the festival until it clears. We will endeavour to alert you about any closure through different channels as soon as possible, and re-open the festival as soon as it is safe.

Parrtjima takes place in the beautiful Mparntwe, also known as Alice Springs – home of the Arrernte people.

All events are now taking place under the stars at the beautiful Desert Park.


A free Park ‘n’ Ride shuttle bus is one of the easiest ways to travel to and from the festival.  The shuttle operates on a loop stopping at each stop about every 20 minutes.

Parking is available at most of the Park ‘n’ Ride locations throughout Alice Springs , however there is no public parking available at the Alice Springs Desert Park.

You may also choose to walk or ride into the festival if you know your way around town, but be sure to bring a torch!

Absolutely. The free shuttle service can accommodate wheelchairs and there will be accessible flooring provided for movement around the festival site. Requests for accessible parking may also be applied for when registering, however spaces are limited each night.

Taxis are not permitted to drop off or collect inside the Desert Park, except for people with accessibility needs. Taxis must use the dedicated taxi drop off/collection point at the Desert Park.

We suggest that you wear comfortable closed-toe shoes for your safety and comfort. Bring a jacket in case it is cold and a torch to help guide your way through the site if you are walking or riding.  We also recommend that you bring water and your camera of course – for all those Instagram photos!

Please bring eftpos if you wish to purchase any food, beverages at the festival precincts. And of course, don’t forget to pre-register before you arrive, and bring your free tickets!

Yes, bring the whole family. The Desert Park precinct is nestled amount natural bushland, so we encourage families to ensure that kids are kept under constant supervision. Wristbands for minors will be provided at the Information Booth for parents to write their contact details.

Yes, there will be a delicious range of food pop ups and existing restaurants across at both precincts. Please be sure to bring your card to enable easy, cashless payments.

No. Parrtjima – A Festival in Light is an alcohol-free event.

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light is a smoke-free event. Smoking (including the use of electronic cigarettes or similar devices) is prohibited in accordance with our smoking management plan.

As the Desert Park precinct is located within a Northern Territory National Park, no dogs are allowed.

Yes, please do! If you’re sharing your images, be sure to tag us using #Parrtjima

To protect the safety of other patrons, drones are not permitted at Parrtjima – A Festival in Light.

Alice Springs is accessible by air, coach, rail and road, with daily flights landing at the Alice Springs airport from every major city. The airport is located a short 10-minute drive from the CBD with taxis, shuttle buses and rental cars through our good friends at Thrifty available to travellers.

To find the best route from your departing destination to Alice Springs, visit Tourism Central Australia.

Alice Springs offers a wide variety of accommodation options from hotels and motels, caravan parks, bed and breakfasts, and apartments and studios.

To find the most suitable accommodation, visit Tourism Central Australia

Within the Town Centre, there are plenty of art galleries, local produce and stores to visit. The famous Todd Street Mall outdoor market operates in the Todd Mall every second Sunday from mid-February to early December featuring local produce, arts, crafts and food from 9am until 1pm.

Alice Springs and its surrounds offers plenty of attractions for every interest including adventure and hiking options, mountain biking, history and museums, arts and galleries and plenty more.



Visit Tourism Central Australia to book accommodation, tours and more.