Itinerary Two – 14th April

CURATED BY Rhoda Roberts AO

Rhoda Roberts AO is the first Indigenous art curator for Parrtjima. Working closely with the Parrtjima Festival reference group, aboriginal artists and art centres, Rhonda has helped develop the narrative to bring Parrtijima to life.

Rhoda’s achievements span from the creative direction of the Awakening Segment of the 2000 Sydney Olympics to co-founding of the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust, but it’s her passion for the arts that creates such emotive and moving experiences.

With Rhoda’s direction, this year’s festival theme ‘Cultural Freedom’ celebrates the different ways Aboriginal artists’ practices have evolved through new styles and materials while remaining true to the ancient philosophy of connection and country.

Hanuman

Bojangles Saloon

Alice Springs Desert Park

Simpsons Gap Bike Ride

Mercure Alice Springs

TRIP PLANNER FOR April 14th

Below, you’ll find some of my favourite spots in Alice. Take some time to yourself at a cafe the local’s love, drop in to visit Ellery Creek Big Hole and bring your best (or worst) dance moves to the front row of Baker Boy’s gig, all in 24 life-changing hours.

Theses tips are for Saturday the 14th, but we invite you to come along earlier and stay as long as you like.

Morning

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When it’s 9am and already stinking hot outside, this laneway escape has beverages to cool you down or curb the worst kind of coffee headache. It’s been feeding locals and anyone that trusts trip advisor since the dawn of the cronut, so everything on the menu is good. Even the gluten-free, dairy-free, fun-free options. Promise. Stay until you run out of gossip and grab snack supplies on your way out the door.
Midday

Ellery Creek Big Hole

Udepata ( Ellery Creek Big Hole) is another sacred gathering site that sits amongst Tjoritja  (West MacDonnell National Park). Years of floods and rising water have said to have carved out this spectacular gorge and its deep waterhole. Kick your mob out of the car, pick the biggest gum and set up camp in its shade. Then prepare yourself for the shock of the water. It’s freezing all year round, so swimmers beware - you might not be able to feel your toes if you stay in for too long.
Afternoon

Kangaroo Sanctuary Tour

Kangaroos and wallabies are normally bouncing all over the place around dawn and dusk, but if you want to get up close with these natives, type Kangaroo Sanctuary into google maps. Brolga runs the place and is the nicest and potentially the tallest person you’ll ever meet. He first set up the Baby Kangaroo Rescue Centre back in 2005 and has been playing Dad to thousands of rescued roos ever since. Book the sunset tour so you catch the baby roos before they head to bed. And don’t you dare forget your camera, because these guys are bundles of cute. After you’ve run out of hugs, head back to the festival to get a front row spot for the electrifying duo, Electric Fields.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Dine @ Hanuman

This award-winning restaurant serves up an addictive mix of Thai and Indian cuisine.

Drink @ Bojangles Saloon

At this local watering hole, you can sip on your favourite chardy or go all out with their incredible house-made cocktails.

Do @ Alice Springs Desert Park

See the oldest living culture on earth come alive through stories, displays, films and hands on activities as we celebrate the Aboriginal people of the desert.

Do @ Simpsons Gap Bike Ride

Take a ride on this scenic bike path and check out all the wonders around the majestic West MacDonnell Ranges.

Stay @ Mercure Alice Springs

Located in the centre of Alice Springs, this family-friendly hotel is a great starting base for all your Red Centre adventures.