Itinerary Two

CURATED BY Paul Ah Chee

Director at Desert Park, Alice Springs

Growing up in Alice Springs, Paul Ah Chee spent his childhood going bush and hunting out feasts of bush tucker. With a passion for education, today his work focuses on preserving Australian Indigenous culture and sharing his knowledge with visitors from across the world.

Uccello

Alice Springs Telegraph Station

Tjoritja, West MacDonnell Ranges

LIVE MUSIC Paul Ah Chee

Casa Nostra Pizza and Spaghetti House

The Deck Eatery and Bar

Ormiston Pound Loop

Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs

TRIP PLANNER FOR April 10th

I’ve pulled together a quick taste test of Alice Springs and a heads up on what to see at Parrtjima this year.

Take my advice below and you’ll spend 3 days of your trip keeping cool in our watering holes and getting a quick history lesson from the land and the big screen.

My tips are for Wednesday April 10th, but come on up on the weekend and get some of your own exploring in.

Morning

Uccello

Spend time with locals over sweet treats and pastries at Cafe Uccello. This popular little spot captures the warmth and hospitality of Alice, so be sure to sit back with a cuppa, and soak up the sweet surroundings. Once you’ve polished off a stack of their signature Banana Pancakes (made even better with a serving of peanut butter mousse), walk off those calories at the birthplace of the Alice Springs township, Alice Springs Telegraph Station.
Midday

Alice Springs Telegraph Station

Just a quick drive out of town and up the hill and you’ll find yourself at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station. A place that’s been a lot of different things to different people over the years. This place is extra special for the local Arrente people as it’s the spot where people would meet for ceremonies and to exchange goods for thousands of years. It feels pretty special up there. BYO lunch as there are picnic spots with panoramic views, a museum for those who like a bit of extra learning and if you’re really keen, the best way to head up there is on the two wheels of a bike you’ve hired from town. With a full belly and a bit of history under your belt, the hottest part of the day will get you ready for the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Afternoon

Tjoritja, West MacDonnell Ranges

Tjoritja (The West MacDonnell ranges) are often overlooked in a scramble to see Uluru, but these ranges that cover 200ks of land are dotted with gorges, watering holes and stories of Caterpillar dreaming, the dreaming that explains how the ranges were created. Some stories can be shared, others are sacred, so you’re going to have to find someone from the right mob to teach you the story. Best places to stop? Angkerle Atwatye (Standley Chasm), Simpsons Gap, Anthwerrke (Emily Gap) and Glen Helen Gorge are my picks. Once you’ve had a dip, see if you can spot some rock art or a wallaby and then head back into town for the festival. Time your return with dusk, but don’t hurry and take your time to take it all in. Driving along the ranges and seeing them change to be all the different colours of country is the best time of the day.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Dine @ Casa Nostra Pizza and Spaghetti House

Grab a slice of their famous vanilla slice from the best Italian restaurant in town.

Drink @ The Deck Eatery and Bar

Unwind at the end of a long day with tapas and cocktails at one the town’s most picturesque dining locations.

Do @ Ormiston Pound Loop

Trek around the beautiful West MacDonnell National Park on this scenic 3-4 hour trail.

Stay @ Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs

With four restaurants, four bars, poolside cafes and sports theatre, Lasseters is the place to stay for those who crave non-stop entertainment.