HOW LONG TO STAY
We recommend visitors spend a minimum of two nights in Alice Springs to fully experience Parrtjima by night across the two precincts, and then explore the breathtaking surrounding areas by day.
The Red Centre
Your Parrtjima experience of a lifetime is found in the heart of Australia, in and around Alice Springs (or Mparntwe as it is known to the Arrertne people, the traditional owners of Alice Springs who host and help create Parrtjima.) Explore historic sites, see the work of local artists in Aboriginal art galleries, join a cultural event or activity, or try one of the many iconic nature and adventure activities on offer in the stunning desert landscape of Central Australia.
Qantas, Virgin and Air North are the three major airlines that service Alice Springs regularly. Together they offer daily flight routes and connections to most capital cities. For those looking for a longer and more adventurous journey to Parrtjima, the Explorers Way from Adelaide to Darwin is an iconic journey literally through the centre of Australia that originated from the first overland telegraph in the 1860’s. Covering a similar journey but with service and style, The Ghan also travels to Alice Springs from both Adelaide and Darwin along one of the world’s most famous train routes.
Our Travel Partners
Our local experts in Central Australia can assist you with tips, local information and everything you need to book before you visit Alice Springs (such as accommodation, transfers, hire cars and tours). They operate the Visitor Information Centre of Alice Springs right at the edge of the Todd Mall Parrtjima Precinct.
Connect to Alice Springs through direct routes from Darwin, Adelaide and Brisbane. Visit their dedicated Parrtjima travel page to bundle a flight to Parrtjima in Alice Springs with a range of local accommodation options
What to do when you get there
Our friends at Tourism NT have compiled a range of insider tips, tricks and suggestions for how to best experience Alice Springs. While there is enough amazing experiences in the Alice Springs region to last you half a lifetime, here are five of their best suggestions to make your journey to Parrtjima one that you never forget:
- Experience the Aboriginal culture in and around Alice Springs
- Explore the art galleries in Alice Springs
- Take in the activities at the Alice Desert Festival which is also on during Parrtjima 2018
- Journey to the MacDonnell Ranges to explore some of the country told through art and stories at Parrtjima
- Get out and explore the natural beauty of Central Australia
Download this three day itinerary as a great way to start planning your days, while filling your nights with the amazing stories, lights, culture and entertainment that you will experience at Parrtjima.