Located at the base of the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges, the Desert Park is a tourism and conservation facility that is closely connected to the local Arrernte people. Their stories and history, together with the plants and animals they are responsible for, are told through the interpretation and creation of three distinct desert habitats of the central desert environment.



Between 6:30pm and 10:30pm during the Festival The Desert Park will be home to the spectacular lighting of the MacDonnell Ranges, the light installations and the Festival Hub.

During the days, visitors can attend the park itself. See the website for entry fees and schedule of events.


The festival program at Parrtjima’s Alice Springs Desert Park precinct is complemented by a second event precinct at Todd Mall, also home to an array of restaurants, bars, galleries and retail stores.

Located in Alice Springs CBD, the Todd Mall precinct will showcase stunning lighting effects along the mall and a new installation representing the Language of Moths. The lights will be on between 6:30pm and 10:30pm each night.

The central lawn will also be home to nightly creative workshops and film as part of the Knowledge Program.


As well as installations and the Knowledge Program, Parrtjima will continue to shine lighting effects along the ground of Todd Mall, incorporating Arrernte words to educate and inspire.

At the request of the Arrernte people and to complement the Caterpillars and Moths, the lighting effects will honour another ancestral being for Mparntwe – the Stink Bug, Ilperenye.


Angkentye Akngarte-iwelheme-akerte (Language of Cycles Turning Over)

Arrernte people asked Parrtjima to work with independent artists to create this new installation following the popularity of a 2018 installation that celebrated Caterpillars and their importance to the landscape and creation time of Australia’s Red Centre and beyond. At the request of Arrernte advisors’, a series of sculptured large-scale moths will decorate Todd Mall, among incredible lighting effects, providing another layer to the story of Country and the Arrernte relationship to the physical and spiritual world.The moths were designed at a workshop with The Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.



Get a glimpse of Parrtjima's Forest Space reimagined in Alice Plaza!

The ‘Forest Space’ installation (Apmere Anteke Arne-kenhe) was a festival favourite in 2018 and, this year, a reimagined version will be popping up in Alice Plaza.

The beautiful installation is inspired by the trees that grow in clusters across the desert. The trees are depicted through a series of large lanterns, with artworks originally designed for textiles by various artists while studying at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, including an artist represented by Ikuntji Arts. The Forest Space Frames were made by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled business Centre of Appropriate Technologies at Desert Knowledge, Alice Springs.

Alice Plaza will have their doors open until 10pm each night of the festival, including their toilets and baby change facilities. The following Alice Plaza retail and food stores will also have late night trading over the festival period:



Trade stores:



Food & Drink


Feeling Peckish


Red Ochre Grill

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Outcorp Gallery

This is Aboriginal Art.

Palya Proper Fine Arts



Mixed Lollies

Gem Cave

Outbush Alice Springs



Central Clinic Alice Springs


Gifts & Homewares

Alice Springs Souvenirs

Red Kangaroo Books


Travel & Leisure

Alice Travel & Cruise

Outback Cycling


Information Centres

Developing the North

Alice Springs Information Centre

Parrtjima festival, Desert Park, Alice springs, Australia. 27/9/2018. Photo Credit James Horan Photos Courtesy Parrtjima Australia
Parrtjima festival, Desert Park, Alice springs, Australia. 27/9/2018. Photo Credit James Horan Photos Courtesy Parrtjima Australia
Parrtjima festival, Todd Mall, Alice springs, Australia. 28/9/2018. Photo Credit James Horan Photos Courtesy Parrtjima Australia
Parrtjima festival, Desert Park, Alice springs, Australia. 27/9/2018. Photo Credit James Horan Photos Courtesy Parrtjima Australia