Picture yourself sitting by a campfire listening to traditional Aboriginal Dreamtime stories as you gaze up at the night sky. This is the spiritual heart of Australia.
From inspiring walks in the West MacDonnell Ranges, to art and cultural tours in the centre of town, this is your opportunity to experience the great stories, landscapes and art of the local Aboriginal culture.
Art and Culture in town
The Araluen Cultural Precinct is a hub of indigenous culture in Alice Springs. The Museum of Central Australia houses one of the most important archival collections relating to indigenous ceremonial life, while the Araluen Arts Centre showcases traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art.
The Araluen Arts Centre offers a rotating calendar of visual art exhibitions that include Aboriginal artists from across Central Australia and local innovators who are nationally renowned. A current list of exhibitions can be found at www.araluenartscentre.nt.gov.au. Whilst there are no formal tours provided at the centre, staff are always on hand to answer questions.
You can also drop into Central Aboriginal Experiences, located in the Todd Plaza, Alice Springs, and choose from over 13 indigenous cultural tours taking in indigenous rock paintings, art galleries and sacred sites.
The ancient outdoors
Head out to the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre and let the Aboriginal guides teach you how to navigate by the stars, hunt for bush tucker, and dance in the red dirt.
Travel west and interact with the members of the Aboriginal community at Jungala Enterprises and choose from walking, cycling and camping tours on the Larapinta Trail.
Blend ancient culture with recent history at The Keringke Art Centre, in the Santa Teresa Aboriginal Community. Talk with local artists, purchase authentic art, and learn about the community.
For those with a keen interest in art, Didgeri Air Art Tours will fly you to remote Aboriginal communities, in cooperation with indigenous community councils and artists.