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Hermannsburg Historic Precinct

Hermannsburg wurde 1877 gegründet und war ursprünglich eine lutherische Missionsstation.

Damit ist es älter als Alice Springs und die erste westlich geprägte Ortschaft in Zentralaustralien.Hermannsburg ist der Heimatort des berühmten Malers Albert Namatjira, der als erster Ureinwohner Aquarelle malte.1982 wurde die Gegend den Aborigines zurückgegeben, und 1988 erfolgte eine umfassende Restaurierung der weiß gekalkten historischen Gebäude nach damaligem deutschem Baustil.Die Ortschaft ist heute im National Heritage Register, der australischen Denkmalschutzliste, eingetragen.Mehr als ein Dutzend Gebäude sind erhalten und können besichtigt werden, darunter die Kirche, das Schulhaus, die Gerberei, das sogenannte Meathouse sowie verschiedene Wohnsitze der Missionare.All diese Gebäude wurden in den 1880er und 1890er Jahren erbaut.Während Sie die Ortschaft erkunden, erfahren Sie mehr über die Sorgen und Freuden der frühen Missionare, aber auch über die friedvolle Zusammenarbeit zwischen dem Aranda-Stamm und den europäischen Siedlern.

Sehen & Erleben in Hermannsburg

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    Opening times



    • Indicative Prices Tickets von $10.00 bis $12.00
    • Child Tickets von $


    • Cafe
    • Carpark
    • Coach Parking
    • Picnic Area
    • Public Toilet


    Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids) Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.


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    • National Trust
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    Can you camp in Hermannsburg?

    Yes, you can camp in Hermannsburg. The Ntaria Camping Ground has picnic tables, shelters, toilets and showers. This is within walking distance of the historic precinct.

    Hermannsburg also has a supermarket and fuel station just 1 min drive from the historic precinct, but be sure to check the opening hours.

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    How do you get around?

    You can access Hermannsburg via 2WD. You can walk around the historic precinct and take a short drive to Hermannsburg Potters. If you want to travel on to nearby Finke River National Park, you’ll need a high clearance 4WD.

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    How do you get to Hermannsburg?

    Hermannsburg is located 125km from Alice Springs and takes about 1½ hours’ drive.

    • From Alice Springs, head west on Larapinta Drive
    • Before you get to the Finke River, turn right at the sign to Hermannsburg and drive all the way to the "T" intersection
    • Turn left and proceed about 800 metres, and you’ll see the carpark and historic precinct on your left.
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    What are the best things to see and do?

    The historic precinct is a sacred site known as Ntaria. Here you can explore the restored buildings and stop by for lunch. The Kata Anga tea rooms are found in Pastor Carl Strehlow’s original homestead, and their apple strudel and scones are justly famous.

    Visit the Hermannsburg Potters studio, but ensure you phone ahead to make an appointment. You can also find their artworks in the shops at the historic precinct.

    A house built in 1994 by famous aboriginal artist Albert Namijira is located 3km west of Hermannsburg.

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    What else should you know about Hermannsburg?

    Pastor Carl Strehlow, a founder of the mission and the first person to document the Aranda language, had a son named Teddy who received sacred objects from local indigenous people in the 1930’s. These artefacts are now in collection at the Strehlow Centre in Alice Springs, which is run by the Museum of Central Australia.

    Hermannsburg hosts the annual Ntaria sports day in early May, bringing people from communities in the MacDonnell Ranges, Western Desert, and sometimes further to compete in basketball, softball and AFL competitions. The Aranda Bulldogs football club in the Central Australian AFL competition has weekly games you might be able to watch during the season.

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    When’s the best time to visit?

    Hermannsburg is such a unique place that any time is good to visit. If you prefer cooler weather, a visit from April to September would suit you best.

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    Where can you go from Hermannsburg?

    If you have a 4WD you can explore the Finke River National Park with attractions like Palm Valley featuring the main gorge with waterholes, high red cliffs, river red gums and a number of walks.

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    What’s special about Hermannsburg?

    Hermannsburg stands out as one of the first inland European settlements in Australia. It provides a fascinating insight into the pioneering days in the Northern Territory and the relationship between the missionaries and local “Aranda” Aboriginal people. Hermannsburg is also the birthplace of renowned Aboriginal landscape artist, Albert Namatjira.

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