Mparntwe, known as Alice Springs
Mparntwe belongs to Central and Eastern Arrernte people who have lived in the area for at least forty thousand years. There are many things to do in Alice Springs. You can learn 50 Arrernte words that everyone who lives and visits Mparntwe should know. So let’s start by using the combination Mptarntwe / Alice Springs. Try saying mm-BARN-doo-uh…that’s it, Mparntwe.
We’ll assume that you’ve already done research about our little outback town, its location, weather and history of settlement. And we won’t waste your time or reading eyes by offering you any more!
Locals always know the best secrets and we want to share ours: what we like to do in our region because we think that there’s so many things to do in Alice Springs. And sometimes, it’s the little local secrets that can really make a holiday special. So here’s our list!
- Take an Arrenrte language learning walking tour around Mparntwe
- Learn about Aboriginal languages
- Download the Red Centre Art Trails digital mobile app for a guide to local art galleries
- Our favourite galleries include the Araleun Arts Centre, Many Hands Art Centre, Central Craft, Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists. Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Tangentyere Artists
- Week day visit to artisan precinct in Hele Crescent including Elbow Workshop, with James B. Young Shoemaker & Outfitter and Elliat Rich Design, Raft Art Space and The Coffee Horse for when you need that really good coffee.
Festivals to catch if your itinerary matches
- Desert Mob [Aboriginal Art show]
- Wide Open Spaces [music festival out bush under the stars
- Beanie Festival [think beanies, the woollen hat type, and multiply by 4000 for sale plus textile workshops]
- Desert Smart EcoFair [inspirational science meets sustainability]
- Finke Desert Race [outback version of Dakar car rally]