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 are so many things to do in Alice Springs. And sometimes, it’s the little local secrets that can really make a holiday special. 

Our local secrets list

Metal sculptor Dan Murphy Exhibition at Raft Gallery 2022

Where to buy fresh food in the desert

We prefer to shop and support local. Food miles are a serious consideration when you live in the centre.

  • Food for Alice is a food project that connects local people with local produce as a social enterprise working toward food security for our community. Every Saturday from 9-11 visit the market at the Alice Springs Community Garden selling fresh, quality produce from local, ethical suppliers including farmers, the ASCG, bakeries, honey producers, coffee roasters and backyard growers.Alice Springs Community Garden, 105 Burke St, East Side
  • Happy Farmer NT offers home grown seasonal produce available either through the farm gate, weekly food boxes or at Food for Alice. An Alice Springs market garden permaculture designed and serving the local community. Food security and good nutrition is of importance for all in Alice Springs, especially when you consider the majority of our food travels at a minimum 1600km to get to us.
  • Premium Petes the vegie shop that trucks market produce from Adelaide is located at, of all places, a dance school. It’s usually open Wednesday 5-7pm and Saturday 8-12noon; check the times though. It started with a vision that everyone should have access to premium quality, fresh and great value produce. Premium Pete stocks Fleurieu Milk Company, Steiny’s Traditional Mettwurst, Mountain Fresh Fruit Juices, Hardings Fine Foods and Rio Coffee. The Bakery treats are usually available.
  • The Bakery Alice Springs is sensational: sourdoughs, artisan breads, donuts, savoury pastries, croissant, viennoiserie and more. The queue extends out the door. The ingredients are high quality and everything is made from scratch. The farmhouse rye available only on Thursday and Sunday are Swedish locals’ favourites; our Francophiles inhale the pasteries. Seriously good.
  • Milner Meats stock Alice Springs premier range of meat, seafood, cheeses, continental small-goods and condiments.
  • The Tea Shrine stocks vegan produce, and is also Alice’s premier vegan and vegetarian restaurant. A local’s favourite.
  • Local coffee roasters of Alice Springs – beans or ground, visit Duyu Coffee Roasters, check opening hours, usually weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Visit their Roastery Cafe and cellar door for coffee to drink in, delicious treats, retail unique blends and distinctive single origins as well as brewing gear.
Mparntwe Alice Springshome garden produce

Where to swim in the desert

Click here for a list of waterholes, best swimmable between September and April. Please take note, they can be cold all year round and submerged rocks make diving and jumping into water completely not the done thing. We recommend you take a swimming aid such as a foam ‘noodle’ available from KMart or Target.

Our favourite swimming activity is floating down Roe Creek at Honeymoon Gap.