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Alice Springs For The Parrtjima Festival Of Light

Aerial view of the Parrtjima Lights  |  Image credit Tourism NT and Daniel Tran

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light is an extraordinary festival held in the desert landscape of Alice Springs, with an incredible program featuring light installations, artworks, performances and music. Alice Springs also boasts stunning rugged landscapes, refreshing waterholes and a rich artistic and cultural history. Highlights include Standley Chasm and Glen Helen Gorge along with visits to Alice Springs Desert Park and Araluen Cultural Precinct.

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6 days



  • Be immersed in the wonder of the light installations at the Parrtjima Light Festival

  • Discover the culture, visual and performing art that helped shaped Alice Springs at the Araluen Cultural Precinct

  • Explore the enormity of Glen Helen Gorge, with its sandstone walls and waterhole

  • Walk through ancient and abundant landscapes at Alice Springs Desert Park


  • Ensuite accommodation – twin share basis

  • Taxi home pickup and return within the Greater Brisbane and Hunter areas*

  • Flights

  • 11 quality meals

  • Entries and attractions as shown

  • Modern luxury tour coach

  • Experienced Coach Captain and attentive Tour Hostess

  • Morning Tea



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Day 1

Home - Alice Springs
After your early morning flight to Alice Springs, time will be allowed to purchase your own lunch at Todd Mall. We then make our way to the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs-the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, for a guided tour.


Day 2

School of the Air - Royal Flying Doctor Service - Parrtjima Festival
Today we visit the Alice Springs School of Air Visitors Centre which will bring to life an integral and unique facet of the children's lives in the Australian Outback. You will hear their stories of school from afar, life on the land, and share in their dreams, achievements, and journeys. Next we will visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service Alice Springs Tourist Facility for a guided tour. Enjoy lunch before stopping at Mbantua Gallery to see the huge collection of Aboriginal paintings and Australian indigenous art featuring Aboriginal artists from the Utopia region of Central Australia. Return to our accommodation for some free time before departing for an evening at the Parrtjima Festival (pronounced 'par-cheema' and meaning 'lighting up'). The festival features light installations, artworks, and music performances. Purchase your own dinner at the festival tonight.

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Day 3

Araluen Precinct - Reptile Centre
Enjoy a relax start before visiting the Araluen Precinct which includes The Museum of Central Australia, The Central Australian Aviation Museum, The Strehlow Research Centre, Central Craft and the Araluen Arts Centre. Discover the local identities and Indigenous Dreaming that helped shape and develop Alice Springs and its culture and heritage. Please be aware that any entry costs will be at your own expense. There may also be additional displays and presentations that are part of the Parrtjima Festival within the complex. This afternoon, stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre with its extensive range of reptiles. This evening enjoy dinner back at our accommodation and then for those wishing to return to the festival, our crew will assist with arranging your transfers.

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Day 4

Desert Park - Road Transport Hall of Fame - Women's Museum
Be sure you have your comfortable walking shoes, hat and a drink bottle today. We'll begin with a visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park, where you wander through the ancient landscapes from dry river beds to dense woodlands full of life. Take time to purchase your own morning tea and lunch while discovering the stories of the desert that are shared through displays, daily guided activities and cultural presentations. Next we visit the National Road Transport Hall of Fame for a nostalgic trip into Australia's transport history. Continue on to the Old Alice Springs Gaol, for a visit to the Women's Museum of Australia. Return to our accommodation to dress for an evening out where you will witness a spectacular sunset over the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges, during the award-winning Spirit of the Outback dinner and show.

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Day 5

Simpsons Gap
Travel to Simpsons Gap before heading to Standley Chasm, a narrow cleft in the West MacDonnell Range which forms a glowing red corridor in the middle of the day. After lunch, continue on to Glen Helen Gorge and enjoy spectacular views of the ranges, including Mt Sonder - one of the highest points in Central Australia.

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Day 6

Alice Springs - Home
After breakfast we make our way to Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, a 16 hectare botanic garden specialising in plants native to the arid central Australian region. Late morning we will transfer to the airport, ready for your flight home.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner




Single Supplement available @ $504.00 extra



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