Having lived in Alice Springs some years ago I love returning for a visit. A close knit connected community, there is something special about getting out and about in Alice Springs. Just a simple trip to the supermarket can be a social event!
Winter in Alice brings out all the fun and adventures.
Alice Springs is like nowhere you’ve ever been before!
The Alice Art Scene
Events such as the Beanie Festival, the Advocate Art Awards and Wearable Arts are annual events and showcase some extraordinary talent.
Renowned artists such as Albert Namatjira, Reg Battarbee and Clifford Possum drew from their experiences to produce works of art, now known worldwide and it’s worth noting that there are some ‘original artworks’ by this famous artists in the Araluen Art Gallery. Indigenous art is a huge drawcard for Central Australia.
One of the biggest sporting events in the Northern Territory is the Finke Desert Race. Held annually on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, Alice Springs empties and in true Alice Springs tradition many of the locals go camping at the edge of the race track often in near zero temperatures.
“Finke” has the reputation of being one of the most difficult offroad courses in one of the most remote places in the world. A multi-terrain race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads, die-hard competitors make their annual trek across Australia to compete.
The Masters Games return to Alice Springs every 2 years. Over 10,000 sporting enthusiasts travel significant distances to compete in a range of events such as cycling, hockey, lawn bowls, golf, eight ball, swimming and basketball. There are 3 major concerts held throughout the games – opening night, mid games on the casino lawns and the closing night. I’ve bopped along in the mosh pit to Midnight Oil, John English, Marcia Hines, Richard Clapton and tons of fabulous support acts.
Henley on Todd is notably the worlds only ‘dry river bed’ boat race! Marking the end of winter, the Henley on Todd is a day of fun and mock bravado and fun. Novelty races, water-cannon fights, bottomless canoe races through the hot sandy river bed encouraged by the roaming vikings. It’s a fun day for tourists and locals alike!
The Camel Cup is a fantastic day out which has been running for over 40 years. This event is a community fundraising opportunity and family fun day where the town pulls together, and the agenda is fun! All funds raised are put back into the Alice Springs community. Lots of activities are available, such as ‘learn how to’ belly dancing activities, great food stalls and lots of competitions throughout the day.
Horse racing is always a great event in Alice Springs. Make sure you’re in ‘the Alice’ for ‘Race Carnival’. Ladies frock up and complete their outfits with stunning hats and fascinators and matching accessories. Tents and pavilions glam up the event and punters take to the course for a flutter on the hot favourites.
Alice is one of those places that is great fun for the locals and tourists with every event bringing life into the desert!
Visit Central Australia, there’s so much to see!