Amazing Art and Culture at Araluen Cultural Precinct

The Araluen Cultural Precinct is home to some of the most significant artistic, cultural and historical experiences in Alice Springs and provides a unique visitor experience, encompassing Central Australia’s key cultural institutions and collections.

A “keeping place of stories”, the Araluen Cultural Precinct offers a rich experience set amongst important Arrernte sites significant to the local Arltyerre (Dreaming) including yaye (Big sister hill), yaye akweke (Little sister hill) and a sacred 300-year-old corkwood tree.

Start your day at the Araluen Arts Centre: in its four galleries and 500 seat theatre, the Araluen Arts Centre presents an annual program of exhibitions, theatre, and film.

Spend an hour exploring the Araluen Galleries and experience the beginning and continuing development of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement, particularly of the Central and Western Desert.

The Araluen Art Collection is regularly on display in the Albert Namatjira Gallery and includes significant original watercolours by Namatjira in his artistic response to the Central Australian landscape.

Then, head next door to Yaye’s CafĂ© to enjoy a coffee or a meal from Executive Chef Athol Wark. The menu showcases local produce and native Australian wild foods and provides the perfect opportunity to sit outside in the courtyard and take in artist Clifford Possum’s stunning mural.

Once you are fed and refreshed, head to the Museum of Central Australia by walking along the path through the Yeperenye Sculpture. Home to the replica of internationally significant ancient fossil site, Alcoota Station, you will learn the story of our unique natural history, following the evolution of the landscape and the fascinating creatures that inhabited it.

Or if the history of aviation in the centre of Australia is your cup of tea, head to the Central Australian Aviation Museum. Housed within the original Connellan Airways Hangar, you will see two early flying doctor planes, an original Connellan Airways passenger craft and other historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia.

On your way out, don’t forget to drop into Central Craft and pick up a locally designed and made craft piece to remember your visit.

As a special offer for ASMG participants the Araluen Cultural Precinct is offering 10% off admission when you present your accreditation pass.

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