For Visitors

If you’re visiting Alice Springs for the NT Writers’ Festival, here’s some basic information to help you pack and prepare.

Alice Springs | Mparntwe

Alice Springs is situated on the traditional lands of the Arrernte people in the arid heart of Australia. The Arrernte name for Alice Springs is Mparntwe.

The town has a population of about 28,000 and straddles the usually dry Todd River on the northern side of the MacDonnell Ranges.

Here’s a map of the town to get your  bearings:,133.8825718,15z


This is the desert. Temperatures range dramatically between night and day so we recommend that you pack lightweight warm clothing for the evenings and sun protection for daytime.

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Alice Springs, with warm days and cool nights. Average temperatures range from 12-27°C (53.6-80.6°F). If you’re planning to come to outdoor night events, remember you’ll need to rug up!

Getting Around

You can all the info you need here:

If arriving by plane, you can take the shuttle bus or taxi into town to your accommodation.

Public transport in town is limited but you can hire a car from the airport or in the CBD.

If you’re up for it, consider hiring a bike. It’s flat, it’s fuel-free and so easy to get around. Outback Cycling are located in the Todd Mall:

Most events are walkable from the CBD, including Olive Pink Botanic Garden (, the main festival venue from Friday to Sunday night. By foot or bike, the gardens can be accessed via the back gate, from the newly-built path that follows the hill, opposite the Chifley Resort. By car, follow Stott Terrace away from town and turn right onto South Terrace at the roundabout just before crossing Todd River. Take the first turn to your left (Tuncks Rd) and cross over the river causeway. Olive Pink Botanic Garden entrance is to your left, just opposite the intersection with Barrett Drive. Maps and more directions can be found on their website:

The exception is the Alice Springs Desert Park which you will need to plan for.

Information on how to get there can be found here:


NT Writers’ Festival guests are staying with our partners at Chifley hotel:

The Chifley is in walking distance of the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, the main venue for the festival, as well as the Alice Springs Public Library and the Residency.

You can find many other options online and get some help on the Tourism NT website:

Things to do

If you’re only here for the writers’ festival, you should have plenty to do. If you’re staying longer, go to for help to plan your trip:

If you’re not planning to go far, these links will let you know what’s happening in Alice: