Araluen Cultural Precinct


It is known as the keeping place of stories, Araluen holds within its spaces some of the most significant works of art in Central Australia and brings to the stage world class performances from around the nation (and at times the world). The Araluen Galleries showcase the beginning and continuing development of the Contemporary Aboriginal art movement, particularly of Central Australia and the Western Desert Region as well as significant local contemporary artists in their response to place. The Araluen Art Collection includes original artworks by renowned watercolourist Albert Namatjira and his artistic response to the Central Australian landscape, displayed in rotation in the Galleries, which themselves are only minutes from the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges and the country that gave his work birth. The Araluen Arts Centre is committed to presenting rich artistic and cultural events that capture the identity of this community: from the 20 year young and quirky Alice Springs Beanie Festival, to the nationally significant Desert Mob, presented in September every year, the very latest in the ongoing development of contemporary Indigenous art


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.


The centre is also home to significant public works of art such as the impressive Yeperenye sculpture celebrating the creation ancestor for Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Clifford Possum’s celebrated large scale mural, the majestic sculpture ‘The Split’ that was commissioned for Araluen’s opening in 1984, and Wenten Rubuntja’s massive floor-to-ceiling stained-glass foyer window depicting Arrente stories central to Alice Springs.


  • All attractions are accessible by wheelchair, while lifts and ramps connect all the floors within the facility.
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • The Araluen Theatre has designated seating for patrons in wheelchairs or those who are not comfortable climbing stairs. Please notify our team at the time of booking tickets if you require this.
  • Portable chairs can be provided to patrons who would like to sit down whilst in the Araluen Galleries
  • An electric four wheel scooter is available to enable less mobile visitors to travel between attractions.
  • Some concession and companions cards accepted.


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