Art Tours of Australia is the home of award winning tour guide, Anna Dakin. Anna has spent a number of years perfecting guiding Larapinta Trail hikes, and is especially fond of taking people up Mt Sonder (Rwetyepme).
“Hiking at night is a really unusual experience – you can’t really tell how far you’ve walked until the sun comes up,” Anna say’s of the 16km return hike to Mt Sonder summit, “watching the sun rise over the desert has to be one of the most rewarding experiences in Central Australia. You can literally see the sun coming up on one side of the mountain, and the shadow of the mountain on the other!”
If you’re interested in spending a night camping out under the stars, and waking up EARLY to complete the challenging hike to the top of the mountain with Anna, reach out to Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+61) 0477223011. She can pick you up in Alice Springs, cook you a nice campfire dinner, and guide a hike in the dark to the top of the mountain.
The return hike to the bottom of the mountain is just as rewarding, as you get your first views of the landscape that you already walked through on your way up the mountain!
The hike includes about 750m of incline, which Anna takes at a nice steady pace. The top of the mountain can be quite cold in the winter, although winter is the best time to complete this hike. We run Mt Sonder hikes between March – November, avoiding walking in the very hottest months.
Whether you’re here for a year or just passing through Alice Springs is full of interesting things to do. Here are a few of our favourite suggestions.
Watercolour painting class at Simpsons Gap
Spend a Sunday afternoon playing with paint at Simpsons Gap. Art Tours of Australia can pick you up from your Alice Springs accommodation and take you on a short 15 minute drive to the spectacular West MacDonnel Ranges for a watercolour painting class. A wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Visit Indigenous art centres
Alice Springs is home to a number of fantastic Aboriginal art centres and galleries. We high recommend visiting the Tjanpi Desert Weavers gallery, the Bindi gallery, Many Hands Art Centre, and the Tangentyere Artists gallery, all in the industrial area of Alice Springs. Remember to check opening times before heading out, alternatively you can reach out to Art Tours of Australia who can drive you from your Alice Springs accommodation to these art centres and galleries.
Overnight camping trip
Camping in Central Australia has to be one of the most memorable experiences the outback has to offer. Why not join Art Tours of Australia for an overnight camping and art trip?
Interested in learning about the stars in Central Australia? Art Tours of Australia’s tour guides have extensive knowledge that spans to the outer edges of out universe and back. Let us show you the stars! We can pick you up and take you out of town for a short astronomy talk. Just send us an email, text, or give us a call and we can arrange a special trip for your group at a competitive price.
A weekend of yoga, art, and camping near Alice Springs.
Looking for a special yoga and camping trip? Look no further!
Our special weekend camping retreat in Central Australia’s heart, will take place in a peaceful river bed. Expect short hikes, beginner level art classes, yoga suited to all fitness levels, and pure relaxation.
Simpsons Gap Sunset watercolour painting classes are now happening every Sunday!
Join us every Sunday for the remainder of the 2023 season for our weekly watercolour painting classes at Simpsons Gap. All you need to do is book online, and we’ll pick you up from your Alice Springs accommodation in the Art Tours of Australia Troopy.
Looking for something to do in Alice Springs?
Our watercolour painting class is suitable for people with any level of art experience, from absolute beginners who haven’t ever picked up a paintbrush, to expert artists who just want to get out into the wilderness. We provide all of the art materials, a platter of snacks, and a guided walk into Simpsons Gap.
Art Tours of Australia predominantly operates on Arrernte, Anangu, and Luritja country. We acknowledge Elders past, present, and emerging, and the unwavering care taken for country, Culture, and language.