Now offering: Night Hike up Mt Sonder

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 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.

Yoga & Art retreat

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.

Find out more on our page Yoga & art retreat

This is a one off trip for 2023, so please dont hesitate to book.

Need an escape from city life? Need to slow down, relax and recoup with like minded people? Slow down and set your intentions in one of the oldest landscapes our planet has to offer.

Simpsons Gap Sunset watercolour painting class

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.

Interested in finding out more? Check out the Simpsons Gap Sunset information page.