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This evening excursion takes place just 18kms outside of Alice Springs at Simpsons Gap, a natural wonder that explodes with colour as the sun sets, making it is the perfect spot to paint with watercolours! In this workshop you will learn the basics of watercolour painting in a series of exercises designed to help you to loosen up and have fun.  



Watch the rocky ridges of the West MacDonnell Ranges turn a deeper red as the sun sets, hear an orchestra of birds sing from the tops of the river red gum trees, tune in to the peace of this special place which is an important spiritual site for Arrernte people. 


*The exact timings of this trip change throughout the year to sit with sunset times. The experience takes between 3-4 hours, and you can expect to be back in Alice Springs roughly 45 mins after sunset. 

We will drive from your accommodation in Alice Springs to Simpsons Gap, just 15 mins outside of town. 

We will walk roughly 1km into Simpsons Gap along an easy flat path, while learning a little bit about the landscape. Fun facts about the flora and fauna will deepen the meaning of the series of paintings you make, which you can take home to remind you of your special trip.

You will be led through some basic watercolour techniques, using the surrounding landscape as inspiration for your paintings. All materials needed for the class are included. Enjoy watching the changing light from a spectacular location.

We will enjoy a platter of snacks while finishing up our final paintings, as the last of the sunlight fades. 

We will head back to Alice Springs where you will be dropped off at your accommodation, just after dark. 

Paint pallet covered in paint on the ground next to a paint brush and pallet knife

Do I need to know how to paint?

NO. This class is suitable for absolute beginners, experienced artists who want to go back to basics, kids, adults, families, single travellers – anyone. All you meed to bring is an open mind.


This class is all about loosing up, having fun, and looking at the environment differently. 

How much walking is involved?

We will walk a short distance (>1km) down a graded path and find a spot to sit and paint in the river. 

two hikers walking past a gum tree in a dry river bed
Budgies in a river red gum tree

Will we see any wildlife??

Although we cant guarantee wildlife encounters, Simpsons Gap is home to a known population of rare rock wallabies, and it is quite likely we will see them. During the warmer months it is common to see lizards like bearded dragons, goannas, and perenties. 

What to bring:

Please let us know about any dietary or medical concerns when booking. This tour is weather-dependant.