Parrtjima 2021 - A Festival in Light
Located within (and against) the natural wonders of the Alice Springs Desert Park in the iconic Red Centre, Parrtjima is set to astound with its mesmerising use of light merged with creative Aboriginal designs and the newest technology. From immersive Aboriginal artworks to interactive creations, and the magical illumination of the MacDonnell Ranges, Parrtjima is set to blow Australia’s minds. While in the heart of our great country you’ll also find yourself exploring the incredible West MacDonnell Ranges, including Simpsons Gap and Ellery Creek Big Hole, all while based at the luxurious DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs.
- 3/5/7 night stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs in a guest room including:
- DoubleTree cookie on arrival
- Daily breakfast
- In-room WiFi
- In-room movies
- Late checkout of 1pm
- 1 day premium West MacDonnell Ranges tour including:
- Morning tea, lunch & afternoon snacks
- Accommodation pick-up & drop-off
- Experienced friendly guide
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Entry fee to Standley Chasm
- Entrance to Alice Springs Desert Park, including return transfers from hotel
- Parrtjima - A Festival in Light (free event at Desert Park)
- Transfers to and from the Alice Springs airport
Ask us about adding on an Uluru day tour and explore Kata-Tjuta National Park including magical Kata-Tjuta (the Olgas) plus the majestic beauty of Uluru for only $239 per person (departs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays).
Please be aware flights are not included in the package price and should not be booked until your package has been confirmed. However please speak to one of our NT Now Travel Specialists for the best available fares at the time of booking.
Enjoy exploring the wonders of the unique town of Alice Springs while based at the modern DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs which boasts stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges. Your spacious garden or mountain view room will offer these unforgettable scenic views as well as luxurious bedding, modern interiors and internet access as well as a late check-out. For those who enjoy being active the hotel provides a 24-hour fitness centre, two tennis courts and an outdoor heated pool which overlooks the lush garden landscape. Golfing-enthusiasts need not worry as there is an 18-hole golf course located just next door.
Where to eat:
It’s hard not to satisfy your hunger with the DoubleTree’s variety of unique eateries. Saltbush Restaurant provides an exciting and innovative menu based on Australian bush food foundations and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or you can unwind in the inviting Deck Bar, a luxurious cocktail style lounge. If you’re after award-winning fine-dining, then Hanuman is the place for you with a menu that focuses on Thai and Indian specialities.
On your day tour you will be provided with a freshly packed lunch and fruit and snacks throughout the day to keep you satisfied on your adventure around the Red Centre.
What to do:
Running from 9-18 April 2021, Parrtjima (pronounced par-chee-ma) A Festival in Light is a free light festival featuring Aboriginal artwork and light installations alongside a 10-night public program of interactive workshops, music, films and talks so you can share the stories of county and its people. The theme for 2021 is FUTURE KULTCHA, based on the timeless oral way of learning, the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next that has taken place amongst Aboriginal peoples for eons. But to learn, you also have to understand the listening. Listen to the elders, custodians and guardians of language.
And imagine – when you have knowledge you have obligation, when you have a voice you have freedom, you have pride and you belong.
PARRTJIMA 2021 – FUTURE KULTCHA an inclusive two-way, side by side exchange. It will give young and emerging artists a new agency, working side by side with cultural guides, while senior artists and performers pass on their wisdom to the next generation in new ways and forms.
The program will focus on intergenerational wisdom told through light, installations, art, music, dance, performance and digital. Through deep listening conversations and the spoken word.
Wisdom passed to a new generation and expressed in new ways – under the desert skies, amongst an ancient landscape, from the heart of Australia.
The West MacDonnell Ranges tour will provide you with panoramic landscapes, spectacular outback scenery and many photo opportunities as you travel along the ranges, stopping occasionally at historic sites. You’ll enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, the Ochre Pits and a stop at Ormiston Gorge for lunch. Next stop is the spectacular gorge of Glen Helen before heading to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of Central Australia’s most pristine waterholes, for a refreshing swim. On the return trip to Alice Springs you’ll witness the spectacular ranges light up with the brilliant orange and reds of the day’s sunset.
At Alice Springs Desert Park you’ll find a range of options to fill your time with adventure and interesting experiences. At the Eagle Encounter you’ll find your heart racing as you get up close with Australia’s largest bird of prey, the majestic wedge-tailed eagle. Walk the Land will immerse you in the spirituality of the living desert as you admire local wildlife and learn hunting and gathering techniques, all while lead by an expert guide. You can also learn about the history of the traditional owners of the land, the Arrernte people, and their unique stories as well as the opportunity to experience an informative cinematic journey through millions of years of desert evolution.
Optional add on:
While in the Red Centre, why not add on a premium Uluru day tour? Travel via a luxury coach to the domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and find yourself mesmerised on a Walpa Gorge Walk, immersing you in the beauty of the Red Centre’s landscape, followed by a trip to the informative Aboriginal Cultural Centre. From here you’ll then be taken on a guided Mala walk around the north-west side of the famed Uluru where you’ll see many examples of Anangu rock art while also being told dreamtime stories of the Anangu people by your experienced guide. This is followed by a second guided walk starting from the back of Uluru. While listening to stories of local traditions and practices, you’ll be guided to the Mutitjulu Waterhole, home of an ancestral water snake called Wanampi, where you can also view caves containing historic rock art. A fresh BBQ dinner with a view of the famous rock will then end your adventuring for the day as you take in the stunning outback sunset. Ask us about adding this to your holiday package!
Location & how to get there
Alice Springs Airport (alicespringsairport.com.au) is served by Virgin Australia, Qantas and Air North with capital cities served mostly by daily flights. There are also connections to and from Ayers Rock airport as well as several regional airports, mostly within the NT.
The airport is a 15 minute drive to the centre of town. An airport shuttle meets all flights and serves all central hotels. Car hire is available direct from the airport and there are plentiful taxis available at the airport rank. Private transfers, while available are limited, especially at peak times. Alice Springs can also be reached by The Ghan, from either Darwin or Adelaide. The train station is a short walk from the town centre and a shuttle service, as well as taxis serve all arrivals/departures.
Driving to Alice Springs is scenic from whichever direction you arrive, with the trip from Darwin or Adelaide being one of the most iconic road trips in Australia. Various turn offs along the Stuart Highway lead to points along the East Coast on (mostly) sealed roads. For the adventurous and those that seek true solitude the 1126km unsealed Great Central Road, which links Yalara to Laverton in Central Australia will give you an outback experience like no other.
On sale until 31 March 2021. For travel between 9-18 April 2021. Blackout dates may apply. Some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 21 January 2021 and may be subject to change due to availability, surcharges, fees or taxes without notice. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices are based on 2 adults. Please contact us on 1800 854 897 or firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire. Airfares and transfers are additional unless otherwise specified. For full terms and conditions and details on our refund policy, view our booking conditions. E&OE.