Originally Alice Spring’s first airport, The Araleun Cultural Precinct is now made up of a number of attractions including heritage buildings, studios and galleries. The Precinct celebrates the history, culture and heritage of Central Australia. All the different people and things that have helped shape Central Australia are acknowledged including ancient Aborigines and aviation pioneers. To the local Arranta people, the land is also culturally significant. There are seven registered sacred sites and trees.
Be sure to check out as many of the attractions of the Araleun Cultural Precinct as you can on your visit to Alice Springs. These attractions include:
Which was built around a sacred 300 year old Corkwood Tree, and holds different shows and performances throughout the year. These shows and performances include dance, music, comedy and live theatre. The Araleun Arts Centre also incorporates The Albert Namatjira Gallery which displays paintings by Albert Namatjira, a famous Aboriginal painter. Also at the Araleun Arts Centre is Araleun’s Arthouse Cinema Program. This program screens both national and international arthouse films.
A museum which explores the unique natural and geological history of Central Australia. You’ll walk away from your visit to the museum equipped with knowledge all about the evolution of the landscape as well as the various creatures that have lived in Central Australia. There are plenty of fossils to see as well as exhibitions of local animals including birds, mammals, insects and reptiles. Within the museum, you’ll also find the Strehlow Research Centre, containing important archival records and objects relating to Indigenous ceremonial life.
The history of the precinct as Alice Spring’s first airport is not forgotten. It is preserved and celebrated within the Central Australian Aviation Museum, which contains two early flying doctor planes as well as other historical aviation items. The museum itself is located in the original Connellan Airways Hangar.
Central Craft is a non-profit, member-based organisation which celebrates the community of Alice Springs. It offers many workshops and free activities that people from all different walks of life are encouraged to attend.
Yepereneye Sculpture is a public exhibition of impressive sculpture and art celebrating the Yepereneye caterpillar. The Yepereneye caterpillar is the most important of the three caterpillars which are the creative ancestors of Alice Springs. The sculpture tells the story of the caterpillars including their habitat, life cycle and cultural significance.
Located in the heart of Alice Springs, The Araleun Cultural Precinct is easy to get to using the rental car you picked up from the Hertz Alice Springs Airport Car Rental Location. Park your rental car on the street, and enjoy a self-guided tour through the precinct.