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Desert Mob takes place in Mparntwe/Alice Springs in September and October each year. The opening events, including the official opening and exhibition, symposium, marketplace, workshops and demonstrations and Desert Mob After Dark events, all take place on the Araluen Arts Centre Precinct. Additional satellite events are presented at venues across Mparntwe, including Art Centres located within the central Mparntwe area. 




Qantas, Virgin and Airnorth all service Mparntwe with flights from major cities around the country.  


A public bus service operates in Mparntwe. Service 400 – Gillen, Araluen and Larapinta – stops a short walk to the Araluen Cultural Precinct. Timetables and routes are available here: 

 A shuttle bus service operates to and from the Alice Springs airport, picking up and dropping off at all regular accommodation locations.  

Taxis are available along with a private car hire service. Uber does not operate in Mparntwe. 

As distances are minimal and it’s flat, Mparntwe is a great place to walk and ride to events. 


Free parking, including accessibility parking, is available on the Araluen Arts Centre precinct and (mostly free) street and public parking is available close to all satellite events. 

Bike Hire: 

Getting around Mparntwe is easy by bike, the town is flat, and all the venues are all relatively close. You can hire a basic commuter bike or an E-bike from here 

*please note, if walking or riding, September and October days in Central Australia can be hot and sunny, so please carry drinking water and wear appropriate clothing for protection from the sun and heat. 



Mparntwe has many accommodation options available, but it is best to book as early as possible for Desert Mob opening event dates.  

We are pleased to be able to partner with the following properties to offer discounted rates for Desert Mob attendees (please note, terms and conditions apply and availability is limited): 

Mercure Hotel  

15% off their best available flexible rates between September – October 2024. T&CS Apply. Click this link.  

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs 

20% discount through September to October (Excluding Red Centre NATS: 26TH August – 01st September 2024 & Masters Games: 12th October -19th October 2024). T&CS Apply. Click this link 

Stays Alice Springs 

20% discount rate. Use DESMOB24 to make your reservation. T&CS Apply.  Click this link 

For comprehensive information to assist with planning your travel to and stay in Central Australia, please visit Tourism Central Australia’s website: 



Venue Accessibility 

Our venue and most of the satellite venues have wheelchair access, with some exceptions or limitations.   

Accessibility Services 

Accessible seating is available at the Symposium inside the theatre at the end of the middle rows. Please advise accessibility requirements when booking tickets. Staff will be available to assistance at events. Theatre seating is sturdy, with straight backs, and have armrests.  

Accessible Parking 

Accessible parking is available on the Araluen Arts Centre Precinct, and at or near most of the satellite venues. 

Sensory Information 

Some events will have large crowds. Outdoor events are all-weather. Please see our event pages and socials for details.  

If you have questions, need further information regarding accessibility, or have any advice or feedback, please contact us at 




The Marketplace is an outdoor event. Weather can be unpredictable. If it is looking wet, please check our website or socials prior to the event for updates.   

Under 16s 

This event is a cultural celebration and children are most welcome. The opening events are busy so please keep children close and children need to be quiet for extended periods of time in the Symposium.  

Event Photography 

Desert Mob engages photographers and videographers to document our events. If you do not want your photograph taken, please speak with a Desert Mob staff member.  


Desert Mob aims to use recycled packing materials and compostable containers where possible. If you have one, please bring a reusable cup for coffee at the Marketplace. Free water stations will be available throughout the event as well – bring your favourite water bottle along. 

Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.

On behalf of Desart’s staff and art centre members, the Executive Committee humbly and respectfully acknowledge the Arrernte Apmereke Artweye (Traditional Owners) and Kwertengerle (Traditional Managers) of Mparntwe.


Desart respectfully advises Aboriginal readers that this website may contain names, images and artworks of people who have passed away.