For Visitors

If you’re visiting Alice Springs for the Writers’ Festival, here’s some basic information to help you pack and prepare.


Alice Springs/Mparntwe


Alice Springs is situated on the traditional lands of the Arrernte people in the arid heart of Australia. The Arrernte name for Alice Springs is Mparntwe.


The town has a population of about 28,000 and straddles the usually dry Todd River on the northern side of the MacDonnell Ranges.


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In desert country, temperatures range dramatically between night and day so we recommend that you pack lightweight warm clothing for the evenings and sun protection for daytime.

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Alice Springs, with warm days and cool nights. Average temperatures range from 12 – 27°C (53.6 – 80.6°F). If you’re planning to come to outdoor night events, remember you’ll need to rug up!


Getting Around

If arriving by plane, you can take the shuttle bus or taxi into town to your accommodation. Public transport in town is limited but you can hire a car from the airport or in the CBD.

Most events are walkable from the CBD, including Olive Pink Botanic Garden, the main festival venue. By foot or bike, the gardens can be accessed via the back gate, from the newly-built path that follows the hill, opposite the Chifley Resort. By car, follow Stott Terrace away from town and turn right onto South Terrace at the roundabout just before crossing Todd River. Take the first turn to your left (Tuncks Rd) and cross over the river causeway. Olive Pink Botanic Garden entrance is to your left, just opposite the intersection with Barrett Drive. Maps and more directions can be found on their website:



You can find other options online and get some help on the Tourism NT website:


Things to do 

If you’re only here for the writers’ festival, you should have plenty to do. If you’re staying longer, go to for help to plan your trip.

If you’re not planning to go far, here’s some things to see and do in Alice Springs:


Maps, trips and other tips