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“Beanie festival was a highlight of our stay in Alice Springs”

Alice Springs: Araluen Cultural Precinct
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Araluen Cultural Precinct is home to some of the most significant artistic, cultural and historical experiences in Alice Springs and provides a unique visitor experience, encompassing Central Australia’s key cultural institutions and collections. In its four galleries and 500 seat theatre, the Araluen Arts Centre presents an annual program of exhibitions, theatre, and film. The Araluen Galleries showcase the beginning and continuing development of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement, particularly of the Central and Western Desert. The Araluen Art Collection includes significant original watercolours by Albert Namatjira in his artistic response to the Central Australian landscape. A “keeping place of stories”, the Araluen Cultural Precinct offers a rich experience set amongst important Arrernte sites significant to the local Arltyerre (Dreaming) including yaye (Big sister hill), yaye akweke (Little sister hill) and a sacred 300-year-old corkwood tree.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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“Beanie festival was a highlight of our stay in Alice Springs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

The beanie festival is a fantastic event, thousands of home made beanies to look at and buy if desired, all of them home made. The imagination in design is brilliant and they are all different, there is an exhibition at the cultural centre of the best beanies. In the evening there is music and food, good curries and the like. The whole event has a lovely friendly atmosphere.The cultural centre itself is worth a look around it has a lovely collection of paintings by Namatjira.

Visited June 2013
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“They should post the entrance fees”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

We arrived by foot and came via a side-street, so we enjoyed the outdoor spaces prior to arriving at the arts centre. We entered the gallery area where we were greeted and told about what was on offer. The lady then asked us where we were from prior to telling us the price of entry. The entrance fees are not posted anywhere (at least we did not see them) and we really didn't feel comfortable with just being quoted a number. Now, the amount we were quoted is the amount I now see listed on their website, but as tourists from Europe who did feel like marks during our time in Australia, this just didn't give us a good vibe.

Visited June 2013
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“Fabulous kids playground!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Our kids spent over half an hour in the shaded kids playground. They would have been happy to stay longer if we didn't have to move on.

We specifically visited to see the shop of local crafts and particularly the hand painted silk. We each came away with some beautiful items at very reasonable prices.

The very clean bathrooms in the foyer of the performing arts area were an added bonus.

Make sure you look up when you arrive as the building roof is covered in solar panels. Great to see green energy in action.

Visited July 2013
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Nelson, New Zealand
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“Museum, Gallery, Aviation History....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

We enjoyed everything we did here - the aviation museum initially appears a little tired but it is interesting and some of the displays show a great sense of humour. The audio tour at the museum added extra enjoyment (I didn't listen to EVERY tape....) and I gleaned new information about places we had already visited. The Art Gallery gave us much to think about...and your ticket allows you to revisit again at no extra cost!!

Visited June 2013
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“Museum was great, didn't see the rest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

I loved the museum! It was individualised and quirky and I spent about 3 hours there. Lots of information on people who shaped central Australia which was great.

Visited October 2012
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