Join us on an exclusive 7-day art expedition to the remote outback of Australia. Explore and camp at the Finke River system, which is dated 400–450 million years old and is arguably the world's oldest. Visit Tjanpi Desert Weavers, iconic Simpson Gap and Ormiston Gorge. Highlight is a visit to Papunya, the home of modern day Central Australian Aboriginal Art and explore several other art galleries in the western desert of the Norther Territory. The area holds a rich Aboriginal culture and breath-taking scenes that inspired watercolour artist Albert Namatjira to paint from his home base of Hermannsburg.
You will visit several remote art galleries in the western desert of the NT Outback. Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Many Hands Gallery and the Tangentyere artists just to name a few. Discover Papunya, home of modern day central Australian aboriginal art. You will also visit the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct where the Lutherans set up a mission in 1877. You will be guided through the site by a Traditional Owner of the area. A mission that operated for 150 years, a people that owned this country for millennia, foreign colonists under resourced and struggling in the harsh Australian outback, a history of frontier violence and sanctuary, years of drought and illness and heartbreak, enduring friendships and a community that continues to grow and evolve in response to the changes in the world around them; there are many stories to be told about Hermannsburg, some you will experience on this visit.
Arrival day in Alice Springs. In the afternoon enjoy a town tour visiting Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Many Hands Gallery and the Tangentyere Artists. In the evening spend time getting to know your fellow travellers and guide at The Locals restaurant, Alice Springs.
Alice Springs to Finke River
Arts trails of the Western Desert
Finke River to Rodna
Rodna to Alice Springs