Ntaria (Hermannsburg)


historic precinctWe were thrilled to hold the 2013 Festival at Ntaria (Hermannsburg) in Western Arrernte country. Located 124km south-west of Alice Springs, this is one of the most picturesque areas of Central Australia set amongst the rolling hills of the MacDonnell Ranges.

The town of Hermannsburg was originally established as a mission by German Lutheran Missionaries in 1877. The National Heritage Listed Historic Precinct in the centre of town will be the main location for the festival. 

Now known as Ntaria, the community is located within the MacDonnell Shire and has a population of 700 people. It has a vibrant arts community well known for its watercolour paintings, pottery and music.

It is famously known as the home of renowned landscape artist Albert Namatjira who inspired the Hermannsburg School of watercolour painters. More recently, Ntaria has also become known for its Pottery and Ladies Choir.

Ntaria is also the home of singer/songwriter Warren H Williams, a Red Ochre Award recipient and regular CAAMA radio broadcaster.

The Korparilya Horse Races, a local community event, will be taking place during the weekend of the festival. Other nearby attractions include Palm Valley within the Finke Gorge National Park.

Services and facilities located in Ntaria include: two shops, post office, bank agency, service station, public phones, coin operated laundry, church, police station and health clinic. Permits are not required for festival attendees to visit Ntaria community. 

There is mobile coverage available in the community on the Telstra 3G network only.

Please note: there is no alcohol permitted in Ntaria.


Festival map

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How to get there

The road from Alice Springs is a sealed road.

Take Larapinta Drive west from Alice Springs for 124km.

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Hermannsburg Historic Precinct

MacDonnell Shire