Getting There

Friday, Saturday, Sunday , Monday 10 - 4 call for a free bus to the Festival from your Alice Springs accommodation phone Kris on 0410806825.

Alice Springs and the Red Centre offer some of Australia’s truly unique experiences, and the Beanie Festival is a great excuse to see the wonders of Central Australia. Depending on the time you have available, flights are available from all the major capital cities and regional Northern Territory centres. Or take it slowly and soak up the country by driving. The Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre has a range of unlimited kilometres car hire, accommodation, and tours to help you plan your complete holiday. Check out their website:

By Plane

Qantas has direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney, and Darwin on most days, and from Brisbane twice a week. Virgin has direct flights from Adelaide, Darwin and Brisbane and indirect flights from the other capitals.

If you’re thinking of visiting Uluru, you can fly direct to Ayers Rock Airport with Jetstar and then travel to Alice Springs via bus transfer or self-drive.

By Train The Ghan Travel from Adelaide or Darwin on this overland railway adventure. The changing flora and desert landscape are spectacular.

By Bus Greyhound Australia have an enormous network of buses across the country.

Car - For those planning a road trip into the wild interior of Australia, there are two major sealed highways into Alice Springs. Either the Stuart Highway from Adelaide and Port Augusta from the south, and Darwin and Katherine to the north. Or, if you’re travelling from Queensland, the Barkly Highway connects through Mt.Isa and the Flinders Highway further west.

If you are looking to rent a vehicle and drive to Alice Springs, Apollo Motorhomes and Britz Campervans have several locations throughout Australia and depots in Alice Springs. Or the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre can arrange one-way car hire into Alice Springs. Alternatively you can share a ride through Co-Seats.

Accommodation and Tours in Alice Springs has links to “Places to Stay” and “Things to Do” in Alice Springs. You’ll be amazed at the number of choices!

Suggestions on things to do:

  • Visit the Alice Springs Desert Park, one of the best wildlife parks in the world
  • Check out Alice from the air in a glider, hot-air balloon, or a scenic flight
  • Rent a bicycle and explore Alice on two wheels
  • Visit Alice’s many museums and attractions
  • Explore world-class art centres and galleries
  • Take a camel ride through the surrounding bushland
  • Learn about the history of the town on a walking tour, or follow the self-guided Heritage Trail
  • Take a day tour to the West MacDonnell Ranges, or Palm Valley and Hermannsburg

Over the Festival weekend the festival provides a free bus service to pick up and drop off to your accommodation. Phone 0408 436 928 to book the bus. There are also taxis available.

There are bike paths from town to the Araluen Galleries. Walking is also an option from town.

Other great things to see and do in the Red Centre


Nyinguta Edwards beanie festival

Nyinguta Edwards spins on a Pitjantjatjara spindle

ernabella beanies

In the gorgeous Musgrave Ranges. Beanies made by Tjimpuna Dunn and Nyinguta Edwards