What You Can Experience at Night in the Red Centre

Soak up the sparkle of the milky way with an unforgettable experience in the Outback at night. Join the locals for a night at one of the unique venues around Alice Springs where you’ll find live music from professional performers or an open mic night. There are certainly plenty of options to make the most of your Red Centre visit after the sun goes down.


Alice Springs

Earth Sanctuary

Only 15 minutes south of Alice Springs, there is a range of CO2 neutral Astronomy tours on offer. The passion and dedication of the team will leave you inspired and filled with wonder after an evening learning about our solar system and the universe. Experience their Dark Skies Festival if you visit in late May.

Desert Park Nocturnal Tour

Visit the Mulga Walk, a large predator-proof enclosure at the Desert Park. A range of desert critters such as the mala, echidna and bilby can be seen and spotlighted foraging, burrowing and enjoying the cooler night time temperatures. 

Earth Sanctuary group

Earth Sanctuary

Alice Springs Desert Park nocturnal tour

Desert Park Nocturnal Tour

Epilogue Lounge & Rooftop Bar

Nestled in the Todd Mall, Epilogue Lounge is a fantastic choice for a delicious meal, tantalising cocktails and entertainment. The Rooftop Bar hosts a range of performers from open mic nights with local musicians and touring bands, to locals lip sync battling or cabaret, there will be something to watch or maybe even join in.

The Gap View Hotel

An all-in-one venue that offers camping, a sports bar, dining and a relaxing beer garden. Perfect for cooling off when visiting during the warmer months, the beer garden boasts a network of lagoon pools looking south at The Gap and the MacDonnell Ranges. In the cooler months, the garden food vans will keep you warm and serve up wood fired pizzas, gas heaters and 16 beers on tap.

Jump Inn 

Centrally-located, this hostel, bar and restaurant is the perfect place to stay for solo travellers or small groups who want to experience some nightlife. Jump Inn offers tours and activities for guests, but is also a place you’ll find locals mingling at the craft beer bar & restaurant. Lounge around in the beer garden and enjoy some live music, and a delicious meal from the kitchen. 

Field of Light dune view

Field of Light with Uluru in the distance

Uluru Astro Tours with Uluru in background

Uluru Astro Tour


Field of Light

Take in the majesty of Uluru alongside the whimsy and understated beauty of Bruce Munro’s light installation. The lights bloom and flow, immersing those who see it into the natural beauty of the desert. 

Sounds of Silence

An Outback dining experience like no other, Sounds of Silence draws you in with stellar food and wine before treating you to cultural performances and talks. The intimacy of desert silence and glowing stars will leave you with a feeling of wonderment and connection to the Red Centre.

Uluru Astro Tour

With exclusive access to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park after dark, this astro tour makes the most of the superb star-gazing conditions. Learn about the constellations, spotting stars and planets through the telescopes and binoculars provided.

Under a Desert Moon

Under a Desert Moon dining experience

Kings Canyon

Under a Desert Moon

Relax after a day exploring Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park with a romantic night of a six-course dinner, lit by the milky way and a fire. Each meal is a showcase of locally sourced produce and seasonings, delighting the taste buds and enjoyed with a specially paired wine.


Nightlife in Central Australia

If you’re keen to let your hair down while visiting Central Australia, there is some fun to be had in the various arts, music and bar venues across Alice Springs. Check-out the Red Hot Arts and Araluen Arts Centre websites for local and touring events, such as art house cinema, dance, cabaret, comedy, live music and workshops.

If you’re looking to dance the night away on the weekend, start at one of the many bars or pubs in town and make your way to the dancefloor at either The Rooftop or Rock Bar in the wee hours.

Night Experiences


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