Mel is in Alice Springs on a long weekend away. And after bringing us the best from Parrtjima, a Festival of light, she is now exploring the arts and café scene in town which is two of her favourite things to do on the weekend!
First stop is Epilogue in Todd Mall, a funky café ideal for brekky, brunch or even lunch. Here they are serving up everything you’d expect in a major city, including a mean flat white and avo on toast!
Then, Mel heads to the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, an important indigenous site. She goes for a stroll through the native gardens and has a bit to eat – al fresco of course – at the Bean Tree Café.
It’s then over to Yubu Napa Gallery to not only view local Aboriginal art work but to also meet the artists behind the works. After chatting with the artists who are based on onsite, Mel heads over to the Araluen Art Centre to see Desert Mob, an annual exhibition that has been running since 1991. Desert Mob is a unique exhibition offering the opportunity for artists and the audience to come together and share in the rich and dynamic culture of the Australian desert. The art works here are grand and impressive, a great example of the oldest community on earth sharing their deep connection with the land.