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Hermannsburg Historic Precinct


Hermannsburg Historic Precinct

The Aboriginal settlement of Hermannsburg is the home of Aboriginal landscape watercolour artist Albert Namatjira. The historic settlement is an ideal morning or afternoon stop, located 130km drive from Alice Springs. Explore the buildings of the restored historic precinct, enjoy a slice of apple strudel and appreciate work by local artists.

Insights into your experience

Wurtai (welcome) to Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Western Aranda country. This self-guided experience will take you through the Hermannsburg National Trust Historic Precinct, a series of German-style whitewashed buildings that were constructed when the Lutheran Mission was originally established back in the late 1880's.

The historic precinct is shaded by river red gums and old date palms. Among the stone buildings are a church, a school and various houses and outbuildings. The buildings have been restored to their original 19th century condition and now house the Kata Anga Tea Rooms, a museum and the Namatjira Gallery, which displays original paintings by Albert Namatjira and works by the acclaimed Hermannsburg Potters.

The Hermannsburg Potters are renowned for their unique hand-built terracotta pots. The lids of these stunning works support colourful sculpted animals, birds and bush and the pot centres are painted with imagery inspired by the surrounding landscapes.


First aid

You should bring

Water bottle

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Things to know

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  • Opening hours are 9am – 5pm Monday – Sunday.
  • Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
  • The tea rooms are closed from November 2019 – March 2020
  • Your ticket provides entry into the Precinct. Allow around 45mins to explore the precinct.
  • This land belongs to the Western Aranda people.
  • Consumption of alcohol is not permitted outside of the Finke Gorge National Park.
  • Observe all signs.
  • This is a National Heritage Listed site, all buildings and objects are protected.
  • Only photograph people with prior permission.
  • In the event of a funeral please show respect by observing and following signs and refrain from taking photos. 

Meeting point

Hermannsburg Historic Precinct - 47 Raberaba Circuit, Hermannsburg, Northern Territory.


Head west from Alice Springs on Larapinta Drive (distance: 125kms - road sealed entire journey). Turn right into Hermannsburg and proceed to the T-intersection. Turn left and follow the road for approximately 800 metres. Carpark and Historic Precinct is on your left.

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