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Slideshow: More than bush! Secret Alice Springs

drags in the desert of Alice Springs
Gemma Pitcher

A trip to Alice Springs doesn't have to mean ending up in the same old tourist traps — the town also offers an abundance of annual offbeat arts and cultural events.

Some of these Alice offerings include the Finke Desert Race and Beanie Festival in June, the Camel Cup in July, the Henley-on-Todd Regatta in August and the Alice Desert Festival in September.

Alice Desert Festival aims to be a showcase for everything that makes Alice Springs special — unique indigenous Australian culture, beautiful art and stunning landscapes.

But it's more than a run-of-the-mill arts event. Many of the happenings at the festival, capture the quirky, exciting and often downright odd atmosphere of the town.

Travel writer Gemma Pitcher soaked up the fun and frivolity, and here's what she found:

More info: Tourism NT

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