Welcome to Arrernte Country
The Arrernte people are the traditional custodians of Alice Springs and the surrounding region. Mparntwe (pronounced m’barn-twa) is the Arrernte name of the Alice Springs area.
Arrernte stories describe how the landscape surrounding Alice, including the MacDonnell Ranges, was created by the actions of their ancestors, the caterpillar beings Ayepe-arenye, Ntyarlke and Utnerrengatye. Creation stories also explain the traditional connection with more distant areas such as Urlatherrke (Mount Zeil) in the West MacDonnell Ranges, to Port Augusta in South Australia.
Arrernte people living in Mparntwe continue to observe traditional law, look after the country, and teach their children Arrernte language and the importance of culture.
The 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium is being held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre in Alice Springs.
Alice Springs is situated in the middle of the central Australian arid zone.
As in other desert regions around the world, temperatures in Alice can soar to over 40oC during the summer months, peaking mid to late January with an average of 36.4oC, and dropping to single digits during winter months (average minimum of 4oC in July).
The most comfortable time is from autumn to spring (April to November), when there is little chance of rain, but beautifully sunny days with few clouds and temperatures hovering around 25oC. Warm clothing for the evening is still recommended for this time of year. A hat and sunscreen is essential when outdoors at any time of the year in central Australia.
Alice Springs is a very dry place, so visitors may find it necessary to carry a water bottle with you - tap water in Alice is entirely safe to drink.
For current weather conditions and detailed forecasts for Alice Springs, visit the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website here.
Alice Springs Convention Centre
93 Barrett Drive
Alice Springs NT 0870
Phone: 08 8950 0200
Accommodation and travel
A variety of accommodation options have been secured through Travelmakers at flexible rates that are exclusive to attendees of the Symposium. Travelmakers can also assist with your travel needs.