6 Best Places to Shop in Red Centre, The Outback

Red Kangaroo Books

Fodor's choice

From bush poetry and traditional bush tucker recipes to anthropological texts on Aboriginal people and their culture, Red Kangaroo Books has an outstanding collection of literature pertaining to all things Australian.

Mbantua Aboriginal Art Gallery

Supporters of the Aboriginal artists of Central Australia since 1987, the Mbantua Art Gallery’s Todd Mall shop houses some of the best samples of Indigenous art in Alice Springs. Learn more about this fascinating culture at the Gallery’s Cultural Museum, where you can see boomerangs, spears, and other artifacts and objects collected around the Northern Territory.

Papunya Tula Artists

Encouraged to paint a mural on a blank building wall by a local school teacher in 1971, the Papunya Tula artists were the founders of the modern western and central desert art movement. This gallery showcases the work of some of the area's best.

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This Is Aboriginal Art

Stop by the gallery to explore two floors full of artwork by local painters, who typically work from the on-site studio. Finished pieces can also be purchased online through the website.

Todd Mall Markets

Held every other Sunday morning from 9 am until around 1 pm, mid-February to December, the markets feature more than 100 stalls of local arts, crafts, and food, which are displayed while musicians entertain.

Uluru–Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

The cultural center not only has information about the Anangu people and their culture, it also houses beautiful art for purchase. The Ininti Cafe carries souvenirs and light food, while Maruku and Walkatjara Art Uluru sell Aboriginal paintings and handicrafts. The Cultural Centre itself is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm (information desk from 10 am to 5 pm); Ininti Cafe is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm; Maruku Arts is open daily 7:30 am to 5:30 pm; Walkatjara Art Uluru is open daily from 8 am to 4 pm.