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Introducing Hermannsburg

The Aboriginal community of Hermannsburg (Ntaria), about 125km from Alice Springs, is famous as the one-time home of artist Albert Namatjira and the site of the Hermannsburg Mission.

The whitewashed walls of the mission are shaded by majestic river gums and date palms. This fascinating monument to the Territory's early Lutheran missionaries includes a school building, a church and various outbuildings. The 'Manse' houses an art gallery and a history of the life and times of Albert Namatjira as well as work of 39 Hermannsburg artists.

The Kata-Anga Tea Room, in the old missionary house, serves yummy apple strudel and Devonshire teas. Distinctive paintings and pottery by the locals is also on display here and is for sale.

Just west of Hermannsburg, is Namatjira's House.