Alice is the centre for Aboriginal arts from all over central Australia. There's also a semiregular market, an excellent bookshop and two places that sell equipment for those heading out on an outback expedition.

If you're considering purchasing an original artwork, make sure you're buying from an authentic dealer; an authentic piece will come with a certificate indicating the artist's name, language group and community, as well as the work's title, its story and when it was made.