Harts Range – Central Desert

The history of the area draws many tourists each year. New pastoral country was opened up for settlement and occupied from the 1950s ending the wholly traditional life of the Eastern Aranda people who had not by then been influenced by western culture.


There is a school with primary and secondary facilities to Year 10 at Atitjere with Alice Springs School of the Air as another option.


The health clinic has a permanent nurse. A doctor visits once a month from Alice Springs.

Recreation activities

Softball, basketball, and football are played and Harts Range Amateur Race Club has strong support in the community. Harts Range is mineral rich and a dedicated fossicking area is available at the nearby abandoned mica mines of Mount Palmer. The site, Gemtree, has fuel and camping facilities, gem displays. It offers a nine-hole golf course, scenic drives, a 2.5km nature walk and the unique sport of paddy melon bowls.



The annual Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend in August attracts some 3,000 people to the event.

Harts Range Race weekend is a major event each year, attracting tourists as well as locals.