Based at the remote foothills of the stunning Western MacDonnell ranges, about 130 kilometres west of Alice Springs in Central Australia is the historic Hermannsburg (known by its Aboriginal name ‘Ntaria’) and the Hermannsburg Heritage Precinct.

Hermannsburg Mission was established by Lutheran missionaries in 1877 on the banks of the Finke River, west of Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and the first mission to Aborigines in Central Australia.

It is the birthplace of the renowned artist Albert Namatjira, a pioneer of contemporary Indigenous Australian art. Whilst his western style landscapes differed to traditional Aboriginal art, he was not the first Aboriginal artist to work in a European style, although he is certainly the most famous. His fame led to Albert and his wife becoming the first Aborigines to be granted Australian citizenship.

The township itself is the home to about 700 people, and the hub for 37 regional outstations, or ‘homelands’.

Kata-Anga Tea Rooms - Built in 1897, Hermannsburg, NT
Kata-Anga Tea Rooms – Built in 1897, Hermannsburg, NT

Kata-Anga Tea Rooms – Kata-Anga, the name of the freshwater soak below the house site – Ingkarta Strehlow’s House – Built in 1897. Previously the site of the first church.

The Hermannsburg Kata Anga Tea Rooms is a place where you can enjoy morning tea, lunch, or afternoon tea, and soak up the atmosphere of this historic site in Strehlow’s House, a heritage building that is over 110 years old.

Old Church - Built in 1896, Hermannsburg, NT
Old Church – Built in 1896, Hermannsburg, NT

Altjiraka iltha ingwia – God’s building old – Old Church – Built in 1896 – ‘Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.’

Inside the Old Church - Built in 1896, Hermannsburg, NT
Inside the Old Church – Built in 1896, Hermannsburg, NT
Colonists' House - Built 1885, Hermannsburg, NT
Colonists’ House – Built 1885, Hermannsburg, NT

Urkabunabunaka iltha – skilled workers’ house – Colonists’ House – Built in 1885 – Housed the married skilled workers, one room used as a school room for Aboriginal children prior to 1896.

Isolation Ward - built in 1974, Hermannsburg, NT
Isolation Ward – built in 1974, Hermannsburg, NT

Mentaka iltha – sick patient house – Isolation Ward – built in 1974 – A room with a view, Hermannsburg, NT.


For more information, check out the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct website.