The heritage-listed Pitchi Richi Sanctuary, located approximately 4km south of the Town Centre on Palm Circuit, was established in the early 1950s by Leo Corbet, who is considered by many as one of central Australia’s earliest conservationists.
Built as the town’s first man-made tourist attraction, the sanctuary was listed as one of The Centre’s four “must-see” attractions during the 1960s.
It still holds very fond memories for the many Australians who first visited the place in the 1970s whilst on popular interstate school trips.
The sanctuary boasts over twenty William Ricketts sculptures, set amongst the native “bush” garden, and represents the largest known collection outside of Ricketts’ own Sanctuary in the Dandenongs, Victoria.
Today, the place is managed by Heritage Alice Springs Inc., and is occasionally open for special public events and is also made available to groups by appointment only.
Heritage Alice Springs Inc. continues to maintain the grounds and develop the place through a Volunteers Program and offers short-term, on-site caravan accommodation for visitors wishing to take part in restoration work.
Volunteers are always welcomed and our on-site caretakers are currently involved in securing and controlling buffel within the grounds, as well as restoring Chapman’s House to a better standard of accommodation and developing ablution facilities for visitors and on-site volunteers. Restoration work to date has been made possible mainly through the NT Government’s Heritage Grants program and generous donations from local businesses.
Restoration works are guided by an economically sustainable Development Plan that aims to see the place re-opened to the visiting public.
For enquiries, contact the office of Heritage Alice Springs Incorporated, in Alice Springs.