Alcohol Restrictions

Alcohol Restrictions do apply in Alice Springs.
There is No drinking in designated public places in Alice Springs, however you can still drink in private and licensed premises like homes, hotels, caravan parks, restaurants, bars and with licensed tour operators. Drinking is permitted at the Picnic area at the Telegraph Station Reserve. Watch our video.

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Some special events may be also licensed to allow drinking.

Drinking is also permitted at the picnic area of the Telegraph Station Reserve.

Drinking alcohol in public areas such as parks, streets, the Todd River bank is banned and attracts penalties.

Takeaway Alcohol

Monday to Friday
2.00pm - 9.00pm

Saturday and Public Holidays
10.00am - 9.00pm

Sundays (pubs and clubs only)
Noon - 9.00pm

There is no takeaway alcohol on Christmas Day or Good Friday.

Product restrictions apply.

Photo ID System
Everyone must present photo ID when buying alcohol from licensed stores and public hotel takeaway outlets in Alice Springs.

Acceptable forms of ID include:
  • Drivers Licence
  • Passport 
  • Proof of age card
The system also recognises national identity cards from over 50 countries.

For more information, please contact Licensing and Regulation, Department of Justice, on (08) 8951 8452 or visit

Thanks to Wayne Kraft of the Overlanders Steakhouse, Wayoutback Tours, the staff of the Crowne Plaza, Imparja Television (footage of Henley on Todd & Camel Cup) and Moving Pictures (photograph of the Golf Course) for their assistance in the making of the dry town video. 

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