Desert Lantern - training restaurant in Alice Springs

Desert Lantern - Training restaurant in Alice Springs

The Tourism and Hospitality (Central) team provides butchery, cookery and hospitality students and apprentices from around the Northern Territory and overseas with an opportunity to train, learn and ultimately provide the community with a high quality food experience at the Desert Lantern Training restaurant.

The Desert Lantern is derived from the Desert lantern or Abutilon Leucopetalum, which is a species of plant found in the Central Australian region with large yellow flowers. It grows on hillsides and is commonly found at the base of rocks throughout the region, typically flowering after rain. Western Arrernte people are reputed to eat the cooked roots.

As a training restaurant, our cookery and hospitality students offer a unique visitor experience by providing either a  3 course table d hôte menu of different international cuisines that changes on a weekly basis,  a 7 course degustation menu that includes wines that match each course or a 3 course Gueridon (flambé) service which  includes silver service. Our students are also trained in the fine art of cocktail creation.

In the kitchen, students undertaking Certificate 1 and 2 in kitchen operations are closely supervised by our experienced chefs and learn about many facets of working in a professional kitchen including a variety of cookery methods, the structure of menus and the cleanliness and hygiene expected in a professional environment.

Students studying Certificates 1, 2 and 3 in Hospitality can gain valuable hands on experience in a supervised environment serving customers, working in a bar, fine dining and silver service, whilst students carrying on to complete their Certificate 4 in Hospitality gain their experience and basic management skills by supervising the Certificate 1, 2 and 3 students in a real life situation during these restaurant sessions.

The Desert Lantern restaurant is within the grounds of the Alice Springs campus of Charles Darwin University and enjoys magnificent views of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. Entry is via the second entrance off Grevillea Drive. 

For more information download the Desert Lantern Training Restaurant Brochure 2015 (PDF 1MB).


Bookings and pre-payment are essential. The Desert Lantern Restaurant does not cater for private functions. You can book by telephone, fax or email.

T: 8959 5200
F: 8959 5240


Food total must be paid in order to secure your reservation. Bookings may be moved to another date depending on availability if advised 48 hours prior to original booking.