You can view the 2023 dates and availability for the restaurant below or download a copy of the brochure.
The Desert Lantern Training Restaurant in Alice Springs is designed to give hospitality and cookery students real-world experience in their industry.
Students will train, learn and offer the community a high-quality food experience while completing their certificate.
The restaurant is named after a species of plant found in Central Australia called Abutilon Leucopetalum, or 'Desert Lantern'. It gets its name from the bright yellow flowers it sprouts. Growing on hillsides, the Desert Lantern is commonly found at the base of rocks throughout the Red Centre, typically flowering after rain. Western Arrernte people are known to eat the cooked roots.
Training for students
Certificate II and III students
You’ll be supervised by one of our experienced chefs and will learn about a variety of cookery methods, the structure of menus and more. You’ll be serving customers, working behind the bar and undertaking fine dining and silver service.
Certificate IV students
You’ll have the opportunity to develop your management skills by supervising Certificate II and III students in real-life situations during the Desert Lantern’s opening hours.
Dine at the Desert Lantern
À la carte (3-course dinner)
Choice of entrées, main courses and desserts $45 per person
|Tuesday 4 April||No availability|
|Wednesday 5 April||Available|
|Tuesday 9 May||Available|
|Wednesday 10 May||Available|
|Thursday 11 May||Available|
|Wednesday 17 May||Available|
|Thursday 18 May||Available|
|Tuesday 30 May||Available|
|Wednesday 31 May||Available|
|Thursday 1 June||Available|
|Wednesday 21 June||Available|
|Thursday 22 June||Available|
|Wednesday 2 August||Available|
|Thursday 3 August||Available|
|Tuesday 22 August||Available|
|Wednesday 23 August||Available|
|Thursday 24 August||Available|
|Wednesday 18 October||Available|
|Thursday 19 October||Available|
|Tuesday 24 October||Available|
|Wednesday 25 October||Available|
|Thursday 26 October||Available|
$55 per person
|Wednesday 22 March||Closed|
|Thursday 23 March||Closed|
|Wednesday 22 November||Available|
|Thursday 23 November||Available|
Make a booking
To make a booking, please complete and email the booking form. Phone or walk-in bookings are no longer accepted.
We require 48 hours notice for booking cancellations or rescheduling, subject to availability.
Patrons are responsible for their own booking dates and attending on the night, as courtesy reminder calls have been discontinued.
2023 Desert Lantern Booking Form
To secure your reservation, all meals must be paid for in advance. Once we have scheduled your booking, we will email you the link for online payment.
Any drink purchases on the night must be paid using EFTPOS, as we no longer accept cash payments.
The Desert Lantern Training Restaurant is located on CDU’s Alice Springs campus. You can get to it via Entrance 2 of the CDU Alice Springs campus off Grevillea Drive.