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Desert Lantern Restaurant

Alice Springs
Desert Lantern Restaurant bar

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

Student in training making colourful cocktails behind the bar

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

You can view the 2024 dates and availability for the restaurant below or download a copy of the brochure.

2024 Desert Lantern Restaurant Brochure

6 course set menu with paired wines $95 per person (over 18 only)
Time: Arrive at 6.00pm for canape service, seating starts at 6.30pm
Seating arrangement: Tables of 8 guests only 
Wednesday 20 MarchAvailable
Thursday 21 MarchAvailable
Wednesday 4 SeptemberAvailable
Thursday 5 SeptemberAvailable
*As our Degustation dinners are a set menu designed around our curriculum, we cannot cater to dietary requirements. Please note children are not permitted.
À la carte (3-course dinner)
Choice of entrées, main courses and desserts $45 per person (children $25)
Time: 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Seating arrangement: Table sizes between 2 and 6 guests
Tuesday 26 MarchNo availability
Wednesday 27 MarchNo availability
Tuesday 14 MayNo availability
Wednesday 15 MayNo availability
Thursday 16 MayNo availability
Tuesday 21 May No availability
Wednesday 22 MayNo availability
Thursday 23 MayNo availability
Wednesday 18 SeptemberAvailable
Thursday 19 SeptemberAvailable
Tuesday 15 OctoberAvailable
Wednesday 16 OctoberAvailable
Thursday 17 OctoberAvailable
Tuesday 22 OctoberAvailable
Wednesday 23 OctoberAvailable
Thursday 24 October Available
Brunch Buffet
$25 per person
Time: 10.00am to 11.30am
Seating arrangement: Table sizes between 4 and 6 guests (Tables up to 10 guests are available but limited)
Friday 21 June Available
Friday 22 November Available
Dinner Buffet
$65 per person (children $45)
Time: 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Seating arrangement: Table sizes between 4 and 6 guests (Tables up to 10 guests are available but limited)
Wednesday 19 JuneAvailable
Thursday 20 June Available
Wednesday 20 NovemberAvailable
Thursday 21 NovemberAvailable


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.

2024 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.

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