The history of the area draws many tourists each year. New pastoral country was opened up for settlement and occupied from the 1950s, ending the wholly traditional life of the Eastern Aranda people who had until then remained uninfluenced by western culture.
Harts Range is mineral rich and a dedicated fossicking area is available at the nearby abandoned mica mines of Mount Palmer.
The Gemtree site has fuel, camping facilities, and gem displays. It offers a nine-hole golf course, scenic drives, a 2.5km nature walk and the unique sport of paddy melon bowls.
Softball, basketball and football are played and Harts Range Amateur Race Club has strong support in the community.
The health clinic has a permanent nurse. A doctor visits once a month from Alice Springs.
- The annual Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend in August attracts some 3,000 people to the event.
- Harts Range Race weekend is a major event each year, attracting tourists as well as locals.