If There’s Just One Place You Visit in Alice Springs…
Alice Springs Desert Park
Make it the Alice Springs Desert Park! No visit to Alice is complete without an afternoon and maybe even a night at this inspiring park, which gives the perfect introduction to the plants, animals, and people of the Red Centre.
Open daily from 7.30am to 6 pm, the park has recreated three desert habitats; sand country, woodland and desert rivers. Each habitat has its own unique animals and plants and you’ll learn what they are and how they live and thrive in this harsh environment. As seasons change, all manner of adaptations come into play and you will learn how different animals and plants take over at different times of the year. For example, a walk along the dry river bed in the ‘desert rivers’ area will reveal why red river gum trees are so important to the animals that live here, and how Aboriginal communities find food and medicines in these seemingly desolate and lifeless places. The Nature Theatre features free-flying birds of prey, acting just like they would in their natural environment and you’ll learn how to spot native birds on your own and learn how they hunt and reproduce.
But probably the most fascinating thing to do during your visit is the Nocturnal Tour. Led by an expert guide, the Nocturnal Tour takes place in a huge enclosure in the foothills of the mountains where you can get up close and personal with anything from cute bilbys to echidnas, brush-tailed bettongs and more. The desert is a different world at night and one that few people get to see and experience, making this a must do while you’re here.
The Alice Springs Desert Park is the town’s number one attraction and for good reason. There is so much information here on the flora, fauna, and people of the desert it’s the perfect place to start your Outback adventure.
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