Alice Springs Desert Park, Alice Springs

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Alice Springs Desert Park portrays Australia's central desert environment, a rare blend of plants, birds, animals, and people. This facility contains native animals and plants representative of the dry central region and contributes to the wildlife preservation through research programs and public education. The area is culturally important to the local Arrernte people, once known as this land's traditional owners. Much of the work is performed under the auspices of this indigenous group, who are caretakers of the park. Stop by to hear interesting lectures, such as the aboriginal use of local plants for food, or visit the nocturnal exhibit, situated in a low-light building with offset day and night schedule to induce the night critters to come in the early morning before it gets too hot. To visit Alice Springs Desert Park and get the most from your holiday in Alice Springs, create itinerary details personal to you using our Alice Springs vacation builder.
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  • The Dessert Park is a great achievement of the people of Alice Springs and deserves at least two hours but could need longer. There is a café there if refueling is needed.  more »
  • If you like animals and plants, not get around desert park in Alice Springs to Alice Springs. Here you can see the native flora and fauna up close. The Park is not huge and divided into three habitats: Sandy County, woodland and desert rivers. In the habitats, there are walk-in aviaries and not walk-in aviaries. Then, there's still an EMU paddock, a Dingo enclosure and a walk-through Kangaroo enclosure. A bird of prey demonstration takes place in the amphitheatre. The nocturnal animal house with snakes, lizards, bats, desert rats and other nocturnal animals is very nice. At various times, information activities take place in different locations, where you can learn a lot. The park features a gift shop, Café and toilets. Within the park there are also numerous animals, which move freely in the Park. Especially birds and lizards. You should bring so little time to observe the animals at rest.
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  • Lots of walking (wear comfy shoes), missed the shows (due to timing), but we walked most area and read the sign, we enjoyed this relaxing surrounds of this place  more »
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  • A wonderful park skillfully arranged to educate and delight anyone wanting to experience the many types of wildlife in the Australian outback. I highly recommend the Eagle Encounter!
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my day spent at Desert Park Alice Springs. The buildings and landscapes are well-designed and maintained. Animals and birds are housed in enclosures where they seem comfortable and content. I was enthralled by the bird show which was conducted in a thrilling yet safe manner. Later I attended a demonstration by an indigenous man. He was engaging and entertaining and very informative about the way aborigines live in and use the desert plants and animals.
  • Amazing wildlife park, really well put together and staffed. Great to see the animals in something close to their natural habitat
  • recommended by a coworker at Canberra Zoo, best bird show i will ever see, lovely mountain views and a must visit for twitchers
  • If you have the time, get both the day and night tickets and make sure you catch the bird show. Great experiences, friendly guides.

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Where to stay in Alice Springs

Due to its remote location in arid Central Australia, Alice Springs often surprises visitors with its diverse selection of comfortable and affordable lodgings. The city's hostels serve as the most economical option, with many providing free pickup from the airport. For just a bit more, you can stay at one of the area's motels, providing rooms with views of the McDonnell Ranges, free Wi-Fi, secure off-road parking, and access to private barbecue facilities. Otherwise, check into one of Alice Springs' hotels for a country-club vibe and even more amenities.
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