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Alice Springs Desert Park

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by Tema (subscribe)
Write because you want to, not because you have to.
Published December 26th 2013
A true Outback experience
Prepare to have a 'zoo-like' experience with a very refreshing twist!

The area surrounding the Desert Park has a strong cultural influence and is important to the local Arrernte people.

Alice Springs Desert Park is divided into several, structured areas that contains certain species.

Desert Park Entrance Art


Desert Rivers consist of a beautiful variety of birds - cockatoos, water birds (flamingos, ducks), frogs and fish. Make sure you walk along the bridges and get on your knees to get the best shot possible of the wonderful creatures in their natural habitat. Also, do make it a point to read the brief information plaques provided around the creatures to get a better idea of what kind of creatures they are, and where their Australian origins reside.

Bird enclosure


The Woodland habitat is where the kangaroos reside. It was a bit rainy the day I visited Desert Park, but it was a very exciting experience to see not one, not two, but about five kangaroos (all fully grown) jumping around from one side of the enclosure to the other. They are truly the most majestic animals found here in Australia, so make sure you capture them in their natural habitat doing what they do best.

Kangaroo Encounter


The Nocturnal House is probably my favourite section in the whole area of Desert Park. There is a broad variety of reptiles,, birds, and mammals that "come alive" (per se) at night. There is a bat cave, which to (many) Batman fans, is simply awe-inspiring to the naked eye.

Owl in the Nocturnal Cave


The Lake Eyre Bearded Dragon was my favourite reptile to observe in the The Nocturnal House - it looked like it was used to posing for a camera, and as you can see from the image above, it's got a set of complementing colours to really bring out its features. Quite a majestic looking dragon, if you ask me.

Lake Eyre Bearded Dragon


The Thorny Devil is another fantastic reptile that you should observe when in the Nocturnal House. They do not move much, but when they do, it is worth a sight.

Thorny Devil


The Desert Park is beautifully surrounded by the marvellous landscape that gives you a panoramic view of the MacDonnell Ranges. Take a moment to appreciate the spectacular nature that surrounds you at Desert Park.

Surrounding landscape


The staff at the Desert Park are extremely helpful and the rangers along the paths can provide you with useful information about how to go around the park, so take full advantage of their services and make the most out of this amazing opportunity to observe the animals in the wild.

There are audio guides available at Reception that narrates useful and informative facts at certain points in the park. I'd definitely recommend going for that option, especially if you're touring along, because it will give you a reasonable idea of the surroundings.

Make sure you go to the Desert Park with a full bottle of water, lathered up in sunscreen lotion and have a comfy, straw hat. It will get hot, so it's essential that you stay hydrated and protected from the harmful UV rays.

So go ahead and plan a trip to Desert Park - just under 30 minutes away from the Alice Springs CBD!
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Why? Because you don't see enough animals out in the wild!
When: 7.30am to 6.00pm daily
Phone: 61 8 8951 8788
Where: Alice Springs
Cost: $$
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