Alice Springs Desert Park
Araluen Cultural Precinct
You can wander around freely outside, accessing the cemetery and grounds, but the 'precinct pass' provides entry to the exhibitions and...
Araluen Arts Centre
For a small town, Alice Springs has a thriving arts scene and the Araluen Arts Centre is at its heart. There is a 500-seat theatre and...
Alice Springs Memorial Cemetery
The cemetery is adjacent to the aviation museum and contains the graves of some prominent locals including Albert Namatjira (1902–59)...
Araluen Arts Centre
The cultural heart of Alice, the 500-seat Araluen Theatre hosts a diverse range of performers, from dance troupes to comedians, while...
Water Tank Cafe
Tucked away in the Bloomin' Deserts nursery this friendly cafe serves up fresh salads, burgers and homemade cake. Locals sprawl out on...
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Alice Springs Desert Park information
If you haven't managed to glimpse a spangled grunter or a marbled velvet gecko on your travels, head to the Desert Park where the creatures of central Australia are all on display in one place. The predominantly open-air exhibits faithfully re-create the animals' natural environment in a series of habitats: inland river, sand country and woodland.
Try to time your visit with the terrific birds of prey show , featuring free-flying Australian kestrels, kites and awesome wedge-tailed eagles. To catch some of the park's rare and elusive animals like the bilby, visit the excellent nocturnal house . If you like what you see, come back at night and spotlight endangered species on the guided nocturnal tour (booking essential).
To get the most out of the park pick up a free audioguide (available in various languages) or join one of the free ranger-led talks held throughout the day.
It's an easy 2.5km cycle out to the park. Alternatively, Desert Park Transfers operates five times daily during park hours and the cost includes park entry and pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation.