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Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs Desert Park

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871 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, 0871

The Basics

In addition to wandering the 3,200-acre (1,300-hectare) grounds themselves, visit the nocturnal house, which mimics the night desert, to view rare and endangered animals such as bilbies and carnivorous ghost bats. Stop by the aquarium for a look at animals you might find in a waterhole including fish, yabbies, burrowing frogs, and turtles. Take advantage of interpretative displays, daily talks, and staff demos to learn about the diverse desert ecosystems.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Alice Springs

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Great tour
Ava_L, Sep 2021
Alice Springs Desert Park Nocturnal Tour
Lovely experience seeing so many beautiful little animals that we’ll never see elsewhere, and learn some fun knowledge about them too!
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The guides make a difference
Frances_W, Aug 2021
Alice Springs Desert Park General Entry Ticket
Reuben who was so full of wisdom and wit during his presentations. We truly valued hearing his stories and learning so much. A lot of thought has gone into making our experience come alive.
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Things we wouldn’t have seen otherwise
Dawn_G, Feb 2020
Alice Springs Desert Park Nocturnal Tour
We enjoyed seeing the nocturnal animals, guide was informative. I don’t have anymore to say thank you

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Alice Springs Desert Park is suitable for families with children and ideal for nature enthusiasts.

  • Self-guided audio tours are available with admission; animal encounters are an additional fee.

  • Wheelchairs, electric scooters, and strollers are available; accessible parking is on-site.

  • Facilities include a cafe, gift shop, and a picnic area.

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How to Get There

The park is located on Larapinta Drive, 10 minutes by car from Alice Springs. There is free parking for buses and other vehicles. To arrive by public transport, take public bus route 400 to Albrecht Drive—it's then about a 20- to 25-minute walk to Desert Park. Alternatively, follow the Larapinta Trail by bicycle directly to the park entrance.

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When to Get There

The Alice Springs Desert Park is open daily, from early morning to evening, except Christmas Day. Last entry is an hour and a half before close. The Nocturnal House has somewhat shorter hours. Informational programs are scheduled throughout the day.

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Desert Dreamtime

In addition to learning about the flora and fauna that thrive in the arid deserts of central Australia, visitors may get an introduction to the region’s traditional owners, Aboriginal people belonging to the Arrernte language group. Discover how they have shared custody over the land for thousands of years through bush tucker foods, Dreamtime stories, and cultural traditions.

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