Holidays in Alice Springs Desert Park

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Alice Springs Desert Park showing desert views and signage

Discover nocturnal creatures of the desert, learn the survival skills of the Arrernte people and walk alongside kangaroos and emus in this nature park.

In the Alice Springs Desert Park, just outside Alice Springs, you’ll discover the birds, reptiles and mammals of Central Australia. Learn about the living culture and history of the Arrernte indigenous people who have interacted with these animals, plants and landscapes for thousands of years.

The park is divided into walk-through habitats where you can get close to the animals. In the Desert Rivers habitat, encounter the screeching cockatoos, finches, fish and reptiles that populate the waterholes and dry riverbeds of the outback. Sit under the shade of a Coolabah tree and admire the beautiful red river gums. Discover some of the foods and medicines the Arrernte people gather from this landscape.

Sand Country displays the parched environment of the desert, with its knob-tailed geckos and colourful lizards known as sand swimmers. In the Woodland you’ll find the iconic animals from Australia’s coat of arms: the emu and the kangaroo.

Don’t miss the Nocturnal House where you’ll discover some of the rare creatures that you aren’t likely to see in the wild such as the bilby, southern marsupial mole and spinifex-hopping mouse. Admire the creatures that come out to feed in the cool of the evening, such as snakes, lizards and hare-wallabies known as mala.

Take the Bird Walkabout tour for a fee early in the morning when the birds are welcoming in the new day. Visit the park after dusk for a true sensory experience of the sounds and smells of night in the desert. Bring a torch to spot the nocturnal animals that can be hard to see in the wild.

At the Nature Theatre you’ll be close enough to the free-flying birds of prey to hear the swoosh of wing feathers.

Pick up a multi-language audio guide on the way in to the park. Get an insight into the ecological importance of the habitats, the conservation work done here and the Wild Dog and Caterpillar dreaming stories of the Arrernte people.

The Desert Park is open every day and there’s a fee for admission. The Nocturnal Walkabout after dark for an extra fee.

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Desert Palms Alice Springs
Desert Palms Alice Springs
3.5 out of 5
74 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
The price is AU$125 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Located in Desert Springs, this golf motel is within a 10-minute walk of Lasseters Casino, Alice Springs Golf Club, and Alice Springs Convention Centre. Olive ...
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DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
4.5 out of 5
82 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
The price is AU$146 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Located in Desert Springs, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lasseters Casino, Alice Springs Convention Centre, and Alice Springs Golf Club. Olive ...
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Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
93 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
The price is AU$159 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.
Located in Desert Springs, this luxury hotel is steps away from Alice Springs Convention Centre and Lasseters Casino. Yeperenye-Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature ...
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Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, an IHG Hotel
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Diplomat Motel Alice Springs
Diplomat Motel Alice Springs
3.5 out of 5
20 Gregory Terrace, Corner Hartley St and Gregory Terra, Alice Springs, NT
The price is AU$100 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
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Desert Palms Alice Springs
Desert Palms Alice Springs
3.5 out of 5
74 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
The price is AU$125 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
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DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
4.5 out of 5
82 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
The price is AU$146 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
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Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
93 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
The price is AU$159 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.
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Aurora Alice Springs
Aurora Alice Springs
3.5 out of 5
11 Leichardt Tce, Alice Springs, NT
The price is AU$129 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
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Alice on Todd Apartments
Alice on Todd Apartments
4 out of 5
1-11 Strehlow Street, The Gap, NT
The price is AU$129 per night from 9 Feb. to 10 Feb.
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Elkira Court Motel
Elkira Court Motel
3.5 out of 5
65 Bath Street, Alice Springs, NT
The price is AU$110 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
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Quest Alice Springs
Quest Alice Springs
4.5 out of 5
9-10 South Terrace, The Gap, NT
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BIG4 Macdonnell Range Holiday Park
4.5 out of 5
Palm Place, Ross, NT
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