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Alice Springs Desert Park

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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Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters AU$115
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

93 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs Golf Club and Heavitree Gap. Royal Flying Doctor Service and Alice Springs Reptile Centre are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs AU$182
    DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

    DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

    82 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the entertainment district, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs Golf Club and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Royal Flying Doctor Service and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      Desert Palms Alice Springs AU$99
      Desert Palms Alice Springs

      Desert Palms Alice Springs

      74 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Desert Springs, this golf motel is within a 10-minute walk of Alice Springs Golf Club and Alice Springs Convention Centre. Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery and Todd Mall are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Aurora Alice Springs AU$79
        Aurora Alice Springs

        Aurora Alice Springs

        11 Leichardt Tce, Alice Springs, NT
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Alice Springs, this hotel is steps away from Adelaide House and Todd Mall. Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery and Alice Springs Reptile Centre are also within 15 minutes. Ciccone Alice Springs Station is 21 minutes by foot.

          Diplomat Motel Alice Springs AU$80
          Diplomat Motel Alice Springs

          Diplomat Motel Alice Springs

          20 Gregory Terrace, Corner Hartley St and Gregory Terra, Alice Springs, NT
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Alice Springs, this motel is steps away from Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery, Todd Mall and Adelaide House. Alice Springs Reptile Centre and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame are also within 10 minutes. Ciccone Alice Springs Station is 16 minutes by foot.

            Mercure Alice Springs Resort AU$116
            Mercure Alice Springs Resort

            Mercure Alice Springs Resort

            34 Stott Terrace, East Side, NT
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the riverwalk, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery, Todd Mall, and Adelaide House. Alice Springs Reptile Centre and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame are also within 15 minutes. Ciccone Alice Springs Station is 21 minutes by foot.

              Quest Alice Springs AU$139
              Quest Alice Springs

              Quest Alice Springs

              9-10 South Terrace, The Gap, NT
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in The Gap, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Royal Flying Doctor Service and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame. Alice Springs Convention Centre and Alice Springs Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km). Ciccone Alice Springs Station is 30 minutes by foot.

                The Swagmans Rest AU$115
                The Swagmans Rest

                The Swagmans Rest

                67-69 Gap Rd, The Gap, NT
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in The Gap, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Alice Springs Convention Centre, Heavitree Gap and Royal Flying Doctor Service. Alice Springs Reptile Centre and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame are also within 1 mile (2 km).