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Alice Springs Desert ParkThe park introduces visitors to the incredible but subtle richness of Australia’s arid zone. Designed to move well beyond the boundaries of traditional zoos, botanic gardens and museums, the park has adopted a holistic “habitat-based and story driven” approach. Discover the desert in its entirety, the landscapes, animals and plants, and their traditional use and management by Aboriginal people.

Nestled in the foothills of the West MacDonnell Range, just ten minutes from the centre of town you will experience diverse and spectacular landscapes and learn about the adaptations of hundreds of species of desert flora and fauna. There are:

  • Free-flying birds of prey display.
     
  • Desert Rivers, Sand Country, and the Woodland habitats to explore.
     
  • Close encounters with rare and elusive wildlife in the Nocturnal House.
     
  • With a changing theatre presentation that could include ‘The Changing Heart’, where four and a half billion years of desert evolution will flash before you in a 20 minute cinematic journey, or ‘Wild Australasia’, where you learn about the surprising diversity of life within our arid habitats.
     
  • Interactive interpretive exhibits.

Alice Springs Desert Park Images

• Alice Springs Desert Park Landscape and Flora Images
Follow Me on PinterestSet against the wonderful backdrop of the West MacDonnell Range and Mount Gillen, the desert park is packed full of examples of arid desert plant life, many of which form part of the Indigenous cornucopia of bush medicine and bush tucker.
Mount Gillen forms a magnificent backdrop in the Alice Springs Desert Park.
Mt Gillen
Wildflower displays at the Alice Springs Desert Park
Wildflowers
Poached Egg Daisy (Polycalymma stuartii)
Poached Egg Daisy
Green Pussytails (Ptilotus macrocephalus)
Green Pussytail
Sturt’s Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa)
Sturt’s Desert Pea
Dead Finish (Acacia tetragonophylla)
Dead Finish
Wild Tomato (Solanum orbiculatum subsp.orbiculatum)
Bush Tomato
Yellow Tails (Ptilotus nobilis)
Yellow Tails
Grey Wrinklewort (Rutidosis helichrysoides)
Grey Wrinklewort
Native Fuchsia (Eremophila latrobei)
Native Fuchsia
Tall Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus exaltatus)
Tall Mulla Mulla
Curry Wattle (Acacia spondylophylla)
Curry Wattle
Red Mallee (Eucalyptus pachyphylla)
Red Mallee
Orange Spade Flower (Hybanthus aurantiacus)
Orange Spade Flower
Spinifex
Spinifex
Spiked Daisy Bush (Olearia subspicata)
Spiked Daisy Bush
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• Alice Springs Desert Park Fauna Images - Including Nocturnal House
The Alice Springs Desert Park Nocturnal House is recognised world wide as one of the best, with the park also providing examples of wildlife in the other enclosures. Keep your eyes open for free-ranging wildlife including a variety of local lizards and insects.
Central Netted Dragon (Ctenophorus nuchalis)
Central Netted Dragon
Canegrass Dragon; Blue-lined Dragon (Diporiphora winneckei)
Canegrass Dragon
Centralian Knob-tailed Gecko (Nephrurus amyae)
Knob-tailed Gecko
Spinifex Hopping Mouse (Notomys alexis)
Spinifex Hopping Mouse
Thorny Devil © Colin Leel, 2007
Thorny Devils
Mulga Snake / King Brown (Pseudechis australis)
Mulga Snake
Spencer’s Burrowing Frog (Opisthodon spenceri)
Spencer’s Burrowing Frog
Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) - Alice Springs Desert Park
Red Kangaroo
Bilby (Macrotis lagotis) © AusEmade PL
Bilby
Kultarr (Antechinomys laniger)
Kultarr
Ghost Bat (Macroderma gigas)
Ghost Bat
Long-nosed Dragon (Amphibolurus longirostris)
Long-nosed Dragon
Juvenile Mala / Rufous Hare-Wallaby (Lagorchestes hirsutus)
Mala
Ornate Burrowing Skink (Egernia inornata)
Ornate Burrowing Skink
Plains Rat (Pseudomys australis)
Plains Rat
Western Quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii)
Western Quoll
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• Alice Springs Desert Park Fauna-Bird Images
A major feature of the park are the number of birds on display throughout the park in enclosed and walk-through aviaries, as well as the non-captive birds.
Banded Lapwing (Vanellus tricolor)
Banded Lapwing
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
Rainbow Bee-eater
Painted Finch (Emblema pictum)
Painted Finch

Australasian Grebe
Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus)
Masked Woodswallow
Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)
Superb Fairy-wren
White-winged Fairy-wren (Malurus leucopterus)
White-winged Fairy-wren
Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens)
Splendid Fairy-wren
Bourke’s Parrot (Neopsephotus bourkii)
Bourke’s Parrot
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)
Mistletoebird
Orange Chat (Epthianura aurifrons)
Orange Chat
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)
Black-fronted Dotterel
Chiming Wedgebill (Psophodes occidentalis)
Chiming Wedgebill
Cinnamon Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma cinnamomeum)
Cinnamon Quail-thrush
Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor)
Crimson Chat
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
White-faced Heron
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Princess Parrot (Polytelis alexandrae)
Princess Parrot
Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus pyrrhopygia)
Red-backed Kingfisher
Inland Dotterel (Charadrius australis)
Inland Dotterel
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• Alice Springs Desert Park Nature Theatre - Birds of Prey Images
A popular highlight is the free-flying ‘bird of prey show’. The show changes depending on time of year and circumstances, as well as the birds themselves. Check for show times.
Keeper with an Australian Hobby - Nature Theatre and the Birds of Prey Show
Birds of Prey Show
© Dorothy Latimer, 2007
Australian Hobby
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) © Dorothy Latimer, February 2008
Wedge-tail Eagle - Nature Theatre and the Birds of Prey Show
Wedge-tail Eagle
Brown Falcon
Brown Falcon
Black-breasted Buzzard - about to crack an emu egg (an natural behaviour in the wild)
Black-breasted Buzzard
Black-breasted Buzzard - enjoying the content of the emu egg
Black-breasted Buzzard
Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)
Tawny Frogmouth
Barn Owl (Alice Springs Desert Park) © Dorothy Latimer, February 2008
Barn Owl
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) © Dorothy Latimer, February 2008
Whistling Kite
Dingo (Canis lupus dingo)
Dingo
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