As well as protecting some of the Territory's pioneering
history, the Owen Springs Reserve is a conservation park, providing refuge to a
range of flora and fauna.
During spring or when conditions are right., Owen Springs Reserves comes
alive with wildflowers. Especially after rain the dirt road are lined with
wildflowers, sometimes stretching into the distance. Whilst many plants appear to flower at the same time each year, many of the
desert wildflowers have adapted to flowering after periods of rain.
The Owen Springs Reserve was formerly
the Owen Springs Cattle Station and was acquired by the Northern
Territory Government in the year 2000 and opened to public access and enjoyment
Steeped in Territory and pioneering history, the Owen Springs Reserve
protects some important historical events. The main access track through the
reserve closely follows the route that John McDouall Stuart took through the
MacDonnell Ranges. His explorations between 1860 and 1862 help open up Central
Australia to white settlement.
Located just a short drive southwest of Alice Springs, the Reserve is a
favourite destination for 4WD visitors seeking quiet bush camping without
facilities. Dog owners are also permitted to bring their pets to the south of
Waterhouse Range within the Owen Springs Reserve.
NRETAS - Owen Springs Reserve