Amongst many other things, Central Australia is home to a wide array of native wildlife, and if you don’t meet any of them then it isn’t the ultimate Alice Springs experience. Kangaroos and wallabies can sometimes be seen – in fact, the sight of a big red hopping through the outback is iconic to Australia. As well as marsupials, there are insects, reptiles, dingos and mammals living here. However, with many creatures being nocturnal, they may be difficult to spot in the daytime. Fortunately, Alice Springs offers some fantastic wildlife experiences to make it a little easier to learn about the other locals.
Only a 10-minute drive from Alice Springs, at the base of the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, is Desert Park. This incredible wildlife park is divided into three distinct habitats to accurately represent desert life, including the plants and animals. Learn about the wide range of local wildlife, including endangered species, from knowledgeable guides through fascinating tours and presentations. Experience the Nocturnal Tour to get up close to bilby, echidna, and mala, and observe their natural behaviours.
Where better to learn about the native reptiles than at the largest reptile display in Central Australia?! Alice Springs Reptile Centre is home to an extensive range of reptiles, including crocodiles, goannas, thorny devils, snakes, and lizards. Don’t miss the daily shows where you can learn about some of the most interesting reptiles and even handle them!
Visit the Kangaroo Sanctuary to learn all about these Australian natives. Enjoy a leisurely guided sunset tour through the sanctuary’s wildlife reserve, and meet the kangaroos that the area is so well known for. More than just a fun experience, the wildlife sanctuary also works tirelessly to rescue and care for injured and orphaned wild roos, and it’s fascinating to learn about their work and achievements.
For something a little different, why not experience the wildlife of Alice Springs in the way that the original settlers did – on the back of a camel! A camel tour gets you closer to wildlife that a vehicle tour can, and allows you to learn about the history of camels in the area. Spot kangaroos, wallabies, and native birds as you venture through the outback.