Nature & Wildlife

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Home to a diverse array of unique flora and fauna, Central Australia is heaven for nature lovers. Explore the area surrounding Alice Springs to experience a breathtaking landscape of desert red sands, sheer mountain ranges, and lush natural swimming holes. Discover Desert Oak, Ghost Gum, and Red Cabbage Palm Trees, amongst other native plant species. Spot kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, and a lively range of birds and reptiles.

You'll be spoilt for choice with many exciting ways to navigate the exquisite natural surroundings. From bushwalking along scenic trails to mountain biking, 4-wheel driving, quad biking, and camel trekking, there's something for everyone.

Alice Springs is lined with national parks and reserves, where you can hike, swim and climb through nature. The West MacDonnell Ranges represent spectacular natural beauty with ancient rock formations, dramatic cliffs, gorges and inviting swimming holes. The world-class Larapinta bushwalking trail is one of the most iconic in the area, taking you through the beautiful backdrops of West MacDonnell National Park. Head to Palm Valley in the East MacDonnell Ranges to see unique Red Cabbage Palm Trees.

Visit the Olive Pink Botanic Garden to see an impressive collection of 600 living plants from Australia's vast interior. Wander through scenic gardens along a network of walking trails to learn more about Central Australia's native fauna, spot birds and kangaroos, and absorb breathtaking views.

Alice Springs Desert Park at the base of the MacDonnell Ranges also showcases a vibrant range of native plants and wildlife. This wonderful park is divided into three distinct habitats to accurately represent desert life: Desert Rivers, Sandy Country, and Woodland. Learn about wildlife, including endangered species, from knowledgeable guides through fascinating tours and presentations.

Visit the largest reptile display in Central Australia, located at Alice Springs Reptile Centre. See crocodiles, goannas, thorny devils, snakes, lizards, and more, and learn more about them from daily shows and presentations.

Kangaroos are perhaps the most iconic animal of Australia, and you can learn all about them at the Kangaroo Sanctuary. Take a tour of the sanctuary's reserve, spot roos, and learn about the work the sanctuary does to rescue and care for them.