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Alice Springs and the surrounding Central Australia region is full of boundless beauty and despite the arid conditions, offer much for those interested in the natural world, from the internationally renowned world class Alice Springs Desert Park, through to the inspiring MacDonnell Ranges, encompassing the East MacDonnell and West MacDonnell National Park.

Locally, there is also the renowned Alice Springs Reptile Centre for an up close view and experience of some of the many reptiles to be found in the region.

Kangaroos and the smaller wallabies can often be seen in the wild at various locations such as the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, Simpsons Gap and the Olive Pink Botanic Garden. Best times are early morning or late afternoon, although if you keep your eyes peeled you may see them resting in the shade of gorges and under shrubs and trees. You can get up close to kangaroos at the Alice Springs Desert Park, with some roos also having been seen at Heavitree Lodge Wallaby feeding time in the late afternoon.

Following is just a sample of some of the wonders of the region for those seeking to commune with the natural world.

Also check out some of the wonderful Alice Springs flora and fauna images...

Alice Springs Flora and Fauna Parks and Wildlife Localities

Alice Springs Desert ParkAlice Springs Desert Park
• Larapinta Drive, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
• Ph: +61 8 8951 8788 • Fax: +61 8 8951 8720 • Email
• Web:

The 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:

  • Spinifex Hopping Mouse (Notomys alexis) - Alice Springs Desert ParkFree-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.

To see our images click here...

Spencer Goannas (Varanus Spenceri) © AusEmade Pty LtdAlice Springs Reptile Centre
• 9 Stuart Terrace (at the base of Billy Goat Hill
(opposite Royal Flying Doctor Service), ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
• Ph: 08 8952 8900 • Fax: 08 8952 8700 • Web:
• Open Daily 9:30 am to 5:00 pm — Talks daily at 11 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm

Hands on fun for everyone! Come and see thorny devils, frilled neck lizards, goannas, pythons, venomous snakes, taipans, and Terry the saltwater croc. To see our images click here...
Finke Gorge National Park
With tall cabbage palms and other rare plants, this park has remarkable scenery.
Illamurta Springs Conservation Reserve
Has a permanent natural spring, with access by 4WD via the Finke River.
Larapinta Trail
Officially opened in April 2002, will offer 13 sections of a 250 km walk through a fantastic region of the Outback.
Olive Pink Botanic Garden
• Cnr Barrett Drv and Tuncks Rd, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
An Arid Zone Botanic Garden in the Northern Territory. Miss Olive Pink arrived in Central Australia in 1930, and lived with the Aboriginal people in the Tanami Desert. She studied the Arrernte and Walpiri people and was a great advocate of Aboriginal rights. Later she lived in Alice Springs and worked for the creation of this arid zone botanic garden.
Standley ChasmStandley Chasm
• Iwupataka Land Trust
• Ph: 08 8956 7440 • Fax: 08 8956 7325 • Email
• Gates open 8 am to 6 pm (no entry after 5 pm)
— entry subject to a small fee

Located 50 km by sealed road from Alice Springs, Standley Chasm has been gouged into touch sandstone by the floods that, over untold millions of years, have surged down a narrow tributary of the Finke River system. The result is a deep red cleft, with slopes on either side rising 80 metres above the floor. Regardless of the weather or time of day, the Chasm is at its most dramatic an hour either side of noon on a sunny day. It is at noon that the desert sun is perfectly aligned, drenching Standley Chasm in a shower of brilliant red light, the sheer walls glowing from the reflected sunlight to create a breath-taking display.

Standley Chasm is located in a private flora and fauna reserve owned by the Iwupataka Land Trust. All native plants and animals are protected. Do not pat the dingoes. To view more information and images, click here...
Tnorala Conservation Reserve
142 million years ago a comet crashed into the area, creating a huge crater. The formation is of great significance to the local Aboriginal custodians.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Includes two of Australia’s most significant cultural landmarks, Uluru and Kata Tjuta, a must see for visitors to this region.
Watarrka National Park
Located between Alice Springs and Uluru it offers 300 m sheer cliff faces, a geological “lost city”, and palm fringed waterholes.
West MacDonnell National Park
As part of the incredible Larapinta Trail, this rugged landscape must see features include: Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge, Serpentine Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge, Redbank Gorge, Tnorala (Gosse Buff) Conservation Reserve, Ochre Pits and Namatjira’s Twin Ghost Gums.

Injured Wildlife and Rescue

For those locating injured wildlife the following services may be of assistance:
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
• 9 Stuart Terrace (at the base of Billy Goat Hill
(opposite Royal Flying Doctor Service), ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
• Ph: 08 8952 8900 • Fax: 08 8952 8700 • Web:
They deal mainly in reptiles and assist with snake removals.
• Other Local Animal Services
Check out Alice Springs Local Services - Pets & Related Services, includes contact for RSPCA.

Alice Springs Flora Fauna Other Links

Alice Springs Flora and Fauna Images
Check out some of the great flora and fauna found in the area.
Plants Database: Recommended Local or Australian Native Plants for Alice Springs
Plant database on the Alice Springs Council site.
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