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Owen Springs Reserve - Central Australia
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 in 2003.

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.

Source: NRETAS - Owen Springs Reserve

Owen Springs Reserve in the Central Australia Region - Snapshots from Australia

Wildflowers line the dirt road through Owen Springs Reserve © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Wildflowers line the dirt road through Owen Springs Reserve
Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) and wildflowers in the background © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) and wildflowers in the background
Hairy Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus helipteroides) © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Hairy Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus helipteroides)
Some wonderful examples of spinifex grass © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Some wonderful examples of spinifex grass
Spinifex grass © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Spinifex grass
Debris wrapped around the river red gums and other trees © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Debris wrapped around the base of the river red gums and other trees, display the force and height of flood waters.
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