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Wildlife in Central Australia
The 'heart of Australia' encompasses a breadth of lands that is immense in size and ancient in origins. Occupying about one sixth of Australia's total land mass, it's boundaries hold some of Australia's most unique and significant icons, being home to a variety of contrasting landscapes of deserts, saltpans, ephemeral rivers, permanent waterholes, grasslands, shrublands and forests, sand dunes and mountain ranges, that offer a unique experiences for visitors to the region.

Such a vast and varied landscape means it is also home to a great range of flora and fauna, much of which is unique to the area. There are of course many non-indigenous wildlife and plants that have established themselves in the region, some which are considered vermin and noxious weeds, but have permanently established themselves.

When travelling through Central Australia, you pass through land that is traditionally associated with different Aboriginal language groups. As the original custodians of Central Australia, they have a unique relationship with the land, that is communicated through their art and Dreamtime stories, weaving a connection between spirit and country. Their close relationship extends in to their intimate knowledge of the flora and fauna, providing food, medicine and the essentials.

Centred on the Alice Springs and MacDonnell tourism regions, the vast Central Australia region describes an area that stretches north to encompass both the Barkly region, across the border into Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Sometimes referred to as the 'red centre', this immense semi-arid region is full of life and has many attractions. With it's rich Aboriginal culture and the more modern European history, the region encapsulates the true Australian outback spirit.

Wildlife in Central Australia - Snapshots from Australia

Perentie (Varanus giganteus) © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Perentie
Red Kangaroo © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Red Kangaroo
Newly emerged adult cicada (Orange Drummer) © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Cicada
Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Thorny Devil
Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens) © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Splendid Fairy-wren
Long-nosed Dragon © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Long-nosed Dragon
Black-breasted Buzzard © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Black-breasted Buzzard
Dingo © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Dingo
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrhocephalus)
Collared Sparrowhawk
Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata)
Western Bowerbird
   
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