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Alice Springs Desert Park

Larapinta Drive | P.O. Box 1120, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0871, Australia
+61 8 8951 8788
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Four-wheeling
Traveler Description: Alice Springs Desert Park is an inspiring portrayal of Australia’s central desert environment that effortlessly blends the plants, birds, animals and... more »
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

Visiting the Alice Springs Desert Park is a bit like taking a mini-tour of several diverse parts of Australia's outback. The design of the park is separated into different vegetated communities - so you meander around easy walking tracks the different plant (and often animal) species you are likely to encounter in each landscape. The Park is thriving and teeming... More

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ASDP_Manager, Manager at Alice Springs Desert Park, responded to this review

What a lovely way of explaining how the Desert Park works. Spring is always a fantastic time to visit with many animals, birds and reptiles active plus a colourful display from botanical collection. We hope to see you again in the future. More

Adelaide
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73 reviews 73 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

A really well organised and run park. We were thrilled to see Aboriginal people involved. The nocturnal exhibit area was brilliant - as was the bird life. Be sure to see the cinema exhibit before you wander around the park. We paid extra and had the pleasure of the eagle experience! They're doing a brilliant job with their eagles.

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ASDP_Manager, Manager at Alice Springs Desert Park, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We are proud of our large collection of Aboriginal Guides working in our team, they definitely improve your experience and how we educate visitors on Aboriginal culture. More

Melbourne, Australia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
50 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

A senstive development (minimal impact on the environment) that showcases various local flora and fauna in a well-planned layout. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff too! Highlights included a presentation on local Aboriginal bush tucker and a bird display/show (with an excellent presenter and well-trained birds). I'd recommend visiting in the morning (to avoid the heat of the day) and to take... More

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ASDP_Manager, Manager at Alice Springs Desert Park, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your visit. We are strong believes on minimal impact to our surrounding environments and our Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation proves this. A wise suggestion in arriving early as we encourage making use of our 7.30am opening especially in the warmer months. More

Northridge
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I spent about 4 hours at this extraordinary outdoor museum, observing the birds, nocturnal mammals andreptiles and kangaroos. The number of species present is very large and I saw many animals I could not have seen otherwise. The displays are very visitor friendly and the setting of the riverine, grassland and other environments are well maintained. There were several shows... More

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Very enjoyable experience, saw red kangaroos, dingos, nighttime animals and the birds were fantastic. So many species. We sadly missed the birds of prey show. Spent about 5 hrs there walking around the lovely grounds. The food In the cafe was good. The ticket price was not to bad.

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ASDP_Manager, Manager at Alice Springs Desert Park, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Always lovely to hear when our visitors enjoy their time exploring the Desert Park. More

Melbourne
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

A wonderful day learning about the desert reptiles, animals and bird Iife, so much life in the desert, the nature theatre a wonderful learning experience the park is easy to navigate and the different bird sounds I'd never heard before were wonderful, the nocturnal house another must do, definatley worth doing.

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Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

Desert Park presents the habitats of the Desert along with the creatures that belong in the habitats. I was there for the Alice Springs Bird Festival. Where else in the world can you learn how to birdwatch, see the birds in the park, then go out into the desert knowing what you are looking for with an idea of the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Opens at 7, so you can go in really early and make the most of your day Loads of local animals - namely cangurus! (which we had not been able to see in the wild) A zoo that makes sense, because it shows off local animals, local habitats etc instead of keeping poor animals trapped in an environment that is... More

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ASDP_Manager, Manager at Alice Springs Desert Park, responded to this review

Excellent to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Our kangaroo exhibit along with the Nocturnal House and Nature Theatre show are always popular showcasing unique desert animals. We pride ourselves on what sets us apart from many botanic gardens and zoos. We only display animals and plants found within Central Australia. Our large collection ensures we provide a true... More

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We spent all day here. Two adults two children. We attended all the guided tours with the exception of the 930 survival in the desert talk which we just missed. Our favourite part of the park was the Nocturnal House. Most impressive. The place is well looked after with welcoming staff It's good value for a family day out especially... More

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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Well set out and maintained. Give yourself enough time there though. We allowed 2.5 hours from 2pm to catch the 3pm bird show but ran out of time for our 4.30 bus which was a shame. The bird show is not to be missed. Nocturnal house is also really well done.

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