&  Activities

Contact: Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory Larapinta Drive PO Box 1046. Alice Springs NT 0871 - Australia.
Ph:(08) 8951 8788.

•  Sand Country Habitat. Explore saltlakes and claypans surrounded by rolling dunes of deep red sand, where spinifex,thorny devils and tower-building termites live.
•  Desert Rivers Habitat. Stroll amongst river redgum trees, home to cockatoos, and other raucous and colourful desert birds.
•  Woodlands Habitat. Discover the fertile woodland, home of witchetty grubs and the desert's largest creatures, the emu and red kankaroo.

 The Alice Springs desert Park is your essential introduction to Australia's deserts.
Opened in March 1997 and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, this unique park showcases landscapes, animals and plants of Australia's desert and plants of Australia's desert and theit relationships with Aboriginal people.

• The animals and plants are represented asthey would appear in their natural environment.

• This habitat-based approach places the Park in the forefront of environmental presentations worlwide. "There is no Museum or Wildlife Park in the world that can match it" Sir David Attenborough, August 1997.

clik Map - Desert Park

•  Access Nestled at the base of the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges, the Park is just a 10 minute drive or a short bike ride west along Larapinta Drive from the centre of Alice Springs.
Taxis and local tourist operators provide transport services to and from the Park.
Hours of Operation The Park is open 7:30 am to 6:00 pm daily.

A visit of at three hours is recommended.

The three featured habitats provide a unique stepping stone to the vast network of parks and reserves in central Australia.
For more information, see the park display in the gift shop and choose a Fact Sheet on your intended destination(s).


  Noctural House Bilbies, ghost bats, quolls, hopping mice, geckoes and other elusive animals of the desert night, which most visitors to central Australia never see, are shown in beautiful nocturnaldisplays.

  Nature Theatre Free-flying Birds of Prey demonstrate their natural behaviours in the stunning Nature Theatre display, at 10 am and 3:30 pm daily.
•  The Nature Theatre opens 15 minutes before each display and it is a ten minute walk from the Courtyard to get there.

 l'Office NT Interpreter and translator service. Ph:(08) 8951 8788.

  Please be aware of possible sudden rises in the water levels of waterways, which can quickly cut off the return route from the top of waterfalls such as Gunlom and Jim Jim.
Fast flowing water contained within a flash flood can be deceptively strong causing strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions.

What to wear

During the heat of the day, you will be most comfortable in loose covering clothing which is cool but protects you from sunburn and insect bites. Use sunscreen and wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses. Mosquitoes can carry viruses such as the Ross River virus, so if they are biting, use a repellent.
Preventing dehydration
Limit your activity to the cooler parts of the day (mornings and late afternoons) and drink plenty of water, Most people need between 4 to 8 litres of water per day so szart drinking water early (coffee, tea and alcohol don't count!). Remember, if you're feeling thirsty, you're already partially dehydrated.

Dehydration signs and symptoms
Early symptoms include feeling thirty, excess sweating, headache, dizziness and nuasea. If dehydration continues, it can result in seizures, a loss of consciousness and even death.
First aid Lie the person down in a cool shaded area.
Give them water in a cool shaded area.
If the person cannot keep the water down, or does not recover quickly, seek medical assistance.