"Alice Springs Desert Park: Get to know desert life" Top 5 Page for this destination Alice Springs Desert Park Tip by xuessium

by xuessium

I got to enjoy this Park greatly. All you need to know about the complex biology of the Australian Desert is here, all set in a natural setting with plenty of trails to trek. I got chances to really see some rare creatures, especially the nocturnal ones, and learn about their living habits and their continuing struggle against extinction.

The Park has taken great pains to provide aboriginal perspectives to all the exhibits by associating them with the ingenuity of aboriginal survival skills. One such perspective is identifying food source that we would not have usually thought of. An example is the Witchetty Grub, the small, white larvae of the ghost moth.

I spent about 3 hours here.

Opened in 1997, the Park is about 6km west of town, and has about 6 areas of exhibits, each showcasing a type of desert environment of which includes, Desert Rivers, Sand Country just to name a couple.

Many parts of the Park are not sheltered so come prepared with hats, caps and sunblocks, especially during the summer months. There is a cafe, a gift shop and picnic grounds at the Park.

The park opens 9am-9pm (though in the summer, it opens earlier at 7am)

Really wonderful place, especially to bring kids.

Address: Larapinta Drive, PO Box 1120, Alice Springs
Directions: As I do not drive, I arranged a van pick-up to & fro from my Inn/Hostel for A$30 (circa 2003).
othercontact: email: asdp@nt.gov.au
Phone: 61-8-89518788 Fax: 61-8-89518720
Website: http://www.alicespringsdesertpark.com.au/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 27, 2005
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