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Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs Desert Park is where the desert comes alive!

Our deserts are rich with life with thousands of stories to be explored. Experience the spirit of a living culture; explore a vibrant botanic wonderland and get up close with outback animals and characters that epitomise the fun and adventurous spirit of the red centre.

Walk the Desert Park and immerse yourself in the beauty and mystery of Australia’s deserts as you wander through the ancient landscapes from dry river beds to dense woodlands full of life.

Experience the night during the day in the Nocturnal House and see animals once found in abundance across the desert.

Be inspired by ancient living cultures and feel the spirit with local Aboriginal guides at daily presentations.

Marvel at the energy and adrenaline of free flying birds as they soar through crystal blue skies.

At night, come spotlighting on a Nocturnal Tour. Spotlight endangered animals of the desert in the foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges.

Download the new free audio tours from the website.

Located 7 kilometres from the centre of Alice Springs, the gateway to the MacDonnell Ranges.

Opening times

Daily from 7:30am - 6pm

Closed: Thursday 25 December 2025

Closed: Friday 25 December 2026

Closed: Saturday 25 December 2027

Closed: Wednesday 25 December 2024

Entry cost

  • Indicative Prices tickets from $39.50 to $100
    Discounts for concession card, senior card and student card. Family rates available from $67 to $100. Desert Park Membership (annual pass) available
  • Child tickets from $0 to $20
    Child (under 5 free) Child (5-16 years) $20


  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Carpark
  • Coach Parking
  • Conference/Convention Facilities
  • Enquiry Desk
  • Family Friendly
  • Food and Refreshments
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Lawn / Gardens
  • Parents Room
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shop / Gift Shop
  • Free Wifi


  • Birdwatching


Caters for people who use a wheelchair.


  • ECO Certified (Advanced Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia
  • Respecting Our Culture (ROC) Certified by Ecotourism Australia


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