Deserts – with their big skies, breathtaking colours, flora and fauna unlike anything you ordinarily see – are one of the earth’s most breathtaking environments. The problem is getting up close and personal with that astonishing yet forbidding world.
Which is why any journey to the Red Centre should begin with a visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park, a carefully constructed and curated “sampler” of the magical realm beyond that is conveniently located just seven kilometres from the centre of Alice Springs.
Visitors to the sanctuary will be able to walk on the famed red desert sands, take in the exact vegetation you’d see in a desert environment (all introduced species have been removed), enjoy a spectacular show put on by the animal trainers and the legendary free-flying birds of Central Australia and learn a thing or two about what you’re looking at as you travel through the desert terrain.
“The Desert Park is the perfect way to begin your Red Centre adventure, whether you’re driving out to Uluru, Kings Canyon or sticking close to Alice Springs,” says zookeeper and animal trainer James Ross.
“If you’re venturing into the desert you’ll get a great preview of what lays ahead. And after experiencing our educational talks you’ll know a thing or two about what you’re going to be seeing,” says the Alice Springs-born ten-year Desert Park veteran.
“If you are staying close to town, the Alice Springs Desert Park gives you a vivid picture of what’s out there. We work hard to keep the environment as authentic as possible and our indigenous guides give the perspective of people who’ve lived on the land for 60,000 years.”