Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs Fun for Kids

Need some help?

Click Here


Open Hours: 7.30am - 6.00pm

Alice Springs Desert Park is an inspiring portrayal of Australia's desert environment that effortlessly blends the plants, animals and people of our arid regions. A 'must see' for every visitor to the Red Centre.

Walk through three re-created desert habitats and discover how deserts are full of life. Stories of the desert are shared through interpretative displays, cultural presentations and guide activities.

Do not miss Nature Theatre with free-flying birds of prey and other animals demonstrate their natural survival skills at the base of the MacDonnell Ranges.

Spend some time in the Nocturnal House where you can spot rare or endangered mammals of the desert. Let your eyes adjust to the evening light and enjoy animals in their natural environment including the bilby, mala and thorny devil.

At night, spotlight rare and endangered animals on the Nocturnal Tour. With an expert guide step into a predator proof enclosure in the foothills of the ranges and get up close with bilby, mala, echidna, brush tailed bettongs and other animals of the night.

Get in the moment and experience an authentic desert experience and explore how deserts are full of life!


The Alice Springs Desert Park is an award winning attraction which holds current Advanced Eco Tourism Accreditation, Respect Our Culture (ROC) Accreditation, Tourism Business Australia Accreditation, Zoos Australia Accreditation and are members of Tourism Central Australia and Tourism Top End.


  • Barbeque

Map & Directions

871 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870 Australia


Located 10 minutes drive west from the centre of Alice Springs, on Larapinta Drive. Your first stop to the West MacDonnell Ranges.

Cycle from the Town centre along Larapinta Drive and turn left at Blain street, travel approx. 300m and on your right hand side, follow our new cycle path for 2.5km to the Park entry station. Bikes can be hired through some hotel reception desks or with Outback Cycling.

Catch the 400 or 401 Buslink public bus from the Town centre and disembark on Larapinta Drive opposite Albrecht Oval. Ask your friendly Bus driver for further directions. Once you are off the Bus, follow the concrete Bike path to the Park entry station. Approx 900m walk.

Transfers can be booked with Alice Wanderer or through the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre.

Cancellation Policy

The Alice Springs Desert Park reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee for services if bookings are cancelled with less than 7 days notice prior to the event.

Cancellation fees are as follows:

- 6 days notice 25% of the cost of the service
- 2-5 days notice 50% of the cost of the service
- Less than 24 hours notice 100% of the cost of the service
Please note Nocturnal tour may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions.


Join expert guides on our brand new and exclusive Living Desert Experience small group walking tour!

Available for a limited time from August 14th to September 30th

Special Events

The Red Centre Bird Festival returns from September 20th- 24th

There are a number of exciting events and activities throughout the festival that you can enjoy, including:
- John Young on the Night Parrot
- Bird Art in the Park Exhibition
- Photography workshops and tours
- Breakfast with the birds
- Photography competition
- Sunrise bird watching
- Family Fun Day

Please contact us for more information.


Sign up to receive the latest news, deals and travel information about the Northern Territory.

Choose to book with the Red Centre’s local experts

Need a hand choosing or booking your red centre adventure?