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  • Eden Glodstein | August 18, 2015 5:00 AM ET

    Top Attractions in Alice Springs

    Top Attractions in Alice Springs

    PHOTO: Mountain biking in Alice Springs. Courtesy Tourism Northern Territory.

    Alice springs is a hub for Aboriginal art, pioneer history and distinctive events. Whether you are exploring the Desert Park or seeking thrill on a mountain bike you will absolutely love your travels. Some of the most popular destinations and activities are: 

    Earth Sanctuary: Earth sanctuary a leader in the field of sustainability in education and eco tourism.  Enjoy an afternoon or evening outback BBQ and discover the geology and culture of the region.  You can also try "swag" astronomy where you take in the night sky from a "swag" (similar to a sleeping bag/bed roll). 

    Alice Springs Desert Park: Get up close to some of Central Australia’s most famous residents.  In just a few hours you can see hundreds of species of plants and animals including the Thorny Devil, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Dingoes and birds of prey.  The walking trail features three habitats including Desert Rivers, Sand Country and the Woodland habitat.  There is also a night tour for those who want to experience the region’s nocturnal animals. 

    Reptile Center: The Reptile Centre has the largest collection of reptiles in Central Australia! There are three daily shows that entertain and educate the audience on certain lizards and pythons including the bearded dragons, blue tongue skinks and goanna.  You can even hold a reptile! 

    Mountain Biking: Head out on the trails around Alice Springs to explore the city and surrounding MacDonnell Ranges with Outback Cycling. You can pick up your bike from the Alice Springs Trail Station, which is also the start of the Larapinta Trail.  Outback Cycling completely customizes every tour from beginners to more experienced riders; from nature seeking adventurers to family groups there is a tour for everyone. 

    Larapinta Trail: One of the Great Walks of Australia, the full trail is over 138 miles (223 kilometers) split into 12 sections.  You can experience this iconic trail with World Expeditions sacred to the Arrernte Aboriginal people, swim in cool waterholes and sleep under the stars.  Outback camping is one of the highlights of the trail due to the diversity of habitats, native birds animals and 600 specifies of rare flora.

    Kangaroo Sanctuary:  The facility started as a kangaroo rescue center in 2005 and was upgraded between 2009 and 2011 to what is now known as the Alice Springs Kangaroo Sanctuary. There is a Sunset Tour available, which departs on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and explores the 90-acre reserve with a focus on the iconic Red Kangaroo.  If you want to learn about the red kangaroos and even feed one this is the perfect attraction for you! As seen on BBC & Animal Planet documentary "Kangaroo Dundee."

    Indigenous art galleries: Take a walk down the Todd Mall and connect with the culture and landscape through the works by some of Australia's most successful and prominent Aboriginal artists, including Barbara Weir, Minnie Pwerle and Albert Namatjira. The Todd Mall Markets are open every second Sunday from mid-February to early December and feature local produce, arts, crafts and food.  


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