If you’re keen on exploring, Alice Springs, Australia is the place for you. One of the world’s sunniest places has a lot of things to offer, and spending your vacation there is not something you will regret later. What you will regret, on the other hand, is never visiting this Australian gem.
Alice Springs’ Desert Park
Get up early, and get a good day’s start before it gets too hot. The park opens at 7.30am and it’s only 10 minutes from the town centre. This park is much more than just a wildlife park.
You can get the audio guide and take a guided walk through the desert woodlands, river-land habitats and sand country. Wonder freely among the animals, kangaroos and birds alike, and check out birds of prey as they swoop out of the sky twice a day.
If you want to get a bird’s eye view of the desert, take a ride on a hot-air-balloon. You should get quite early for this as well, and it will be cold so prepare yourself.
But when the sun comes out it will warm you up as you watch it rise over the never-ending desert.
Half-hour and hour-long slights are available, and there’s even a picnic breakfast with bubbly wine included.
After you’re finished, you’re supposed to help cram the balloon back in its sack. This is pretty dusty work so whatever you do, don’t wear white.
The Olive Pink Botanic Garden
Miss Pink, a fighter for aboriginal rights in the 1930s and one of the red centre’s most colorful characters, was a real troublemaker, making enemies and friends with all the wrong people. The enchanting Olive Pink Garden is one of her legacies.
It was founded in 1956 by Miss Pink, when she was 72 years old. There are more than 2500 plantings of 500 central Australian plants, as well as a sculpture trail. The garden even has a little café.
Yeperenye, or Caterpillar Dreaming is a creation story associated with the area around Alice Springs. There are several sacred sites, including the caterpillar rock at Emily Gap, 15km east of town, along the Ross Highway.
Walk through the Yeperenye Sculpture in the gardens at the Araluen Arts Centre on Larapinta Drive to get a deeper understanding of how the caterpillar shaped the lad.
Lost Crocs Of Central Australia
The Museum of Central Australia in the Araluen Cultural Precinct has huge fossilized crocs. The Lost Crocs of Central Australia exhibition features the skull of 12-metre, eight-tone giant from the age of dinosaurs, called Sarcosuchus.
Another skull can be seen, but this one used to belong to a freshwater crocodile found at the Alcoota fossil site, 200km from Alice Springs, as well as a skeleton of one of the largest birds that have ever lived.