Alice Springs has a multitude of natural and wildlife wonders to explore with your Alice Springs car hire from Hertz. For instance, did you know that Alice Springs is one of the best bird watching destinations in Australia? Take the time to glance up into the wide skies above, where majestic birds of prey swoop overhead – you may see eagles, falcons and kestrel.
The arid desert landscape also offers opportunities to see water birds. At the Alice Springs Sewage Ponds you’ll encounter more than 140 species of bird, including types of of duck, swamphen and sandpiper. Around the Finke River is home to egret, heron and cormorant. Other prime bird watching sites include Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Simpson’s Gap, Flynn’s Grave, Emily and Jesse Gaps, Ilparpa Swamp and Mt Gillen.
In the heart of Alice Springs township is the interactive Alice Springs Reptile Centre. This awesome display features more than 30 species, with star attraction Terry the Saltwater Crocodile, and some fascinating snakes and lizards. You may be able to get up close enough to feed some of these creatures and of course learn all about them in the process.
Alice Springs Desert Park offers a look at Australia’s central desert and an insight into the plants, birds and animals that call it home. It is now a 1300 hectare tourist attraction that could easily take up an entire day of your time. There are three recreated habitats in this conservation attraction: Desert rivers, sand country and woodlands. The Nocturnal House is home to many Central Australian reptiles, invertebrates, birds, and mammals that are active during the night but difficult to find in the desert. It is a 10-minute drive from Alice Springs, at the bottom of the imposing West MacDonnell Ranges.
Chris ‘Brolga’ Barnes of BBC2’s Kangaroo Dundee fame is behind Kangaroo Sanctuary, a 90 acre wildlife reserve. On this bushland, 25 kangaroos reside. Guided sunset tours run from Wednesday to Friday and go for 2.5 hours – bookings are essential and include free transfers. Watch the red roos wake in the evening and learn about their care.