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Larapinta Trail

The Larapinta Trail starts from the Alice Springs Desert Park, a gateway to majestic desert landscapes. Easily accessible, it runs across 223 kilometers (138 miles) of arid terrain with plenty steep climbs and mountainous areas. The perfect outback adventure for bushwalkers and trekkers alike, the Larapinta Trail is easier to walk in winter, between May and August when the days are cooler.

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

Conserving the remains of an age-old form of communication which is now lost in the sea of technology, the Alice Springs Telegraph Station was established in 1872 with the arrival of the European settlers. The station then served as a means of correspondence between the cities of Darwin and Adelaide via the twelve-station Overland Telegraph Line. Visitors will find an abundance of walking and mountain biking trails across the reserve, some of which pass through Central Australian landscapes. There is a cafe onsite, as well as picnic spots, making this a fine choice for an educational day outdoors.ducational day outdoors.

Alice Springs Reptile Centre

A must-see spot, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre is the largest herpetarium of its kind not only in the region but in the world. It offers an up-close and personal wildlife experience exciting for all reptile-lovers. From geckoes and crocodiles to snakes and thorny devils, there is no lack of indigenous reptiles in the park. Shows are held three times daily and include talks and supervised handling sessions. Interestingly, the center also acts as a snake call center with helpers on hand to handle distress snake calls from residents in the nearby areas. Home to over a 100 reptiles, the herpetarium is extremely renowned in the region.

Araluen Cultural Precinct

The Araluen Cultural Precinct in Alice Springs is attraction-packed. It comprises the Museum of Central Australia, Central Australian Aviation Museum, Strehlow Research Centre, which is dedicated to archiving indigenous central Australian artifacts, and four art galleries, including the Albert Namatijra Gallery. There is also a crafts center on site and a theater that hosts performances ranging from cabaret to drama to live music. Saturated in the art, history, and culture of Alice Springs, this is an enriching stop for anyone traveling through Central Australia or the Northern Territory. The Araluen Cultural Precinct also hosts festivals and other fun, so keep an eye out for can't-miss events.

Olive Pink Botanic Garden

An outback oasis, spread over 16 hectares (40 acres) of lush-green land, the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens is located in close proximity to the Alice Springs Central Business District in Australia. Featuring a huge collection of rich and diverse plant life that is native to the central Australian desert, this historical garden was founded in 1956 by prominent botanist, Miss Olive Muriel Pink. The site is named after her, who labored to bring a botanical garden and flora reserve to Alice Springs for many years. Today, a sand-dune habitat and interpretive display greets guests, alongside carefully cultivated tree species, at this beautiful garden complex. Entry to the Olive Pink Botanic Garden is by donation only. The venue is also available for rental for social events, including weddings, memorials, concerts, meetings, exhibitions and public talks.

Alice Springs Desert Park

A microcosm of Central Australian Desert system, the Alice Springs Desert Park is a premier environmental education facility. Sprawled across an area of 1,300 hectares (3,212 acres) with a core area zone of 52 hectares (128 acres), the park was established with an effort to create awareness and subsequently conserve the rich ecology of the country. Divided into three main sections, the park's walk-throughs take visitors through diverse habitats of the Central Australian Desert. Dry river beds, swamps, salt pans, and the Woodland habitat each harbor a variety of flora and fauna. The park has special enclosures for kangaroos where visitors can get a closer look at these friendly animals. Special shows on birds and the aboriginal culture near the park are special attractions apart from the walk-throughs.

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