Alice Springs Desert Park
With the sandstone walls of the MacDonnell Ranges rising to the west and red dirt all around, you'll get acquainted with the hearty plants and animals that call this arid landscape home—from the smallest frogs and fish to the rainbow bee-eaters (pictured) to the loudest cockatoos circling overhead. Don't miss the Nocturnal House where elusive mammals, reptiles, birds and invertebrates including rare Australian marsupials such as the bilby and mala might come out of the darkness to say hello. Otherwise, there's always the Nature Theatre, where trainers will show you how it's done twice a day.
By Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
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