Located about 3 kilometres from the centre of Alice Springs, this park is a place where you can see a wide variety of the flora and fauna of Central Australia in one place. You can admire several species of birds, kangaroos, and emus. Lizards, snakes and arachnids can also be seen, in houses. I particularly enjoyed the room devoted to nocturnal mammals, including some rare specimens like the ghost bat. There are scheduled exhibitions of free-flying birds of prey and demonstrations of Aboriginal tools and techniques. There's also a series of audio guides available, and a souvenir shop.
Not to be missed, especially if you're travelling with children! This park raises awareness of crocodiles (several hundred individuals are kept on the premises), and allows you to feed them at certain times of day. A guided tour explains the characteristics of different species, and how to hold the muzzled young ones. There are also plenty of other animals, mainly local species - birds, monkeys, cats, turtles, snakes, buffalo ... I recommend visiting the Museum in the main building, which is full of information on the biology and the behaviour of crocodiles. If you like being in contact with these living fossils, you can find some crocodile skin products on sale in the shop (bags, belts, the whole skin, etc).
During the long drive between Alice Springs and Ayers Rock, you need to take some stops to stretch your legs, relax and enjoy the views of the desert. It is almost compulsory to stop at this authentic Australian desert oasis. You can walk through the farm and see camels, kangaroos, horses, llamas and wallabies. You can even enjoy camel rides, a drink at the café and buy an Aboriginal boomerang in the shop. The farm is located on the right side of the road in the direction of Ayers Rock, about 200 km. from Alice. A couple of posters on the road will tell you that you're getting close.
They have a large, well-maintained collection of snakes and reptiles and friendly and knowledgeable staff. Kids will definitely enjoy a visit here! Burt, the famous crocodile from Crocodile Dundee, lives here. You can feed the reptiles and crocodiles, or swim with them in the "Cage of Death" (we didn't). It's a bit expensive, though: $30 per person, and you can see everything in a couple of hours.
The most exciting activity in Crocosaurus Cove. The most daring can dive with enormous saltwater crocodiles, finding themselves a few centimetres from the animals. Despite the security of the structure, the proximity to the beasts and their unpredictable reactions guarantee high levels of adrenaline.