The many animals of the Red Centre Alice Springs

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Alice Springs Day 25

Today we went to Alice Springs Desert Park. We arrived just after 10am & the bird show had already started but we quickly walked to the amphitheatre & got seated. This show was fantastic when we got there we saw a Curlew (road runner type bird) he was running through the audience eating food the trainer dropped for him. Very large cute eyes. The birds of prey were next. Falcons & Kites. They are so quick through the air it was very hard to photograph. One flew over our heads so close if we sat up straighter he would of hit us. They are so graceful flying around a true spectacle to watch. The show ended too quickly. Probably because we didn't arrive till 15min after it started.

We strolled around the rest of the park for 2hrs looking in all the bird cages at the variety of birds they have in the outback. A lot of the birds we have seen in the wild, on some of our walks.

We took some photographs of the Red Kangaroos because we really have only seen 2 live ones in the wild this holiday. I can see why  laying still under the shade of the trees just chillaxing in the heat of the day.

We looked through the Nocturnal House which had little mice, bilbys (we didn't spot) reptiles, numbats & many other creatures, so tiny & fast. You had to wait awhile till your eyes adjusted to the darkness. This area was all of our favourite. We also loved watching the tiny Thorny Devil eating live ants.

Next stop was lunch, KFC was the order of the day.

Onwards to Alice Springs reptile park. Of course as the course of our day is going they had started the talk 10mins before we arrived. She just opened the door & let us in before we paid. She was showing a snake. I’m guessing an Olive Python. When she finished her spill we all got to have a hold of her around our necks & have photos. Also a bearded dragon & a blue tongue lizard was being passed around with many photographs being taken.

We all then wandered around the Reptile Centre looking at all the snakes & lizards in the glass cages. I found what I had been looking for. (would of preferred to of seen one in the wild) a frilled neck lizard, but he didn’t have his frill up but still took some nice photos of him sitting still on a log. A goanna called Frank was wondering around the floor happily greeting everyone as they walked past.
The Alice Springs Reptile Centre home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia. We display an extensive range of reptiles including Terry the Saltwater Crocodile, HUGE Perentie Goannas, Thorny Devils, Frill-neck Lizards and many other fascinating lizards including a varied selection of NT Geckos from the Alice Springs region, Barkly and the Top End on display in the amazing Gecko Cave

I saw that the Ghan had pulled into to town so next we headed to the Train station for photos. So now we have see both the great trains of Aus. Indian Pacific which goes from West to East & now The Ghan which travel south to north. Huge trains with heaps of carriages.

Travel by rail between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin and you are embarking on one of the great train journeys of the world. Named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, The Ghan will take you from one edge of this continent to the other, through the very centre of Australia.
A journey on The Ghan is an incomparable way to travel to the two jewels of Australia's Northern Territory – the Red Centre and the tropical Top End. No journey aboard The Ghan is complete without taking in both of these must-see destinations

We ended our day touring Anzac Hill for a view from up high of Alice Spring.

What remained of the afternoon when we arrived home was time to relax before we move on again tomorrow.
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