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Alice Springs Reptile Centre

See some of the Northern Territory’s reptiles including saltwater crocodiles, enormous perentie goannas and desert-adapted thorny devils.

The Alice Springs Reptile Centre is the best place to get a close-up view of the Northern Territory’s many reptiles. Discover how the thorny devil lizard collects water on its spines. Get close to Terry the saltwater crocodile in the underwater viewing area and marvel at the sheer diversity of species in the Gecko Cave. 

Discover 50 different reptile species, from the big perentie goannas to smaller blue-tongued and frill-necked lizards. Perenties, Australia’s largest native goanna, can grow up to 3.2 feet (2.5 meters) long. They were a popular food source for the Arrernte indigenous people and were important to Dreamtime stories. You’ll see the perentie goanna’s beautiful dappled markings often depicted in Aboriginal art. 

Don’t miss the well-camouflaged little red-and-yellow desert lizard that is armored all over with spikes. The thorny devil is perfectly adapted to the harsh desert environment of Central Australia. It gets its water from the condensation that collects on its spines in the cool evenings and survives on a diet of ants. 

Face a fear of snakes at the venomous snake display where you can watch taipans, adders and king brown snakes from a safe distance through glass. Watch the most popular reptile in the park, Terry the saltwater crocodile, from the underwater viewing area. He’s more than 9.8 feet (3 meters) long and was brought to the center after being captured in Darwin Harbour. Considering these prehistoric creatures can grow up to 16 feet (5 meters) long, Terry is considerably smaller. At feeding time you’ll see him propel himself with frightening speed up into the air to snatch meat from his handler’s pole. 

Hang around for the daily feedings and talks that happen three times throughout the day. You’ll learn all about the scaly creatures’ desert adaptations and will be given an opportunity to handle some of the lizards and enormous olive pythons.

Alice Springs Reptile Centre is open every day. There is a fee for entry. The center is located in Alice Springs, near the National Women Pioneers Hall of Fame. 


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Diplomat Motel Alice Springs £39
Diplomat Motel Alice Springs

Diplomat Motel Alice Springs

20 Gregory Terrace, Corner Hartley St and Gregory Terra, Alice Springs, NT
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Alice Springs, this motel is steps away from Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery, Todd Mall and Adelaide House. Alice Springs Reptile Centre and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame are also within 10 minutes. Ciccone Alice Springs Station is 16 minutes by foot.

    Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters £72
    Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

    Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

    93 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Desert Springs, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Alice Springs Convention Centre, Yeperenye-Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park and Lasseters Casino. Alice Springs Desert Park and Alice Springs Golf Club are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs £83
      DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

      DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

      82 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Desert Springs, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lasseters Casino, Alice Springs Convention Centre, and Alice Springs Golf Club. Yeperenye-Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park and Royal Flying Doctor Service are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Desert Palms Alice Springs £72
        Desert Palms Alice Springs

        Desert Palms Alice Springs

        74 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Desert Springs, this golf motel is within a 10-minute walk of Lasseters Casino, Alice Springs Golf Club, and Alice Springs Convention Centre. Yeperenye-Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park and Royal Flying Doctor Service are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Mercure Alice Springs Resort
          Mercure Alice Springs Resort

          Mercure Alice Springs Resort

          34 Stott Terrace, East Side, NT
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in East Side, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery, Todd Mall, and Adelaide House. Alice Springs Reptile Centre and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame are also within 15 minutes. Ciccone Alice Springs Station is 21 minutes by foot.

            Quest Alice Springs £95
            Quest Alice Springs

            Quest Alice Springs

            9-10 South Terrace, The Gap, NT
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in The Gap, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Royal Flying Doctor Service and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame. Alice Springs Convention Centre and Lasseters Casino are also within 1 mi (2 km). Ciccone Alice Springs Station is 30 minutes by foot.

              Aurora Alice Springs £49
              Aurora Alice Springs

              Aurora Alice Springs

              11 Leichardt Tce, Alice Springs, NT
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Alice Springs, this hotel is steps away from Adelaide House and Todd Mall. Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery and Alice Springs Reptile Centre are also within 15 minutes. Ciccone Alice Springs Station is 21 minutes by foot.

                Elkira Court Motel £64
                Elkira Court Motel

                Elkira Court Motel

                65 Bath Street, Alice Springs, NT
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Alice Springs, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Alice Springs Reptile Centre and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame. Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery and Royal Flying Doctor Service are also within 10 minutes. Ciccone Alice Springs Station is 11 minutes by foot.