Mel is in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory – which is closer and easier to get to than you think! She is checking out the Alice Springs Desert Park, which is just a 10 minute drive from the centre of town at the base of the West MacDonnell Ranges. This amazing park is home to the world’s largest desert nocturnal houses, meaning you can come face-to-face with some of Australia’s shyest desert wildlife like the Bilby and Mala.
It’s also home to Australia’s richest reptile fauna. You can view some of their deadliest and most interesting reptiles – all behind the safety of glass! Our deserts are rich with life and Mel explores the different types of desert habitats on display: the sand country, woodlands and desert rivers.
She spots a goanna amongst the scrub, watches some dingos having a snooze, takes in the bird show, and even meets a barn owl on one of the Park’s animal encounters. Then she goes on a bush medicine and bush tucker tour with local guide, Doug. Mel tries bush onions, wild peaches and is introduced to Emu Bush – a medicinal herb that helps with muscle aches and pains.
Mel discovers that the desert is alive and teeming with life… if you know where to look!