Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Beyond the ridged red mass of Uluru and the domes of Kata Tjuta, this National Park is sand-dune and spinifex country. Insect-eating mulgaras and several dunnart species burrow in the sand, while spinifex-hopping mice emerge at dusk to scamper between grassy refuges on the desert floor. Birdlife includes the elusive striated grasswrens (another spinifex dweller), honeyeaters, which are especially prolific when the grevilleas are blooming, and birds of prey such as the peregrine falcon. Dingoes, red kangaroos and euros are all best spotted at night, and the 73 reptiles species include the world’s second largest lizard, the perentie, which is sometimes seen walking across the desert with its slow, swaying gait.

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