Megafauna Central

Megafauna Central showcases the unique megafauna that roamed Central Australia 8 million years ago.


Meet the world's largest bird and a fearsome crocodile from the Miocene epoch. Discover fascinating fossils and catch a glimpse of palaeontologists at work in the lab.


As per the Northern Territory Government guidelines, you can help to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Northern Territory:

  • Please stay at home if you are feeling sick.

  • Sanitise your hands using our hand sanitisers at the front desk upon arrival.

  • Please sign in on your Territory Check-In App when you arrive at MAGNT's Darwin and Alice Springs venues.

  • Please avoid handshaking and physical contact with others.

  • Please practice hand hygiene and wash your hands regularly.

  • Face masks must be worn in public when you cannot maintain a physical distance of 1.5m.

  • Try and travel at quiet times to try to avoid crowds.

  • Please try to use contactless rather than handling money.

For the latest COVID-19 updates please go to the Northern Territory Government Coronavirus website.

Megafauna Central 

21 Todd Street Mall,
Alice Springs NT 0871

Open Mon: 10am–4pm
Open Wed–Fri: 10am–4pm
Open Sat–Sun: 10am–2pm
The Discovery Centre remains closed until further notice. 

+61 8 8951 1121

Closed Tuesdays and Good Friday

Closed Monday 20 December 2021 to Wednesday 12 January 2022


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Alcoota Scientific Reserve

Megafauna Central showcases the unique megafauna of Central Australia of the Miocene epoch from the Alcoota Scientific Reserve.


Alcoota is an exceptionally rich fossil site located about 150 km north east of Alice Springs, in the centre of Australia. It preserves the abundant bones of 30 species of animal, including many megafauna that were living in the heart of Australia in the late Miocene Epoch, about 8 million years ago when the Australian deserts were just beginning to form. 

The fossils are spread over a 200 metre stretch of ground and include the remains of as many as 3000 individual animals that all came to be buried in the same place. Included among these animals was the world’s largest bird, a fearsome crocodile that would be more than a match for the biggest modern salty, marsupial ‘lions’, marsupial ‘wolves’ and herds of giant browsing wombat relatives.


What brought all these creatures to one spot and killed them? What can we learn from them about the evolution of Australia’s unique fauna? Come to Megafauna Central to uncover the mystery.