Blogs from Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania


Hi travel followers. We are now in Alice Springs for four days and yesterday we visited all seven gaps, gorges and Chasms etc. along the Namatjira Drive on the West side of Alice. What an outstanding day. By the way, it was a 330km and 8 hr. round trip with walks into all the sites etc. Attached is a photo of all seven sites. See if you can match the photo with the name. Ormiston Gorge, Ellery Creek Big hole, Simpsons Gap, Ochre Pits, Glen Helen Gorge, Stanley Chasm and Serpentine Gorge. There is also some extra shots for those who like more. Hope you like them.... read more
Stanley Chasm
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Ochre Pits

Dear Followers, It's been a long time with no updates, but now I'm back with a hell of update! I only had 2 more weeks left in Australia and therefore planned a trip to the other outback of Australia, Alice spring in the Northern Territory. This place contains the well known icon Uluru ( the big red rock ). Luckily I already had some experience with the outback of Australia and prepared myself by buying some winter clothes and goodies. The follow-up trip would be to Melbourne, where I could drive along the "Great Ocean Road" and visit the rainforest. Are you ready guys, to hear my experiences? I arranged my trips, figured out some roads and quickly booked the tickets. On Thursday 12 June I headed off to the airport of Sydney to head off ... read more
A Lone Dingo
Alice Spring (2)

A Town like Alice 2014-06-08 Here we are in Alice Springs; 4 adults; 2 knee-hi’s; 2 car seats; 5 check in bags; 5 (or was it 10?) carry on packets and stuff. A long day; especially after the night before but very excited for our outback adventure to begin. Tomorrow we collect our campervan and ride into the sunset or whatever it is they do around here. I am excited to see Uluru. It’s 19:45; half an hour earlier than it was yesterday this time and we are so ready for crashing. (Makes sense to you?) Traveling; picnics; late night parties and more travelling have got the better of us. We are checked into “Alice in the territory – Travellers’ Oasis” in Alice Springs. Yes that is the lodge name. As you can see on the ... read more
En route to Alice
Alice in the experience
Checking it out and checking in

Well the Nullabor plains were wonderful and how anyone could describe the trip as boring is hard to believe as the landscape is constantly changing. The road sign warning drivers to look out for wild camels, emus and wombats turned out to be very disappointing as we only saw one solitary kangaroo, in a paddock with 5 sheep, on the whole crossing which according to our odometer took 1200kms from one end to the other. There are supposedly 200 thousand feral camels in the outback so why is it that we can’t even spot one! Hopefully we will have more luck on the road north to Darwin! Anyway part of the highlight of our on road travels would have to be the characters we meet in the camping spots and the great yarns and laughs shared, ... read more
Not your average road sign!
Nullabor plains
Start of straight road - Nullabor

I had often wondered what Alice Springs was really like ..... a small hot and dry one horse town in the middle of a desert? Maybe very much isolated from the rest of Australia? Was it really worth visiting? In fact Alice Springs is a reasonable sized town with good road and air links. There is some pleasant greenery and parkland and it even rained on the day we arrived! There are several shops to visit that sell aboriginal art and crafts. Anzac Hill provides a panoramic view of Alice and the surrounding MacDonnell hills. Alice turned out to be a great base to explore the Red Centre of Australia and the Old Telegraph Station and Olive Pink's Botanic gardens are well worth a visit. The Old Telegraph Station opened in 1872 and an overland telegraph ... read more
Alice Springs 1
Alice Springs 2
Old Telegraph Station  1


Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs March 23rd 2014

Early in the morning I walked to shopping centre. I stopped at Botanic Garden, but it opens primal at 8 am. It took half an hour to reach centrum. Back at hotel after breakfast we started our tour again. We visited the old telegraph station. Next stop was Alice Springs airport. We flight to Adelaide. We made a short sightseeing tour and subsequently we visited a opal mine museum.... read more
Opal mine museum - dressing
Old telegraph station
Colored wall

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs March 22nd 2014

We were picked up early in the morning for a round flight to Ayers Rock and the Olgas. It was a little plane with six passengers and a pilot. It was a fascinating flight. Back at our hotel we ate breakfast and checked out. Next stop Ayers Rock. We made two walking stops and watched the huge holy hill from close to. Next stop culture centre next to Ayers Rock. Next target Alice Springs. On our way to Alice Springs we made just toilet stops.... read more
Flight above Red Centre - Ayers Rock
Flight above Red Centre -The Olgas
Detail Ayers Rock

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs February 12th 2014

Tuesday continued..........went off to Kaka Tjuta/The Olgas, impressive "domes" not to far from Uluru. Because of the temperature, The Valley of the Winds walk was only open up to the first lookout point (more than 36 degrees and the National Park Rangers limit the distances you are allowed to go). So we did that and then another walk into the Walpa Gorge. In the Valley of the Winds it wasn't windy...........but on the way back it poured and we got soaked. Fortunately the temperature only dropped 10 degrees, to 30! But it cleared up and we carried on with the 2nd walk. It rained a bit more after when we reached the sunset viewing area, but as the wine was opened by then, nobody bothered! - pics attached. Wednesdsy........up at 03.30 to head off to the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs February 9th 2014

In Alice Springs now, 1.5 hours ahead of Perth - I suppose that I'll get this lost time back, though. 37 degrees....... but rain forecast for Tuesday! Fairly uneventful day........drove to airport.......left my glasses in the hire car, but remembered in time to retrieve them........Boeing 717 flight to Alice Springs..........shuttle bus to the Chifley hotel. Which, fortunately, has a pool! After a bit of relaxation, we wandered into the town - wasn't greatly impressed as Sunday appears to be early closing day........or maybe a non-opening day. Highlight of the day was having deep-fried banana and Mars Bar - the "traditional" Scottish dish that I'd never seen on a menu till I got to Oz!! 06.35 pick-up tomorrow to do Uluru etc. over 3 days, 2 nights. For the first time since we left, I'll probably be ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs November 14th 2013

Whew! We made it back from our 3-day camping tour to Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), and Kings Canyon and we haven't succumbed to the heat! It's only spring here - summer doesn't officially start until December 20/21 but let me tell you, this heat - especially in the Uluru/Kata Tjuta/Kings Canyon area - is incredible. Something about the sun is much more intense (or else it's because there's a lot less shade) but you have to drink lots of water and wear proper head gear or else. The trip from the Alice (as they call it here) to Uluru is over 500km, so our busload was picked up from our various hotels and we left at about 6:30 am on Tuesday. We had several stops on the way out including one at a ... read more

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