Blogs from Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania

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I should explain that is a long way to Alice Springs, the majority of the time we were driving! The first stop was Charlie from crocodile dundee again, it was also a fuel stop and quick loo break, after 20 min we were back on the road. The next stop was edith falls, where we hiked up a fairly long path to get there. It was really got and when we finally got to the pools it was reliving to get into the cool water. After a bit of a swim we trekked back to the bus to sort out lunch. We had sandwiches again. Then we went down to a smaller pool there were some fish who would bite if you stayed still so we kept moving. All of a sudden there was a snake ... read more


I got up at 8 for the free breakfast and then headed to coles for food for the next 2 days and snacks for the next tour. I also stopped into kmart and got some trousers and leggings as the temperature in the evenings and nights is about 3c and when in the swags I don't want to get to cold. At 3pm we all met up to go climb the macdonalds range, to watch the sun set. We ordered 2 taxis but only one turned up after 1.5hrs we finally all meet at the bottom of the climb. The climb was difficult but eventually we all make it up and this time I didn't need help to get up! We got some great pictures and then started the climb down. Half way down I slipped ... read more


On Sat 16 May we drove back to Alice Springs and booked into the Desert Palms Resort. We were told to keep our door locked at all times and had a nice view of a chain link fence with razor wire on the top which overlooked a piece of barren land. Bit unnerving! I got the impression there was a concern about possibility of hassle from indigenous people in the area. The room was a also a bit basic but there was a TV a Microwave! Tom went for a run and then went shopping for fuel and supplies. However, when trying to pay for fuel he was jostled by some Aborigines at the cash desk who clearly wanted some money. The garage employee had to escort him back to his car. Not a nice experience! ... read more
Ellery Creek
Ellery Creek
Standley Chasm

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs April 30th 2015

Well sadly it was a big non event today. So pretty small post. I ended up with a migraine over night. So the correlation between migraines and work is not completely true... :( So I have spent most of the day sleeping on the couch and chomping on nurofen and ice. I'm feeling mildly better but still very dopey (what's new I here you say!) Dissappointing as we were intending to go for a bike ride today. And we were going to the nocturnal show at the desert park tonight. So missed both things... Rob made the most of the day by sitting in the sun and reading. Her only bought the book yesterday and is halfway through. It wasn't as windy as yesterday so much easier to stay warm. The sun is lovely when you ... read more
The view
The view
The view

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs April 29th 2015

Well this was a pretty quiet day today. It was a really cold night last night. Apparently its pretty normal for this time of year bit I guess we weren't really expecting it. The caravan park manager said its nothing, it will get to -6 (overnight) in July! The day was about 20 degrees so compared to home its still good, but it was cold in the wind! None the less we still got out and about. Went for a long walk into the town centre. It wasn't so easy to figure out the 'centre' itself. Eventually we found the Todd Mall, which seemed to be where it was at. We went to the information centre to get some information about Uluru and Kings canyon. Took the opportunity to use the free wifi to update the ... read more
Todd river
Todd river
Todd river

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs April 28th 2015

Well it was a pretty weird night, sleeping under the Devils Marbles. Its a stunning place but we arrived just on dark and the boulders loomed over us! We settled in quickly and locked in for the night. After a very restless night I ventured out in the morning to see the place at sunrise. Stunning! Its a natural phenomena that defies logic! We took heaps of photos but not sure they (again) do things justice. Its probably one of those place you need to see (and feel) to get a real sense of its powerful energy. I also saw a magnificent wedge tail eagle floating above the rocks just looking down on us all. Beautiful. Soon enough we headed off towards Alice Springs. It was 3 or more hours away, but we had a couple ... read more
Devils marbles
Devils marbles
Devils marbles

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs April 12th 2015

We had arrived in Alice at the start of Heritage Week which meant there was plenty to see and do in addition to the usual. Unfortunately, bus repairs were on top of the agenda for Saturday morning. Up early Saturday to get ready to see what we could do for the bus and our neighbour was someone I recognised! It was Jeff (with the HUGE 4WD that pulled us out of the bunker. We had time for a quick chat (and a photo with his eldest son Lachlan) but they had serious kms to cover and they needed to be on the road. Safe journey Jeff and family in 6 Mile (the HUGE 4WD that is named after the family engineering business)! Some success with KC electrical wiring up a new inverter for us. Thanks guys! ... read more
The Singing Wire
Open Day
Open Day

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs March 26th 2015

Being off line so much is messing me up. Back to Alice Springs. Just going to give you the highlights. Lovely resort, cool pool despite 100 degree temps. Skipped first tour to do laundry, swim and shop downtown, which is ten minutes away by foot. Then off to an aboriginal school where I dropped off two-thirds of the school supplies I brought. My suitcase thanked me for it. We got to read to the kids and have lunch. Reminded me of the migrant workers when I was young, they never seemed to have enough clothes. Most of the kids, even in fourth grade can not read. No one at home can help them, sometimes when they come they bring a family member who sits in the back of the room all day just listening. Off to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs March 25th 2015

Finally made it to a place where there is connectivity again. So back to my last blog. After our fifth flight from Adelaide to Alice Springs, we hit the hot red center of the country. Alice Springs was settled as a telegraph relay station on the north-south overland route, when the explorers thought they had found a permanent waterhole. Unfortunately they showed up during the only rainy time of the year. They started building in February when the river Todd, named after the explorer, was running from the rains. He named the permanent settlement after his wife, but when she found out about the climate, she never visited. The original station consisted of a telegraph office, blacksmith, paddocks camels and an aboriginal school. All the buildings were made of stone so it was always better to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs March 16th 2015

A quick look around a town called Alice. It was a pleasure to go into the shopping malls to escape the heat of a mild autumn day at 36°C. We visited the Royal Australian Flying Doctor visitor centre and found this very interesting. We are now at the airport ready to fly to Cairns and then an hour transfer to Port Douglas for a weeks holiday. The Weather forecast is 32 and sunny, and we are planning beach, barrier reef and rain forest. Hope we get good internet connection to share photos with you.... read more




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