Some places we've been and some places we're going.

Archive for June, 2018

Alice Springs – Thursday

As usual click on an image in the mosaic to see a larger version with caption.

After a very cold night …

Ice formed at a dripping tap.


…. we went back to have a look in the Araluen Cultural Centre again.

Next was to the shop for some supplies we’ll need when we head south tomorrow then we checked out the Olive Pink Botanical Garden. I have to say it was a disappointment, I think unless there is a council commitment to maintain attractions they eventually start to deteriorate when there aren’t enough people to carry on the vision of the originator. A lot of work had been done to create ponds and plant around them but they were closed.

After the Gardens we went to the old Telegraph Station which is very well maintained but at a cost. It’s a delicate balance to maintain.

Alice Springs – Wednesday

We were on the tourist trail today following the MacDonnell Ranges (Tjoritja), going off the Stuart Highway along Larapinta Drive to:

Simpson’s Gap

Standley Chasm (Angkerle Atwatye):

then onto Namatjira Drive to see Ellery Creek Big Hole

Serpentine Gorge

and finally the Ochre Pits.

We then turned back towards Alice and drove some worrying kilometres behind a couple of French girls. The driver seemed to be having trouble staying on the left side of the road even when cars were passing or approaching. Eventually they spotted a dingo and pulled over for a photo op so we passed them.

Alice Springs – Tuesday

As I had breakfast and tried to revive one of last night’s campfires the Anmatjere Man looked very impressive lit by the morning sun. Several different kinds of birds came to investigate, they know the signs and chances of some easy food.

Last night we read about the early settlers in the area so decided to check out Ryan’s Well on our way south. It’s only 7kms from Aileron and was dug by hand to provide a reliable water source for the men working on the Overland Telegraph Line but it was also used by drovers. There was an ingenious device for lifting the water, powered by horse or camel. Across from Ryan’s Well is the original homestead called, Glen Maggie.

After that it was just driving on to Alice Springs. We’d been told the Beanie Festival was on and that it might be difficult to get a site so we were pleased to arrive early in the day. Someone has set up a display of felted hats and other articles in the Caravan Park so I was surprised when I asked about it at the Information Centre to be told it didn’t start until Friday. We’ll be gone by then.