Alice Springs

Rock formations and cliffs outside of Alice.
(Click on the image above to see images from Alice Springs)

This entry covers the period from 31st May to the 3rd June.

Only about a 170 kilometre run into Alice Springs on the 31st May. We had no mobile phone reception so we weren’t able to ring the Temple Bar Caravan Park where we had intended to stay. They didn’t take bookings and you had to phone around 7am in the morning to see if there were spots available. So we went to Wanngardi Caravan Park which was next door out on Ilarpa Road. Both parks are about 9 kilometres off the main road but this provides for a much more camp like atmosphere. It is also much cheaper than the caravan parks in town.

We rang Temple Bar the next morning intending to shift camp but there was a problem; they didn’t allow fires in the park at all. With temperatures dropping to -2 at night and a heater not working, this was not an option. We decided to stay right where we were for another 4 nights and this proved to be a very good decision as we met some absolutely lovely people at the next camp as a result of deciding to share our wood on the fire.

Jonas and Ellen were from Germany and around 30 years of age. They had been travelling around the world in their Land Rover for 8 years and had some amazing stories to tell of their travels. They were currently stuck in Alice awaiting some front end parts to continue their journey. With only 2 months left in Australia, they were heading up the Tanami Track to do the Gibb River Road before heading down to Perth to ship their vehicle back to Germany.

On the 1st and 2nd June we cruised around town and visited various shops.  I got myself a new pair of Blundstone boots that were more suitable for hiking and climbing over rocks.  The ones I had brought with me were old elastic sided ones and very loose.  Certainly not suitable for the work they had been doing in some of the areas we had stopped and walked.

The 3rd June saw us visit Emily and Jessie Gaps in the East McDonnell Ranges.  Surprisingly enough these are east of Alice Springs.  We also ventured further out to Corroboree Rock.  These gorges are truly spectacular and every one is different.  There are some really great walking trails that are very well laid out so you can do some very enjoyable walks or strolls whichever takes your fancy.

I've been to Alice Springs on many occasions and it is certainly one place in the world I never tire of visiting.  It has many great attractions both in the town and around the area.

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