The same massive earth movement that gave shape to much of Central Australia and created Uluru and Katja Tutja, also created the ranges between 310 to 340 million years ago.
We revisited the bridge club where 6 years ago we attended a marvelous party to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. This time, it was a much more subdued session.
Afterwards, we drove out eastwards first, visiting the Emily and Jesse Gaps which are small gorges through the East MacDonnells.
Aboriginal drawings of the three caterpillars, special to this region.
Then came the jewel of the East MacDonnells, Trephina Gorge where we did the gorge rim walk of 2kms which was really spectacular. The gorge is know for its sheer quartzite cliffs, red river gums and sandy creek bed.
The gorge does not normally have water in it except for one waterhole which is at the base of a cliff and is quite deep. On a warmer day we may have had a dip in it.
We stayed a couple of days at the Ross River campground and had dinner at the homestead, celebrating Rob's birthday.
Walking from the campground to the homestead for a swim. The climate here involves pretty damn cold nights and mornings around this time of the year but swimming weather during the day.
John Flynn's memorial just 10 kms out of Alice towards the west. Flynn of the Outback founded the Flying Doctor Service and his memory is revered right through the outback. We also visited the John Flynn Centre at Mt Isa.