Saturday, August 5, 2017

Around Alice Springs

We came to Alice Springs six years ago and loved it.  It is a vibrant and cool town.  The MacDonnell Ranges provide a wonderful and picturesque backdrop for Alice Springs.  The ranges stretch 400 kms from east to west on either side of the town and this is called The Gap.

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 had a marvellous party to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  This time is it was a much more subdued session.

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.

Jesse Gap.

Corroboree Rock.

Then came the jewel of the East MacDonnells, Trephina Gorge where we did the gorge rim walk of 2kms.  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 Ross River campground and had dinner at the homestead celebrating Rob's birthday.

Another roaring fire in the dining room.

Walking from the campground to the homestead for a swim.  The climate here is pretty damn cold nights and mornings but swimming weather during the day.

John Flynn's memorial just 10 kms out of Alice.  John of the Outback founded the Flying Doctor Service and hi memory is revered in the outback.  We went to the John Flynn Centre at Mt Isa.

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