Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 23:27

Member - Greg S2

Well hello to you all. It’s hard to believe but we have now been in Alice Springs for 6 weeks. Ingrid has settled into her role at the hospital and we have managed to get out and about.
There is plenty to see and do here in the red centre. When we thought about Alice Springs in the past it conjured up images of the locals sitting in the river bed, Henley on Todd boat race, the Rock and various movies that have been made in and around this town.
Well the cops patrol theTodd River to stop the sit-downs, the races we have seen have only been of the equestrienne variety, the Rock is a decent half days drive away (450kms and we have already talked about that special place/area) and you don’t really think that movies reflect how a place actually is…do you?
This is a wild and wonderful regional centre with 29k inhabitants, about a third are indigenous. The town is fully serviced with an excellent area hospital, education, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, galleries etc. and there are plenty of things to see and do.
The sky here is awesome, beautiful during the day with the blue blueness, fabulous sunrises and sunsets and even better at night with fantastic star gazing opportunities due to the lack of population and light pollution.
We are staying at the Stuart Caravan and Cabin Park and have decided to remain “trailer trash” until we leave here in June to continue our travels. It’s actually a really great spot, handy to town, shaded, private, safe/secure and quiet…what else do we need?
The town is situated almost in the centre of this great continent and in the middle of the MacDonnell Ranges (the 2nd longest ranges in Australia; so we are told). Ingrid and I have explored the Western part – known as the West Macs. We have visited Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek Big Pool and Glen Helen Gorge. These places are all beautiful so we’ll leave it to the photos to entice you all to come and try this place out.
We have been to Heavytree Gap (known simply as the Gap and is the entry into Alice through the ranges for all rail and road traffic from the South) to feed the black-footed rock wallaby’s that live there, had plenty of coffee’s etc. in the Todd Mall, got to know the centre of town well, visited ANZAC hill, the Clay pans near here for sunset and been out to a genuine bush BBQ (this was great evening with boomerang throwing, bush balladeer, damper making and some of that star gazing after dark with a full belly and a few drinkies) and walked around the old telegraph station.
There is still plenty to do before we go including a planned trip up north to the Devils Marbles, a visit to the East Macs and who knows what else! Will let you know about all that when we update the blog next time.
Until then take care.
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