Saturday 8th Sunday 9th June 2013
We booked into the G’day Mate caravan park – tight sites but the manager volunteered to park the van for us. What a relief. We went into town did a bit of shopping, got a ’15 cents off’ fuel voucher and filled up. A pity we still had quite a bit of fuel in the tank.
You might notice the change of the top of the LandCruiser. We acquired a roof bag in Mount Isa to make the storage on top of the roof rack a bit easier. Gone is the tarpaulin covering everything. It was more of a hindrance than an aid.
On Sunday, after Lesley did the laundry, we went back into Alice Springs. There was a market on in the mall which was no different from any market – perhaps a few more aboriginal paintings. We enjoyed exploring a bit more of the town. Here the old hospital.
The Residency – the Governor’s residence from the days when Central Australia was a state, before it formed part of the Northern Territory. This reminds me that I don’t really know how the Northern Territory is governed. I must read up about that.
We had a birthday celebration lunch in a restaurant off the mall. I had an open sandwich with kangaroo fillet.
This is the first geocache of the Outback way-finder trail that we come across. Of course we missed out on the first lot of caches as we took the bitumen road via Mt Isa, due to the hassles which delayed us. I will attempt to find the rest of the caches between Alice and Laverton.