Alice Springs

Saturday 8th Sunday 9th June 2013

Heading out from Devils Marbles along the Stuart Highway we were surprised how green the countryside is.
(Lesley’s photo)

We passed some interesting hills.
(Lesley’s photo)

We intended to camp at the Tropic of Capricorn Meridian, but we had made very good progress so decided to head on to Alice Springs.

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.

Alice Springs is quite different to what I expected. Many parks with trees and at this time of the year, green lawns. We drove up to Anzac Hill, a small hill in the centre of Alice Springs.

This gives a good view over Alice.

As you can see in above photo, there are many trees in Alice Springs. The surrounding mountains are quite spectacular.

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

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 Stuart Jail.

On the wall at the back of the lot a scene depicting police back in the days the jail was in use and as of today.

(Lesley’s photo)

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.

After lunch we returned to Anzac Hill as I found out that there is a geocache located on the hill. ‘Anzac over Alice’ was an easy find.

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.

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