Alice Springs (22nd June)

 

 

 

 

 

Still driving down the Stuart Hwy we arrived at Alice Springs, we decided to stay at the show grounds just out of town $25.00 a night was a good price, a very roomy park giving lots of room for jock to run around, the first couple of days we spent having a look around town and doing some much needed shopping.

Alice Springs

Alice Springs

we went for a drive up to the lookout and watched the sunset over Alice.

Alice Springs at sunset

Alice Springs at sunset

after spending time in town we went for a look at the west Macdonnell ranges the first day we left the caravan at the park and travelled to Palm Valley about a 300 klm return trip with some off road driving included, it was good to put the Ranger into 4×4 and see how it would go with the road tires, I was pleasantly surprised on how good the Ranger is off road with some sand driving along the dry river bed and then some rock hopping further into the valley.

Entering into Palm Valley

Entering into Palm Valley

We went with some new friends we met at the park, Craig, Wendy, Ron and Jenny and had a great day out seeing some beautiful country.

Palm Valley

Palm Valley

Palm Valley

Palm Valley

Palm Valley

Palm Valley

Palm Valley

Palm Valley

Palm Valley

Palm Valley

Palm Valley

Palm Valley

Palm Valley

Palm Valley

As you can see this a must see if visiting the area, after returning the next day we packed the caravan filled the water tanks and went back into the west MacDonnell ranges and camped in the free camp spots, getting up early too explore the gorges first being Ellery water hole.

Ellery Water hole

Ellery Water hole

The next one was Ormiston Gorge which was the pick of them all for us, here we went for a good walk up to the lookout and did a 4 klm loop unknown to us at the end of the walk there was only two options 1st was to swim across the water pool which was deep and freezing cold the mornings here are colder than Tassies only 1 degree in the morning and reached a nice 20 by afternoons, the 2nd option was to climb down a rock face which was the choice we made, we were lucky that a couple that went the other way around talked us down it was a very hard climb.

Ormiston Gorge

Ormiston Gorge

Ormiston Gorge

Ormiston Gorge

After the Ormiston Gorge the next one was, Glen Helen Gorge..

Glen Helen Gorge

Glen Helen Gorge

we then went into the Orce Pits this is where the famous Aboriginal painter Albert Namatjira acquired his colours to use on his paintings the Orce was regarded as a valuable for trade with the local indigenous.

Orce Pits

Orce Pits

Orce Pits

Orce Pits

Albert

Albert Namatjira

from there we went to our camp site for the night before finishing of the west Macdonnell ranges with Simpson Gap.

Camp at Macdonnell Range

Camp at Macdonnell Range

Simpson Gap

Simpson Gap

Simpson Gap

Simpson Gap

We went back to the showground’s and stayed for a few more days just relaxing and doing a few maintenance chores to the caravan and car before heading south then west to Uluru and Kings Canyon.

12 Comments

  1. Claire Smith

    Really enjoying your adventures. My daughter has finally left home and moved to Darwin 2weeks ago. Rachael is an only child and Charlotte,my granddaughter is the only one I have at present. I have got 4 weeks of my long service leave approved and it will start on August 18th. Off to Darwin for a month. I haven’t travelled for over 6 years and will be a bit nervous. Plus I have to take her cat and dog with me. off to Flight Centre next week to organise that. Will be in Darwin for Charlotte’s 2nd birthday on sept 7th. Rachael’s fiancΓ©, Tom ,has been posted to Darwin after he completed his Military Police training. What an adventure they will have. Miss your bright face and laugh at work xxx

    • robyn congerton

      Hi Claire,
      thanks for posting, wow sounds like your off on your own adventure soon, you will love darwin and probably not want to leave πŸ™‚
      It must be quiet at your end with Rachael, tom and Charlotte missing πŸ™
      Hope you are looking after yourself and we might see you in tassie one day xxx

  2. David Donna n Oscar

    Howdy guys some great photos and awesome places. I see your wearing warmer clothes lol. your heading our way so hope we can catch up. if not coming to Whyalla we can travel to meet up with you. take care

  3. Julie and Andrew (Uluru)

    You pretty much did the same exploring we did. It really is an amazing place and some beautiful and amazing scenery.

  4. MUMANDAD

    i cant believe you did all that walking and exploring and did not have at least one swim. Or is that not allowed. come on robyn, wheres my water baby gone, cold or not. ha. ha. love you

    • robyn congerton

      Sorry mum this water baby either
      A: grew up and got a few brains
      or
      B: became a wuss haha
      xxxcc

  5. Rip and Mary (your WA Mates)

    Hi Guys, Your journey has taken you to places we have seen…oh so beautiful!! See from your Palm Valley photo you met another Vet, we are everywhere. We have been away for 5 weeks Touring – Boat Trip down the Rhein from Amsterdam to Budapest, then a land Tour taking in most of Germany. Just fantastic and the weather perfect,plus the German Beer went down a treat!!
    Keep having fun, stay safe, and stay north it’s warmer.

    • John

      hello Rip and Mary, your trip abroad sounds fantastic I can just see you two sitting on top of that luxury river boat sucking down those ales and wine in true Aussie spirit, πŸ™‚ yes we have met and befriended so many Vets in our travels and we hit it it off straight away, we have nothing but admiration for the guy’s and Gal’s that fort for the independence and freedom we are now experiencing in this country, don’t for get guy’s your more than welcome at our house if ever in Tassie, take care the Congo’s xxx

  6. linda

    Hi Guys love all the photos, everything looks amazing xx

  7. Amanda cooney

    Wow what amazing photos the shots and the scenery is truly amazing top job on the photos . Totally agree its a place to see and visit you don’t realize how beautiful our country is until its captured like that . You both look so well this travelling has both done you the world of good . Luv to all and Bella and Ozer said they are nearly ready to start count down jockie xxxx

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