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.
we went for a drive up to the lookout and watched the sunset over Alice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the Ormiston Gorge the next one was, 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.
from there we went to our camp site for the night before finishing of the west Macdonnell ranges with 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.