Wycliffe Wells to Alice Springs

Alice Springs Travel Blog

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Reagan with animals
We got off to an early day today and we got on the road just after 7am. The trip was very quick and after travelling through a few showers of rain we arrived in Alice Springs at about 11am. The rain we have encountered since travelling from Mt Isa has been unusual for this part of Australia and we are seeing the area in a way that not many have… green. Usually this part of Australia is considered dessert like and appears very brown and dull, what we have seen is all the glorious colours appearing almost instantly after the rain. The bright red soils of this region has been highlighted by bright greens of grasses and trees, whilst flowers which are normally dormant appear colourful and vibrant.

We had arranged to stay at a mates house from my school days, Jason Noonan, who lives with his brother and Angela, a fellow worker of Jason’s at the Casino.

Colourful rocks
Jason had to work the first night of our stay, but had the remainder of the week off work, which also meant he would come to Ayres Rock with us and as he used to work there, he’d make the perfect tour guide. Until then he offered to show us the sights of the town, which by Tuesday was in flood. They hadn’t had rain since Jan 2004, so the area was very dry before we got here. I had seen on a map that the Todd River which passes through town was ‘mostly dry’, all we saw was mostly wet and flooding.

Jason showed us a few attractions later that day after the rain had subsided, the first was a reptile park, which Reagan thought was great, especially as she got to hold the reptiles. She loves animals of all shapes and sizes and this was no exception. While I cowered off to a corner to be the furtherest possible distance I could away from the snake, she happily held it and loved every minute of it.

Trees and creek
After we did this we had some lunch in the mall then headed to the Desert Park, which was very good. They had a variety of different habitats for the plants and animals, one of the highlight being the Nocturnal house, which as the name suggests is where one can see nocturnal animals. What they do is have these animals in artificial light at night to resemble the sun, which is when they sleep, and during the day they have a light ultra violet light on to resemble the night and enable the visitors to view them. The whole park was a great example of the area and I was glad it was only about 30 degrees and had recently rained.

Jason took us the next night out to dinner at the Casino, where we ate heaps of Aussie animals and had a great time. After dinner we had a flutter at the casino and a few drinks.

The whole family in front of some rocks
We were lucky enough to have Darrin offer to baby-sit which was great, he’s really good with kids. His own kids live in Rockhampton with there mother and he is lucky to see them once a year. The next day as Jason slept off a hang-over Darrin took us to a place called Simpson’s Gap, which is just another of the great places in this area.

We definitely plan to come back to the area, stay for longer and experience more of what the centre of Australia has to offer. Three nights passed very quick and tomorrow we are off to see the rock, Ayres Rock or as the indigenous call it, Uluru. The trip is almost 500 kilometres and we will stay at the resort town of Yulara, at the Emu Walk Apartments.

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Reagan with animals
Reagan with animals
Colourful rocks
Colourful rocks
Trees and creek
Trees and creek
The whole family in front of some …
The whole family in front of some…
Hill
Hill
Mate Jason with a snake
Mate Jason with a snake
Desert lizard
Desert lizard
Reagan with a blue tongue lizard
Reagan with a blue tongue lizard
Reagan with snake
Reagan with snake
River and trees
River and trees
Alice Springs sign
Alice Springs sign
Simpsons Gap
Simpson's Gap
River with water
River with water
Towards Simpsons gaps
Towards Simpson's gaps
Alice Springs
photo by: WandaMichelle