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
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.
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.
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