4 days in Alice
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Was lovely to sleep in such comfy beds and surroundings......we got up late had the full buffet breakfast, then organised a hire car for 3 days. Checked out Todd Mall markets...nice and laid back.
Didn't end up driving anywhere else until the next day (Monday) when we drove out of town a few kms to the Alice Springs Desert Park. What a fantastic place...huge area set out extremely well to show all the differing landscapes around Alice from Desert to Woodlands. All the plants and trees were labelled and many gave info on how the aboriginals used/use them so was very informative and beautiful. Large aviaries were scattered round the park enabling close views of native birds and other wildlife. As we had not seen much fauna whilst out camping this was great. The nocturnal house was also fantastic.
It was a stunning day with clear blue skies until just as we were about to leave the park a huge storm blew over....wild as, complete with hail and really strong winds. Once the vicious storm had passed over we decided to head further west along the West MacDonnell Range to Standley Chasm (50kms out of Alice). We drove towards more storm clouds rolling in from the west .....amazing sight as a huge dust cloud was pushed along in front of the looming storm....but kept going and arrived at the Chasm in time to warn the cafe there about the approaching storm...they quickly shut up shop and downed shutters advising us to stay in the car till it had passed over.
As we drove back into Alice we were shocked to see so much storm damage. Worst storm they had had for 25 years or more! The power was off for a few hours and a big clean up was underway all over town. By the next morning the only sign of the storm was a few puddles of water in the Todd River and lots of trees lying round.
We drove out to Simpsons Gap early on Tuesday, only 18 kms out of town in the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Over the next couple of days we saw Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Pioneer Womens Hall of Fame /Old Goal, Cultural show, Art Galleries, and spent time in Todd Mall enjoying The Alice ambience!
The last day I stumbled across a couple of local artists painting in the Todd River. I am so glad I approached them and started chatting as once again I was able to aquire original art direct from the artist. I love the traditional dot painting that depicts the journey between waterholes across the land.
Flew to Brisbane on Wednesday with regret that my vast Australian adventure was over.