4 days in Alice

Alice Springs Travel Blog

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Crimson Chat - Desert Park

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.

Native survival talk - Desert Park
Various talks are held at different points during the day and I went to a really informative talk about Aboriginal survival in the desert regions.

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.

Thorny Devil lizard - Desert Park
We were quite sheltered in the gorge and were saved from the brunt of the storm but the sky turned an eerie brown colour as the dust hung in the air.  20 minutes later we began the lovely bushwalk alongside a mostly dry creekbed to the Chasm. It was pretty unusual to walking  through rain dampened bush as rain is certainly not common out here!

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.

Was very cold after the storm but it was lovely to take in the ambience without crowds of people.

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.

 

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Crimson Chat - Desert Park
Crimson Chat - Desert Park
Native survival talk - Desert Park
Native survival talk - Desert Park
Thorny Devil lizard - Desert Park
Thorny Devil lizard - Desert Park
Native foods - Desert Park
Native foods - Desert Park
Desert Park
Desert Park
Desert Park flower
Desert Park flower
banded Lapwing - Desert Park
banded Lapwing - Desert Park
Todd River- artists at work
Todd River- artists at work
Artist at work
Artist at work
Emu dance
Emu dance
Alice Springs
photo by: WandaMichelle