Saturday, April 30, 2011
We are leaving Alice Springs today and heading towards Queensland and will be leaving the Northern Territory so a few more shots are in order.
We have to say that we are very impressed with all the camping grounds in the Northern Territory. They are all well maintained and with the exception of the two resort style campgrounds they are very very reasonably priced and to our amazement, in isolated areas, with flushing toilets and often with solar hot water showers – all for $6.60 per person. The ones that do not have showers are only $3.30. And they all have excellent gas barbecues as well as gas ring burners.
The photo is of me swimming across the first rockhole while Andrew got across by rock climbing.
John Hayes rockhole is a popular swimming spot and 4WD enthusiasts from Alice Springs come out here for a dip during the warmer months.
We spent a weekend at Trephina Gorge which does not usually have water in it except for one waterhole. The waterhole was not there this time as the sand must have filled it in. The gorge had trickling running water in it but not swimmable.
Trephina Gorge is known for its sheer quartzite cliffs, red river gums and sandy creek bed.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
We were not dressed for the occasion. It is just as well we had not known about it because we had no appropriate formal attire with us.
This was the origin of the name Alice Springs, named in honour of Charles Todd's wife. It is not really a spring at all it is just a depression on the river bed where water gets trapped between the granite.
The range of things we came away with. Roast kangaroo. camel, goat and strips of smoked salmon. Camel is on the barbie for dinner tonight.
The same massive earth movement that gave shape to much of Central Australia and also created Uluru and Kata Tjuta created the ranges aged between 310 to 340 million years ago.
This photo is of the Sunday market being held at Todd Mall every second Sunday of the month.
We have seen quite a few of these marvellous benches and tables around Central Australia.