Travelling to the centre of the Universe? Ha!

Trip Start Jun 28, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

From Mataranka, we drove South down the Stuart Highway towards a must-do stop at Daly Waters. This tiny township's main attraction was its pub (hoorah!) This drinking hole was certainly a bit different with the walls covered with anything from business cards to football shirts and banknotes to bras! The collection of bits and bobs sure was like an Aladdin's Cave! Not only did you have the various memorabilia to look at but a nightly tradition in the Dry season was a true Aussie stint of entertainment.
A proper country man took to the stage and recited bush poetry, sang hill-billy tunes and cracked a few jokes! We had a really fun night here and we were surprised at what a great place it was considering how remote it was!

Next stop from North to South was the Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve. The area was covered with hundreds of boulders - some around ten feet tall. A very unusual group of rock formations that seemed to have appeared from nowhere!
Moving on, we arrived at the heart of Australia - Alice Springs. There wasnt lots to do here - it's mainly a hub of good information about Central Australian attractions and a place to stock up on essentials. It was definitely the first place of real civilisation we'd passed through for a few days!

From here we headed to the McDonnell Ranges which encircle Alice Springs. The drive there was very scenic with gorgeous green hills rolling by the side of the road. We stayed at Ormiston Gorge, which was in the West McDonnells. That night we went to a ranger campfire talk and learnt about the local wildlife in the National Park - including the desert rat and currently a plague of mice...They weren't lying! When Sean nipped back to camp that night, he heard a suspicious rustling in a bag with bread in it that we'd stupidly left outside...Low and behold there were about five mice having the feast of their lives!

Early the next morning we did an hour and a half long walk through the actual gorge. First climbing up part of it and then making our way down to the Pound which was filled with clear water. We were glad we'd decided to do it early because we were the only people around and also the sun made the rock faces appear more striking. It was really good to be at one with nature again and from here it was time to see some more natural wonders of Australia!
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