Our tours of Alice Springs

Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
Trip End Aug 20, 2010

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Our day started with a tasty buffet full cooked breakfast at the hotel, well it would have been rude not too seeing as they'd gone to all the trouble of preparing it...!!! We are picked up at 08:25 by our guides Macca & G for a tour around the West MacDonnell Ranges. First place we visit is Anzac Hill to see the WWII Memorial and get a 360 degree view over Alice Springs. After this we head west to Simpsons Gap, and stop off on the way at Reverend John Flynn's grave, the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. It was still a bit chilly as we walked to Simpsons Gap, which starts along the dry river bed, and soon we’re at the permanent waterhole at the Gap itself. Well worth us braving the early chill.
From here it’s further west to Standley Chasm, Ankerle, and again we walk by the riverbed, but this time it has some water flowing thanks to the recent rain. The chasm looked amazing as you walked between the towering 80 metre high vertical sandstone walls, and looked through to the bright landscape beyond... truly awesome. Back at the coach, Macca had a billy can of tea brewing for us, with sandwiches & cakes. It was a good way to end the walk for sure. While we were enjoying our tea, G somehow noticed a Rock Wallaby sunning itself about thirty metres above us. Soon we’re on our way back to Alice Springs to pick up our second tour of the day, to visit some of the town’s main attractions.
Our new guide, Harry, starts with the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base. Here we see a short film of the history of RFDS, followed by a guided tour of the small museum there. Our next stop is at the School of the Air, where children in remote areas within a thousand kilometres of Alice Springs were taught over the radio. This is now done with computers and web cams, so teachers and pupils can actually see each other these days. At this time they have 140 pupils taking tuition. Last attraction of the day is the historic Telegraph Station. The buildings here were the first permanent ones (brick/stone) to be built in the Northern Territory. This is also where the spring can be found that Alice Springs gets it's name from, even though it isn't actually a spring! Here again Harry gave us a guided tour of the site. This completed a very interesting and informative days touring. We finish the day with a dinner of (far too much) take away pizza and diet coke, we certainly know how to eat healthily and control our calorie intake... not!!!
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Lynda W on

Good day blues looks like your having the most fantastic time. it brings back loads of memories like going on Quicksilver to the outer reef and the Kuranda national railway. Carring on having a great time.

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