Alice Srings and Surrounds

Trip Start Apr 02, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

It was great after our rush to get to Alice Springs to be able to settle for a while. We had booked into the Heritage Caravan Park for a week and were given a nice leafy powered site which cost us $32 per night. This was a pet friendly park  and everyone seemed  to have their dog with them. Fortunately dog owners and dogs were well behaved. This park also had quite a large number of permanent residents. The amenities were nice and clean and appeared to be used as a pleasure zone or maybe a brothel for one the parks female inhabitants. On a couple of occasions the sound from the end cubicle was rather of an erotic nature. Or maybe I am doing her an injustice. She may well have been involved in Alice's Dramatic Society and was practicing her lines for 'When Harry met Sally’.

Over the next few days we did some local attractions around town and also did a run through the East MacDonnell Ranges. Scenery in these ranges is outstanding.  The colours are so rich. Emily Gap was a favourite of ours with the beautiful red colours of central Australia set against a brilliant blue sky. This gap had some interesting aboriginal art unlike that of other indigenous art we have seen in our other travels.

Our last stop in the East MacDonnell Ranges was at the Arltunga Historical Reserve. Our brochure tells us that Arltunga was officially Central Australia’s the first town, born out of a gold rush in 1887and that Alice Springs at that time was just an outpost. It is now a ghost town but there are still old buildings and  machinery that you can explore.

After a long day of travelling we decided to give ourselves a break and hit the town for dinner. We went to the Overlanders Steakhouse, which was very nice. Staff were great and very attentive.

Here is an interesting bit of information, in relation to the purchase of Aacohol, for all of you drinkers who may be travelling to Alice Springs.

To try to reduce alcohol related harm in Alice Springs (certainly in my case, I’m thinking it’s too late) alcohol may only be purchased between 2:00pm - 9:00pm and you must present photo ID. If you are a wine drinker there are further restrictions. You cannot buy 4 litre casks anywhere in Alice and 2 litre casks can only be bought after 6:00pm. Cask wine is considered to be fortified liquor, so you can only buy 1 cask per person in a 24 hour period or one bottle of fortified alcohol. You can however buy as much bottled wine as you like.

As our wine stock had been depleted, as had that of the Whitelaw’s,  most evenings would see us making a mad dash to the bottle shop at 6:00pm to purchase our cask and build up our stock ready for our 18 day trek across the desert.

Needless to say we have resolved to drink less.
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Garry on

Beautiful photos but ... I want more!!! They download easily and play very well on the slideshow so ... Andrew more!
As for the story, how is it that the two who would abstain from alcohol, jog 3 kms before dawn each day and return as fit as mallee bulls dedicate half of their story text to the acquisition of wine??? Whisky is a travellers best friend!

Andrew on

Haaa have to watch that movie see what the fuss is about lol

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