Last of the Gorges Alice Springs Bound

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Alice Springs Day 24

Well the Red Centre certainly gets into you. It's in my shoes, on my clothes, covering my toiletry bag, on my sheets, towels, curtains, on my bench tops in my cupboards, covering my floors, all over my pots & pans. I’m breathing it in when I sleep & hike. Yes the Red Centre dust certainly gets into you, & all over you.

I have been very disappointed with the lack of wildlife we have spotted around here. Sure we have seen dingos, camels, cows & horses, but no lizards, kangaroos, emus or wallabies. Not much wildlife at all really. But they have recently had a lot of fires.

We had a bit of a sleep in today to 6.45am. Packed up, with a few heated moments, as you do when you are all so close together in one small room for 3 weeks. But you soon get over it & get on with your own jobs packing up.

We were on the road at 8am. On our way to Alice Springs we called into the last of the natural attractions along the Larapinta Drive.

Before we got too far, George came over the radio saying "Boy you don’t see Red Kangaroos for days, not a single one in sight & then Bang one runs straight into you" we thought he was just joking around saying this but when we pulled up to Ellery Creek Big hole, we noticed his back wheel hub missing & a rather large dent in front of his tyre where the Roo hit. Apparently it just came out of nowhere & ran straight into the back of his RV. The only thing he saw after the loud bang was his hub cap flying in pieces in mid air.

After the drama we walked into Ellery Creek Big Hole a short well maintained track to the water hole. Another beautiful spot with more large red cliffs either side with a gap in the middle. White gum trees & reeds lining the banks. A couple of ducks swimming in the water. A very peaceful spot. The water was still making great reflections great for photos. We had a short walk around stretching our legs & admiring the beauty of this spot.

But it was onwards bound once again. Along the sides of Larapinta Drive was large rolling hills. On one side where all the gorges were was green low lying shrubs. & heaps of Spinifex along the ground. Making the hills look lush green. On the other side of the road however was a lot dryer browner in appearance with lots of rock walls. They looked like many rocks stacked on top of each other & very jagged like fingers sticking out of the ground trying to get out.

Next stop off was Stanley Chasm. This is the 1st & only natural attraction you have to pay for. $25 for a family pass. It was a fairly short rocky walk to the Chasm. We arrived here at 10.30am. White rocks cover the ground  between the two huge towering cliff faces bright red in colour. On the cliff face, plants are amazingly growing. Some beautiful white flannel flowers, grasses & white gums. Fascinating how plants could survive & grow out of small gaps in the rocky ledges. We walked up the short gap in between the two walls admired the great view then walked back to the kiosk. We bought some drinks & pies for lunch.

Next on the trip was Simpson Gap. Everyone was rocked, gorged & gapped out by now so didn’t want to walk another 40min to this Gap, so I just got out of the car & did a quick walk across the sandy river taking photos towards the gap. Apparently Black Footed Rock Wallabies live here to, but I was told by the aboriginal at Stanley Chasm that with the recent fires a lot of the kangaroos & wallabies have all gone further inland away from the fires. So I guess I wouldn’t be see any here either.

After this we headed straight to our new camping ground. MacDonnell Range Holiday Park. Luxury at last. When we set up camp I took up 5 washing machines washing all our clothes, towels, sheets & blankets. Trying to be a bit more dust free. Can’t wait to sleep tonight after a shower, clean sheets & PJs.

After all the washing was done we did more domestic duties of food shopping after 3 weeks we had nearly ran out of everything. $456 later we now have, hopefully enough food to last till we get home in another 2 weeks.

What was left of the afternoon was a quick relax time.
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