In the Middle of the Desert

Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
Trip End Nov 2008

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Monday, July 21, 2008

The descent into Alice Springs was so spectacular. Landing in the middle of the desert of the red centre of Australia with nothing but sand in every direction. Got a lift to Annie's Place backpackers resort where we met the receptionist Fiona from Donegal who sorted us out with an excellent room and after a bit of blagging got a gig for the owner Mulga who was turning 40.
The standup gig was in his cool retro home for over 100 family and friends who had flown in from all over Australia. Show went so well and made the rest of our stay in Annie's so much fun as we were looked after like royalty by all the staff!
Apart from the wild west saloon Bojangles (where we enjoyed camel, buffalo, kangaroo, emu and crocodile), the bar in Annie's place turned out to be the social hub of Alice Springs where locals and travelers mixed together enjoying the $5 meals, cheap drink and fun and games including bingo with drink as the prizes.
Alice Springs is a quiet dusty place made up of one main st called the Todd Mall set on the dry Todd river. We went to a Didgeridoo workshop in the starlight theatre and tried to play this incredibly difficult instrument.
Another evening we hiked the 3kms or so up the dry river bed past the old telegraph station and aboriginal families having a barbeque in the park to Trig Hill where we had the most wonderful picnic as the sun set and the full moon rose slowly into the night sky...magnificent.
To end our stay in Alice springs we treated ourselves to a show called Aurora Red Dreaming. This included a full local dinner, champagne, wine and the show proper which was split into a teach-in where we learned about Aboriginal weapons and art before enjoying the traditional dance of the aboriginal group that were in Alice that week. The group and show changes constantly, probably the reason why it constantly wins the Ozzie award for best show in the Northern Territory. (Only 1% of the Australian population lives in the NT).
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