Trip Start Jun 21, 2007
24Trip End Jul 14, 2007
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Hermannsberg is a German mission town which, when I visited in 89 was a sea of discarded white plastic bags. It was still a dump and the plastic bags had been replaced by green VB beer cans.
An 18km drive along the bumpiest 4WD track I have ever known brought us to the stunningly beautiful Palm Valley. It is the only place in Australia where these particular cabbage palms grow
Clark showed us a grass seed which aboriginal people string onto a stick and use as a hairbrush - common name Teddy Bear's arsehole - no kidding!!
The dirt in the centre is red - bright red - and is commonly referred to as bulldust. It gets into everything and colours your clothes red, your shoes red, your skin red - you can never really get rid of it. I once had a car that had been to Broken Hill and it still blew red bulldust out of the airconditioning a year later. The BOSS was lamenting the fact that she was now a redhead due to the bulldust mixing with the oil in her hair.
Back to Alice took about 2 hours and we were dropped at a new hostel (thank goodness) Annie's Place. It is a very funky place and the staff were brilliant and friendly. Our room was stunning with an ensuite, fridge, TV, heater and air conditioner and best of all, excellent mattresses. We both dived into the shower and washed away all the bulldust. We met the other 4 girls in Annie's Restaurant for a drink and a $5 dinner of Thai Chicken Pizza. (the drink cost more than the dinner). The whole bar is decorated with posters and newspaper clippings and photos and the atmosphere is so alive. Such a lovely way to end our holiday.