Alice, Alice...where the....
Trip Start Jan 23, 2010
27Trip End Jan 29, 2012
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I was so so looking forward to it and promised ourselves a flight over this world renown National Park. I can't really put my finger on it other than to say it was a disappointment to us. Whether we have seen too many beautiful things or we loved the smaller Litchfield NP so much, or maybe it was too huge to comprehend, I don't know.
The NT had had lots of rain, (rainy season came early apparently) which made the road to the fabulous Jim Jim falls closed, it was just the push we needed to book our flight - we'd see it from the air, we thought
We did enjoy Nourlangie Rock Art and imagining the Aboriginals painting (All this art inspired us to try some aboriginal art work ourselves the
next day at school) and making shelter in the gorgeous rock formations and looking across to Arnhem Land was great. We didn't do the 12 km walk which unfortunately 2 days after we left, claimed the life of a German tourist who set off without any water! Really?? There are signs everywhere warning of the danger of walking without water in this unforgiving heat - in all languages.
We did meet a lovely family at the Caravan Park at Jabiru
Finally it was time to depart and they headed west and we headed south, south and then south again! On the way down, we stopped at Mataranka Springs, which whilst lovely was full of flying foxes in the middle of their mating season and a smell to match. And of course the statuatory croc infested creek - they really are everywhere!!
We also stumbled on the Devils Marbles - which were awesome! And just off the Stuart Highway, so really easy to go and see. Huge boulders balanced on top of each other, broke up our journey nicely. With our longest trip in the car to date, we did a 9 hour day and arrived in Alice Springs at sunset.
Alice Springs has been another rest for us - we have decided we need to stop for a while, but not here - far, far, far too far away from the sea for this ocean loving family. So we are heading south via Uluru. I'm sure this will not disappoint and we are all looking forward to this famous Australian landmark.