Alice, Alice...where the....

Trip Start Jan 23, 2010
Trip End Jan 29, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Alice Springs is really in the middle of no where!  BUT surrounded by the MacDonnell Ranges it is beautiful!  I do feel as though we should be near Vegas though!   Is it just me who feels we should make it our Vegas?  Probably!!  (And I don't even gamble!!) Anyway....  I promised to fill you in on Kakadu or as we now call it Kakadon't.  That might give you a hint on how it all went!

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!  "NOH!"  Not enough water to justify a flight over it - so that was out of bounds.  The flight....not cheap...but a great way to see the huge park.....was a nightmare!  Fabio was the only one who did not feel sick.  Jack and I were, and Leila and Adam close!  It was sooooo hot and also with the turbulence, my body started the whole fainting routine and my hands went tingly and claw like.  I was just about to pass into the nether nether, when Jack needed a sick bag and my mother instinct kicked in.....The view, what I saw of it, was....nice....but I wanted more, I expected more and therefore was disappointed and frankly couldn't wait for the thing to land!

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. The 'Bells' who were just setting off on their journey - it injected some fresh enthusiam into us and we met up again on our way down to the middle of Australia in Katherine.  They had a mishap with their van (no we did not sabotage it - honest!!)  and therefore, had to stay a while to get it fixed. Us being in no hurry, decided to stay with them.  The highlight being a trip to the speed way and the Melbourne Cup.  A trip to the op shop and we looked like a 'million dollar' NOT!  The boys donned some ties and we had our own Melbourne cup lunch.  Even decided to sit like locals for a while and under a random tree we headed! 

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.  The MacDonnell Ranges were a spectacular welcome - but we could just about muster up the energy to unpack the car and collapse into the van.  You sit in a car all day and it's exhausting!  What is that about??

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.

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The Hutchens on

Once again this is great stuff Mandy, love it , keep it coming. Always look forward to the next chapter in this travel story.. Take care xxxxx

roy and debbie poultney on

looks like your having a great time seemed to be staying at all the places we stayed at how are the flies at uluru ?

The Constantines on

Hi guys - great photos and story - I really loved the middle but I worked in Alice Springs for awhile and it just felt too far from the ocean.
When you find a beach again we might come over and visit.
Cheers and safe travels,
Geoff and crew

Margaret Williams on

Hi Mandy,been following your big adventure for ages and loving it.You should write a book mate it would be great! Can't believe how big those tiny tots that we saw back when Adam wasn't even born! We are off back to Oz in Feb to see Guy/Nik and the kids and can't wait. It was such a shame the last time we saw them back in March/April as we got caught up in that volcanic ash cloud--and we had to stay another 3 weeks out there--flipping brilliant! it took 3 weeks to wipe the smile off my face---and Guy's as I painted most of the house while 'stuck' there! Plus we got £750 compensation from Qantas and £200 from our travel ins; Couldn't beleive our luck--so it just goes to prove that every ash cloud has a silver lining!! Been in Florida for nearly 4 weeks, and its been wonderful as usual,we fly home to the frost and flipping cold weather on Tuesday. Roll on Oz in feb. Much love to you all --stay safe--and carry on enjoying your trip of a lifetime~~Mags and Dave xxx

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