A town called Alice

Trip Start Mar 29, 2006
Trip End Sep 07, 2006

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Sunday, May 7, 2006

Hi everyone,
Arrived in Alice Springs on the 4th May. The flight from Darwin was amazing, could see out of the plane for the whole journey. For as far as the eye could see it was desert, no towns and just one road that links the north to central Australia.

Alice Springs is a small town literally miles and miles from anywhere. The population is made up of Aborigines and lots of other nationalities who work there on seasonal employment. The main focus of the town being tourism and as a gateway to Ayers rock which is 480 km away. We rented a car for a few days which would enable us to get out into the desert and also drive to Ayers Rock. Surprisingly for such a small place, there were loads of gorgeous restaurants.

The day in the desert was fantastic. We visited Simpsons gap, Standley chasm and the desert park, where we saw a great birds of prey show. Although it is Autumn here now the temperatures were still high during the day but it gets very cold at night. The sand is red and the landscape consists of flat plains and dry riverbeds.

With the rental car you can only drive in daylight hours on the insurance policy as it is too dangerous to drive after sunset because of wandering animals i.e kangaroos, emus and camels. You also have to bring spare petrol and water for fear of breaking down as you are so far away from petrol stations.

On our last night we went to the Outlanders Steak house which is notorious in Alice Springs. You can eat crocodile, emu, camel and kangaroo steak, their best know dish being a 30 oz steak! We were entertained by an Elvis / Garth Brooks style singer. At the end of the night all girls in the restaurant were asked to climb up onto the rafters where there were saddles and pretend to horse ride to music...All very strange but had a great night...

Love Lisa and Paul x
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