Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Melbourne to Alice Springs Roadtrip: Day 9 Alice Springs and West MacDonells

This post continues the series on our two week roadtrip from Melbourne to Alice Springs and back during the July school holidays.

Today we started out at the Todd Mall market. The Big Girl loves to shop so was very happy I included some shopping on our trip. A mix of food, second hand goods and crafts. We picked up some yummy lemon curd donuts for our morning tea. The Big Girl also picked up some souvenirs for her school friends at the nearby shops.

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Next we headed just our of town to the old telegraph station. Site of the original settlement. Alice springs was built as a midway point between Darwin and Adelaide. The telegraph line had two teams building up out from Alice Springs to meet the teams building south from Darwin and north from Adelaide. Completion of the line allowed settlement throughout the outback.

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This spot was chosen because of the spring which also gave the town it's name.


We went on a short walk up to Trigg Hill and this guy was sitting on the path in front of us.


We had organised to meet our good friends out at Standley Chasm.  On the way we stopped at Flynn's Grave.

No mobile phone coverage means that it can be difficult to meet up but luckily just before we reached our agreed deadline to walk into the chasm our friends arrived. It is short easy walk into the chasm which is spectacular, with high red stone walls rising almost straight above the narrow creek bed.


Our last stop for the day was Simpson's Gap. We timed our visit for late afternoon to give us the best chance of seeing the Black-footed Rock-Wallabies. They were very difficult to spot but finally we saw some poking there heads up from the rocks high up in the gap walls.


Total driving distance while in Alice Springs: 571km

1 comment:

alexa said...

Oh my goodness, that red stone gap is wonderful ...How special to be able to see Alice Springs.