Passed through Wycliffe Well, Alien capital of Australia, shortly after leaving the Devil’s Marbles. Amy & Liam were a bit disappointed at how small it was.
Stopped at the Old Telegraph Station at Barrow Creek about 280kms north of Alice Springs. Very cool!
Lunch at a park in Ti –Tree, where the kids experienced the joys of an “Olden days” playground. (It seems that Cameron & I grew up in the olden days. Lol) High jungle gym, fast slides and burnt bottoms. Great fun!
After a photo stop at the Tropic of Capricorn we finally reached Alice Springs.
I was amazed by the McDonnell Ranges as we drove into Alice Springs. Alice is nothing like I thought it would be.
We lashed out and are staying at McDonnell Range Big 4 Caravan Park. Very expensive at $63 a night, but it’s so nice to have a camp kitchen, grass, lovely clean amenities, hot water, a laundry and no sewage smell. My standards are changing – in Mt Isa I wanted an Ensuite site to treat myself, now just a modern, clean, non-smelly amenities block, within 5 minutes’ walk is a treat. 🙂 The kids love the jumping pillows and having a playground close to our camp site.
Morning laundry, just for a change. I love how fast the clothes dry here. Once the laundry was finished we went to visit the Alice Springs Old Telegraph Station. Really interesting!!!
It was much bigger than the one at Barrow Creek. There was a school camp being held there, with the school kids dressed in period costumes and trying out olden days life. Amy was quite envious; I think she would have like to go on school camp there. We all enjoyed the scones the kids had baked.
Cameron and the kids practiced walking in water in the Todd River creek bed. The water runs underground, hence the joke that they were walking on water.
The afternoon was spent grocery shopping and then doing camp chores such as vacuum sealing the meat, repacking the pantry and car maintenance.
Toast at the camp kitchen for breakky! Who would have thought that toast would be such a luxury. 🙂 Liam had to Skype his class before we packed up camp. He loves Skyping his class I think it makes him feel like a rock star. After pack up we went into Alice Springs CBD for a spot of shopping. We found a great souvenir shop and got heaps of my present shopping done. Also bought a new hand bag for me and some bean bag lizards for the kids. We finally managed to find some enclosed sandals for Liam at Spendless Shoes. We may not have to buy shares in Band-Aid after all. Lol
We drove up to ANZAC Hill for a bird’s eye view of Alice before starting along Larapinta Drive.