Saturday, 30 June 2012

Arrival in Alice Springs

Today we drove to Alice Springs. It is amazing there are hundreds of wild melons that grow on the side of the road everywhere.

We went off road on the way, well as much as the conventional vehicle can handle to see the Rainbow Valley.

The sandstone cliffs at Rainbow Valley are unlike the deep reds that are found at Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka. Rather, the glowing reds near the top of the cliff run down through a series of stunning yellows and whites which give this area its name. The sandstone cliffs surround a large clay pan which fills with water in wetter years and has always provided a sacred meeting place for the ceremonies of the traditonal custodians. 

It is just astounding that beautiful little flowers grow in this harsh environment.

Mushroom Rock. 

We then made it to Alice Springs and our B & B.

It is on the outskirts of town and is owned by the most enthusiastic guy who has single handedly removed all foreign grasses etc planted native trees and he now has gardens, orchids etc. The whole complex is completely self sufficient run from solar panels. He has counted over 90 varieties of birds in the property and in only 15 minutes I spotted 6 different birds which is amazing.

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