We reached the NT border @ lunch time .... another milestone ticked off
Opening the van up for lunch at the NT border gave us a little dust, but not much .........We coped with the dust pushing on till we got to Jervois Station - approx 600 kms from Boulia & 200kms more of dirt.
Opening the van up was disappointing - bull dust covering the stove top,over all surfaces & also the bed, coming through the back wall rangehood vent :(( sad face & 1hr cleaning including shaking out the bedspread & pillows. Plan B ...next morning duct tape the back vent & 1hr drive to review the situation again - worse. Remove duct tape & open 1x 4 seasons hatch towards facing backwards.We finally made it to bitumen after 3 hrs more dirt that morning.
We stopped @ Gem Tree (east of Alice Springs) to get $50 fuel at $2.10 / L & pump the tyres again to bitumen pressures.
Before Gem Tree we were treated with more amazing views of the Harts Range - east of the East MacDonnell Ranges around Alice Springs
On 18th we visited the Alice Springs Desert Park - hundreds of species of plants & animals found across Central Australian Deserts can be seen here. The park backs onto the beginning of the west MacDonnell range - glorious views & smells around the park. Various desert habitats are depicted here including Desert Rivers, Sand Country & Woodlands.
The Thorny Devil lives in sandy deserts & ants are his food supply - mmm yum.
There was also a cinematic journey through 4 billion years of desert creation. This mural lined the entrance wall
Anzac Hill overlooks the Alice. Of course bus loads of people & others, including us flock up there for the sunset views.
The next day we decided to head out tp the shorter drive West MacDonnell attractions. Thought I'd show you how some of the rock rose up from mother earth all those millions of yrs ago - this pic shows 45* angled rock. Not sure how they survive, but there's different plants & trees are growing up there on those hills.
These are 2 of sequences of photos, but I think you get the idea.
The following pics show just how much plant life grows in amongst the rocks
We then moved onto Simpson's Gap. Just a mere 'gap' in the mt range, with a stream flowing through the centre! The place is serene & colourful with reflective pools.
|More plant growing in the impossible|