Alice Springs and the Macdonnell Ranges

Once back at Alice Springs, from Uluru, I was looking forward to going out in the outback to get some good photographs of the surrounding nature along the Macdonnell ranges. Though on my first day back, I went to see the telegraph station. It was built in colonal times to connect the Australian Telegraph system to the British system in India. The line which strechted from Adelaid to Darwin, took only 2 years to complete and was built across previously unexplored territory; which I thought was pretty impressive. This was the only settlement in the area for hundreds of kilometres which must have made it really lonely to live at. On the way back I walked along a dried up river bed in the hope of saving time. Whilst walking through I saw a burrow which I thought was a snake’s. I freaked out and run away but with closer inspection it appeared to be empty. It was worth the visit. If you intend to go, you don’t need the full day there. You can walk there from Alice Springs which takes about half an hour. Once there you pay for entry and you can get a guided tour around for free which does not cost any extra.

The next day I went on a tour along the Macdonnell ranges which cut through Alice Springs.

desert panorama

We saw the grave of John Flynn who was the pioneer of the royal flying doctors. We also stopped for Lunch and visted many gorges. I got some beautiful photos and also had an interesting chat with an older guy who was also on the tour with his wife. The tour I booked went through many gorges and stopped at many sites of heritage to the aboriginal people. It followed a route known as the Larapinta Trail; which is a hiking route. Though I did not have the time or equitment to walk it. You can easily book a similar tour to the one I did. Just ask your accomadation provider or search online. Below I have listed the photos I got at each point along the way; in order.

1) John Flynn’s grave

John Flynn's grave

2) Simpsons Gap

3) Stanley chasm

4) Glen Helen and Glen Helen Gorge

This is wetter than the surrounding landscape. It is home to many acient species that such as the cycad palm which have survived in isolation from when Australia was a lot wetter.

5) Ormiston Gorge

6) Ochre Pits

They were used by the Aboriginal people for ceremonies and to obtain ochre for decortion.
coloured rock

7) Ellery Creek Big Hole

It was created by many years of significant floods. You can swim there, though the water can get very cold in winter.

I saw some beautiful scenery in the outback, however, I was looking forward to Darwin as it was quite lonely. I wanted to meet more people and party!

  1. Once again very interesting Adam and fantastic photography

  2. Very interesting blog and great photos.

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