Category Archive: Northern Territory

Jun 20 2013

West MacDonnell Ranges

I said the West MacDonnell Ranges would have to go a long way to beat the East Macs. So did they do it? Well, yes … and no. They’re certainly beautiful, with a beauty that is awe inspiring. The colours and the formations of the rocks are incredible, with sweeping cliffs, and serene water holes. …

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Jun 17 2013

The view from the top … and then down again

I drove the Mereenie Loop Road! We decided to only stay one night at Kings Canyon because, frankly, I was sick of paying exorbitant fees to camp. If ever there was an argument for competition, camping in central Australia is it, but more on that in another blog.

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Jun 17 2013

After the rains the desert comes to life

It’s obviously been raining in the desert. One thing I love about Australia is the colour – the red of the desert, the lush green of the tropics, the blue of the sky. Coming out to the centre I expected red, lots of red dust. And I haven’t been disappointed. We’ve camped in it, got …

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Jun 12 2013

Uluru – up close and personal

The first thing you notice (well, the first thing I noticed) about Uluru is it’s not in the desert. Not desert like you expect in central Australia anyway. Driving along the highway to Uluru we were surprised by how green everything is. It’s flat country, and grass and shrubs abound. There are even tall trees …

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Jun 11 2013

Oops, I’m bogged (again)

We’re stuck! We drove 113ks down the Old Ghan Track from Alice to Finke and all was fine. Then we got off the road, crossing the race track to set up camp and that’s when it happened. Bogged in sand! It was my own fault. As the track was firm I hadn’t let my tyre …

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Jun 11 2013

Finke Desert Race 2013 – Photo gallery

My apologies for the number of photos in this gallery. There’s a few reasons for so many photos: I haven’t edited them. It’s difficult to see the laptop screen properly when you’re sitting in the sun, so I’ve just picked what I thought looked OK. Doc’s a HUGE Finke fan, and this is how he’s …

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Jun 04 2013

East MacDonnell Ranges – Photogallery 2

The second in the East MacDonnell Ranges photogallery series

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Jun 04 2013

East MacDonnell Ranges – Photogallery 1

We’ve made it to Alice Springs, after 5 days travelling through the East MacDonnell Ranges, out of telephone and internet access. Time to just relax and enjoy the scenery. And enjoy it we did. The east MacDonnell Ranges is a beautiful place. With few tourists it is very peaceful and you can always find somewhere …

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Jun 04 2013

Just how adventurous are we? Or how much trouble do we want to get in?

We’re at Ross River Resort in the East McDonnell Ranges and contemplating a drive down to N’Dhala Gorge tomorrow. There’s a few “ifs”. IF it doesn’t rain overnight (it’s now cloudy and very cold). And IF I decide that I can get through the first lot of water (already quite deep). I’ll decide in the …

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Jun 03 2013

The smell of the Australian outback

Popcorn! The Northern Territory smells of popcorn. Driving across the border from Queensland of course we had to get out of the car and take the obligatory photo under the “Welcome to the NT” sign. That the setting sun was behind the sign made it even better. If only there was a brolga flying across! …

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