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Apr 11, 2018 - fly to Alice Springs

latitude = Havana, Cuba Alice Springs, population 29,000, serves as the gateway to the outback and the aboriginal world today. It's located more or less in the geographic center of the country. After another short flight, our first stop here was at the Telegraph Station Historical Reserve. It commemorates the efforts made to link Adelaide to Darwin by telegraph, which meant that Morse Code messages could arrive in London in twenty minutes, a huge improvement over writing letters which took six months to make the trip by boat. In this...

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Apr 4, 2018 - 5 AM

We started our mad dash to and through the Red Center of Australia by getting up at 4:30 AM to check out of our Brisbane hotel at 5 and catch a 5:27 train to the airport for our 7 AM Virgin Australia flight. We flew 1-1/2 hours to Sydney, then another 3+ hours to Yulara and the famous Red Center. Complimentary coffee and snacks including a bit of Easter chocolate were a surprise. We made our way to Ayres Rock Resort and our hostel-style $100 each bunk beds. The resort's motto is "Touch the Silence," because it is out alone in the middle of...

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Second Time Around

Feb 22, 2018 - Alice Springs and the Outback

We arrived in Alice Springs at 9:00 am. We looked for our bags but they had accidently been marked to go to Adelaide... soon found! Off to our economy accomodation at the Junp Inn Alice Hostel. Very basic ($60) but great staff, very friendly and helpful! Room basic, no pics on the walls or shampoos, great bed, good AC, great shower, no bugs, clean.... what more do we need? They also have a large kitchen and laundry for guests, pool (too many leaves for me). Have we mention the time zones here? There is the east coast time zone and the West...

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Jan 15, 2018 - Alice Springs

We are enjoying Exploration and Discovery that OATS provides on their tours. Visiting Alice Springs was just that. Alice Springs is in the middle of Australia and far from anywhere - 800-1000 miles in any direction and there are few people in between , but there are people and they need support, and most of it comes from Alice Springs. We visited some of the groups giving the support - The Royal Flying Doctors Service that visit the sick in the outback, flying into isolated cattle stations and transporting sick to hospitals that are 800 to...

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S&H Australia

Oct 1, 2017 - To the airport...

Good flight yesterday. Got a bit stressed though. We all got the the airport and I was the first to check in. The employee says my flight was cancelled! I was in shock! The manager had to call the office and get it straightened out. After about 10 minutes, I was handed my boarding pass... with exit row! Enjoyed a beer with Portia before our flight and headed off.

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Oct 1, 2017 - Cairns

Today we met some of the new folk joining us to Sydney. More girls, just me and janpaul for guys. Scheduled a bungee swing for the early afternoon. Got picked up about 11am and headed up to the mountains. Signed my life away and got the harness and strapped in. Guy gave me a briefing... I'll get pulled backwards to 45m high. Watch for the red light to change green, then pull the release cord on my own when I'm ready, and ill swing. So I'm up at the top... enjoying the view, I get the green light, I pull the release... the guy didn't tell me...

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Sep 24, 2017 - My birthday

Hitting the road to Alice Springs this morning. We all agreed to get up a bit earlier to watch the sunrise out in the outback. Amazing! Stopped at that border between South Australia and the Northern Territory. Took some group photos... but our buses a.c. broke. Hotter than hell, seriously, inside that bus. The temp outside is 36 Celsius (97F) and inside was hotter. We stopped again at the Alice Springs town welcome sign and with both signs we were so happy to get out of the bus, and into the cooler outside air temp. After about 6 hrs with...

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Jun 4, 2017 - Central Australia

1 June - Central Australia Another windy, blustery night and very cool this morning, difficult to get used to and only two days ago we were enjoying 34degrees. First hot shower for ages, it was very welcome. Bright sunny day, but the wind is keeping the temperature down. It only got up to 22 degrees today. We headed south again, a long drive through miles and miles of open bush. Trees were there was water, but otherwise just low scrub and grass, all turned golden. No burning here. We did stop at the Devils Marbles or Karlu Karlu. A strange...

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Oz and the Big Lap

May 28, 2017 - Restocking

Well, we have made it all the way along the Oodnadatta Track and The Finke track into Alice Springs. We have seen some lovely and quirky things along the way, Lake Eyre was a highlight, both from the South Lake and then the North Lake We have come across quite a few Dingo and Emu and Kangaroo on our travels, along with the odd Fox. The sunset and sunrise are to die for at times, stars seem to come down close enough to be able to touch. We have been lucky enough that the Milky Way was at its best during our week up there and with no moon it...

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Apr 22, 2017 - A Town Called Alice.........

KMS to date - 2,000 The last week has seen us cycle the minor detour of 300 KMS to Uluru (Ayers Rock), then continuing up the Stuart Highway to the iconic town of Alice Springs. Brent and Ellen decided they have not had enough exercise, so took the bus to Alice from Uluru and did a small side trip through the west MacDonnell range of 400 KMS in 3 days. The MacDonnell range have a lush and diverse flora which is quite a change from the arid environment we have been riding through. In the meantime, Ian continued the 200 KM uphill and into the...

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Jul 24, 2016 - A handful of stones; and a postscript

I gave myself an easy day with less than 300k to drive to a nowhere much place a bit south of the NT border; it’d put me in a day’s driving range of Uluru. Before I headed out, I had a cook-up in my motel room (brussel sprouts and cauliflower rice – vegetables!!) and then spent the morning wandering around Coober Pedy, a seriously strange place I reckon with its underground churches and mines and motels, above ground bars, mining mounds and tonnes of truck and car debris. But opals and their unceasing interplay with light are wonderful. A...

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KW Darwin and beyond

Jul 8, 2016 - Alice Springs

Up the Centre 8.7.16 Alice Springs Got up early and washed the sheets and towels. Although lots of washing machines, there was a lineup waiting when each machine was emptied, so glad I started early. Then we went to the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame. We found this really interesting and worth the visit. The most interesting was the old ' Women's Prison ', and how the wife of the superintendent was expected to care for the women. She had the inmates doing their own cooking, sewing their own uniforms with light coloured material,...

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