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and end in Alice
Springs with over 1000 km in between. A good trip with some spectacular
scenery, touching in at Uluru ( Ayers Rock ) and the Olgas.
Alice Springs head
out south west on Larapinta Drive and through the Owen Springs Reserve
with our ultimate destination on this leg being Kings Canyon in the
Watarrka National Park there
is a 4wd track that
goes into the Owen Springs Reserve and, if you go far enough, exits
onto the Stuart Highway.
the way out you will
visit Hermannsburg and the Finke Gorge National Park.
are several points
of interest along the way and you will be pleasantly surprised if you
take the time to stop off and have a look.South
of the Wallace
Rockhole is a visit well worth doing.
The Aboriginal Community there
will look after you well with local tours, a good feed and excellent
hospitality. Fancy a feed of kangaroo? - only joking, you can if you
want but there is plenty of other traditional bush tucker to enjoy.
to the main track
south before we deviated, and you will travel, after lowering your tyre
pressures, some distance on the creek bed unless you come to a section
of water, in which case go around it.
are some side
attractions but soon you will enter the Finke Gorge National Park where
you will soon pass through a spectacular, high red cliff lined, gorge.
much further and you
will arrive at the Junction Waterhole. You may be ready to give the
driving a miss and stop over at this spot for the night.
isn't bad, and you will be on the bank under the shade of the gum
kilometers south of
here you will come to Boggy Hole, so named because it is one of the few
permanent watering holes in the area. Boggy Hole is a permanent
waterhole and can vary in length from around half a kilometer to over 2
km, depending on how much rain has fallen recently. It is a very
pleasant, shady, spot.
Excellent camping spot but you will have be self
sufficient as there are no facilities. There
is plenty of
wildlife around, including horses and camels, as well as birds.
south from Boggy
Hole along the river. The countryside is a little varied from high
cliffs to open flat spaces.
on you will come
to the Palmer River, and a little further you will turn onto the main
road heading out to Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park you
are on the main
tourist route now so the quality of road improves. After traveling into
the park you will reach the Kings Creek Campground.
Although a little
basic, the camp area has facilities for caravans and camping. A
little over 30 km
further on past the camp area is the Kings Canyon itself. The
canyon is a
magnificent sight with their towering cliffs.
The Frontier Lodge and
caravan park, as well as fuel and food supplies, are a few kilometers
past the canyon turnoff. Other
points of interest
in the area are The Lost City, on top of the plateau, and the Garden of
Eden, at the head of the main canyon.
There are a number of walking
tracks in the area and you are best to talk to the ranger in the area
as to what is worth seeing and what's not, depending on your timetable.
Kings Canyon you can
return to Alice Springs via The Gorge Hill Range, Katapata Gap and
Hermannsburg, or you can return down Ernest Giles Drive to pick up the
Luritja Road and continue south to Mulgoa Park Homestead. Heading
south you will
travel via Curtain Springs Roadhouse, where you can make another detour
by turning of to the Uluru National Park, Uluru itself ( Ayers Rock )
and on to Mt Olga, also known as The Olgas.
80 km west of Curtain
Springs is Yulara, situated in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National
Park, which has five start hotels and all of the other shops
supplies with it. This is a main tourist area so be prepared for
everything to be a little more expensive.Travel
south from Yulara
to The Rock.
Olgas are about 40 km
west of here and make an interesting place to visit. The Olgas are the
high domes you would have seen from the top of Ulura ( Ayers Rock ), if
you climbed all the way up. There
are no camping, or
other accommodation facilities either at Uluru or The Olgas.
leaves with the choice of traveling back to Yulara or Curtain Springs,
where you have to head back to sooner or later anyway. Once
back on the Luritja
Road south of Curtain Springs Roadhouse, your aiming point is due south
to Mulgoa Park Homestead.
From here you will swing east along the
Gunbarrel Highway to Kulgera.At
Kulgera you can get
fuel and food supplies as well as basic mechanical repairs, if needed.
Kulgera you will head
east again heading for Finke near the Finke River. The town is mainly
populated with the Aputula Aboriginal People and, when the Ghan railway
track ran through town, was a major supply point for the train. From
Finke head we head
north on the last leg of the journey back to Alice Springs, about 270
km without deviations.
few kilometers out of
town you will join up with the Finke River, which for the most part,
will have no water in it, seldom does. Test the bed for the softness of
the sand before you attempt to cross in case you need to let a little
pressure out of your tyres. Soon
you will be following
the old line of The Ghan Railway.
This is fairly remote, isolated
country so the old railway helps you navigate your way north. Along
this stretch north
you will pass the ruins of several old railway sidings. There are some
interesting places to stop and explore as well as some that are a
couple of kilometers or so off the road.
further north you
will come to the old Ewaninga Siding. The rail track from here to just
south of Alice is maintained by the Ghan Preservation Society and the
Old Ghan Train runs regular trips between here and Alice Springs. From
here there is a good
run into town on well maintained roads.
Looking forward to seeing you
back here soon,
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