28 June, 2012

Outback Adventure Part 7!

 We went up to Anzac Hill for a great 360 degree view of Alice Springs.
I suppose you could say we were looking south here.
I've zoomed in on this photo. Can you see the two darker places in the centre of the ranges? We were staying on the other side through the gap there.
Looking toward the West MacDonnell Ranges.
And the East MacDonnell Ranges.
Each year there is a "boat" race on the Todd River which runs through Alice. It is called the Henley on Todd. The funny thing about the Todd River is that it is almost always dry! To give my overseas readers an idea, these are one of the different kind of "boats" that are raced. What a pity were didn't visit Alice Springs in August! This would have been so much fun.
The boys didn't have a boat so they went for a "swim" in the Todd River instead!

Just a little out of town is the Alice Springs Telegraph Station. It opened in 1872. This place was beautiful. 
Doris Bradshaw was the daughter of one of the Telegraph Masters. She wrote a book called "Alice On The Line" about life at the station.
 Imagine only getting supplies once a year!
 This was my favourite spot. Where the family lived.
Of course I had to take a photo of the quilt!
Notice the name of the child's book?

Then it was time to start heading back home. We just got up and drove for hours each day heading home. Stopped overnight at Coober Pedy, Burra (South Australia) and Robinvale (Victoria). Next stop home!
 This is at Lake Hart. It is a salt pan lake. Austin has his face covered with a tea towel to keep the flies away. This had to be the worse place for flies. They were horrendous!
Sunset at Coober Pedy.
Austin and Nelson beside the Murray River at Renmark near the border of South Australia and Victoria. Everything was so green again!
At Renmark we came across this very strange boat. We saw it heading up the river with music playing out loud. It was quite a sight. There was junk every where!
Coming up to the South Australia/Victorian border.
To finish off with, I thought I'd show you this stitchery. It was stitched over four states of Australia! I started it the day we left Alice Springs. That was the Northern Territory, then into South Australia. From South Australia into Victoria. Over the border into New South Wales and back again into Victoria. From Mildura you cross back over the Murray River into NSW to get to our stopover at Robinvale. I finished it about 45km from home. Stitching is a little slower in the car as sometimes, due to the roughness of the road, it takes a few goes to get the needle into the right spot!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of what we got up to on our big Outback Adventure. There is so much to see that we didn't get to see everything! Perhaps we'll get back again one day!


shez said...

Christine i love seeing your lovely pics,thankyou so much for sharing them.I would have hated doing the grocery list for 1 year,gee imagine if you forgot something.xx

Cheryll said...

That's a very well travelled piece of cloth! Love the tour today.
Hope you are feeling better now too? :)

Fiona said...

I've so enjoyed your trip... so much to see and enjoy and the little stories of interest have been great....

Maria said...

Sew nice to go along with you and see the great spots again...
Love the Hexie Cot Quilt..

Kaisievic said...

What a fabulous holiday! Thanks so much for sharing all of those great photos.

Bev C said...

Hello Christine,

Thanks for sharing your journey. Love the photo of Cooper Pedy sunset.

I bet you want to go again.

Happy days.

Elyte said...

You have seen some wonderful places and lots of history. And you managed some stitching too.