Monday, 28 June 2010

Touring Alice

After a relaxed morning we decided to spend the day having a look around the town. We took a quick trip to the tourist information center to get some advice on day trips that we plan on taking over the next few days, and then set out to explore a few local spots around town.

We started with a walk through the shops at the Todd Mall, and then headed to the Royal Flying Doctor's Service museum and exhibit. We were both very moved by both the pre-tour film, and the tour explaining the history and inner workings of the RFDS. This was the highlight of the day. I've always had a lot of respect for the RFDS and the vital work that they do, and after today's visit my admiration for them was heightened. We finished our tour with a wonderful lunch at a sunny table in their courtyard cafe.

After lunch we visited the Pioneer Women's museum where we learned the history of the female pioneers of the outback, and also Australian pioneers in general - sports legends, politicians, scientists, etc. The museum was located in an old gaol (jail) which we also toured.

As the sun began to get lower in the sky we headed for Anzac Hill so that we could visit at dusk, the nicest time to see the views. To get to the top we climbed a steep rocky staircase that zig-zagged around the hill, called the Lyons Path. It was a bit of work, but not too difficult.

I managed to get ahead of Mike.  Here he is making his way up the latter part of the path.  We are camped just beyond that gap in the mountains in the distance.

Views of the McDonnell Ranges over Alice Springs

A war memorial at the top of the hill.

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