A cold, early start from Coober Pedy, heading north past endless opal holes, began a 700 kilometre drive to the Northern Territory and Alice Springs. The three drivers made the task a whole lot easier, with Jan having the honour of steering us all into NT for the first time and the 130 km/h speed limit in these parts gave Ali the opportunity to drive just like she was used to at home! Before we knew it she had us arriving in Alice Springs with daylight to spare. We even managed to find the energy to visit Annie’s Place bar and Casa Nostra restaurant on workmates Josh’s recommendation!
The new day had us heading east into the East MacDonnell Ranges (or “Eastern Macs”) to Trephina Gorge. The drive there was all spectacular ranges, mountain passes, stands of ghost gums and even cattle grazing on the unexpectedly green grasses, but the walk around and through the gorge itself was the highlight. Barely another traveller in sight and a feast for the eyes and soul all around. Beautiful!
Afternoon had us at Desert Park, checking out the wildlife and flora displays. A great show by a few of the winged residents highlighted the visit. Imagine a fully choreographed Cirque du Soleil performed by birds… that pretty much sums it up!