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Our Last Day in the ‘Alice’

We had a few hours to fill in before our 2 1/2 hour flight back to Melbourne, so we took advantage of the time to visit a few outstanding locations around town. We found the grave of the Rev John Flynn who founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service. It’s on a hillside under the Western…

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Western MacDonnell Ranges

For our final full day in Alice Springs we headed out to the Western MacDonnell Ranges. There are plenty of attractions there to see and a good number of facilities. This meant following Larapinta Drive out of Alice Springs and passing Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm that we visited the other day. After 45 kilometres…

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Alice Springs Museums

There is a lot to see in Alice Springs without even venturing out of town. Yesterday, we spend the entire day visiting local museums. We began with a short drive north along the Stuart Highway to the historic Telegraph Station. This was established on the Todd River, near the springs that give the town its…

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Eastern MacDonnell Ranges

Immediately south of the town of Alice Springs is the Heavitree Range and the similarly named gap through which the Todd River flows (maybe once every few years). This natural gap creates a communication corridor as the road, rail line and original telegraph line run through it to connect north and southern Australia. The Gap…

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Alice Springs

Well, we’ve popped up in Alice Spring. We’ve come here for a few days of sight-seeing and photography. Alice Springs is positioned almost in the geographic centre of Australia. The town has a population of 28,000 people and straddles the Todd River. The river is mostly dry, and now, like most months of the year,…

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Follow The Flag

The National Gallery of Victoria is currently showing around 150 works of art, created by Australian artists that show Australia’s life at war. This exhibition is part of the commemoration of the centenary of Gallipoli and titled ‘Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War 1914–45’. These works are displayed in five separate gallery rooms and show…

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Ballarat

We travelled home from Bendigo on a route that took us along two sides of a triangle so that we could visit Ballarat. Our journey took us through the old gold towns of Maldon and Creswick. The countryside was quite interesting with its gently undulating hills and lots of evidence of its use as a…

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Bendigo

We decided to spend a night away in the city of Bendigo for no other reason than we thought we could get away for a couple of days. Bendigo is approximately 150 kms north-west of Melbourne and is located very close to the geographical centre of Victoria. It now has an urban population of around 83,000…