Leaving Uluru -
Kata Tjuta Ntl Park via Lasseter Hwy, you get onto the famous
Stuart Highway at
Erlunda intersection. Stuart Hwy is one of the most important
the whole country from south to north.
Think about a next
stop, on your way to Alice, at Henbury Meteorites
where a meteor hit the earth about 4,700 years ago.
A next stop could
be Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, this one only
accessible by 4
WD, dominated by sandstone bluffs and cliffs.
East of Alice, you
get to the East MacDonnell Ranges with first stops at
Emily & Jesse
Gap and Corroboree Rock Conservation Reserve before
Gorge Nature Park, the most spectacular Gorge of the
The red walls of the gorge together with ghost gum trees
offer a spectacular
scenery. The largest ghost gum of Central Australia
can as well be found
within the Nature park. There are number of short walks
in the Gorge or
you can choose the longer Trephina Ridge top walk.
you continue your way on an unsealed road
to Arltunga Historical
Reserve. The main attraction is a patially restored ghost town
of what used to
be the first Central Australian town during a gold rush back in 1887.
to Ruby Gap Nature Park will require 4 WD and you should
check the road conditions
towards Ruby Gap at the Ranger's station in Arltunga.
Another option is
N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park on your way back towards Alice.
Take care, there
are camels crossing when getting close to Ross River Homestead.
N'Dhala Gorge is
an important site for the local Aboriginal comunity and features
hundreds of rock
carvings. The 4 WD track to get to N'Dhala Gorge crosses the
Ross River at several
times and eventually becomes impassable
after heavy rain.
Unfortunately this happened to me, and instead of seing
N'Dhala Gorge, I
continued my way on the Explorers 4 WD route before returning
to Alice. Ensure
while being in Alice a visit to the Desert Park. Should your time
be restricted, this
park will give you some ideas about the Australian deserts.
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