My backpack is not lost anymore.
Kudos to Mel Fowler (Ghan) and Dennis Russell (Adelaide Luggage department) who did everything they could to trace it.
|Alice Springs, 6th February 2005
I did have to live with just 2 T-shirts from Sunday to Monday.
It is nice and simple,
possession do not make you happy,
but a bit more clothing would come in handy.
I like Alice Springs.
It is a surprisingly pleasant town, full of shops, how convenient, as Great Southern Railways had given up hope to find my backpack.
I did maintain hope for the best, yet prepared for the worst.
So as a berry picker I had to go window shopping for replacements,
till I got blisters on my feet.
In hindsight, it was not needed, but should you ever end up in Alice Springs without luggage:
- The K-Mart (Bath Street, corner with Stott Terrace) has cloths for ladies, gents (including big sizes) and kids.
It is a no nonsense shop aiming at the locals, so you will not find any tourists prices here.
And they do have a very agreeable sock department, should you want to walk around
- Coles (Gregory Terrace) is open 24 hours a day, sells groceries and sun block cream.
- Alicetronics (shop 27, Alice Springs Shopping Centre) sells chargers for a
Siemens mobile phone
- The bag shop in the Yeperenye Shopping Centre offers a limited choice of backpacks, and has many other bags and suitcases.
- The more southern part of Todd Street, close to Stuart TCE has a good hat shop and an affordable Internet cafe at number 82.
- The Bi-Lo in the Alice Plaza Shopping Centre has linen hats with fly nets and a wide selection of mineral water.
What to do
It is an unexpected pleasure to stay a week in Alice Springs.
The blisters on my feet have healed, my backpack is here, washed my clothes, my skin got used tot the Australian sun, I got 30+ sun block, a hat, a fly net,
and two bottles of frozen drinking water, so:
It is time for the highlight of my holiday, a walk around Ayer's Rock, or
Uluru as the local Aboriginals call it.
- The ANZAC Hill offers a fantastic view over the town, green island in a dry desert.
- The Alice Springs Telegraph Station
(walk north along the river, do take a
hoed, fly net, sun block and water)
has a nice picnic area, with electric BBQ's, toilets, a drink water refill and plenty of shadow for reading a book in leisure and watch the kangaroos graze.
- The Telegraph Station is the starting point of several walks, well indicated with different colours.
There are enough of them to keep you busy for a few days.
Invention: chilled drinking water
- Squeeze a plastic bottle of mineral water and put the plug back on.
- Put the squeezed full bottle in the freezer.
- Take a frozen bottle of water with you.
- Enjoy ice cold drinking water for hours.
38 degrees does not seem like a pleasant temperature for walking, but it is thanks to the dryness.
The sweat evaporates even before it left your pores.
So it looks as if you do not sweat.
- The shortest walk takes about 15 minutes,
- several walks last less than one hour,
- and the longest one takes several days.
- The Botanical Garden (Tuncks Rd) is the most special I have ever seen, a quiet spot at the other side of the river.
- The cinema in Todd Mall (Northern part, close to the Bi-Lo) has a nice, extensive supply of surprisingly good movies and on weekdays too.
It is a nice place for a cool down and enjoy something to eat in the enclosed restaurant.
- Recommended place to stay: Mount Nancy Motel (Stuart Highway, North, opposite the exit to the Telegraph Station), quiet environment, at walking distance from the Telegraph Station, spacious rooms for 3 persons, own bathroom, working and silent air conditioner, a fridge that freezes 2 bottles of mineral water in one night and a laundry for dirty cloths.
- When your luggage is either refound or replaced:
The tourist information centre
(Gregory TCE, east of Todd Street) has a large offer of all tours of the various operators.
Collect plenty of folders here and find yourself a place in the shade to go through them all.