Alice's Secret Travellers Inn

6 Khalick St, Alice Springs, Australia
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Visit to Uluru

by hsm

My friend and I are planning to visit the Uluru geological site.
We have 2 choices of flying from Sydney to Ayres Rock or Sydney to Alice Springs. GRAY LINE has 2 tours to ULURU. The first one starts from Ayres Rock at 12:30 pm and finishes at 7:30 pm. The second one starts from Alice Springs at 6:30 am and finishes at 11:30 pm; its such a long trip. Is the first trip better than the second one considering that our main interest is the Uluru geological site?

Re: Visit to Uluru

by vtveen

If your main interest is Uluru Iwould fly into Ayers Rock.

An alternative could be flying into Alice Springs and a trip (guided or rental) car to Uluru, visiting Glen Helen, Mereenie Loop and Kings Canyon.

happy travels

Re: Visit to Uluru

by lynnehamman

This really depends upon WHEN you are visiting Uluru. If you are going in the cooler months, the afternoon tour will be ok- but if its hot, and it gets VERY hot in late spring/summer- take the morning tour (from Alice Springs).

Re: Visit to Uluru

by Tasmania

I think you should allow a couple of hours for finding that friend of yours when he wanders off. (Hi Jess)
But seriously, it is a long way from Alice Springs to Uluru, the shorter trip will not give you much time at the rock, assuming that they are both by bus.

Travel Tips for Alice Springs

New meaning to the phrase "smoking a Camel"

by pchamlis

As I've said in other Alice Springs tips, we had a wonderful meal on our "dinner camel safari". Chef Dieter put on a terrific spread after our camel riding adventure.

One of the appetizers served to us was.....smoked camel. Now, I have to admit that I felt a bit guilty munching on a camel after having only recently reached a form of detente with the camel carrying me through the Outback. I was assured by the folks at Frontier Camel that they did NOT "smoke" any uncooperative camels at their farm. The camel meat supplied to Frontier comes from the same basic source as most camel meat available in Australia. Animals are both hunted and raised specifically for the production of meat, much in the same way as is cattle. Although not a huge part of the Aussie diet, camel meat continues to increase its sales and is winning over a cadre of admirers at the dinner table. Well, I don't know exactly why, but I'd pre-supposed that I'd not like camel meat. Somehow, I thought it would be tough, or gamey or something.


Smoked camel meat is very lean and tasty, having a flavor a bit like beef, or perhaps beef pastrami. A very tasty appetizer, and I'd think it'd be very good with a stout cheese and some crackers, too.

RECIPE (general) for Dukka spice dip

by pchamlis

This Dukka spice/herb mixture was intended for the dipping of the beer bread, recipe above. One should dip slices of the bread into virgin olive oil, and then into a bit of the Dukka. Or, the Dukka could be incorporated directly into the olive oil in a small dipping bowl or plate. Again, don't forget the cold beer, too. : ) Dukka herb mixture.

It consists of the following items, blended pretty much in whatever preportions may please the chef. Experiment. : )

acacia tetragonaphylla (good luck !!)
(check at your local international grocer...)
sunflower seeds
sesame seeds
cumin seed
salt and pepper

Simpsons Gap (West MacDonnell NP)

by bluesmama

Simpsons Gap has been created by the Roe Creek which has eroded a big gap in the Rungutjirpa Ridge.
It is only about 25 km (W) from Alice Springs so it is a favourite picnic spot. There were no one there besides us even though it was a beautiful day.
We were told that there were many rock wallabies but we didn't see any. You probably have to be there early in the morning.
Strangely enough no one knows who Simpsons Gap is named after. To aborigines it is known as Rungutjirpa - the home of Giant Goanna ancestral beings.
There are 3 different walks here, a short one to the gap, a longer one with views of the Larapinta Valley, and a 17km one that takes you to Rocky Gap and Bond Gap

Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park

by grkboiler

Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park is a long drive from Alice Springs and is the reason many people pass through the town. The natural beauty of the park is unbelievable and a must-see when visiting Australia. Uluru is more commonly known as Ayers Rock, and Kata Tjuta as The Olgas.

Please check out my Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park page for lots of info, pictures, and details.

Namatjira Drive - through the desert

by vtveen

As soon as we left the last houses of Alice Springs behind us, the desert started. The completely different world of the soft rolling hills of the West MacDonnell Ranges. In this part of the Australian desert still grow a lot of bushes and trees in the red soil.

It is an absolutely fascinating landscape, so spacious, so quiet, so empty. Covered by a sheer blue sky and a boiling heat of more than 45 degrees Celsius (and sometimes 50 !!). We didn’t see almost any other human being or car during our drive along Larapinta and Namatjira Drive.

This part of the drive through the desert was rather interesting, because along the road are several sights, which can be reached on side (gravel) roads. We visited a couple of them:
- Simpsons Gap: 22 km’s from Alice with a information centre and some walking tracks; from the car park we had a good view of the red coloured rocks.
- Standley Chasm: 50 km’s from Alice is perhaps the most impressive gap in the West MacDonnells with a very narrow chasm of less than 9 metres on some places between towering walls of 80 metres; from the car park we had to walk for about 800 metres to reach the rock walls. There is a kiosk, but don’t forget to bring your water during the walk.
- Ellery Creek Big Hole: 50 km’s further and just 2 km’s from the main road is the car park. This is the deepest and most permanent waterhole (billabong) in the Red Centre which never dries out. The creek is surrounded by red rocks and gum trees.
- Ochre Pits: 20 km’s from Ellery Creek: a couple of rock walls with different pigments, which were used by the Aborigines to make paint for their paintings or ceremonies.

When leaving your air-conditioned car to walk, don’t forget your water and a fly net. You will meet these annoying creatures everywhere.

A couple of km’s further we reached our accommodation at Glen Helen after a first impressive day in the Red Centre.


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