Outback Motor Lodge

South Terrace, Alice Springs, 0870, Australia
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Too Hot for Camping Tours in January?

by Sniarch

I'm headed to Australia from LA to watch tennis (Melbourne) in January but want to see Uluru. So far I have a flight to Alice arriving early January 2010. I enjoy camping and the outdoors but it sounds like the hiking tours would be unpleasantly hot. Even an un-airconditioned 4WD sounds scorching.

The most appealing of the tours is a 3 day small van tour with hiking and outdoor camping.

Is it just too hot?


Re: Too Hot for Camping Tours in January?

by cafank

It can be hot in January that's for sure. But look at the tennis last year - many days of 35C+ - that was scorching!

Check out http://www.wunderground.com for previous January weather in the Centre.

I have lived on aboriginal lands near Alice during the summer months and it is hot but it is a dry heat and a bit easier to manage than Melbourne when it's hot and humid and smoggy.

We did go hiking - but only short trips, I think part of the allure of the centre is experiencing all weather. Would I go again in January - yes; how would I go - any vehicle is going to be hot so for real hiking I would be going 4WD for better access and maybe better places to see, but the A/C in a van might be better.

Just take plently of sunscreen and water and you will love the Centre.

Re: Too Hot for Camping Tours in January?

by lanerunner

too hot
in the northern parts of oz
winter months ( the dry) is better june july aug is nice

Re: Too Hot for Camping Tours in January?

by Sniarch

Thank you both for your replies. What a great website! I also checked out the weather site which is quite interesting.

I am fortunate to have lots of time to plan this trip.

Yes, I've heard Melbourne was terribly hot; I had not heard about humidity. I guess early morning and night matches make sense.

Thanks again!

Re: Too Hot for Camping Tours in January?

by Purpleshade

It IS likly to be very hot, not just during the day, but all night as well.

If you are not used to it and/or do not tolerate heat well, you are likely to be extremely uncomfortable the whole time outdoors.

Driving in a vehicle without air-con will also be extremely unconfrotable. Sleep may be difficult without air-con.

Travel Tips for Alice Springs

Thorny Devil

by RedEaredPanda

The thorny Devil is an Australian native reptile found in the outback deserts and bushland as well as Western Australia. The site of this reptile which is about 7 to 8 inches long is absolutely amazing.. The reptile is covered in thorns hence its name and what's amazing is that the thorns help the reptile collect rain water as rain falls on its back and help deliver the water to its mouth.

Don't be fooled by its looks... This reptile is completely harmless.. and their diet consists of different ants.. The thorny devil also has the ability to change colors.. So watch for this amazing reptile as you're on and about Alice Springs or the desert by the Ayers rock. You might just be surprised to find one by your feet :) and if you do, pick them up, they won't bite

Firewood Stops

by Myndo

If you go on a tour camping with eating outside at the camp fire - you will of course to have to get the fire wood for that.

So once a day your bus makes a stop somewhere in the country where there is a lot of bush ... and you are shooed outside to get some wood for the fire that night.

I always thought stomping through the bush is no good idea, because of snakes. We saw several, too. Just make sure you are wearing high boots, socks and make a lot of noise, also donĀ“t step where you can not see the ground.

Ochre Pits (West MacDonnell NP)

by bluesmama

These ochre pits are still used today by the local aboriginal people. It is only the yellow ochres that are of good quality the rest at this site is poor quality.
But it makes for good photos.
There's a picnic area here and a 3 hour (return) walk that leads to Inarlanga Pass.

Hot Air Ballooning

by Paulie_D


In the cool pre-dawn darkness we were picked up from our accommodation in Alice Springs. During the drive to the desert launch site we were introduced to the crew as they made final weather checks and explained the routine for the morning. As the weather was a little uncertain this involved nearly 45mins driving.

At the launch site gas burners are used to inflate the balloons just as the sun lights up the MacDonnell Ranges.

We were split into two groups, one flying the other following on in the 'chase' cars.

Once in the air you really do appreciate the vast remoteness of the Australian Outback. We were in the air for 30/40 mins after which we swapped with the other half of our party and 'chased them'

After landing you can get involved in assisting the crew or take photographs as the nylon balloon back is packed back into its bag. (If you do, you WILL get dirty).

Our cars then travelled along remote tracks to a bush campsite where we were served a (small) fresh cooked breakfast. This was accompanied by champagne and tropical fruit juice cocktails.

A commemorative flight certificate was given as we were returned to our hotel.

Where to get a panorama of the city: Anzac Hill

by xuessium

Anzac Hill offers an excellent view of Alice Springs and the surroundings with a superb 360 degrees panorama.

There is a monument here, on the top of the hill, and was designed by the Rev Harry Griffiths, then President of the Returned Soldiers League, commemorating the spirit of ANZAC. (For the uninitiated, Anzac refers to "Australia & New Zealand Army Corps" and an ANZAC Day is held on 25 April each year in both Australia and New Zealand to commemorate the many Australians and New Zealanders killed in war and to honour returned servicemen and women. The day is significant as it was on that fateful day in 1915 during WW1 that a senseless number of Australians and New Zealands perished while trying to land and obtain a foothold at Gallipoli, Turkey in the name of empire) On Anzac Day each year, a dawn service is held at the monument, and at 10.00am, ex-servicemen march from Todd Mall to the monument where a Remembrance Service is held.

Vehicle access to the monument and look-out is by means of a bitumen road to the west, while the Lion's Walk, from opposite the Catholic Church in Wills Terrace, is for the more energetic.


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