The Galah or the Rose-Breasted Cockatoo is a widespread bird in Australia. They are so silly and funny that if someone calls you a galah, it means you are a dummy, or maybe even a fool or idiot. The Old Ghan Museum in Alice Springs even had an outdoor "Galahliment House," where they feed the galahs and you can watch them while you eat lunch. I included a couple of videoclips. The galah acrobat definitely lived up to his name.
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 don´t step where you can not see the ground.
For some reason people in Australia like to hang stuff in trees. Sometimes it is in busy places like the intersection of the Lasseter Highway and Luritja Road near Uluru. Sometimes it is in the middle of nowhere like on the Mereenie Loop Road. The stuff includes bottles, tires, clothes and even underwear.
The low ridge on the left side of the first picture is known as Ntyarikarie Tyaneme to the Arrernte people of Mparntwe (Alice Springs). It is one of the first sites created by the Ntyarike caterpillars. The ridge is the point where they crossed Lhere Mpantwe (the Todd River) during their travels. It is unfortunate that the "tail" of the caterpillar was cut off by Barrett Drive because an agreement could not be reached between the government and the traditional custodians of the site before the road was built in 1983.
An interesting article on Aboriginal mythology tells us that: "Alice Springs in central Australia in the country of the Mparntwe group of the Arrente people is an example of how the Aboriginal landscape of Australia continues to endure under the buildings of a modern city. Alice Springs is situated on a flat area surrounded by bluffs, two of which are Anzac Hill and Annie Meyer Hill. From the top of Anzac Hill to the south the Todd River passes through the city area to Ntaripe (Heavitree Gap), while eastwards there is a dip in the Heavitree Range called Anthwerrke (Emnile Gap). This is the sacred djang place where the caterpillar ancestors of Mparntwe originated. It was they who formed the landscape around Alice Springs. There were three species of caterpillar. Yepereny, Ntyarika and Utnerrengatyre, which can still be found, though because of the city enclosing their djang sites, the increase ceremonies to keep up their numbers have been abandoned. The caterpillar ancestors came from Anthwerrke and created the small ridge, Ntyarlkarle Tyaneme, behind the Desert Palms Motel. Unfortunately, this sacred ridge has been desecrated by the municipal authorities and the road, Barrett Drive, has been renamed Broken Promise Drive by the Arrernte people of Mparntwe to remind them of what happens when the sacred gets in the way of progress."
obviously there are loads of cultural differences between aboriginals and everyone else so i wont even try to start listing them - but you may be suprised by the reaction you will get when trying to ingage in conversation with some aboriginal people. don't mistake long pauses before answers and lack of eye contact as rudeness - its just the way they are.
My travelling aunt tells me that when she was at a work gathering with her Tour Company at Ayers Rock recently, among the Aborigines there, BBQ Kangaroo Tails (still with the fur on) are a great specialty, especially with the kids....throw them on the fire till they're almost charcoaled, then drag them off and eat with the fingers.....
My aunt decided to pass and snuck back to her room to boil up some packet soup instead...