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Day 39

Shoo flies, don't bother me

We trekked today out to Trephina Gorge, 75kms out from Alice, looking to see a bit more of the McDonnell ranges which dominates the Alice Springs landscape.
We did the ridge top walk around the gorge which then lead down into the gorge itself, the walk itself took about 50 minutes. We were hoping that there might be some waterhole around but everything is very dry. Once thing we have really noticed which we haven't missed on the other parts of our trip is the flies. The flies are into everything and no amount of shooing away is going to get rid of them. We had a nice picnic lunch and then headed back towards Alice.
Before getting back into town, we stopped at a couple of spots called Jessie Gap and Emily Gap which are basically small gaps between the ranges, why they are named that I'm not sure but overall some nice scenery.
One other thing we have noticed since leaving Townsville is that the fuel efficiency has decreased to the extent that you're looking at probably 50 to 100kms less per tankful. This is a result of an unleaded fuel called Opal which I found out was brought about to try and alleviate one of the issues affecting the indigenous people of Central Australia. Looks like premium unleaded will have to be the way to go for the next part of our trip to at least Port Augusta.

Posted by JacquesFamily 04:42 Archived in Australia

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