A February 1994 trip
to Australia by Linda Hoernke
Quote: Can you hear it? It is the wind carrying the spirits of Uluru. The name itself invokes the mind with images of the Aborigines and 40,000 years of culture. Australia, a sacred place where light and color meet the desert.
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Hotel | "Ross River Homestead"
At Ross River Homestead you can experience the best of life in the outback. From a camel trek to learning how to make Billy Tea and Damper Bread. Throw a boomerang to watch it come back at you and become an expert at cracking a whip. This existing old time cattle ranch will give you a taste of what life in the desert is about and what the hardy of Australia did to survive.
Northshore at Chautauqua
Chautauqua, New York
Hotel | "Toddy's Backpackers"
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Toddy's Backpackers Resort
41 Gap Road
Alice Springs, Australia 0871
+61 (8) 8952 1322
The people actually lived in small groups with common bonds which they formed into tribes. They shared in beliefs in the same Dreamtime creation stories of their ancestors. They shared weapons and huts for survival. The Aborigines believe that there it is hollow below ground, and that there is an energy source which they call 'Tjukurpa' the 'dream time'. The area around Ayers Rock is inhabited by dozens of ancestral beings whose activities are recorded at many separate sites.
Standley Chasm is located about 35 miles from Alice Springs. Standley Chasm has been cut into sandstone by floods for millions of years. The result is a deep red cleft crowded on either side by craggy slopes that rise high above the floor. The chasm is at it's most dramatic an hour either side of noon on a sunny day. The sheer walls glow from reflected sunlight to create a display of stark form and rich color. The 15 minute walk to the chasm follows a creek where spring fed pools attract a great variety of wildlife, including many birds. The gully floor is lush with plants that range from delicate ferns to tall gums and Cycad Palms.
Ormiston Gorge has the most spectacular geology and landforms of the MacDonnell Ranges. The Gorge has a near permanent waterhole situated at its southern end. The area contains one of the more interesting variety of native fauna and flora in the region, including a number a relict plant species remaining from a tropical past. The rediscovery of the Long-tailed Dunnart and the Centralian Rock Rat highlights the Park as an important refuge.
For information, you can contact:
Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
Alice Springs Office
Arid Zone Research Institute, Tom Hare Building
South Stuart Highway, Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 1046 Alice Springs NT 0871 Australia
Ph: (08) 8951 8211
Fax: (08) 8951 8268
The fantastic rock formations, caves, desert vegetation, and gorges sometimes leave a more lasting impression on visitors than Ayers Rock. Twenty two mammal species, 150 bird species, and many arid reptiles, including the second largest lizard in the world, the perentie, inhabit Uluru National Park
When you go hiking in this area, I advise three things:
One, bring plenty of water--daytime temperatures can and often reach well over 100 degrees. Second, a sturdy pair of boots and shoes and third, some kind of netting--the flies don't bite but they are obnoxious. They cover you like swarms of bees. They fly into your face and are intent to make your hiking in this area a full aerobic activity with all the swatting and swaying of your hands.
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