Ross River Resort – Alice Springs (70 kms)
After final photos with Graham, Bruce the Camel, and Bruce, we drove south along the N’Dhala Gorge road, then turned off about 7kms down the continuation of the Binns Track. As we continued, we could see a cone-shaped pillar way to the south, possible “Prominent Pillar”. Reached a T-junction, and turned west along a wide, well-graded albeit corrugated track. As we approached the Ross Hwy, we had great views of the East MacDonnell Ranges, before reaching the bitumen road. A short drive brought us to Alice Springs, and the end of the first part of the trip.
Bruce and I travelled around 2800kms in 14 days, and saw an incredible range of country and animal/bird-life. In truth, we were disappointed not to have seen more kangaroos, and in particular, we did not see any big reds. It was great having Bruce on the trip, and we had a lot of laughs. Mum says: “Take your best mate on a trip!”.
Alice Springs is located on the (dry) Todd River and ringed by dramatic, rugged rocky hills. It is a delightful place, and we particularly liked “Page 27” cafe, which made excellent lattes/flat whites, and tasty food.
We gave the car a well-earned wash, and a fair chunk of the Binns Track ended up in Alice Springs. The final challenge of the day was a jammed back tailgate (after the car wash), and we managed to free it by liberal application of WD40.
Dinner at the Salt Bush restaurant (highly recommended) rounded off an excellent trip.