Doug and Pam’s Visit- Alice Springs, NT, Australia
Recently, we were lucky enough to have my Aunt and Uncle visit us in Alice Springs! They went on a month-long trip to New Zealand and Australia and we were so excited to be a stop on their tour! Not many make it all the way out here but I think it’s safe to say they had a great time exploring the Outback with us!
They arrived on a Saturday so we headed to the Desert Park and enjoyed seeing the bird show, nocturnal house and a film about the Red Centre (with a seriously grande finale)! Here we are getting ready to watch the bird show.
The show was really great and was pretty much a private performance since it was really warm out. See the bird swooping over the Ranger’s head!?
Emmylou enjoyed the birds flying over her but she was HOT!
It was a toasty afternoon and the animals were mostly asleep, so Doug and Pam went back the next morning to finish seeing the park exhibits before it got too hot. Desert Park is a must-see in Alice!
That night we went out to dinner and drove Out Bush to stargaze. The night sky is seriously impressive here- we saw the Southern Cross, Milky Way and a few familiar constellations, up-side-down. Being in the Southern Hemisphere is interestingly disorienting. Even Doug commented that his normal tricks to know what direction he’s going are backwards here.
On Sunday we headed out to Ooraminna Homestead for a true, Aussie lunch! We drove about 30 minutes out of town and enjoyed Aussie salads and scenery. It was so much fun!
That evening we grabbed dinner at the golf course, which was delicious, and headed to Tin Can Hill for the sunset. Pam and I donned our bug nets while the boys stood tough, swatting away. The flies were pretty terrible until it was dark and they even got worse at dusk.
Cheers to a great time in the Red Centre!
We enjoyed a beautiful sunset and spotted a few roos, to Pam’s delight!
On their final day in Alice, we stopped at the ANZAC Hill memorial and historic Telegraph Station (the origin of Alice Springs). It was so fun to tour around with them!
It was a quick stop in Alice but we crammed in as much Outback fun as we could! We’re so thankful for such lovely visitors and hope to host more friends and family while we’re here.
Alice is a unique place and we’re enjoying every new adventure and experience this opportunity has afforded us.
K, J, EL & P