In March 2020, I turned 40. I originally wanted a trip to Europe to visit vineyards in Italy and France, maybe stop in Berlin and see a few friends and maybe also go to Prague or some other beautiful old world city.
But my family wanted to spend my birthday with me, so as a compromise, I booked tickets to go to Orlando and Miami and spend it there. My father would fly into Miami from Rio and we would have a big birthday celebration at my sister’s house.
We flew into Orlando, where we spent a few days with my brother. Soon enough the COVID-19 pandemic started a few days after we arrived in Orlando, and everyone in Australia started to panic. My husband broke his foot and the Australian government asked all citizens overseas to come back home. So we did.
Quarantine aside, the birthday trip was supposed to be our big trip for the year and it just didn’t happen.
With the COVID-19 restrictions and the fact that we have just bought a house (moved in June 2020), there is not a lot to look forward to until then.
Out of lack of things to do and places to visit, came the idea of a trip to Uluṟu, the heart of Australia. The trip evolved and we will visit Alice Spring and Uluṟu. This page will feature the updates and information on the locations we will visit. Enjoy!
|Location||Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park|
|Type of rock||Arkose|
|Age of rock||550–530 million years|
According to the Aṉangu, traditional landowners of Uluṟu:
The world was once a featureless place. None of the places we know existed until creator beings, in the forms of people, plants and animals, travelled widely across the land. Then, in a process of creation and destruction, they formed the landscape as we know it today. Aṉangu land is still inhabited by the spirits of dozens of these ancestral creator beings which are referred to as Tjukuritja or Waparitja.
About Alice Springs
|Established (by Europeans)||1872|
|Urban Area||327.5 km2|
Alice Spring and its History
Mparntwe (pronounced m’barn-twa) is the Arrernte name of Alice Springs. The Arrernte (pronounced arrunda) are the traditional custodians of the land where Alice Springs is located.
In 1861, Scottish explorer John McDouall Stuart departed Adelaide to explore the potential settlement areas in Australia. By the end of July of the following year, John Stuart had reached the most northern shores of Australia. Through this exploration, he enabled Sir Charles Todd to connect Adelaide to the north through the telegraph. Two months after the completion of the telegraph, a submarine line to Java enabled Australia to connect to Europe.
Until 1929, Alice Springs, was no more than a train stop to refuel for water for the steam engine. At the time, town was called Stuart, after the Scottish explorer. It was only in 1933 that Alice Springs got its current name, after Lady Alice Todd, wife of Sir Charles Todd.
Points of Interest
- Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve
- Olive Pink Botanic Garden
- Alice Springs Desert Park
- Ilparpa Swamp Wildlife Protected Area
- Kuyunba Conservation Reserve
- Standley Chasm
- Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park
- Finke Gorge National Park
Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve
It is the best preserved station along the Overland Telegraph Line and is one of the original sites of European settlement in the township of Stuart, later renamed Alice Springs, established in 1872.
Olive Pink Botanic Garden
The Garden was founded in 1956 by Miss Olive Muriel Pink as the Australian arid regions flora reserve. Today they carry on this tradition as an arid zone Botanic Garden specializing in flora from Australia’s vast interior.
There are a number of short trails that can be done in the garden where you will experience native fauna and flora. Should be good for nature/wildlife photography.
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Alice Springs Town Council. 2020. “A Brief History.” Last modified January 03, 2019. http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html
Northern Territory Government of Australia. 2020. “Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.” Last modified February 21, 2020. https://nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/alice-springs-telegraph-station-historical-reserve
Pink Olive Botanic Gardens. 2013. “Home Page.” Last modified April 06, 2015. https://opbg.com.au/