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  • Writer's pictureRobin Page

Travelling around the Alice Springs Region

We spent 5 days in Alice Springs but kept out of the town itself so did not get to re-photograph their Anglican Church. But, I did find a wonderful stained glass window in the Alice Springs Araluen Art Gallery.

From Alice we visited the old Telegraph Station which is very well preserved and with excellent story boards which were very enlightening regarding the role the telegraph station played in the story of the stolen generation as it was for a time an orphanage for aboriginal children. There were both happy and unhappy stories in the memories from that period.

From Alice we also visited several of the local gorges before driving West to Glen Helen, a spectacular destination. A nearby lookout gives a splendid view of the impressive Mount Sonder, subject of one of Albert Namatjira’s iconic paintings. Unfortunately the national parks folks have not planted a ghost gum in the foreground for the benefit of we photographers. We were able to view the mountain in its late afternoon blue garb and I arose early the next day to see its face lit by the rising sun. From here we will take the Mereenie Loop road to Kings Canyon.

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