Around Alice Springs-Part3

we are going to drive back to Alice Spring , stay the night there and tomorrow move forward toward Adelaide.

The next thing we see is a memorial of a person who had an accident when he was driving his Motor Bike on the road. Actually i have seen some others as well during the trip. since this memorial is on a hill we can have a look at the are around.


going further to the Alice spring, there is this amazing view that worth  to stop and spend some minutes to enjoy it.





To Alice Springs

Last night was one of the coldest nights I have experienced in our trip , or I can say the coldest night so far. we are on desert area moving to the south. Today we want to reach Alice Springs. It is said that this city is the center of Australia, geographically. The highway we are driving is of a high quality, with a very beautiful landscape on the both sides of the way.IMG_3702.JPGOur First stop is Tennant Creek Telgraph station ,which is a historical site 16 Kilometers north of Tennant Creek . The station was built in 1872. If you are interested about the history of this station, you can find more information here.IMG_3706.JPG

IMG_3726.JPGThe next stop is the city where we will have a lunch , then we will drive further to Devils Marbles. There are many blogs and websites explaining about Devils Marbles, so I do not repeat them, But in case of interest you can click here or there.

the next stop is a very small city with population of 11 , according to Wikipedia.We  make a short stop here to have a look at its historical Telegraph station. This  station is also not very different from other small historical places we have seen on the way.IMG_3771.JPGwe were supposed to have a look at UFO center as well, but it seems that we passed it some minutes ago and we did not recognize it.

It is around 17:00 and we still have 200 km in front of us to reach Alice Springs, Just now a very strong wind pushed our car to the other side of the road, and I say we are very lucky that there is no other car on the road, otherwise our trip had to end disastrously right now.

It is around 19:00 and we arrive at big 4 McDonnell camping ground in Alice Springs, where there are many Cars and also some buses. This camping place is the most crowded one i have seen in this trip. people come here to go to uluru, where we probably will not have time to visit.

Here is the way we covered today, almost 900 km.



Boodjamulla to Borroloola

Time to drive further, after the first 2-day camping and relaxing a bit on Adels Grove. The next stop will be Borroloola , in Northern Territory. There are 2 different way we can select in the beginning of the ride, The first one is just derivable with a 4WD and the second one which is a part of Highway No. 1 . we decides to go on the 4WD- only way. IMG_3415.JPGThe first things we can see on the way is a beautiful outbacky Rainbow. IMG_3411.JPGalthough the presence of rainbow is beautiful it means that there was a recent rain which can make the way on 4WD road more challenging. driving further on the road , and now we are on our first 4WD challenge, a Creek .IMG_20171021_090426726.jpg before we start the way we were told on the camping place that there are gates on the road, to prevent the cows to escape, so we need to get off the car and open the gates and when we pass, we need to close the I see the first gate with the cows that may not see any car or human for weeks. The same way they are interesting for me, I think I am also interested for them. I can be the first Iranian they have ever seen, i do not know about Ivan. comparing the cows in Australia to what i see when i go hiking in Germany, I can mention that these cows are really thin and the one on the Alps are really really fat . the ones that I see here can run very fast, specially when they see our car, and they have no idea what we are. They just start running like a race hours. I am in doubt if the one on the Alps can compete with them.

although the road is very nice but it is really slippery after the rain last night and not easy to control the car. IMG_20171021_091405158


this is the trace of our own car we made some minutes ago, we can see in this picture

because of the road condition Ivan needs to drive slowly to make sure that he can control the car. driving some kilometers on this road, we start discussing that if we go with this speed probably we will not reach Borroloola tonight , so it is better to turn back and take the highway number 1 .

according to the map it is 502 kilometers from Adels Grove to Borroloola on the highway, and as I learnt on this trip, the highways are not what we expect from highway in Europe. it is mostly gravel road , where also should be shared with Long Fast Road Trains, or The Killers.IMG_20171021_140033987.jpgOn the way we reach the small city Doomadgee and stop to tank our car. the name seems like an aboriginal name to me. there is not much to see on this long way. at is afternoon and we also feel hungry. soon we arrive on Hells gate Roadhouse where we can have a lunch, a huge huge outbacky Burger as usual on the Savannah way.

On Hells Gate Roadhouse we are not far from Northern Territory boarder, where we need to pass today. In my view, Hells Gate is the gate to Nowhere, is where the road to infinite road starts, as the next Everything is around 320 km. good luck .IMG_20171021_152121337.jpg52 kilometers after Hells gate we reach the boarder between Queensland and Northern territory. IMG_3441.JPGTonight we will be in Borroloola, 250 kilometers of gravel road in front.

On Savannah way, from Cobbold Gorge to Normanton

18th October, it is around 8:00 o’clock. the sky is clear, the sun is already up and it is a pleasant weather to Jump on a boat and have a tour on Cobbold Gorge.  But before that we have walk on the area around the Gorge .The rocks around the gorge have been formed due to  natural forces over thousands of years.


Cobbold Gorge From above


Happy Crocodile above the Gorge

After the walking tour we take a small boat to go around the Gorge. There is also possibility of  Paddle tour on the same gorge .


our tour boat


Tour on the Gorge


The bird on the Gorge


One of the Gorge Inhabitants

The tour ends and we continue our way  toward the city of Normanton. On the way I can see the first, I think, EMU in my life, But he is so fast and I just see him, or maybe her for a short time.


Most parts of the way are so narrow that if another car comes infrnt, both cars should drive a bit outside the way to be able to pass each other. The worst is when a road train appears, No way that they reduce the speed and give you some way. You need to know that you are responsible for your life.



we have a stop for  lunch  in what I call  Shop-Restaurant , that i have seen just in Savannah way. what I realize is that all the burgers in Australia is very big. Even there is Steak Burgers that are really really big. The other thing is the presence of beetroot on almost all burgers.


One typical Australian Shop-Restaurant on the savannah way


Big burger with ginger beer

we pass two other cities to reach Normanton, Georgetown and  Croydon , Both are small cities with house that I do not believe are more than fifty .

it is getting dark and we do not think we reach the Normanton before 8:00 pm.  According to the map, there is a camping place before the city and there is one in the city, so we aim to stop on the first one before Normanton.

driving at night is not advisable on outback. The first problem is that there are many many kangaroos standing beside the way and  you never know when they jump in front of your car. Ivan is driving now , and I cannot count how many times he has to reduce speed to avoid kangaroos. The second problem that makes the situation even worse is the big insects that are also on the way, and when they hit the windshield  they explode like a hell and make the windshield dirty with blood that makes it even more difficult to drive on the night. Ivan has more experience in driving, so I am happy that he is doing it now . even if it is a not easy ride, we laugh every time a big Insect hit the car and make a big reddish brownish mark on the shield.


The Windshield  when drivng at night on outback

When we reach the Camping place, we see the sign ” Closed” so we drove further to  Normanton. We hope that the Camping place in the city is open.

it is around 8:00 PM, we reach the city and find the camping place, but it is also closed. We call the number we have from the camp, but a machine answers and says that we need to call back again tomorrow in the morning. driving at night, getting to two closed camping place , is a bit frustrating. we try to find a place to sleep in a hotel in the city, but neither if the  hotels that we visit have no empty room for us. we decide to go out of the city, and sleep close to the first camping  place we passed.

I am nervous tonight while Ivan is calm. I have never been in a situation like that , and I am a bit scared of sleeping outside the  official camping place.

Tomorrow will be a better day, for sure.