Alice Springs Desert Park


The Alice Springs Desert Park is part zoo, part garden, and fun to explore. It reminded us of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson.  We saw some animals we’d already seen, plus some new ones, like dingos and larger kangaroos. Once again we could inside the kangaroo enclosure.  They did not let us inside the … Read more

Alice Springs Reptile Centre


The Alice Springs Reptile Centre has a collection of local reptiles large (a saltwater crocodile) and small. It was a perfect fit after our five-hour drive from Yulara to Alice Springs.  The photo at the top of this post is a thorny devil, one of our favorite creatures. There were pretty snakes, too.  We attended … Read more

Uluru and Kata Tjuta


Uluru was one of my must-sees in Australia, along with the outback in general. It was everything I envisioned.  It’s not easy to get to, being literally in the middle of nowhere. It was hot. It was dry. There were millions of flies. It was great.  We arrived in the afternoon and were able to … Read more

The Red Centre


Hot. Dusty. Lots of flies. Also magical, eerie, beautiful, and unique. This was a centerpiece of our Australian trip. Day 1: The Big Smoke to the Red Centre The big smoke, otherwise known as Melbourne. Our cab was late though we made it to the airport in good time. And it cost $30 Australian more … Read more