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March 21, 2013

Sydney > Alice Springs

NTA_9950SonnyphotosIn Sydney for about 4-5 days and off again, just how we like it, one job to the next. Unfortunately only managed to get a 10 min surf in though, will have to wait till I get back from this job. Leaving Sydney on a grey rainy day, but as soon as we cross the blue mountains the clouds clear NTA_9956Sonnyphotosand we can see the great big land spread out in front of us NTA_9958SonnyphotosCobar, outback NSW NTA_9961SonnyphotosThe mighty Darling river, north of Tilpa NTA_9963Sonnyphotosoutback nsw, really starting to appreciate how BIG this country is NTA_9965Sonnyphotossalt lake in the shape of the top part of Australia NTA_9967Sonnyphotoswhen I see this countryside like this from the air, it makes me just want to get one of those rigged up 4WD and go for a 2 week drive outback :-) NTA_9970Sonnyphotosharsh, yet beautiful landscape NTA_9971SonnyphotosAround Sturt national park and Tibooburra NTA_9974Sonnyphotossomewhere down there is the Dingo Fence NTA_9980Sonnyphotosno towns out here NTA_9981Sonnyphotossomewhere near Moomba Moomba, the begining of the Strzelecki Desert NTA_9986SonnyphotosLake Miraditchie, but what the hell are all those lines about, I mean, there are no towns down there, bugger all people, so who created those lines and why, they are in a grid pattern and not perfectly straight probably because of thr contour of the land, anyone  ? NTA_9988Sonnyphotosfrom top Coorie Coorie Gillie, then Lake Coogiecooginna and at the bottomw lake Bulpanie NTA_9989SonnyphotosSo I just had a close look at Google earth, and their sat pics are dated 2006 and this grid pattern is not to be seen in this exact same spot ( to the west of Lake Coogiecooginna ) but there are visible in areas near here on google earth NTA_9994SonnyphotosI really super curious now NTA_9999Sonnyphotos
Sturt Stoney Desert NTA_0004SonnyphotosI'm guessing somewhere near the Gibber plains NTA_0007Sonnyphotosthe lakes ( with water after last years rain ) to the east of simpson's desert NTA_0015Sonnyphotossimpson desert, big red sand dune kind of place NTA_0017Sonnyphotosrows and rows of sand dunes NTA_0019Sonnyphotoszoomed in, would love to get down there one day, but then, like I said, in a fully equiped 4WD with all the bells and whistles, portable fridge, lots of refreshments , and if possible dust free inside hehehe NTA_0025Sonnyphotosso big, just goes for, well as big as a big european country probably NTA_0031Sonnyphotos140 km as the crow flies from Alice Springs NTA_0034Sonnyphotosand, my first time out here, was expecting it all to be flat, but instead, I see quite a lot of mountain ranges NTA_0035Sonnyphotosjust look at that colour ! ! ! NTA_0037Sonnyphotoswoauw, and the line you see in the top right of the photo is the Hale River ( which is probably dry for most of the year ) NTA_0038Sonnyphotoszoomed in, woauw !!, look at that colour. I hope I get to come here while in Alice Springs NTA_0042Sonnyphotosthe geography & geology is just incredible, I think that is an out ring of the East MacDonnel ranges NTA_0048Sonnyphotosthe road from Alice Springs to Chamber Pillars, and soon we will be on this road as in the center of this photo is one of the proposed locations Ooraminna homestead NTA_0050Sonnyphotosdescending down to the airport now ( well we have been for a bit already ) NTA_0052Sonnyphotosone of the many dry creek beds round Alice Springs, airport is about in the middle of the photo NTA_0053Sonnyphotosrailway line crossing creek NTA_0055SonnyphotosHatt Road NTA_0059Sonnyphotosnot the airport as I first thought, but a race track and the dust in the distance is a truck on the dirt road to Chambers Pillars, we will be on there in about 40 min and get blinded by that same dust of a truck speeding past us :-)

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Hey Sonny thanks great photo's.
I spent 2 months out there when I was a kid (8 years old) with my best Friend Debbie and her family. Her grand parents owned Ooratippra Station it was about 100 miles north of Alice. Debbie lives out there still in the Simpson Desert driving Camels. It was the trip of a life time cheers Maria

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