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									ALICE SPRINGS LONG WEEKEND                                                  Namatjira Drive, West MacDonnell Ranges

Day One (Saturday)
Start your morning with a drive up Anzac Hill for a panoramic view of
Alice Springs and the surrounding ranges. A visit to the Alice Springs
Telegraph Station on the northern side of town is a must. It provides an
important historical reference point as to the background of this unique
outback town and has a collection of carefully restored buildings, dating
back to the 1870s that contain interesting historical displays. Returning
to the town centre, visit one of the town’s many Aboriginal art galleries
and centres, representing different communities throughout Central
Australia. Alice Springs has a range of comfortable accommodation
options, as well as a good choice of restaurants.

Day Two (Sunday)
Head out along Larapinta Drive and discover the dramatic West
MacDonnell Ranges. These ranges are dotted with many intriguing
locations, such as Standley Chasm with its sheer rock walls that glow
                                                                              Standley Chasm, West MacDonnell
red in the midday sun. Ellery Creek Big Hole is a picturesque permanent       Ranges
waterhole nestled in the ranges and a popular swimming place during
the warmer months. Ormiston Gorge and Pound is an area of great
beauty and geological significance that is particularly attractive around
dusk. A colony of black footed rock wallabies can usually be seen
defying gravity amongst the ledges of the Gorge in the late afternoon.
Accommodation is available at Glen Helen Resort, near Ormiston Gorge.

Day Three (Monday)
Make your way back to Alice Springs via the Hermannsburg Historical
Precinct. A former Lutheran Mission established in the late 19th Century,
the community was home to famous Aboriginal watercolour artist, Albert
Namatjira. View some of Namatjira’s works on display in the tea rooms
located in one of the mission era buildings. The entry to Finke Gorge
National Park is close to Hermannsburg and contains the mysterious
                                                                             Aboriginal Artist, Alice Springs
Palm Valley, an oasis-like area of rare and ancient palm species. Access
to Palm Valley is by four-wheel drive vehicle only. Return to Alice
Springs, where if time permits, you may like to visit the Alice Springs      DISTANCES
Cultural Precinct, home to an extensive collection of early Papunya and
Namatjira watercolours.                                                      Alice Springs to Glen Helen
                                                                             130 km via Larapinta and
Useful Web Resources                                                         Namatjira Drives
Travel NT                    www.travelnt.com
Central Australia Tourism    www.centralaustraliantourism.com                Glen Helen to Hermannsburg
National Parks & Reserves    www.nt.gov.au/nreta/parks                       150 km via Mereenie Loop
Central Australian Art       www.redhotarts.com.au                           and Larapinta Drive

                                                                             Hermannsburg to Alice
                                                                             130 km via Larapinta Drive

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