Our first full day in the Alice was pretty quiet catching up on some washing and a bit of shopping but not much else. The weather wasn’t all that pleasant being warm (around 30) but very windy which kicked up a lot of dust. We planned our day for tomorrow which was out to the East Macdonald ranges and that was about it. By then it was beer o’clock and time for a drop of red or beer.
Our second full day dawned a fair bit cooler and the plan was to do the Ross Hwy/Ross river loop. Around about 150km loop into the East MacDonnell ranges with a mix of on road and off road sections. We decided also to take one car so with our lunch prepared off we went. Our first stop was Yeperenye/Emily and Jesse Gap reserves. Emily Gap had quite a bit of rock art but photography of the art was frowned upon but the gorge, like most of them, was spectacular. The rock art depicted the three caterpillars which were the ancestral beings from which the local tribe descended. Jessie’s Gap forms part of or continues that story line and was our next stop. Again the gorges are spectacular and we went a walking once more. Next stop was Corroboree Rock and we took the 20 minutes’ walk around its base. Back out onto the blacktop and we continued on to Trephina Gorge Nature Park and a bit of lunch. We also took a walk along the dry river bed into the gorge. Here we were able to photograph some of the rock art. There is a significant amount of rock art throughout the various gorges some of which is actually carved into the rock. It is also good to see that most of it has escaped the graffiti artists.
After lunch we continued the loop to N’Dhala Gorge. This was the final gorge on our trek for today. We followed the path in for about 750 mtrs which took in 2 of the viewing places. Here the most prominent is the carved rock representing the caterpillar dreaming story. From here we came back to Alice on BInns Track which is a track that starts of in Queensland. It goes through a number pf private properties but is a public access rd. It wasn’t too bad but lots of dry creek crossings, rocks and bulldust. We arrived back at camp about 3.30. Life is pretty hard. Tomorrow we head out to the West MacDonnell ranges for 3 nights.