Called in to the supermarket for a top up of groceries before leaving Alice Springs and grabbed a bite to eat at a cafe, great food. George's sausage roll was huge and would have weighed about 2-3 kg! Apparently the 'wicked dogs' were pretty yummy too!
On the way out of Alice Springs we called in to see the John Flynn memorial. This site contains the ashes of Rev John Flynn and his wife, Jean Flynn.
The Royal Flying Doctors Service was founded in 1928 in Cloncurry, QLD, by Rev John Flynn, a minister with the Presbyterian Church. He had seen the struggles of people living in remote areas, who had only 2 doctors providing medical assistance to an area of around 2 million square kilometres.
The memorial features a huge boulder, but this was not the original one placed there. Originally an eight ton boulder had been removed from Devils Marbles (near Tennant). The stone was removed from the highly sacred women's site of Karlu Karlu at the Devils Marbles, but was taken without approval or discussions with the local Aborignal elders. Finally after years of negotiations between the Arrernte Aboriginies and the white custodians, the original stone was returned to its sacred site and replaced by the present one in 1999.
Made our way out towards Palm Valley, making a brief stop at the small Aboriginal community of Hermannsburg.
Palm Valley is located within the Finke Gorge National Park and is home to the rare Red Cabbage Palm.
The drive our to Palm Valley was quite nice, very nice scenery with the tall cliff walls on either side of you. Nice 4WD section with some rocks to drive over, always fun!
This dingo came by our camp this afternoon and then went to explore the camper trailer next to us for a while!
Came back for a visit after dinner, smart pup must have been watching and knew food was around! George was off washing up while i tidied up around the camp and the dingo came back to watch, I stamped my foot and told him to leave and he just walked towards me and sat down! He was only about 4 meters away and just sat there watching for a while before heading off to the camper trailer next to us (found out later he stole some crackers from there!).