Left early this morning to drive out to Chambers Pillar. We were initially meant to stay here, but due to our extended stay in Alice Springs, we now don't have time, so took a day trip out there instead.
An easy drive along off-road tracks, but nothing difficult. The view from some of the areas along they way was great though. We arrived at Chambers Pillar and took the walk up to it, which was great, the view was amazing, but the flies were unbelievable! Not sure if it was worse here or at Devils Marbles, it's a close call!
The 50 metre high pillar towers over the red dirt below, its amazing. The pillar has been shaped by wind and rain over 350 million years. The local Aboriginal people believe the pillar got its skin from a gecko ancestor named Itirkawara. He was banished from his family as he took a wife from the wrong skin group, they then retreated to the desert and turned into stone..
My fly veil hat came in very handy today - I may look like an idiot, but it kept the flies off my head and that's all that matters!
On the return trip we took a drive along part of the Old Ghan Railway Heritage Trail and stopped at Rodinga (one of the original settlers camps established during the extension of the Old Ghan Railway to Alice Springs in the 1920's) to see the ruins. While we were there looking around, 4 soldiers from the Australian Defence Force turned up as well. Not sure where they had come from or what they were doing, but they stopped for a look around and chatted with us for a while. Nice guys, they were talking about their army vehicles and were showing us all around them, George loved it!
Kylie and Johnny arrived in Alice Springs today so we met up with the at the lookout after we returned, then we all headed back to our villa for a chat and to give Kylie her pre-birthday presents! All headed off to the casino for dinner tonight, this time we tried 'Sukra' - the fine dining restaurant within the casino. Meals were great, kind of a Chinese/Thai fusion style.