Ormiston Gorge

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  • Day170

    Ormiston Gorge

    May 26, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    We chose to stay at Ormiston Gorge Campground ($20 pn) for 3 nights to explore the West MacDonnell Ranges. The gorge and its freezing cold water is like an oasis in this outback environment. The campground had hot showers, toilets and there was even a kiosk at the gorge.

    We explored the West MacDonnell Ranges including Glen Helen Resort, The Ochre Pits, Serpentine Gorge, and Ellery Creek Big Hole. We're all a bit weary from the numerous hikes we've done, but we've accessed some amazing lookouts, gorges, ridges and ranges.

    Warm during the day...12-29°
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  • Day7

    Tjorita West Macdonnell Ranges

    April 24, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Another amazing national park with our first NT waterhole that we were able to swim in.
    The desire to have a swim is strong in these areas mostly because of the heat, dust and flies.
    There had been a major wild fire that had burnt out the area about 3 months before we arrived and the damage was really significant.
    First Nations people often use strategic burns to replenish their bush tucker food sources as native plants regenerate and often seed after fire.
    Apparently this wild fire was the result of a lightning strike.
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  • Day58


    June 24, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    That day we made multiple stops. Our first one was Orminston Gorge where we did a short walk to a big pool where we had a swim in the freezing cold water. The next stop was the Ochre Pits which was a wall of coloured ochre that aborigines still use today. And last of all our final stop Serpintine Gorge. There was 2 walks there, one of them was to a look-out and the other one to the gorge. We did the one to the look-out first, which had scenic views of the MacDonnell Rangers. Then we did the walk to the gorge. Even though it was the smallest gorge it was probably the nicest.
    That night we camped at Hugh River. We had a "party" because it was the longest we had been out of civilisation at that point.
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  • Day7

    Tjorita West Macdonnell Ranges (Cont)

    April 24, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Most waterholes in this area hold water until heavy rain replenish them...however there are very big artesian basins all around the NT and many plants and people take advantage of this semi permanent water source.
    Animals rely on the water to survive and maybe one of the reasons we have not seen much wildlife on this trip may well be due to the state of drought that is gripping the territory.
    The first waterhole that I swam in must have been at least 10+ meters deep and around 19 degrees celsius...pretty refreshing.
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  • Day18

    3rd day in Alice Springs

    July 14, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    I needed to return my new underwear...I had lifted the wrong size! So we headed out to Simpson's Gap via Woolworths. I would meet Ian at the Information center on the next street. A street market was on and Alice was buzzing! Ian got talking to one of the women staffing the Info C. And next thing we are driving 130 odd km to Ormiston Gorge. We had lunch in the carpark with the flies, then started walking! That was a little bit of a misnomer as it seemed to be mainly climbing over rocks! It was slow going at times, but beautiful! It also became apparent that it would be dark by the time we finished this 7km hike, at the rate we were moving! We spotted some people joining our route from a different path, so we joined the Ghost Gum track, which climbed up to a view point at the top of the gorge. All very beautiful! It was 6pm by the time we returned to the CP. We then went to the Gillen Club for dinner. Pub Fare, but good.Read more

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